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City view of Charlotte, NCWhen you come to a city like Charlotte, North Carolina there are so many things to do and see, sticking to a budget gets tricky. But don’t worry, we have you covered with FREE things to do in Charlotte that are sure to make your stay more fun without breaking the bank.

Mint Museum

The Mint Museum is forward and fun with two locations in Charlotte. Check out the Mint Museum Uptown and view the famed Craft + Design collection, modern art, contemporary art, and many other great collections. Or head over to Mint Museum Randolph and behold the European and African art collection. Visit on Wednesday evenings between 5PM and 9PM for free admission!

UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has beautiful conservation gardens that are free to the public. Patrons can peruse the gardens and natural areas Tuesday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM, or Sunday 1PM – 5PM.

The Greenway

For all the runners, bikers, and dog enthusiasts the greenway system will be your favorite part of Charlotte. The greenway offers 13 trails around 37 miles long that are paved specifically for pedestrians and also to preserve the natural plant and wildlife. Use the Complete Guide to Charlotte’s Greenway for an extensive list of all the trails, hours, rules, and more.

Bechtler By Night

Enjoy a free night of art, interaction, and entertainment every third Friday of the month from 5-9 PM at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. This modern art museum is located on 420 South Tryon Street and part of the Blue Star Museums, which mean it offers free admission any time to active duty military and their families.

Reed Gold Mine

Take advantage of the free admission and tours at the first documented gold mine in the US. Enjoy the mines between 9 AM – 5 PM for free. You can also enjoy gold panning from 9AM – 4PM (April – October) for a small $3 fee per pan.

Charlotte Outdoor Concert Series

Charlotte offers a series of free concerts around all their park through spring and summer. Past series have included Live at the Family Tree, Music Box Lunch Series, Live on the Green, Party in the Park, and so many others. Stay tuned for this year’s up and coming concert series.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors at Crowders Mountain State Park. Here you can enjoy hiking the trails with your four-legged friend (as long as their leased) for free.

Park Hours
November: 7AM – 7PM

December – February: 7AM – 6PM

March, April, & October: 7AM – 8PM

May – September: 7AM – 9PM