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Ready for Summer? Charlotte, NC Has a Lot of Things to Do

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Looking for things to do this summer in Charlotte, NC? Don’t want to miss any of the awesome? We don’t blame you one bit! AND, we are here with Charlotte, NC’s Summer Guide full of all the fun, things to do, and the summer info your family needs to have the best summer ever.

Swimming & Splashing Summer Fun

Don’t miss our Kidding Around review of Carrigan Farms where you can swim in the quarry!

Local Picking: Summer Charlotte, NC Produce

Summer means berries!

Here’s Where to Go Blueberry Picking in Charlotte, NC

Blueberry Picking in Charlotte, NC

Go to the Beach!

Or, try one of these gorgeous mountain beaches near the Upstate and in Western North Carolina.

Celebrate 4th of July

Head to the Upstate for more fireworks near Greenville, SC

Time for Fireworks! Here’s Where to Celebrate 4th of July in Charlotte

Have & Learn Something New

Summer Camps: Charlotte, NC

Don’t let them be bored this summer!

The Biggest Guide to Summer Camps in Charlotte, NC

Take a Break From the Sun

Indoor things to do in Charlotte NC

Too hot? Play indoors!

Check out all your options with Charlotte’s Biggest Indoor Guide.

Free Summer Fun in Charlotte

Free things to do in Charlotte, North Carolina for families.

Tight budget this summer? You can still have SO MUCH FUN!

Check out this list of totally FREE Things to Do in Charlotte!

Cool Off! 35+ Places to Swim & Splash: Charlotte, NC

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Are you looking for places to cool off and do a little swimming? Charlotte, NC is full of places to swim and splash. So, when you’re ready to pack up the kids for a summer water adventure, whether you’re looking for lakes near Charlotte, NC with beaches, swimming pools, or indoor places to swim, this is the list you want. We piled it full of places to swim in Charlotte.

Want to tell us about our favorite summer place to swim? Head over to our Kidding Around Charlotte Community page and send us a message!

Swimming in Charlotte, NC

Swimming Lakes Near Charlotte, NC (+ Swimming Holes Near Charlotte, NC)

Cane Creek Park

Cane Creek Park offers swimming in summer, plus pedal boat rentals, miniature golf, kayaking, fishing, playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking.

Address: 5213 Harkey Road,
Can Creek Park Website

Ramsey Creek Beach

Mecklenburg County’s Ramsey Creek Beach is located on Lake Norman at Ramsey Creek Park. There is a sandy beach at this park, which opens on Memorial Day each year. There is a lifeguard on duty. The park always has a place to launch boats, plus a playground, nature trails, and picnic areas.

Cost: $10-15 per car, or $3-5 per walk-in
Address: 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
Ramsey Creek Beach Website

Rock Hill Lake Park

Rock Hill Lake Park offers a swimming area with a small sandy beach area. There are no lifeguards on duty. The park also has a kayak launch, fishing, trails, and restrooms.

Cost: Free
Address: 4037 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hill Lake Park Website

Ebeneezer Park Beach

Swim in Lake Wylie at Ebeneezer Park Beach. This 26-acre park is currently closed for renovations. We will update when they have opened!

Cost: currently closed
Address: 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill, SC
Ebeneezer Park Beach Website

Windjammer Park

Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park offers swimming in Lake Wylie. There’s also playground equipment in several places in the park, picnic areas, and fishing. Restrooms and a pavilion are available in the park.

Cost: Parking permits are required to access Windjammer Park. These are free for residents, but cost $100 annually for non-residents.
Address: 8999 Windjammer Drive, Tega Cay, SC
Windjammer Park Website

Carrigan Farms

Swim in the quarry at Carrigan Farms, it’s one of the coolest spots around and we visited it! You can see our full review of Carrigan Farms for all the details. Swing into the water on a rope, enjoy the sandy beach, play some sand volleyball, have a picnic and lots more! You need to reserve a spot online! Reservations for 2024 are open now. Swimming starts in May.

Cost: Varies by timeslot- $25-35 per person
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville NC
Carrigan Farms Website- Swimming

carrigan farms

SouthTown Wake Park

Located in Rock Hill, SC, SouthTown Wake Park has wake boarding plus a big floating obstacle course. This is a great activity to tire those kids (and adults) out, as it takes a ton of energy to climb and jump over the obstacles. Kids have to be 7 years old to participate on the aqua course.

Cost: $18 for 45 minutes
Address: 255 E Rambo Rd Rock Hill, SC 29730
Kidding Around Review of SouthTown Wake Park

Learning how to wakeboard

Get an aerial view of the aqua park in this video.

Lake Norman State Park

You can swim (and a whole lot more) at Lake Norman State Park. The park, as the name implies, is on Lake Norman where you can swim, fish, and paddle. The park also has hiking trails to enjoy, picnic areas and more.

Cost: There is no admission to enter Lake Norman State Park, however, swim passes are required to swim. They are $4 for kids ages 3-12 and $6 per person over age 12. Options for weekly and annual swim passes are available as well!
Address: 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC
Lake Norman State Park Website

Swimming Pools: Charlotte, NC

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Swimming Pools: Indoor

Mecklenburg County maintains several aquatic centers and indoor pools.
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec Pools Website

Eastway Regional Recreation Center
3150 Eastway Park Drive, Charlotte

Marion Diehl Recreation Center and Indoor Pool
2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte

Northern Regional Recreation Center
18121 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
800 E Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Charlotte

Northern Regional Recreation Center
Northern Reginal Recreation Center

Ray’s Splash Planet

This indoor waterpark is part of the Mecklenburg Parks and Rec, through a partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. It offers indoor water play with a 3 story slide, lazy river, water playground area and lap pool.

