Econo Lodge at Carowinds
3540 Lakemont Blvd
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Phone: (803) 547-2300
Fax: (803) 547-2444
There's no way you can get bored at the 105-acre Carowinds, whatever age group you belong to. This amusement park has it all, from 60 rides like Nickelodeon Central and Vortex, to events and live shows. Also part of the Carowinds is the Boomerang Bay Waterpark Resort and the famous "Scarowinds" event. Accommodation, too, is not a problem, as you and your family can just camp out in the fully equipped 25-acre Camp Wilderness Resort. Spend a day of absolute fun, frolic, thrills and maybe even some chills! Check the website for further information.
Crystal Creek opened in the year 1971 and has since been a favorite destination of Charlotte's golfers. With its 18-hole green and long tee, this course is for the serious golfer. Unlike other golf clubs, which devise several gimmicks to attract clientele, it promotes the game in its actual sense. The reasonable rates are an added bonus.
Along the banks of Lake Wylie, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve is an almost undeveloped forest area and one of Charlotte's main attractions. The center aims to educate people about the need to conserve the ecology and environment. The place is home to over 100 species of birds and 21 species of mammals and amphibians. Rare species, such as the Seminole bat and the Loggerhead Shrike, are also spotted here. Those interested in kayaking, canoeing, nature walking, and fishing can get in touch with the center for information.
If you are all thumbs when it comes to holding a club, don't worry too much. Hone your skills at this facility, which includes a top notch practice center, eight target greens and artificial tees that can be played in all kinds of weather. Classes are held on a regular basis and can go on for as long as six months to a year; find a schedule that suits you best. If your kids show some potential in the sport, bring them along too—special classes are also conducted for those between five and 17 years of age. Check the website for more details.
The 'Quail Hollow Club' was founded by James J. Harris on the 13th of April 1959. This 18 hole golf course covers 7,114 yards of golf for the longest tees at a par of 72. This brilliantly designed course captures the Piedmont region with its amazing beauty. The course was designed by George W. Cobb in 1961 and has gone under a number of changes, being redesigned by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio.
The Dana Rader Golf School is a training school par excellence and is a must for all those who wish to have a good hand at the game. Its on course training ground is the five star Ballantyne Resort golf course, while it also has an indoor training facility, for use during inclement weather. The school's teaching faculty and the use of the latest technological equipment has made its training module the best in the city. Call +1 877 997 2337 (Toll Free).
Established several decades ago as an initiative by Charlotte Observer, Camp Thunderbird is now managed by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. It is located around 16 miles from Charlotte, with a giant waterslide and baseball pitch on-site. Ski boats, for having some fun in the Lake Wylie are also available. This camp is operational throughout the year and offers several programs dealing with subjects like ecology, specially suited to youth and school children. The venue is rented out for events during weekends. Call +1 800 732 3855 (Toll Free).
This exclusive, private country club in South Charlotte is for the whole family. The owners seem to have taken great efforts to ensure that no one feels left out. Sport lovers will love playing on the two 18-hole golf courses, trying out the Olympic-sized swimming pool and several tennis courts. Executives can cut a deal in one of the meeting rooms and families can share a jovial meal while checking out the place.
The 18-hole course has been spruced up to include a driving range, but still retains its old charm. With different yard lengths for men, women and senior citizens, the vast, well-sculpted course provides for all. Being semi-private, it is not so hard to get in, though members get special treats. The facility can be used for organized games too, and has a large, fully-stocked pro shop on-site. Make sure you are suitably dressed when you come here—they are quite particular in that regard. Check the website for more details.
Symphony Park is a beautiful setting to enjoy free music with friends, family and loved ones. Located in South Park, this space offers a free summer concert series and a number of outdoor movies under the stars. Seating is first come first served, so be sure to arrive early if you'd like a clear view of the entertainment.
This country club boasts of a well-designed 71 par 18-hole golf course, featuring trees, slopes, water hazards near five holes and plenty of foliage. Golf camps for kids are also on offer here—their mettle is tested through a Junior Club Championship. The grill room, located on the premises, features some nice wines and a tasty dinner menu. If you feel that your equipment is getting a little worse for the wear, grab some clubs and appropriate golf attire from the pro shop. Unfortunately, only members and their guests can enjoy these facilities, so sign up if interested.
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary was designed and created by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson in 1927, encompassing almost three acres in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte. The estate includes the original house built by the couple, as well as extensive gardens which are now home to an array of flowers, local trees and birds. There are many winding paths to explore, with informational plaques lining the brick walkways. The Clarkson house is also worth a visit, as it has been renovated to replicate its original style. Also, make sure to check out the website for more information about the estate, as well as fun tips like recipes for peanut butter birdseed cakes. Guided tours for groups are available on some weekday mornings and reservations can be made by phone.