Lynx Gold Line, which is a free ride on a vintage trolley, to get Uptown without having to pay for parking. Hop on the Gold Line anywhere along it's route up Elizabeth Ave/E. Trade St. The trolley line ends at the main Charlotte bus hub uptown, also a Blue Line light-rail stop.
Check here for the cost of fares.) Hop on the train and enjoy the ride! It's fun to take in the sights of this fast-developing corridor along the way. Plus, the track engineering is a bit of a remarkable feat -- there are quite a few bridge overpasses and one tunnel that give it something of a roller-coaster vibe.
Here's a handy map tool to help you navigate.
The gardens are beautiful and whimsical. It's an area of quiet reprieve in the heart of campus and a lovely place for a stroll. The kids will enjoy the various bridges and ponds and artwork scattered throughout.
We didn't visit it during our trip, but there's also a greenhouse (with a dinosaur garden!) that is open to the public just across the street from the Botanical Gardens. Next time we go, we'll be sure to stop there and explore other areas of campus.
All-in-all, this is a fun sort of hybrid adventure, combining the thrill of public transit with some fresh air and exploration. I recommend it for a fun morning out.
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: The UNCC campus is only partially shaded.
- Comfortable walking shoes: You'll want to be able to explore.
- Water and snacks: It's not a bad idea to have refreshments on hand for playtime or the wait for the train.