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In Charlotte, it's refreshingly fun and easy to get outside or catch a ball game.
This Turkey Vulture is one of many injured and orphaned raptors living at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC. Through its mission of environmental stewardship and conservation, the center helps birds of prey through rehabilitation & research.
This Turkey Vulture is one of many injured and orphaned raptors living at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC. Through its mission of environmental stewardship and conservation, the center helps birds of prey through rehabilitation & research. Patrick Schneider Photography

Most people in Charlotte like to play as hard as they work, which has shaped the city into a place where mountain-biking trails meet expertly manicured greens.

Spend some time outdoors in Charlotte and you’ll see why the city is so in love with its natural attractions. The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks located on more than 17,600 acres of parkland – prime places for hiking, biking, boating, picnicking and more.

There’s plenty of fun on the water, too. Go tubing along the shores of Lake Norman, or pick up the pace with some whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which also offers kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, climbing, mountain biking and more. If you’re up for an adventure, try the Center’s zip line or rigorous adventure course.

Charlotte’s sports events bring fans to their feet. Cheer for the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Knights and more. If you can’t get into the game, catch it live at a sports bar around town.

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