All year long, Charlotte magazine's staff of editors and writers scour the city for the best of the best—from dining to nightlife to culture to shopping, from pampering to pets to parks. We also ask you to vote for your favorites—which you do by the tens of thousands. Then, each May, we present the BOB Awards, recognizing Charlotte's Best of the Best. Every winner since 2011—Editor's Picks and Voters' Choice—is listed in this database, which is easily searchable. Consider this your ultimate guide to Charlotte's Best of the Best.

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BOB Awards Winner's Guide

Freedom Park

Map2435 Cumberland Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
  • Kids & Family
  • Services


You might see a parent timing his or her own 40-yard dash at Freedom Park’s NFL Play 60 installation. Don’t be confused, though: This spot is for Charlotte kids. (How are we not supposed to tackle the dummies, though?) Charlotteans pack the state-of-the-art area on sunny days, hopping between the mock commentator booth and obstacle courses. Play 60 was born of an NFL initiative that challenges kids to play for 60 minutes each day. Here’s the thing: They’ll want to stay for much longer than that.


Best Playground for Kids - 2013—2018. Best Budget Family Outing-2011 and 2012. Best Family Park -2011and 2012. Best In Town All Day Outing- 2013, Best Park to Take the Kids - 2016

Additional Information:

Year Won: 2011
Pick: Editor's Pick
Voters' Pick
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