Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
3000 East Independence Bouleva
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: (704) 377-1501
Fax: (704) 342-3978
3000 East Independence Bouleva, Charlotte, NC, US, 28205
- Phone: (704) 377-1501
- Fax: (704) 342-3978
Gratson SkatePark is a 13,000 square-foot facility visited mainly by spirited skaters and the ilk. The course is designed for both amateurs and professionals and features banks, trails, transitions and a range of bowls. The skate park observes a safety policy and must be complied with upon admission. Skate lessons are also offered on Saturdays. The facility is part of Naomi Drenan Recreation Center and patrons require membership.
The preserve is a 77-acre habitat offering a great spot for bird watching, hiking, and picnics. The hardwood forest that makes up most of the preserve is home to different species of wildlife. Mecklenburg Audubon Society, which has adopted the preserve holds regular bird-watching trips and volunteer with the upkeep. Evergreen Preserve is popular with nature-lovers as compared to the adjoining Sheffield Park, which is inclined to attract picnickers. Open daily from 7am.
Formerly known as the Mecklenburg Country Club, the Charlotte Country Club is a known name among the elite of Charlotte. A prestigious institution since 1910, this club is a haven for those seeking some rest and relaxation, or an invigorating game of golf or a swim. Check the website for club details and membership information.
Come and play an exciting game of laser tag at the Laser Quest center on Independence Boulevard. This edgy version of “hide and seek” incorporates cool lasers, thumping music, fog and high tech lighting guaranteeing a racy adrenalin rush. Gather your friends or colleagues for some team bonding and head down to this entertainment hub. Learn more about teamwork in an awesome, fun way! You can organize private parties, school trips, corporate events and more here. Laser Quest is enjoyable for all ages and has 140 centers all over the globe. Check the website for further details.
Charlotte Memorial Stadium is a mammoth sports venue with a seating capacity of 24,000 spectators inside it. It indeed is a good choice to spend a sunny holiday watching soccer teams in action, sitting there in the open-air with your friends. And its not just sports alone that make this venue a real hit in the city—concerts and other shows also make Charlotte Memorial Stadium come alive every year on the Independence Day.
Housing the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Charlotte Museum of History plays a pivotal role in showcasing the region's history. Come and learn more about the area's fascinating past with exhibits like "Stitched from the Soul," "Community of Faiths," "Watch Charlotte Grow" and many, many more. Also open to the public is the 18th-century restored house of the revolutionary Hezekiah Alexander, a perfect example of living conditions during that era. Go back in time and discover all the past has to offer; check the website for the latest exhibits.
Located on the AME Zion Church premises is The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, founded to promote and preserve black culture, history and art. This landmark consists of an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor theater and two galleries (Montgomery and Stained Glass). Events such as the Teen Drama Camp and Jazz Evenings are held here regularly, as are weddings, private gatherings and business meetings. Also check out the interactive programs for children.
Affiliated with some of the top organizations in the country, this garden offers educational and vocational programs to the neighborhood residents. With this, it aims at educating the people of all age groups about the importance of greenery in our surroundings. Several schools send their students to participate in these workshops. For those who have a keen interest in this field, there are internship programs offered in collaboration with the Central Piedmont Community College. And for those who are looking for a hands-on lesson on roses, enroll for the course that takes place each February. For membership and further information, check the website.
This museum is tailor made to teach kids about the natural world. They'll see live animals, such as baby chicks, owls, and snakes. Take a stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion or the Paw Paw Nature Trail to learn more about local wildlife. Kids can run and play at Fort Wild or Our Big Backyard, or listen and learn during one of several workshops and events organized here.
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte have come together to create this awesome complex that houses the McColl Family Theatre, the Spangler Library, the Wachovia Playhouse, a Scene and Paint Shop, several studios, rehearsal rooms and a costume shop. A veritable entertainment center, this is the hub of family amusement activities in the area. A comprehensive collection of books and videos fills the library, while a number of educational programs for kids takes place at regular intervals.
Owned and operated by the same organization that runs the NBA Bobcats, the Charlotte Sting are another beloved institution of the Queen City. They were one of the first teams in a fledgling WNBA, and they made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. The team thrills crowds all summer long at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, and tickets start as low as USD7 per seat. See website for season tickets and package deals. Call +1 800 495 2295 (Toll Free).
The heart of this museum lies in an exploration of the people who have changed and shaped the social landscape of the South since the end of the Civil War. The exhibit addresses controversial issues like race relations and immigration, providing a forum for discussion and contemplation. The facility is newly renovated and many of the pieces contain modern multimedia displays and virtual tours that make the learning experience fun for all ages. Be sure to explore the 'Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers' exhibit, one of the permanent collections that focuses on the changing face of Charlotte and the Piedmont region of North Carolina.