Get outside and explore five of the Queen City’s most epic parks. They all offer something different so you can plan a visit depending on what suits your mood. Make it a goal to explore all these wide open spaces and play like a kid again. Charlotte Mecklenburg has over 370 MORE parks to check out so consider this list your starting point.

Picture Perfect: Freedom Park

1908 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Located just a few miles from Uptown Charlotte, this iconic CLT spot is a photographer’s dream. Featuring a classic band shell, serene lake, stone bridge and lots of greenspace, you will not run out of places to get the perfect Instaworthy shot. Bring a picnic or grab take out from an East Blvd. hot spot and enjoy dining al fresco. Pack plenty of wardrobe changes to take full advantage of nature’s backdrop. 

Get Outdoorsy: McDowell Nature Center

15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278

You could visit the McDowell Nature Preserve all season long and not do the same activity twice! Take the kids and visit the Nature Center (hello, rainy day activity!), pitch a tent and go camping for the weekend, hit the trails for some sunshine therapy or throw in a line and see if the fish are biting. 

Uptown Playground: First Ward Park

301 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

When urban life comes calling, head to First Ward Park and take in the cool city vibe. Jump on the light rail to Seventh Street Station, grab a coffee at The Market at 7th Street and watch the world go by under the sky. This 4.6 acres of green space with skyscraper views also has a sprayground for sweltering summer afternoon cooldown sessions. 

Workout Change Up: Nevin Community Park

6000 Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Spice up your sweat sessions and challenge yourself to something new! This 197-acre park includes lighted softball/baseball fields, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, Bocce ball courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, shuffleboard, walking trails, playgrounds and a sprayground. 

Pickleball and Pets: Clarks Creek Park 

5435 Hucks Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Four-legged friends and parks go together like tennis balls and slobber. Fido will love the spacious off leash dog park with areas for big and little canine companions to play. Meet other pet parents and bring home a tired and happy dog. Pickleball curious? Clarks Creek Park has courts where you can pick up new skills and learn all about the latest sports craze. 

If your park perusing leads you to a neighborhood you love, call a Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent to help show you the way home.