2018 Readers' Favorites: Seasonal Favorites
Pumpkin Patch: Hall Family Farm. Just minutes from the urban hustle and bustle of Ballantyne, spend time on a hayride, challenge yourself with the 5-acre corn maze, sample doughnuts, funnel cakes and slushies, and pick out the perfect pumpkin at Hall Family Farm. 10713 Providence Road West. hallfamilyfarm.com.
Holiday Light Display: Speedway Christmas. Speedway Christmas features more than 3 million lights synced to music, plus a Christmas Village. Visitors get to drive the race track to see the 3.5 miles of lights. Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord. charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Place to Splash in the Summer: Ray’s Splash Planet. Head to Ray’s Splash Planet for year-round fun with a three-story high waterslide, lazy river, plus annual events like Swim with Santa and the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt. 215 N. Sycamore St., Charlotte. rayssplashplanet.com.
Family Sporting Event: Charlotte Knights. Reasonably priced tickets, plus theme nights (think Star Wars and Princesses), a Homer the Dragon inflatable play area, and Friday night fireworks draw families to the BB&T Ballpark to see the Charlotte Knights play baseball. Kids can run the bases after Sunday home games, and the view of uptown Charlotte from the stadium is remarkable. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., charlotteknights.com.