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3 Mother’s Day Ideas in Charlotte

May 12th, 2012 Listed Under: Things To Do Charlotte

If you are like me, you sometimes struggle to come up with new ideas for Mother’s Day. Here are three outings that will cost a fraction of dinner costs, and maybe more fun for all.   Then don’t forget to pickup some carry out, don’t ever make her cook on Mother’s Day!

Visit the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville

If any of you have seen the movie The Zoo, with Matt Damon,  you’ll love the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville

8.50 for adults, 5.50 for kids, and it is Only cash, no cards.  Wagon rides are extra. Some GPS get it wrong, so check these directions here

Pan for Gold at Reed’s Gold Mine

This privately held mine will let you pan for gold for $2.00 per person.   About 30 minutes east of Charlotte, Reed’s Gold mine was the first big hit of gold in the US, predating the the 49’er gold rush, and a major reason we had a US Mint, and now have a Federal Reserve Branch in Charlotte. “Children” aged 3-45 love to pan for gold and other minerals,  a true fun for the whole family activity.  Closed Sundays, you’ll need to go Saturday, or make time this week.

Mom’s get in Free at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

If your mom has a green thumb, or just enjoys nature, take her to Belmont to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Enjoy the 380 acres of manicured gardens, fountains and Orchids, set on Lake Wylie.   The first 250 Mom’s will take home a potted plant and several artists will be making Tiffany Style stained glass each day this weekend. Open 9-3, the art starts at 10 am. Call ahead (704-829-1252)  for a picnic basket and make a day of it.


I know I said 3, but a 4th is a favorite too- have you been to the new Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte? if not, go this weekend and mom’s get in Free. Uptown, at the South Tryon Cultural center, the orange building, you can’t miss it.



Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
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