Sleep Inn University Place
8525 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: (704) 549-4544
Fax: (704) 549-4452
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
Reedy Creek Nature Center boasts more than 10 miles of walking trails through protected forests. These trails lead through a variety of terrain and provide breath-taking views of Reedy Creek Park's lakes, streams, forests and wildlife. The Nature Center also houses live, native animals and an exhibit hall, allowing visitors to learn valuable information about their surroundings on their trip.
Ribbon Walk is a great place for anyone seeking quiet outdoor activities in the midst of the big city. There is plenty of room in the 140 acre park for you to enjoy picnics or hikes in the unspoiled forest. The newly-built educational center has lots of family-friendly activities to teach children about wildlife and conservation. Also, it is a short walk to the city center, so you can enjoy an evening out on the town after your excursion in the park.
The Blue Pony is a haven for printmaking. Etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and other prints are always on display, be they part of the permanent collection, or a seasonal exhbition. Printmaking classes are held regularly, for beginners as well as old hands. The Pony avoids the snooty atmosphere often associated with the art world; patrons are encouraged to get their hands dirty (literally) and take part in the joys of the printmaking process. Open late for the NoDa Gallery Crawl. from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am.
Wanna be the next Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher? Here's where you get a taste of the thrills behind the wheel of a snazzy race car. The school offers lessons for a fee; amateurs and pro drivers get to blaze the courses in their own styles. Friends and family get to view the action from the side-tracks, as professional instructors show you the ropes. Check the website for age, weight and height specifications, rates and class schedules. Then, slip into some casual gear, down a light meal and let the speed demon emerge! Call +1 877 453 3324 (Toll Free).
18 holes and 7,000 yards of rolling greens await you at this challenging venue, called “Charlotte's Crown Jewel." Tall trees and curving water hazards pose some of the toughest obstacles; hence the venue is a favorite with those who like to test their skills across the beautiful lake. Open to both men and women, the course has a 15,000 square foot clubhouse with separate lockers and a practice range, a putting green and a grassy driving range for amateurs. The course is open through the week, though tee slots need to be booked for a fee.
Formerly known as the Mecklenburg Country Club, the Charlotte Country Club is a known name among the elite of Charlotte. A prestigious institution since 1910, this club is a haven for those seeking some rest and relaxation, or an invigorating game of golf or a swim. Check the website for club details and membership information.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
Affiliated with some of the top organizations in the country, this garden offers educational and vocational programs to the neighborhood residents. With this, it aims at educating the people of all age groups about the importance of greenery in our surroundings. Several schools send their students to participate in these workshops. For those who have a keen interest in this field, there are internship programs offered in collaboration with the Central Piedmont Community College. And for those who are looking for a hands-on lesson on roses, enroll for the course that takes place each February. For membership and further information, check the website.
Get swinging at this 72-par, 18-hole golf course, located in the East Charlotte neighborhood. Get a spanking new set of clubs from the golf shop and play in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying the greenery and the occasional deer or flock of geese you may chance to see. Take a break at the pavilion or indoor dining venue and check your progress on a computerized handicap-tracking system. You can play here for a reasonable fee or avail of a membership and enjoy various benefits. For more information, check the website.
Part gallery, part studio space, the McColl Center is dedicated to two noble goals: providing local artists with a healthy and inspiring environment in which to work, and encouraging the surrounding community to become more aware of the art world. To these ends, the McColl Center functions as a traditional gallery as well as sponsoring community-building events such as “Open Studio Saturdays” where artists' workspaces are open to the public. Artists-in-residence ply their trades throughout the facility, working with everything from pencils and paints to clay and cements, neon light, heavy metals, and much more. Housed in a renovated 1920s-era church, the Center itself is quite striking. See website for calendar of events and exhibitions.
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte have come together to create this awesome complex that houses the McColl Family Theatre, the Spangler Library, the Wachovia Playhouse, a Scene and Paint Shop, several studios, rehearsal rooms and a costume shop. A veritable entertainment center, this is the hub of family amusement activities in the area. A comprehensive collection of books and videos fills the library, while a number of educational programs for kids takes place at regular intervals.