Have a Low-to-No-Spend Week in Charlotte!
Photo Courtesy of UNCC Botanical Gardens
Are you committed to saving for your first home but are also a bit of a social butterfly? Have no fear! Charlotte is tops for finding free or ultra-low-cost afternoon activities any day of the week. Recently, the Charlotte Observer compiled a plan for what your week might look like if you did something free every day. It looked a bit like this…:
Monday: Heist Brewery Run Club. Every Monday starting at 6:30, Heist Brewery hosts their running club. Runners choose from a 1, 3, or 5-mile course winding through NoDa. (That’s the ultra hip and trendy arts district that’s “North of Davidson” if you don’t speak Queen City.) The run is free; you can even pick up a free runner’s punch card that earns you a free app after 8 punches. Optional: for $25 a year you can be a member of Heist Run Club that earns you 10% off all food items, a 20 oz. beer pour every time you go to the brewery (run club nights or not!), 20% of Heist apparel, discounts at select local running stores, and a HBRC t-shirt.
Tuesday: free nights at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia. Less than 30 minutes from Uptown lies the Schiele Museum. Enjoy free admission on the second Tuesday of every month from 4-8pm. This free admission grants you access to the walking trails, backcountry farm area, and special exhibits. For $5 extra you can catch a show at the planetarium at 4:00, 6:00, and 7:00pm.
Wednesday: guided dog walk at Wooden Robot Brewery. Called a “Skip and Sip,” this event is designed to get you out and about with your pooch and introduce you to the on-demand dog walking service Skipper. Take a 1.5-mile guided walking tour and learn more about the company.
Thursday: Boot Camp at Unknown Brewing. Thursdays at 6pm, take part in a free bootcamp class that reportedly gets super intense. Unknown Brewing just opened their new rooftop patio and they encourage everyone to stay after class to enjoy a beer that they definitely will have earned after their workout. It’s not required, though!
Friday: the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Yes, this option is technically always free, but what better way to kick off the weekend than with a stroll through this lush, gorgeous garden? Open Monday through Saturday, 9am-4pm and Sunday, 1-4pm, enjoy the outdoor garden that boasts an Asian garden, winter trail, and local flora and fauna. Also visit the Greenhouse that grows desert succulents, carnivorous and bog plants, and something called a Dinosaur garden which sounds really intriguing.
To see what the Saturday and Sunday suggestions are, head on over to the Charlotte Observer!