There is never a reason to be bored in South Park in Charlotte. During the summer, the Harris Y outdoor pool is a haven for both families with small children and serious adult swimmers. There are a number of neighborhood pools as well.

In June, Symphony Park is home to Charlotte Pops and thousands of picnics and blankets spread out on the grounds as the crowds enjoy an evening of music under the stars. The season ends with a wildly popular Independence Day music and fireworks celebration.

On Thanksgiving weekend, at SouthPark Mall, join in for another tree lighting and community party.

The holiday season kicks off in the circle at Piedmont Row  with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and miniature train rides. Check out this live/dine/play area for a variety of restaurants, the Harris Y Express  as well as finance and insurance corporate centers.

At Phillips Place , you'll find a movie theater and the newly expanded Dean and Deluca, a gathering spot for a cup of coffee and pastry, a glass of wine and wine tastings, as well as local, live music. Be sure to catch the two fountains at each end of the complex.

And almost every Thursday finds wine fans gathered for free tastings at Winestore at Morrison.