On dead campus weekends, Charlotte offers its own fun

Campus isn’t very active on the weekends and some students would rather get out than just stay put.

Time Warner Cable arenaMinna Tegsten | The Queens Chronicle

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Think about it. Where does everyone go during the weekend? What do people do to “escape” the school grounds for a day or two? Do they go shopping or clubbing or do they just simply set a place to meet their friends and hang out? Although there may not be as many hangout spots in Charlotte as there are in the bigger cities, there certainly are enough to satisfy one’s weekend.

If there is any one thing for students to do on a weekend night, clubs are the No. 1 thing. The clubs in Uptown and Montford Drive seem to be the hottest places to drop by, most notably the Prohibition and Label nightclubs. Both of these clubs offer the usual forms of service and entertainment, which include drinks and DJs. Where the customer wants to spend their time is up to him or her. Prohibition boasts a classic style, while Label seems to be a bit more on the modern side. These clubs are both socialization sweet spots for students around the Charlotte area.

Of course, there are also places to cater those who are more inclined to relaxation over the weekend. Abby Laine Faber, sophomore, says she likes to hang out in coffee shops or bakeries around the city, most notably the places located in NoDa. For something not quite as laid-back, South End hosts Food Truck Fridays every Friday (surprise, surprise!). Of course, the South Park Mall itself is also a great place to kill some time. There are notable stores and restaurants, such as the Apple Store and the Cheesecake Factory, though the general stock in the mall is fairly pricey.

Last on the list are the places for those who prefer to have a little more activities going on in their weekends. Freedom Park offers a number of courts and fields for the sporty types. There are grills for those who like to grill and playgrounds for younger children. Outdoorsy people are sure to enjoy Freedom Park and the activities they can do there. Of course, while in Charlotte, students also have the option of visiting some of the big names in Charlotte, such as the Time Warner Cable Arena, home of Charlotte’s very own Hornets, or even the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For those craving a bit of imagination and discovery, the Discovery Place is just as good.

Charlotte has plenty of hotspots to keep students busy over the weekends. Queens may have some weekend events, but sometimes people would rather get out and enjoy the city around them. There are all sorts of places to cater to those with varying wants and needs, but it really is up to the student to decide whether they want to stay in their comfort zone or explore Charlotte for what it is.

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