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Senior’s Guide to Charlotte

Charlotte is a growing area brimming with senior-friendly activities. The Queen City has so much to offer its residents and visitors from stunning gardens and art museums to historical buildings and sports arenas. Find ideas for places to visit and activities to do in the city and surrounding communities below in our Senior’s Guide to Charlotte.

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The Greenway

Anne Springs Close Greenway

803-548-7252 • Explore the outdoors on more than 2,100 acres at this Greenway. With 40 trails to choose from, you’ll have plenty of places to go hiking, biking or horseback riding. You can also fish in designated areas with a permit.
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Carolina Raptor Center

704-875-6521 • Walk the Raptor Trail to learn about and see over 30 species of birds, including eagles, hawks, falcons and more at the Carolina Raptor Center in nearby Huntersville. A discount is offered for seniors.
Crowder’s Mountain State Park

Crowder’s Mountain State Park

704-853-5375 • Enjoy beautiful outdoor scenery and take a hike on one of 11 trails at Crowder’s Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to observe museum-quality exhibits.
Freedom Park

Freedom Park

980-314-1002 • Go for a gentle stroll along paved trails, birdwatch, enjoy a picnic or take part in athletic activities, such as tennis, at this huge park centered around a 7-acre lake.
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Little Sugar Creek Greenway

980-314-1002 • Currently under construction, the future 19-mile long paved Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a perfect destination in Charlotte for outdoor recreation, such as walking, running, biking and leisure.
McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

704-588-5224 • Enter the McDowell Nature Center to learn about the flora and fauna spread throughout the preserve before seeing “nature in action” at the National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Habitat Garden.
U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

704-391-3900 • Participate in outdoor recreational fun at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Enjoy less strenuous activities like canoeing and gentle hiking or try whitewater rafting, rock climbing or mountain biking.
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary

704-331-0664 • Take in and enjoy natural beauty as you study Southern horticulture and observe wildlife at the Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary in Charlotte.

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