Inflation treats most of us like a tyrant who wants our lunch money. People are spending more on what were once cheap things as the economy metaphorically hits us all in the face.
Even though we’re caught in the crossfire of what appears to be a very intense feud, we can make the most of it. This list of cheap date ideas for couples and best friends in Queen City can help you connect with the people you love without emptying your piggy bank.
Just outside of Charlotte, the Anne Springs Close Greenway lets you and your significant other explore the beauty of nature. The Greenway has a 36-mile network of trails that guests can bike, hike, and run. Markers are placed every ¼ mile to provide a reference point that matches the trail map.
Be sure to bring clothes you have no problem getting wet in as fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding are available to guests.
Find your zen at the US National Whitewater Center. Free daily yoga sessions with different levels of difficulty are available to everyone between May and September.
Customers have the choice between Slow Flow, Open Level Flow, Fun Flow and Sup Flow. All guests must be at least 14 years old and register in advance to participate in Sup Flow, a yoga practice on stand-up paddle boards on the Catawba River.
Pumpkins are the hallmark of the fall season. These versatile fruits – yes, they are fruits – are used to make pies and pumpkins and are the inspiration for the beloved fall flavor: Pumpkin Spice.
The farm allows customers to pick pumpkins from September 24 to October 24. 31. This is the best opportunity to take aesthetic photos for your social networks. At the Pumpkin Patch, the farm features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, a mountain of hay to climb and jump on, barnyard animals, photo opportunities, and a picnic area.
But wait, there’s more. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can take wagon rides, shop at the farm shop, and eat delicious treats like popcorn, funnel cake, and drinks. The farm shop offers a variety of items including grass-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry, locally harvested honey, dairy, vegetables, and coffee.
Cost: Free parking weekdays, $5 parking Saturday and Sunday, $5-20 for pumpkins, $13 for a pound of locally harvested fall and spring honey, and $8 for a pound of ground beef.
While pumpkins are a hallmark of the fall season, so are apples. Here are some farms where you can pick as many apples as you want:
90s house museum
Location: 404 Winecoff School Rd Concord, North Carolina 28027
Spice up your social media feed with a nostalgic trip back home to the 90s. The Selfie Museum features just about every feature from the era, including the Kool-Aid man, Pokemon, and The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air. Every piece of artwork in the house has been hand painted by a local artist.
Spice things up by renting the house. The museum doubles as an Airbnb, where you can not only take Instagram-worthy selfies, but also shower, sleep, and cook while reminiscing about the 90s.
Cost: Free for guests ages 0-3, $20 per hour for guests ages 4-12, $30 per hour for guests ages 15+, and $250 per night to rent the Airbnb .
Looking for something more modern, check out these other selfie museums:
For quiet people
Location: multiple locations
Neighborhood: multiple locations
The library has 20 locations in the Charlotte area. Here are some ideas of things to do when visiting a branch:
Choose a random book in your partner’s favorite genre and ask them to do the same.
Start a book club with other pairs of friends and alternate who chooses the book of the week or the month.
Start a contest to see who can read their book the fastest.
Each branch organizes events for anyone interested in getting involved. Bring your partner and have fun getting to know the other members of the community.
Uptown Mint Museum
Location: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Take time to rest and relax in each other’s company at the Mint Museum Uptown. Go there on Wednesday evenings to enter the museum for free and explore all the different exhibits it has to offer.
The museum also offers online exhibits that patrons can view from the comfort of their own homes. These exhibits are perfect for introverts who still want to hang out with their soul mate (platonic or otherwise).
Park at the Levine Center for the Arts parking garage. Parking for museum visitors is located on levels P1 and P2. Be sure to get a parking validation coupon from the admissions office.
Cost: Free admission from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, $1 for the first hour of parking, $1 for every half hour after the first hour of parking, $10 is the maximum price for parking on weekdays, $5 is the maximum for parking on Saturday and Sunday.
Aggie’s Ice Cream and Grill
Location: 7209 E WT Harris Blvd #B, Charlotte, NC 28227
Neighbourhood: Hickory Ridge
Whether you’re having dinner with your partner or finishing up with dessert, Aggie’s Ice Cream and Grill lets you and your partner bond over food. Try the Bulgogi Wrap – Bulgogi beef, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, mayo and mozzarella cheese – Philly Cheese Steak sub – made with steak, onions, mushrooms, peppers, mayo and melted provolone cheese – and Aggie’s Wings – six or 12 piece wings coated in hot or spicy sauce and peanuts.
Cost: $7.45 for the Bulgogi Wrap, $7.45 for the Rib Eye Steak sandwich, $1.99 for a children’s ice cream cone, and $5.29 for the six-piece Aggie’s Wings.
Derita Dairy Bar & Grill
Location: 2737 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262
Remember those 50s dinner parties on TV shows where the main couple shared a milkshake? Well, you can recreate that at Derita Dairy Bar and Grill. The milkshake comes in chocolate, vanilla, and swirl. Go to the walk-in window where you can order the milkshake to go.
Pair your milkshake with a foot-long hot dog (yes, it’s actually a foot long). Complete the dog with the toppings you want. And since you’ll be in a dairy bar, take the opportunity to finish your meal with an Italian ice cream, a sundae or a float, each with up to three toppings.
Cost: $4.50 for a Footlong hot dog, $6.50 for five-piece DBG wings, $4.50 for a large milkshake, $4 for a sundae, and $0.25 for each additional dessert topping and mix
For movie lovers
Badin Road Cine-Park
Location: 2411 Badin Road, Albemarle, NC 28001
What could be more romantic than watching a movie with the person who is dear to you? Watch a double feature in a car with your partner. The Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle has two screens which each display two different dual functions.
The door opens at 6:30 p.m. and the first screening is at dusk. Be sure to turn off all lights so you don’t disturb other guests and fully immerse yourself in the screenings.
Cost: $7 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 11, free for ages 5 and under, $3.50 for a large fountain, $5 for a milkshake, and $2.50 for two scoops of ice cream.
Cinergy Dine-In Theaters
Location: 5336 Docia Crossing Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269
Neighbourhood: Prosperity Church Road
Why just watch a movie with your partner when you can watch a movie with your partner and have a meal. Take off those pajamas and put on your best evening outfit.
Skip the popcorn and go straight for Funnel Cake Sticks — served with chocolate or strawberry sauce — Kong Burger — made with pulled pork, thick bacon, American curd, crispy onions, braised onions with beer sauce, barbecue sauce and Cinergy smoked coleslaw — and Troy’s Brownie Sundae – a freshly baked brownie topped with vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, Ghirardelli chocolate and chocolate sauce. caramel.
Cost: $9.25 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3-11, $8.25 for seniors 55 and older, $8.25 for active military, members of the military family and veterans, $5 off Tuesdays, $6.99 for Funnel Cake fries and $5.49 for a soft drink.