If you live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC and you just spent too much money on back-to-school clothes and school supplies, there are some fun free activities you can do before the end of the summer!
Here are some of the best free things to do in Charlotte:
QUEENS ROAD WEST
A wide street with million-dollar homes, Queens Road West is part of the Myers Park neighborhood developed at the turn of the 20th century. Charlotte textile, banking and utility company families lived there. Trees were planted before houses went up, and today rows of willow oaks create "a green cathedral".
Ben Long, from Statesville, NC, studied fresco painting in Italy before bringing the art to churches in his home state. His largest and first secular fresco is a three-panel painting in the Bank of America Corporate Center representing themes of making/building, chaos/creativity, and planning/knowledge.
Another Long fresco titled "Continuum" is located in the three-story archway leading to the courtyard at Transamerica Square. It portrays the many faces of North Carolina.
Several self-guided walking tours can be found online at charlottesgotalot.com. One starts at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and goes past the Bechtler, Mint and Levine museums with a stop at Settlers' Cemetery, where town founder and Revolutionary War hero Thomas Polk is buried. The 24-stop tour ends at the Epicentre, an entertainment facility with great views.
Tours of public art include a free shuttle service called the Gold Rush, as well as the Arts &Science Council's 31-stop walking/shuttle tour, which includes the frescoes and the Trade and Tryon statues, artsandscience.org.
Other walking and driving tours are outlined at historiccharlotte.org.
The Green, a 1.5-acre downtown park at 435 S. Tryon St., is a literary-themed park with sculptures of giant books, pages and a walkway of sounds. Bright signs mark the intersections of author names, including "Emily" and "Bronte," ''Herman" and "Melville," and "Alice" and "Walker."