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Page 54 of 89 53 1 Little Sugar Creek Greenway 2 First Ward Park 3 UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens 4 Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 5 U.S. National Whitewater Center PHOTO 1 BY TIM ROBISON; PHOTOS 4 AND 5 BY KYO H NAM McDowell Nature Center and Preserve is the gateway to more than 1,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land. It's the oldest preserve in Mecklenburg County and includes forests along the banks of Lake Wylie. Here you can hike, reserve a campsite, fish, kayak or launch a boat. Find Freedom Prefer to lounge in a picture-perfect environment? Freedom Park, considered the Central Park of Charlotte, is a popular destination for sweeping green spaces, a charming 7-acre lake, even an amphitheater—all within minutes of Uptown. Eat Local Our area's strong farming tradition makes local farmers markets thrive. e year-round Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is the largest. But there are several others, including Atherton Market in South End and the Kings Drive Farmers Market, which has been family operated since 1941. Many neighborhoods and small towns, including Plaza Midwood, Matthews and Cotswold, also have their own weekly mini markets.;; Find Green Space in Uptown Many of the Queen City's top parks are in its urban areas. Romare Bearden Park at Church and ird streets is named for the Charlotte- born artist and boasts 5.4 acres, including a large grass field and a stunning waterfall feature. First Ward Park is the city's newest and sits across from ImaginOn: e Joe & Joan Martin Center. Marshall Park, dedicated in 1973, includes a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. and a Holocaust memorial monument. Frazier Park on West Fourth Street has a great shaded dog park and connects to the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways. Fourth Ward Park, on North Poplar Street, has walking trails, a playground and decorative fountains. Many of the city's urban parks host weekly live music events in the summertime, so you can soak up some culture while you enjoy the great outdoors.; Get in the Swing of Things One of the biggest hits in town is Topgolf Charlotte, oen likened to bowling or darts, where climate-controlled hitting bays and microchipped balls make for a can't miss experience. For a more traditional game, tee off at one of more than a dozen local public courses, such as Renaissance Park Golf Course or e Golf Club at Ballantyne. Need a brush up? e Carolinas' only Golf Channel Academy, Ballantyne Golf Academy with Dana Rader is located at e Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and hosts top-quality programs for all skill levels.; 3 2 5 4

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