Families and empty nesters, singles and couples all find plenty to do in Midtown Charlotte. Ever-popular and much-photographed Freedom Park features tennis courts, soccer fields, walking trails, gardens, picnic areas and an amphitheater on the edge of its 7-acre lake, as well as Festival in the Park in September. Located on the edge of Freedom Park, the Charlotte Nature Museum is a long-time favorite with the kids.

Lovely Independence Park, where the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Pet Palooza is held every spring can be found in the Elizabeth neighborhood and across Independence Blvd. you’ll see Memorial Stadium on the edge of the CPCC campus.

Ovens Auditorium and Park Expo and Conference Center are convenient venues for musicals, musicians and the popular Southern Shows.

The Mint Museum Randolph is always busy with visitors to the museum or others enjoying the surrounding lawn and gardens with their dogs and families.

Thirty-two acre Latta Park is located between Dilworth and Myers Park, where the kids can cool off in the free sprayground and play in the playground.

The Sugar Creek Greenway goes through the entire area, and walkers, runners and bicycle riders share the fun and even use the paved path as a convenient way to get to and from area attractions. B-Cycle bike sharing has racks close-by for cruising the greenway in style.

Get in the swim of things at the Charlotte Aquatic Center, which is open to the public and host of numerous swim team meets and other activities.