University City

Pick your own strawberries

Hall Family Farm

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

Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for picking.

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. It's suggested tha guests 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: I-77 S./U.S. 21 toward Columbia. Take Exit 1B for I-485 E. 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.