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Parks & Recreation

The Greater Charlotte Area has an extensive public park system, and offers a broad range of recreational activities.


Charlotte area parks are filled with sports fields, beautiful nature areas, history and fun.
4 featured parks

Freedom Park

Freedom Park, also referred to as Charlotte's ‘central park,’ includes four baseball fields, batting cages, twelve tennis courts, four soccer fields, a full basketball court, two volleyball courts, a concession stands, a seven acre lake, two playgrounds, a NFL Play60 Kid Zone, walking trails, demonstration gardens and an assortment of other attractions.

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Reedy Creek Park

Reedy Creek Park is a 146 acre park with a lakeside meadow, basketball court, softball, soccer and cricket fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, community garden, 18-hole disc golf course, three ponds, a fishing pier, a dog park and an assortment of other features.

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Historic Rural Hill Park

Rural Hill is a historic site, nature preserve, cultural events site, farm and all around great place to get away filled with 250 years of history.

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Romare Bearden Park

Romare Bearden Park is a beautiful park located right in the center of Charlotte offering 5.4 acres worth of parties, fitness groups, music, and much more.

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Ride a thrilling roller coaster, survive the raging rapids, explore the local zoo or learn about the history of North Carolina – all in the Charlotte area!


Carowinds is the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas. From the moment guests arrive at Carowinds, they are immersed in Carolina culture – a new entrance overflowing with hospitality, home-grown fare and spectacular entertainment. Everyone in the family is set for the best summer ever with world-class thrill rides, Planet Snoopy children’s area with America’s most beloved beagle, a splash-tastic 20-acre Boomerang Bay water park included with admission and a 55-acre on-site campground.

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National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a non-profit outdoor recreation and athletic training facility for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.

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NC Zoo

Located just south of Asheboro in the Uwharrie Mountains, the NC Zoo is of the largest "natural habitat" zoos in the United States. Their animals stay in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats that include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt.

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Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States, and portions of the underground tunnels at the Reed mine have been restored for guided tours. A visitor center contains exhibits of gold and historical mining equipment, and tours of a restored ore-crushing stamp mill are offered. A picnic area is available, and trails wind through the historic mining area.

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