Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Several thematic gardens arranged in a succession of outdoor rooms makes this complex a plant-lover's paradise. The Cottage Garden has many hard-to-find heirloom plants, the Four Seasons Garden highlights form and foliage for year-round appeal,...  Read More

UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens

If plants, flowers and gardens are your forte, you are in for an amazing treat. There are exceptional varieties of horticulture represented at the gardens. Visitors will find a great many rare species, as well. Don't miss the two-story rain...  Read More

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

One of the first parks owned by Mecklenburg County, McDowell Park hasn't been around for long (it first opened in the mid-70s), but during its short existence it has grown from a 136-acre lake-side park to emerge as one of Charlotte's most...  Read More

Wing Haven Gardens

Built in the late 1920s, these gardens offer a wealth of flowering varieties. The site of Wing Haven Gardens was once the property of Mr. and Mrs. Clarkston. Having been willed to a non-profit organization, the gardens were opened to the public....  Read More

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve

This educational forest lends shade, beauty and comfort to the region. Almost 140 acres of forest feature ample picnicking spots. New environmental education center provides guests with information on land conservation and forest environment....  Read More


Located in the front of Reedy Creek Park, this dedicated terrain is actually called Barkingham Park. Bring your four-legged friend to the four-acre, fenced-off area for fun with other canines. You can relax and enjoy music while your pet spends...  Read More

McMullen & Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway

Mecklenburg County made a decision years ago to unite the city via a web of parks and green spaces. They've poured lots of money into the project, and the result is something that can be enjoyed by all. Over 30 miles of greenways have been...  Read More

Jetton Park

If sand, boats, and water are your way to relax, then head a little north of Charlotte. Jetton Park is a 105-acre waterfront park on Lake Norman that gives you opportunities to sit on the beach, watch boats go by, walk on the trails, or take...  Read More

Lake Norman

Lake Norman's 520 miles of shoreline create an oasis for fun in the sun, just north of Charlotte off I-77. The lake is where Charlotte's "beautiful people" – and those who imagine themselves to be – come to spend summer weekends. Boats are...  Read More

McGill Rose Garden

This garden spot originally resulted from one woman's attempt to renovate and landscape her husband's business. This now public site is home to more than 500 rosebushes. A must-see during the spring and summer months when the glorious flowers...  Read More

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