Cost: $8-$15 depending on age and resident/non-resident status
Address: 215 North Sycamore Street, Charlotte
Ray’s Splash Planet Website

Outdoor Swimming Pools near Charlotte, NC

Cordelia Pool

Cordelia Pool opens Memorial Day. It has a large pool with a waterslide and is operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.

Cost: $2
Address: 2100 North Davidson Street, Charlotte
Cordelia Pool Website

Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center

This outdoor aquatic center has a fun water slide, zero-depth entry pool, water play features, and more. Opens on Memorial Day and is operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.

Cost: $2
Address: 2014 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center Website

Lineberger Park

About 30 minutes from Charlotte, in Gastonia you’ll find Lineberger Park’s pool with waterslide and splash zone. It’s operated by the City of Gastonia. The park also has a separate free splash pad outside in addition to the pool area.

Cost: $4 per person (choice of early afternoon or late afternoon session)
Address: 632 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia
Lineberger Park

Lineberger Park

Erwin Center Park Pool

The city of Gastonia also operates a pool at Erwin Center Park.

Address: 913 North Pryor Street, Gastonia
Erwin Center Park

Waterparks Near Charlotte, NC


Our Kidding Around Review of Carowinds has lots of first-hand information on visiting Carowinds, including their 5-acre water park, Carolina Harbor. The water park includes two wave pools, slides, a lazy river, and several water playground areas.

Cost: Waterpark admission is part of the regular Carowinds ticket. See Carowinds ticket options here. They start at about $40.
Address: 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
Carowinds- Carolina Harbor Website

Great Wolf Lodge

The well-known indoor waterpark Great Wolf Lodge has a location near Charlotte in Concord, NC. A stay in the lodge includes access to their indoor waterpark, or you have the option to purchase a day pass to enjoy the resort’s amenities.

Find out more about Great Wolf Lodge.

The waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge

Splash Pads: Charlotte, NC

Splash pads near Charlotte, NC

We have a huge list of 20 splash pads near Charlotte, NC. Enjoy some old-fashioned summer fun at one of these splash pads!

Coastal Beaches

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for ocean air, waves, and sand. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Find the closest coastal beaches to Charlotte, NC in our Charlotte Beaches Guide. It has 10 awesome beach options within just a few hours from Charlotte!

Let us know where you love to go Swimming Charlotte, NC!

Swim Greenville, SC

Want more places to swim and splash? Head to Greenville, SC for lots and lots more options including mountain beaches, pools, waterparks, splashpads, and more!!

And, we have even more options for swimming in Columbia, SC! These 30+ spots would make a great day trip from Charlotte.

Still looking for things to do? Here’s our huge guide to Things to Do in Charlotte, NC!

25+ Farms Offer Sweet Strawberry Picking: Charlotte, NC (2024)

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Are you looking for farms where you can go strawberry picking? Charlotte, NC is full of local you-pick strawberry farms and there are even more just a short drive away. Our list includes farms large and small, and some even offer playgrounds and opportunities to interact with animals, enjoy an ice cream cone, or get a delicious lunch! Finishing off this piece you’ll find our tried and true parent tips for strawberry picking with kids. So make your plans to enjoy strawberry season!

Strawberry Picking: Charlotte, NC

Strawberry Farms Near Charlotte, NC

Kicking off this list: the closest strawberry picking to Charlotte, NC. The 14 farms below are 1 hour away or less from Charlotte.

The second half of this list has farms near Columbia, SC, Greenville, SC and Western North Carolina, jut a couple of hours away. Don’t skip those because they make the strawberry season last even longer. Columbia usually has strawberries earlier than we do, and the farms in Western North Carolina often have strawberries after our farms have finished their seasons.

Springs Farm, SC

Fort Mill, SC
This farm in For Mill offers both you-pick and pre-pick strawberries. You’ll want to watch their social media for updates on availability and hours they will be open for you-pick. In addition to strawberries, this farm offers a CSA program and a market that carries produce, jarred items, fresh-made ice cream, slushies, glass bottled soda and more.

1010 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, SC
Springs Farm Website
Springs Farm Instagram
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 25 minutes

Wise Acres Organic

Indian Trail, NC: 4701 Hartis Road
If you’re looking to pick your own organic strawberries, Wise Acres in Indian Trail, NC is the place to visit. They are a certified organic farm with u-pick strawberries in the spring by reservation only. That means you do have to plan ahead to visit this farm. However, if you just want to pick up some pre-picked berries you can do that without a reservation at The Green House store beside the farm. They also carry ice cream, snacks, local items, Wise Acres flowers, and sometimes even a food truck. You really could spend a whole afternoon at this farm!

U-pick strawberry reservations will open up very early April as plants get closer to producing berries, the farm typically opens for picking in mid-April.

4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, NC
Wise Acres Website
Wise Acres Instagram
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Lineberger’s Farm

Dallas, NC
Lineberger’s Farm in Dallas, NC is gearing up for strawberries. They’ll be offering strawberries April through June. Similar to other farms you’ll want to follow social media for picking availability. In addition to picking they also have a playground and chicken coop on site for kids to enjoy. There’s also a farm store where you can buy pre-picked produce, jams, jellies, and snacks.

