Pick your own strawberries

Hall Family Farm

10713 Providence Road W., Charlotte. 704-562-4021.

Hours: The farm is open every day for strawberry picking from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Activities: For more than 70 years, the Hall Family Farm has been providing a hands-on experience to strawberry picking participants. Visitors to the farm will be able to pick fresh, ripe strawberries through June 1. Guests are suggested to call in advance before their trip. After a day of picking, visitors can purchase refreshments at the farm stand. The farm also offers a variety of school and Scout tours. The Strawberry Tour for ages preschool to second grade includes a maze, picking one pound of strawberries, a coloring book, a hands-on activity and an 8-ounce slushy. This tour costs $5 per person, with one teacher and teaching assistant free per class. Some tours also include hayrides. All tour information can be found on the farm's website.

Cost: Pick-your-own strawberries cost $2.09 per pound and $2.99 per pound for pre-picked berries. Containers are available at the farm for picking. The farm accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and debit cards.

Target Audience: All ages.

Directions from uptown: Take I-77 S./U.S.-21 toward Columbia. Take Exit 1B for I-485 East. toward Pineville. Merge onto I-485 N. Take Exit 61 for U.S.-521/Johnston Road. Keep right at the fork and merge onto U.S.-521 S./Johnston Road. Turn left at Providence Road West.

Distance from Charlotte: About 20 minutes.