Would you like to be able to have fun in the sun without
going broke? Whether you are a newcomer
to the area or interested in rediscovering your hometown, here is some
information about free (or almost free) stuff and activities in the Charlotte area:
Charlotte area Web
Visit Charlotte is a great resource for any visitor,
newcomer or 20-year citizen. This Web site
highlights all you need to know about the Queen City: what to do, where to eat
and how to get there. Also, to help give
your wallets a well-needed break, certain area hotels are offering $50 gas
cards with a one-night stay.
If you're interested in doing a little sightseeing in Uptown
Charlotte, you HAVE to purchase the Uptown Museum Pass. For only $18 (adult ticket), you can visit
Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South and the Mint Museum of Craft +
Design and save off regular admission!
Plus, the pass allows you to take advantage of offers and savings throughout
the Charlotte area - from a FREE deli sandwich from Reid's Fine Foods (off 7th
Street) to $1 off admission to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, N.C.,
and much, much more!
Check out www.visitcharlotte.com
to download your free 2008 Official Visitors Guide, Uptown
and find out more information about a lot of cool stuff to do around Charlotte.
Here are some other great websites you should check out in
order to find out what's going on in "your neck of the woods."
website for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
www.dilworthonline.org --Dilworth Community
www.mpha.com- Myers Park Community
-South End Community
(North Davidson Community)
-Plaza Midwood Community
Huntersville/Lake Norman communities
I know most of us are "plugged in" to the information
highway by way of our cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones and the Internet. Sometimes, the library may be the last thing
on our minds when it comes to finding out information these days. But did you know that you can download
digital media for free from the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County?
Check out www.plcmc.org and click on the Download
audiobooks, music and eFlicks link under Featured Services. You must
have a library card in order to download any material. You can apply for a card
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation
I know what you're about to say ... Yes, Tameka, we ALL know
visiting our local parks is free! However, the Charlotte Parks and Recreation
Department is offering a lot more than just walking trails and places to feed
the ducks and pigeons.
If you live in a 500-square-foot studio apartment in Uptown
Charlotte or if you don't have space in your yard, you may think you will never
have your own garden. Wrong! Did you
know for a mere $3 per month or $26 per year you can rent your own 10 foot by
10 foot garden space? Also, did you know
youngsters can learn to swim for FREE twice a week at certain outdoor pools
during the summer? Check out www.charmeck.org and click on the Park
and Recreation link under Mecklenburg
County or dial 311 to
find out more information.
I hope this information has helped you as you plan out the
rest of your summer activities. Remember
to check the Engage Charlotte Web site for more information about upcoming
events, blogs and other information.
Have a safe rest of the summer!