906 Dallas Stanley Highway, Dallas, NC
Linberger’s Website
Linberger’s Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Hunter Farm

Weddington, NC
The Hunter Farm is a family-run farm in Weddington, North Carolina. In the spring they offer strawberry picking and fun wagon rides to their animal barn. You’ll want to stay tuned to their Facebook page for official opening information, but currently, they are targeting mid-April 2024 to open for the spring season! They will open reservation slots for picking, and sometimes they have professional photo sessions, food trucks, and more.

13624 Providence Road, Weddington, NC
Hunter Farm Website
Hunter Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 30 minutes

Deer Run Farm of Midland

Midland, NC
Deer Run Farm plans to open for u-pick strawberries in the second week of April in 2024. One of the totally awesome things about this farm is that have 4 rows of strawberries that are wheelchair accessible! Check their Facebook page in April for more information on picking.

 4664 Hwy 24 27 E Midland, NC (new location for picking in 2024!!)
Deer Run Farm Website
Deer Run Farm
Distance from Charlotte, NC: about 35 minutes

Carrigan Farms

Mooresville, NC
Strawberry picking is available at Carrigan Farms towards the end of April. In addition to strawberries, Carrigan Farms offers swimming in their quarry beginning in May. If you want to know about swimming there, check out our review of The Quarry at Carrigan Farms.

1261 Oakridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC
Strawberries at Carrigan Farms Website
Carrigan Farms Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

The Ivy Place

Lancaster, SC
The Ivy Place offers both you-pick and pre-picked strawberries. They are open for the 2024 season! They also offer blackberries and blueberries later in the season, plus tomatoes, zucchini, and other produce in the summer.

8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, SC
The Ivy Place Website
The Ivey Place Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

Hall Family Farm

Lancaster, SC
The Hall Family Farm offers u-pick strawberries- no reservation required and no admission fee. Follow their social media page for availability, but they are open for the 2024 season! Don’t miss visiting with the pigs, goats, and chickens, and pick up something yummy to eat at the bakery. Kids can play at a variety of play areas including two ropes courses! Pay per activity.

445 W Rebound Road, Lancaster, SC
Hall Family Farm Website
Hall Family Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 40 minutes

Patterson Farm

Mount Ulla, NC
Patterson Farm is more than a strawberry-picking destination. They also offer a barn with animals and a playground area with admission, plus a farm store with pre-picked strawberries, kettle corn, and ice cream. There is no admission fee to access the store. You can access both the strawberry fields and the play area and barn with a single admission fee of $11 (paid online or $13 paid at the gate) per person. Tickets for only the strawberry field are just $1 when purchased in advance. Tickets for just the playspaces are also available. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance, as access to the strawberry fields at the gate depends on availability.

10390 Caldwell Road, Mt Ulla, NC
Patterson Farm Spring Strawberries Website
Patterson Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 45 minutes

Beaver Farms

Statesville, NC
Pick strawberries at this mountain farm with no admission fee and no reservations required. They also have pre-picked berries for sale. They plan to open for 2024 strawberry picking at the end of April, 2024. Follow them on facebook for opening dates.

270 Beaver Farm Road, Statesville, NC
Beaver Farms Website
Beaver Farms Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 45 minutes


York, SC
A York, SC favorite, picking strawberries at Bush-N-Vine is a tradition for lots of Charlotte area families. They opened April 4th, 2024 for the strawberry picking season. No reservations are needed but you’ll want to follow their website and social media for field conditions and availability. In addition to strawberry picking, Bush-N-Vine has picnic areas and a Farm Cafe with ice cream, hot dogs, doughnuts, and lots more yummy options. They also offer additional fruits and vegetables for sale.

You can read more about our visit to Bush-N-Wine in our Guide to York County Things to Do.

1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC
Bush-N-Vine Website
Busn-N-Vine Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 50 minutes

Bush N Vine orchard in York, South Carolina

Black’s Peaches

York, SC
Strawberry picking starts mid-April at Black’s Peaches. You can expect it to run through mid-June and then peach picking starts! Black’s Peaches also offers a weekly produce basket, farm store, cafe, and bakery.

1800 Black Highway, York, SC
Black’s Peaches Website
Black’s Peaches Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 50 minutes

Cody Strawberry Farm

Ridgefield, NC
2024 Strawberries are ripening at Cody Strawberry Farm, they anticipate opening for u-pick strawberries as the weather warms and the fruit ripens. This family farms grows lots of different produce and typically offers u-pick strawberries in the spring.

44052 Pauls Crossing Road, Ridgefield, NC
Cody Strawberry Farm Website
Cody Strawberry Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: 55 minutes

Cotton Hills Farm

Chester, SC
Cotton Hils Farm (The Market At Lowry’s) plans to open April 5th, 2024. U-pick is open as available throughout the season. In the summer you can also pick peaches at Cotton Hills. Their store has jar items and local produce, which you can also pick up at one of their two stand locations.

2575 Lowrys Highway, Lowrys, SC
Cotton Hills Farm Website
Cotton Hills Farm Facebook
Distance from Charlotte, NC: Just under 1 hour

Cottle Strawberry Farm

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Make strawberry season even longer! The season starts a bit earlier in Columbia, then use the Greenville list to find Western North Carolina strawberry patches picking later in the season.

We love the wheelchair-accessible strawberry picking at Lush Acres Farm in Clinton, SC. It’s about 2 hours from Charlotte, but so worth it for this unique option. They also have animals to visit and kids’ activities like a jumping pillow! Check out our full Kidding Around Review of Lush Acres Farm from our recent visit.

