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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 21: A general view of the Charlotte skyline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city of Charlotte issued a Stay at Home Order on March 26, 2020 in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

We have all had life change this past year, and most are tired of being indoors with nothing but food and Netflix to keep us entertained.  Being home bound too long can cause anxiety and depression.  It’s important to find affordable and even better yet, free things to do to keep us active and part of the world.  Your mental health depends on it. There are lots of great options in Charlotte.  If you have little ones consider an outing to Sea Life. Located at the Concord Mills it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  There are special days when kids are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Its biggest feature is an underwater tunnel that you walk through.  The sharks, stingrays and sea turtles swim overhead.

If you are more into outdoor activities, then you should try ice skating at the Whitewater Center.  There is a beautiful 600 ft. light trail that you can meander through or a large rink.  When you’ve had enough be sure to enjoy a hot cup of chocolate to warm your bones. More of a social butterfly?  Many local breweries are offering Trivia Nights and live music. The Hop Shop is even hosting Movie Monday nights.  You must wear a mask and social distance, but a night out with friends is a great way to raise your spirits. There is a great website that lists lots of great, affordable ideas.  Visit Charlotteonthecheap for inspiration.

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