In Charlotte, we’re fortunate to have a wealth of attractions like the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carowinds and the Charlotte Motor Speedway that bring in guests from all over the world. But, if you’re the type of traveler who’s looking to experience the side streets and hidden gems of Charlotte in addition to the main street draws, we’ve got you covered.
In our “Live Like a Local” series, we’ll take a look at a new ZIP code that makes up a unique Charlotte neighborhood full of life and culture.
So make your way over to Dilworth and experience Charlotte like a local in 28203:
Freedom Park: tranquility amongst our busy city streets
Whether we’re in the midst of an Indian Summer or enjoying unseasonably cool temperatures, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, at Freedom Park. Considered a sort of “Central Park” for the Queen City, Freedom Park is home to 98-acres of paved walking trails, athletic fields and playgrounds, with a 7-acre lake at its epicenter. Located three 3 miles from Uptown, Freedom Park is adjacent to the Charlotte Nature Museum where you can witness animals and plants endemic to the Piedmont. Bring your family, bring your pooch, or bring your picnic, but definitely bring a desire to soak in the flora and fauna of Charlotte.
Tapas and Tacos in Dilworth
Celebrating just over a year of serving Latin-fusion cuisine, Babalu has made a indelible mark on the foodie scene in Charlotte. With such menu highlights as Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche, Pan Roasted Redfish, and De Pato duck tacos, locals appreciate the fresh take on the taco—a food group all its own, if we’re being honest, as well as the 365-day-a-year open air patio. Babalu retrofitted a historic Dilworth home to both fit its culinary needs as well as maintain the integrity of the house and neighborhood. Enjoy on-site valet, $2 Taco Tuesdays, and daily drink specials, surrounded by the history of Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb.
Rounding out our tour of the 28203 is Paper Skyscraper, voted “Charlotte’s Best Gift Store” by The Charlotte Observer. Filled with enough paper products, books, and stationery sets to theoretically build an actual paper skyscraper, this aptly named shop has been a Charlotte staple for more than 20 years. With the understanding that laughter is the main tenant of their day-to-day operation, expect a light-hearted and whimsical quality to all of their products. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, to boot. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a family member, or just for yourself, Paper Skyscraper will do their best to help you find that perfect little something. If they didn’t call it ‘Paper Skyscraper’ they’d call it ‘Shop That is Filled With Everything Good and Sweet in This World.’
Written by Emily Farington Smith for Charlotte Happenings October 2017 issue. Updates by Ryan Wixted.