Accessible strawberry picking at Lush Acres Farm in Clinton, SC

6 Parent Tips for Picking Your Own Strawberries

Bringing the kids strawberry picking? We’ve done that A LOT. Learn from our experience in strawberry fields and patches with these tips to help you have the most fun with your kiddos!

Strawberry Picking Tip #1: There is little shade in a strawberry patch. To avoid the heat, pick in the early morning or early evening if possible. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat and don’t forget water bottles!

Strawberry Picking Tip #2: Some farms do not have restrooms and others may have just a port-a-potty. Use the restroom before you leave the house, and if you’re driving a good distance to the farm, consider a stop at a restroom stop before you arrive.

Strawberry Picking Tip #3: Sandals are cute for photos, but they are not a good choice when picking strawberries. You may find mud, fire ant hills and other insects. Wear closed-toed shoes or even rain boots. You may even want to toss in a plastic bag for dirty shoes so you don’t get mud all over the car.

Strawberry Picking Tip #4: Talk to the kids before you arrive about farm rules such as not stepping on plants and only picking what you plan to keep.

Strawberry Picking Tip #5: Call ahead. Picking is VERY dependent on field conditions, weather, how many visitors the farm hosted the day before, etc. Calling ahead is the best way to ensure you will be able to pick when ou arrive. Also follow the farm’s social media pages for updates.

Strawberry Picking Tip #6: Save your gallon baskets year to year. Most patches ask that you only use approved gallon baskets or buckets. Some farms will provide them for free, others will ask you to purchase the baskets. Usually you can reuse baskets from year to year from local patches and save a few dollars. Plan on spending a little extra money on purchasing approved baskets if you don’t already own some.

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Discover Gold and a Nugget of History at Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC

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Have you heard about Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC? The very first gold ever discovered in the United States was at Little Meadow Creek and what would soon become the Reed Gold Mine. Visit Little Meadow Creek, tour the underground gold mine, and try your hand at panning for gold. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site is an amazing place to visit. Admission is totally free. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your own visit to Reed Gold Mine.

Bridge over Little Meadow Creek

Watch! Come along on our visit to Reed Gold Mine

We learned to pan for gold and ventured unground into the mine!

History of Reed Gold Mine

Where was the first gold in the United States discovered? Right in Cabarrus County, NC at Little Meadow Creek. Really! In 1799, 12-year-old Conrad Reed skipped church to go fishing at Little Meadow Creek where he found a 17-pound gold nugget.

He brought it home to his father but no one realized it was gold for another 3 years when Conrad’s father, John Reed brought the nugget to Fayetteville and sold it to a jeweler for just $3.50, a single week’s wages for the farmer, even though it was actually worth $3,600.

Shortly after this John Reed partnered with some of his neighbors and started mining operations at the creek and surrounding area.

The whole thing sparked this country’s first gold rush. Who knew!? I love discovering new things with my kids.

Seriously cool history happened at Reed Gold Mine and you can see it for yourself!

Reed Gold Mine sign
To the entrance of the underground mine at Reed Gold Mine

Things to See When You Visit Reed Gold Mine

When you first arrive at Reed Gold Mine you’ll pull into the gravel drive and park in the large lot. Then, head to the Visitor’s Center building. Here you’ll be able to grab a free map for a self-guided tour of the mine, both above and underground. If you are interested in panning for gold, this is also where you can purchase tickets for gold panning.

Panning for Gold

If you’d like to try your hand at panning for gold, purchase your tickets at the Visitor’s Center upon arrival. Tickets are $3 per pan of dirt. We were told about 1 in 7 pans actually contains gold. But, each of my 4 kids panned and 3 of them had gold in their pans!

Just take your tickets down the gravel path the short distance to the panning area. There you’ll be given a pan of dirt from Little Meadow Creek. While you won’t find any 17-pound chunks of gold like Conrad Reed, there is still gold to be found and a lot to learn.

The gentlemen who helped us with the panning were a wealth of knowledge about panning for gold and the mine. For example, did you know the phrase “get down to the nitty-gritty” comes from gold mining? The “nitty-gritty” is the pile of rocks and gravel, and maybe gold, left after the dirt is washed away. The gold is denser than the dirt, so even small flakes stay with the “nitty-gritty” as the dirt is swirled and rinsed out of the pan. That makes the nitty-gritty the important part in your pan, hence the saying “get down to the nitty-gritty.”

If you do find gold in your pan, the gentlemen at the panning area will put it into a small vile for you to bring home!

The Reed Gold Mine Tour

Pick up a FREE self-guided tour brochure at the Visitor’s Center. It has an easy-to-follow map of the underground and surface mining areas of Reed Gold Mine, with numbered stations. Just read the short text at each stop and you’ll be learning a lot of gold mining history.

Underground in the Reed Gold Mine

On your tour, you will actually be able to go 50 feet underground into the mine. There you’ll see quartz veins that were followed in search of gold as well as old mining equipment. You’ll also learn about how mining was done in Reed Gold Mine and North Carolina. The self-guided tour page will be extremely helpful as there is nearly no explanatory signage within the mine beyond labels that match the tour sheet.

Things to Remember in the Mine

A note for parents: This is NOT a place to let kids run on ahead. There are old sections of the mind blocked off with boards such that you can see into the old tunnels, but small kids could squeeze through. Stay together.

Worried about being underground? I am not a fan of small spaces so, I was a little worried about going underground. But, really, it was so cool, I didn’t care. The mine is well lit, the paths are gravel and clearly marked, and you don’t need to be underground for a really long time to see everything. That said, I was glad to see the sun again, and it did make me think about the people who spent many hours underground mining quartz veins for gold right in that very spot.

