Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

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A TALE of two cities By Allison Hancin SINK YOUR TOES IN THE SAND AT RAMSEY CREEK BEACH Memorial Day (opening day) at Ramsey Creek Beach in Lake Norman ushers in a summer of swimming and shoreside bathing. With sunscreen, bathing suits and beach towels at the ready, your excited little helpers pack the designated beach bag for a day of sun and surf. But instead of a long trip to the east coast, your family is bound for waters much closer to home. Nestled on a peninsula stretching out into Lake Norman sits Ramsey Creek Beach, a destination for watersports enthusiasts and beach bums alike. Families make the most of the lake's refreshing waves, while budding architects build sand castles worthy of royalty. Adventure beyond the shore to find picnic shelters, a playground and more than a mile of nature trails. There's even a dog park for Fido. You opt for the first chapters of your summer beach read between rounds of reapplying sunscreen and judging sandcastle designs. Before long, it's time for your brood to pack up for the short ride back. You do your best to shake off the stray sand from your flip-flops but welcome the few grains that make their way home with you. To plan your getaway to Ramsey Creek Beach, visit charmeck.org/mecklenburg/ county/parksandrec CASUAL BY DAY Ramsey Creek Beach 44 MAY 2017

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