You don’t have to go to the Biltmore, or even outside city limits, for free access to calming, curated gardens. The Harwood Garden is in vibrant bloom in summer, and the Van Landingham Glen offers woodland shade when you need a break from Uptown concrete.
20. Make friends at the dog park
Full disclosure: dog not included. Charlotteans love -- okay, obsess -- over their dogs, and Charlotte public parks just feed the obsession. McAlpine Creek Park down Monroe offers lots of space and rare crowds, while Frazier Park is Uptown’s spot for mixing and sniffing, with two separate pens for small dogs and large.
21. Sing stupid loud at Snug Harbor
Squeeze the last drop out of the weekend with Sunday night free karaoke parties at Plaza Midwood’s Snug Harbor. It starts at 6pm, so you can go a little crazy and still survive Monday morning.