When we are in the area again, I’m definitely going back.

Continue the Reed Gold Mine Tour Above Ground

The tour continues on the surface with a trail that takes you past the surface equipment at the top of the mine shaft, through the area where the small mine town of Brunerville stood, and past mill stones and a stamp mill showing how mining in methods at this site changed over time.

The Visitor’s Center

Inside the Visitor’s Center, you’ll find a small but informative museum on gold, mining at Reed and in the area, as well as other types of mining. It’s not a hands-on type of museum but it’s very informative and interesting to see examples of the equipment used for this work over time. The museum is also free to explore.

Reed Gold Mine Visitors Center

A small gift shop is located at the entrance to the Visitor’s Center and restrooms are located just outside the museum and Visitor’s Center.

What we loved about Reed Gold Mine & Things to Know

  • The grounds and the mine are very well maintained. And, the self-guided tour is extremely informative and interesting. This site would be excellent both as a family adventure or a group field trip.
  • Gold panning is amazing. Even if you don’t find gold, you’ll learn so much science and history about gold mining!
  • Allow about 2 hours to visit everything, more if you really want to take your time.
  • There is a picnic area on site. No food is available for purchase, so do plan to bring your picnic or snacks to enjoy.
  • Admission is free. We LOVE free things to do, especially educational free things to do. Even if you choose to pay for panning, it’s a very inexpensive place to visit.

Reed Gold Mine Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Panning is available from April through the end of October, weather permitting.

Will you find Carolina gold?

Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC

(2024) 4th of July Fireworks in Charlotte, NC

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Looking for 4th of July Fireworks in Charlotte, NC? Maybe you’re looking for local and unique Independence Day Celebrations near Charlotte? Either way, you’ve found the list. We’ll be growing this list throughout the early summer as new fireworks events are announced. For now, here’s your sneak peek at 2024 fireworks, 4th of July Charlotte, NC.

Fireworks in Charlotte, NC, 4th of July Charlotte NC

Charlotte Fireworks and July 4th Celebrations

Mount Pleasant, NC Independence Day Celebration

June 22, 2024
Mount Pleasant, NC celebrates with an Independence Day parade on June 22, 2024.
Mount Pleasant, NC Independence Parade, Parking and Route

Cramerton, NC Independence Day Celebration

June 29th, 2024- 6 pm to 9 pm
Enjoy live music along the riverfront at the Centennial Center. Fireworks at 9 pm.
Cramerton Independence Day Celebration

Troutman Independence Day Parade 2024

June 29, 2024
Enjoy a small-town parade to celebrate our nation’s independence. The parade should include about 150 different units including music, floats, marching bands, military vehicles, re-enactment groups and lots more! The parade starts at 11 am.
Troutman Independence Day Parade

Mount Holly Independence Day Celebration

July 3rd, 2024 – 12 pm to 9:30 pm
Music and Fireworks, plus food vendors at Iron Works Park.
Mount Holly Independence Day Celebration

Town of Matthews Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular

July 4th, 2024
Stumptown Park in Matthews, NC from 5 pm to 9 pm: enjoy food trucks, kids’ activities, and live music.
Fireworks launch at 9:30 pm from the Matthews SportsPlex. Enter via Brigman Road and view the fireworks from your vehicle’s parking space.
FREE Event
Town of Matthew Independence Day

Field of Flags

July 2-5, 2024
View 600 flags honoring service members at Lowes YMCA in Mooresville, NC
July 3 at 6 pm, celebrate with food trucks, features live music, military vehicles, and fireworks.

Carowinds Celebrate America Fireworks Show

July 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2024
Guests at Carowinds will enjoy a fireworks show with a patriotic soundtrack. The best viewing spots should be the Carolina Boardwalk, County Fair, and Celebration Plaza-areas.
Carowinds Fireworks Show

Kings Mountain Fireworks

July 4th, 2024– 6 pm to 10 pm
Kings Mountain claims they have the biggest fireworks show between Asheville and Charlotte. They’ll have fireworks at the Deal Park Walking Track.
Kings Mountain Fireworks

Monroe, NC Fireworks: Belk-Tonawanda Park

July 4th, 2024- 7 pm to 10 pm (Fireworks at sundown)
See the fireworks from the front of The Courthouse Self-Pour Beer & Wine
Belk-Tonawanda Park Fireworks

Town of Davidson Independence Day

July 4th, 2024
NO FIREWORKS. This event includes a small town stroll (parade) and a concert on the green.
Town of Davidson Events

Harrisburg, NC July 4th Celebration

July 3rd and 4th, 2024
Harrisburg Park
Fireworks BOTH nights, amusements, and live music. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration, Schedule of events

City of Gastonia 4th of July Celebrations

July 4th, 2024– 5 pm to 9:30 pm
In Downtown Gastonia there will be food trucks and free amusements for kids, a beer garden, vendors, and live entertainment. Fireworks happen at 9:30 pm.
Gastonia 4th of July Celebration

2024 Fireworks & Fourth of July Celebrations TBA

These popular Independence Day celebrations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have yet to announce their 2024 details.

