Take the Fourth Ward Walking Tour
Rather than spending big bucks on a guided tour, take this free, self-led journey. Drive your Charlotte car rental to the INFO!Charlotte office on South Tryon Street to pick up a free touring map. You'll trek through the Fourth Ward, one of the quadrants that the city was divided into in the 1800s (the other three have since been diffused into other neighborhoods). You'll come across gorgeous Victorian homes, the stunning St. Peters Episcopal Church and other historical structures.
Hop back in your Charlotte car rental to visit the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. It spans more than 730 acres of land that is full of lush greenery, sparkling lakes, soothing streams and family-friendly activities. Hike through more than 10 miles of trails, discovering the native wildlife along the way, or bring the rod and reel for a delightful afternoon of fishing. Lay out a picnic on the soft grass and enjoy the scenic landscape while you eat, then play a game of ball on one of the athletic fields. Additionally, visitors can take in the Backyard Habitat Garden, where there are butterfly gardens, composting demonstrations and birds nipping away at feeders.