Best Festival : The dog/owner look-a-like contest at Bark in the Park is just one of the reasons to head to this festival, where four-legged participants are the ones to watch.
Best Wide-Open Space : The 98-acre Freedom Park is the most picturesque park in Charlotte and has enough open spaces for lounging in the sun, tossing around a Frisbee, inline skating, or having a picnic lunch.
Best Place to Strike Out : StrikeCity was designed to make bowling hip again.
Best Community Theater : The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte specializes in staging performances for mature audiences. The dramas are good, but it’s the comedies that are standouts.
Best Place to Get Lost : Follow the trails through Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve to the ruins of a stone house that dates back to 1790.
Best Garden : Dating back to 1927, Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary , a former private garden, is now an urban oasis in one of the finest neighborhoods in Charlotte.
Best Place to Get Wet : Ride the rapids at U.S. National Whitewater Center , the official Olympic training facility. Or, grab a seat on the sidelines and watch the wipeouts.