SkyShow following Charlotte Knight’s Game
National Whitewater Center
Charlotte Museum of History
Charlotte Symphony free Independence Day concerts
Birkdale Village 4th of July in Huntersville, NC
Optimist Hall 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration

Pineville, NC 4th of July Celebration
Charlotte Motor Speedway Summer Shootout
Kannapolis, NC Cannonballers Game and 4th of July Fireworks
Cabarrus Shrine Club Cruise-In (2023 at ZMAX)
Red, White & Belmont
Dallas, NC 4th of July Celebration
Bessemer City, NC
Cherryville, NC
Lake Wylie Fireworks Show
Rock Hill, SC 4th of July

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Cherub’s Cafe: A special cafe in Belmont, NC

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Have you visited Cherub’s Cafe in Belmont, NC? They offer a lot more than their large menu of delicious sandwiches and salads. Eating here and supporting this cafe is special because this cafe is a product of Holy Angels and their mission to provide meaningful employment to those with differing abilities. Read on to find out what that means and about their delicious menu offerings.

Cherub's Cafe in Belmont, NC

Cherub’s Cafe Menu

Do you have a favorite sandwich? You’ll probably find it on the menu at Cherub’s. They offer a large variety of sandwich favorites, plus wraps, salads, and even breakfast sandwiches.

We enjoyed the avocado BLT, a huge club sandwich, greek salad, and grilled cheese!

View the full Cherub’s Cafe menu.

What is Holy Angels?

Cherub’s Cafe is run by Holy Angels, who as a mission seek to provide opportunities for the differently abled. Holy Angels offers a residential program, medical services, therapy, treatment, recreational groups, and lots more including vocational opportunities. They also operate the cotton candy shop next door and Bliss Gallery which is a local art gallery.

The mission behind Cherub’s, and these other Belmont businesses is to provide meaningful employment opportunities for differently-abled people. When you purchase breakfast or lunch at Cherub’s you’re supporting these programs and mission!

Cherub's Cafe

Our Visit to Cherub’s Cafe

We visited Cherub’s Cafe for a late lunch after spending the morning at the National Whitewater Center in nearby Charlotte. It was the perfect relaxed spot to enjoy lunch as a family.

Not only was lunch tasty but the service was wonderful and the employees were all cheerful. There is just something contagious about happy people, you know? We left recharged with full stomachs and smiles on our faces.

Cherub’s Cafe
23 North Main Street
Belmont, NC

Outside of Cherub's Cafe

If you’re in the area, don’t miss Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from Cherub’s Cafe and is a great place to bring the kids to run off some energy, enjoy the river, and a walk!

Spring in Charlotte, NC: Activities & Things to Do

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Are you looking for things to do this spring in Charlotte, NC? We have lots of family-friendly ideas to keep you and the kids busy and having fun together. Grab the camera, you’re going to be making some memories this spring.

Spring in Charlotte, NC

We have lots of things to do this spring for you, including Easter Events, spring flowers, parks to explore, and lots more spring fun in Charlotte, NC

Easter in Charlotte, NC

If you’re looking for Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter activities, you’ll want to check out our Kidding Around Guide to Easter Egg Hunts in Charlotte, NC. It’s loaded with Easter Egg Hunts and events all over Charlotte and the surrounding areas. We even have some themed day trip ideas you won’t want to miss!

Easter Egg Hunt: Charlotte NC

Don’t Miss Any of the Easter Fun

Easter Egg Hunts in Charlotte, NC.

Spring Break

If you’re looking specifically for Spring Break things to do in Charlotte, NC, we have an entire guide for that! It’s full of adventures indoors and out so you can have fun together no matter the weather, plus day trip ideas and even some unique travel ideas.

Spring Break Guide to Charlotte, NC

Kidding Around’s Guide to Spring Break in Charlotte, NC

Spring Activities in Charlotte, NC

Pick Flowers!

Springtime means tulips and daffodils are blooming. What better way to enjoy them than an afternoon spent at a flower farm? There are several flower farms near Charlotte and within an easy day trip drive where you can visit and even pick your own flowers. Make a pretty spring bouquet for your home.

Play Outdoors

Looking for a place to play outside? Here are a few parks we love!

Village Park in Kannapolis has an antique carousel and a small train in addition to their fun playground. With picnic spots, restrooms on site, and paved walking trails, you can spend the whole day here.

Carousel at Village Green Park

Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont, NC is a great spot to enjoy spring by the river. There’s a newly constructed playground on site, plus picnic areas, picnic shelters, and restrooms. Perhaps the coolest part of this park is the beautiful dock with bench swings that extend out into the river. Have your own kayak? You can launch for free from this park!

Go for a Hike

We LOVE heading out on a hike to see a gorgeous waterfall. It’s really one of the best ways to enjoy spring weather that we can think of. If you agree, try one of these Waterfalls near Charlotte. For something really unique, head to Western North Carolina and try this Waterfall Driving Tour.

Or, check out Anne Springs Close Greenway. You’ll find beautiful trails, events and even places to dine at this park.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Visit Crowders Mount State Park for Hikes with Amazing Views of Charlotte!

Visit ZMAX Dragway for the April NHRA Event

The NHRA Four-Wide event returns to ZMAX April 26th-28th, 2024. We got to experience an NHRA Event at ZMAX last year and it was so much fun, especially for our kids. Every ticket is a pit pass at NHRA events which means you can get close to the cars, watch the teams work and even ask questions. Kids’ tickets are just $10!

ZMAX Funny Car being towed

Pick Strawberries!

Want to pick your own strawberries? There are lots of places near Charlotte where you can do just that. Plus there are even more that are an easy day trip away, which means your strawberry season just got a little longer. Check out these farms with strawberry picking in Charlotte, NC!

Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

There are lots and lots more things to do in Charlotte!

Check out our HUGE Things to Do in Charlotte Guide.

Or, try this list of FREE Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

Free Things to Do This Spring

Make some free spring crafts at Home Depot Kids Workshops.

