Top 10 Things to do to Celebrate Spring in Charlotte!

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The sun is shining and at last it is the first day of Spring! I couldn’t have been happier to see the fog lift this morning and the sun shine.

Out of sheer excitment and enthusiasm for warmer, sunnier spring days, I’m compiling my list of Top 10 things to go do with the kids.

1. Go explore Lake Norman. If you haven’t been to Jetton Park, the park by the lake is great. It has a paved trail around the park great for strolling, biking, walking or scooting. And the beach by the lake is good for little ones who like to dig in the sand. Pack a picnic and spend the day there. 

2. Venture the U.S. National Whitewater Center for climbing, ziplines, hiking, canoeing, paddleboarding (OK maybe it’s still a little early for that). They also have a great restaurant to grab a bite and make a picnic by the river. 

3. Crowder’s Mountain. Hike to the top and look back at the Queen City. I always think it looks like Oz from that vantage point. For younger ones there are less intense hikes that keep you down below the peaks.

4. Freedom Park. With the new NFL Play 60 KidZone nearby to the playground with the stationary train engine, this is a great place for parents with kids ages 2-10 to run back and forth and play. Wide-open playing fields are great for kicking soccer balls around, plus there are the paved trails for wheeling around by the lake. You can also scoot over to the Charlotte Nature Museum adjacent to the park.

5. Dan Nicholas Park. Make the drive to Salisbury, it’s worth it. There is fishing, a carousel, a train, mini-golf, camping, playgrounds … need I say more?

6. Reedy Creek Park has lots of hiking trails, and a great natural playground. Plus they offer nature programs throughout the week at the nature center.

7. Dig in the dirt and start your garden. It’s time to plant seedlings if you are considering a garden in your backyard. I like a small box garden loaded with cherry tomatoes that my son picks and eats straight from the vine mid-summer.

8. Dine alfresco. There is great patio dining in Charlotte for families, or maybe a girls’ night out or date night. 

9. Baseball! The Knights new home stadium is almost complete and that means baseball uptown with Friday night fireworks. Kids can run the bases on certain Sundays. First home game is April 11.

10. South Mountain State Park. OK, I have to admit I haven’t been here yet, but it’s on my bucket list for this spring and comes highly recommended for its trails and you can also camp there. It’s about an hour from Charlotte, making it a good daytrip.

Happy spring!!