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The Green

400 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Category: Recreation
Award: Best Private Park
Year Won: 2012
Pick: Editor's Pick

Yes, that’s right, this urban oasis with a literary theme is private—it’s owned by Wells Fargo. Lucky for us, the bank doesn’t mind if your kids splash in its playful fountains or if you plop down on the grass to read a magazine. It’s also home to occasional art installations—remember the giant bejeweled skull?—outdoor plays, and concerts. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants just steps away.