  • March 2nd, 2024: Butterfly House
  • April 6th, 2024: Lattice Planter
  • May 4th, 2024: Bloomin Picture Frame

Or, try these free spring projects at Lowes FREE Kids Workshops

  • March 16th, 2024, Flower Birdfeeder
  • April 20th, 2024, Garden Cart Planter
  • May 4th, 2024: Butterfly Biome

Take Your Family on a High-Speed Adventure at ZMAX Dragway in Concord, NC

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Thinking about a visit to ZMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC? When is the last time you stood up to watch something go 300 mph? Been a long time or maybe never? Then you should plan a trip to the ZMAX Dragway for an NHRA National Event.

We got a chance to visit for an NHRA Nationals Events and couldn’t believe all the things we got to experience. And the best part? Kids are just $10. So your 300 mph family adventure just got a lot more budget-friendly. Here’s everything you need to know.

Watch!: Here’s our visit in one quick video

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The next NHRA event at ZMAX Dragway is coming soon! Get tickets now for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals: April 26th – 28th, 2024

Thank you to Explore Cabarrus County for providing tickets so we could bring our readers this review!

entrance to ZMAX Dragwa

Pick Your Own Flower Farms: Charlotte, NC

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Would you like to visit a flower farm in Charlotte, NC to pick your own flowers? If you’re looking for u-pick flowers in Charlotte, NC, you’ve come to the right list. We have flower farms in Charlotte and flower farms within an easy day trip where you can pick everything from tulips to sunflowers. You can’t beat a fully blooming flower field when it comes to beauty, and many of these farms invite you to come and enjoy the fields, pick your flowers, and even hang around for a picnic. Go enjoy a beautiful spring day in a field of flowers. Try one of these u-pick flower farms near Charlotte, NC.

Pick your own flowers in Charlotte NC

Dewberry Farm: Pick Your Own Tulips & Sunflowers

Dewberry Farm is ready for its 7th annual U-pick Tulip, springtime farm events. They anticipate opening for tulip picking on March 25th, 2024. They also offer U-pick Sunflowers in the summertime. Both options are ticketed events, so you’ll need to get those u-pick tickets in advance. In 2023 tickets were $8 for adults and $5 for kids over age 2. Tulips were $1.25 each. We will update with 2024 prices when available. You can also follow the Dewberry Farm Facebook page for updates and current picking conditions.

  • Kernersville, NC (About 1 hour and 20 minutes from Charlotte, NC)
  • Spring and Summer Flowers
  • Dewberry Farm Website
  • Purchase tickets in advance

McLawland Farms: Sunflowers & Dahlias

McLawland Farms offers pick-your-own flowers in the summer by appointment. They offer sunflowers and dahlias as well as blackberries, blueberries, and figs when available. Look for summer flowers to be ready in June and July and fall flowers in October. The McLawland Farms Facebook page is a good place to check for field updates.

Aurora Flora: Pick Summer Blooms

Aurora Flora offers a quarter-acre garden of blooms you can pick yourself at their u-pick events on Saturdays which typically begin in May for the summer season. You’ll need to make a reservation before you visit to ensure the garden doesn’t get too crowded. Cut flower prices are $25 for a cup of 20-25 flowers, or $75 for a bulk bucket that holds 60-75 stems.

Curiosity Farm: Pick Tulips, Daffodils, Dahlias, and More

Located in Concord, NC, Curiosity Farm offers spring, summer, and fall you-pick options including tulips, anemones, daffodils in the spring, and dahlias in the summer and fall. This farm also offers cut bouquets and gardening classes at venues in the community. Follow Curiosity Farm on Facebook to see when they will begin their 2024 U-Pick Events, look for tulips, anemones, and daffodils starting in March! Prices vary by season, but in 2023 were $15-20 per jar of picked flowers in the spring.

Blackberry Ridge: Cut Your Own Flowers

Blackberry Ridge offers cut flower subscriptions as well as pick-your-own events in the spring and summer. In 2023 they offered tulips, snapdragons, sunflowers, dahlias, and more. Follow Blackberry Ridge on Facebook to see when they will open their field for you-pick.

Wise Acres Organic

In addition to you-pick berries, Wise Acres Organic Farm offers pick your own flowers by reservation. However, if you just want to pick up some pre-picked flowers (or berries) you can do that without a reservation at The Green House store beside the farm. They also carry ice cream, snacks, local items, Wise Acres flowers, and sometimes even a food truck. You really could spend a whole afternoon at this farm!

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: Spring Tulips

The apple farm you know and love also offers tulips in the spring! Pick your own spring tulips at Stepp’s Orchard. We visited this farm in 2023 and it was so gorgeous. Check the Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard Facebook page for tulip picking availability, but look for them to be open in March 2024.

Stepp's tulips

Jeter Mountain Farm: Pick Your Own Summer Blooms

Jeter Mountain Farm is an apple orchard, but they also offer u-pick zinnias in July and sunflowers in early August. That means if you time it right, you can pick your flowers, get apples, and enjoy a coffee on the farm, in one fabulous day trip. Don’t miss their fun (free) indoor play area! We love the wagon rides that bring you around the farm. The views are totally amazing as you approach the flower fields!

Jeter Mountain Farm

Thompson Family Farms

Thompson Family Farms offers cut-your-own tulips in early spring and sunflowers in summer. Follow the Thompson Family Farms Facebook page for updates. We got to experience picking flowers at Thompson Family Farm and we had such a lovely time. Here’s our review of Thompson Family Farms.

