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Day Dating 101

Posted: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

When you don't have the entire weekend off, and you have an early start (oh say, 6am?), sometimes a date night isn't always an option. Luckily, there are several places in Charlotte and the surrounding areas to enjoy an affordable day date. In fact, that's one of the things I love about Charlotte. Even though I've lived here for 13+ years, I'm still finding fun and budget-friendly places to visit. Here are just a couple of places you and your spouse can go for an affordable day date.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

If you're as fascinated with history as I am, Carolinas Aviation Museum would make for a great day trip. With exhibits featuring the infamous Wright Brothers and the Miracle on the Hudson, you're sure to feel awe-struck by the history on display. Admission is $12.00 per person.

Lazy 5 Ranch

At Lazy 5 Ranch, you and your partner can drive through the 3.5 mile track and observe a variety of different animals. . . up close. From giraffes to kangaroos, and cattle to llamas, they will all walk up to your car for a quick hello and a sniff for food. General admission is $9.50, but if you opt for the wagon ride and feed deal, admission is $14.50.

Leatherman Golf Learning Center

Hubby and I love miniature golf, and when we discovered Leatherman Golf last weekend, we wasted no time in heading over there. It was a nice course with plenty of water features to keep you feeling cool. One trip around the 18-hole course costs $7 per person. If you're both golfers, they also have a practice facility to get a few swings in.

The Pit

From indoor go-karting to rock climbing and black light mini-golf, there's a lot to do at the Pit in Mooresville. Prices vary depending on the activity and your membership status, but all of the activities are affordable. For non-members, one round of golf is $5, ten minutes on the rock climbing wall is $5, and one go-kart race is $24. To see what else they have on offer, be sure to visit the website.

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