Check out our visit to Thompson Family Farm

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Spring Break in Charlotte, NC: 20+ Camps & Things to Do

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Are you hoping to keep the kids busy during spring break in Charlotte, NC? Spring break for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools starts March 29th and goes through April 5th, 2024. What will your family be doing for spring break? No ideas, no problem. We have spring break camps in Charlotte, NC plus things to do during spring break, and even some travel ideas.

Spring Break Guide to Charlotte, NC

2024 Spring Break Camps: Charlotte, NC

Spring break camps are a great way to explore something fun, learn something new, and even one way to make sure your childcare needs are covered while school is out. Here are some local places offering spring break camps in Charlotte.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Spring Break Camp

Dates: April 2 -4, 2024 from 9 am to 3 pm (extended day available from 8 am to 5 pm)
Explore NASCAR with STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math). Camp will include games, challenges, craft, and creative exploration.
Cost: $300 for non-members, $255 for members. One-day options are also available.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Spring Break Camp

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Dates: April 1st through the 5th, 2024
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers quite a variety of spring break camp options. Sign up for a single day or the entire week. There are art and equestrian camps available as well as standard spring day camp.
Cost: Depends on the choice of camp and location. A single day of camp starts at $26 for members and $40 for non-members.
Find more information about all the Spring Break Camps at YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

Perfect Balance Training Center: Spring Has Sprung

Dates: April 1 through the 5th, 2024- single day option available
Perfect Balance offers a week-long spring break camp with single-day options for kids ages 5 to 12.
Cost: Begins at $125 to $390 depending on options selected. Register in advance for the best price.
Perfect Balance Spring Break Camp

The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Dates: April 1 through the 5th, 2024- single day option available
Bundle the week for the best deal, or choose your day of camp based on fun themes at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for kids K-3rd grades. For kids in 4th and 5th grades, the theater is offering a week-long Create an Escape Room camp.
Cost: Varies based on options- starting at $80 per day.
Mini-Camps at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Mission Grit Spring Break Camp

Dates: April 1st through April 3rd, 2024
Campers ages 7 and up will enjoy obstacle courses, teamwork challenges, engineering, construction, and more.
Cost: $80 per day, sibling discounts available
Mission Grit Spring Break Camp

Camp Nature Tales Spring Break Camp

Dates: April 1st through April 4th, 2024, 9 am to 12:30 pm
This nature and outdoor spring camp is for the kids ages 3 to 5. It’s located at the SEED Wildlife & Children’s Garden, 260 Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte, and hosted by Wing Haven. Camp includes hikes, games and arts.
Cost: $185-225
Camp Nature Tales

Charlotte Football Club Youth Spring Camp

Dates: April 1st to the 5th, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm
Players ages 7 to 18 can improve their skills at spring break camp. Atrium Health Performance Park – 8600 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte
Cost: $50 per day
Charlotte Football Club Spring Break Camp

Noah’s Art

Dates: April 1st through the 5th, 2024
Lots of camp options at Noah’s Art, including an AM and PM session and a combo session with MY Gym. Camp is available for kids ages 3 to 10.
Cost: $45 to $59
Noah’s Art Spring Break Camp

Ninja Nation

Dates: April 1st through the 5th, 2024
Camps at Ninja Nation are for ages 5 to 12. They include lunch, snacks, and games, activities, and skill sessions.
Cost: $85 per day, $395 per week
Ninja Nation Camps

Things to Do: Spring Break in Charlotte

Go Hiking

You can hike for free at the Whitewater Center in Charlotte. Just pay the $10 parking fee. While you’re there you can enjoy the grounds and watch those brave enough to take on the rapids, climb, zipine, and more. Of course, you could always purchase an activity pass and participate if you’re so inclined.

Chase Waterfalls

Check out these waterfalls near Charlotte. Pick one and pack a picnic. Your day is about to get a little more magical.

Visit the Farm

Try Bush N’ Vine in York County, SC. The kids can play on the playground and get an ice cream cone. You can grab some tasty groceries and you might even be able to pick your own strawberries! Keep an eye on the Bush N’ Vine Facebook page to see what they are offering.

If you’re heading that way, check out more things to do in York County, SC.

Bush N Vine orchard in York, South Carolina

Play Indoors

Sometimes the spring weather doesn’t cooperate. In that case, bring the kids to play indoors! We have an indoor guide to Charlotte to help you out.

Climbing wall at Unwind Indoor Play Cafe in Pineville, North Carolina

Looking for more budget-friendly ideas? Check out FREE Things to Do in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte SHOUT!

Charlotte SHOUT! runs during spring break from March 29th through April 14th, 2024. Its a free opportunity to listen to music, enjoy dance, explore art, and lots more. Find all the information at the Charlotte SHOUT! website.

Visit Carowinds

Did you know that preschoolers can get a free pass to Carowinds with the purchase of a Gold or Prestige pass? Find out how, plus all our best tips for a trip to Carowinds.

Travel for Spring Break

For spring break travel, check out these spring break destinations near the Carolinas.

Stay at Pilot Cove and explore Asheville, NC.

Caboose rental at Buffalo Creek Vacations

Stay in either a decommissioned caboose or luxury cabin with a hot tub and game room – all on a buffalo ranch. Visit Buffalo Creek Vacations.

Banning Mills Treehouse

Stay in a treehouse and ride the world’s longest zip line! Visit Historic Banning Mills.

Canoe at Congaree National Park

Head to Columbia, SC and go kayaking at Congaree National Park.

Fripp Island

For a quiet beach trip, try Fripp Island. Think biking, kayaking, and beach walks.