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Matthews is a great place for both adults and children and seeing Matthews for free is an easy task. Strolling through the downtown area of the Charlotte suburb, you're transported to a bygone era where you might catch a glimpse of Sheriff Andy Taylor. But Matthews is a growing area and there is no shortage of free things to do. Take up some of these suggested low cost (or no cost!) ideas.

Matthews Community Farmers Market

Matthews Community Farmers Market
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Now open year round (every Saturday April - November at 7:15 a.m. and every other Saturday December - March at 8 a.m.), the Matthews Community Farmer's market is a great place inspect the local produce as well as visit with some of the locals. Vendors have some of the region's best produce, jams and jellies, baked goods and crafts for sale. Insider tip -- get there early while the best goods are available.
Matthews Community Farmers' Market
188 North Trade Street
Matthews, NC 28105

Browse Renfrow's Hardware Store

Chickens at Renfrow's Hardware Store
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Next door to the Farmers Market is the beloved Renfrow's Hardware Store. It's an old-fashioned hardware store selling everything under the sun. Ask to see the various fishing baits they sell each day. Take a look out back and you can see the chickens that they raise.
Renfrow's Hardware Store
188 North Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-4088

Play at Stumptown Park

In the heart of downtown Matthews is Stumptown Park. The park hosts family activities throughout the year include free summer movies, concerts and acts as the hub of entertainment for all town festivals including Matthews Alive each Labor Day weekend.
Stumptown Park
120 South Trade Street
Matthews, NC 28105

Bike through Colonel Beatty Park

Colonel Beatty Park has pretty much everything you could want in a park. Tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, walking trails, six and a half miles of mountain biking trails, and even a lake with canoe and kayak launch areas. Also amply equipped with plenty of picnic tables, Colonel Beatty Park is an entire weekend's worth of activities for any family.
Colonel Beatty Park
4330 Weddington Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105

Catch a Dollar Movie

While technically not free, the Cinemark Movies 10 is about as close as you can get to a free movie year-round in the Charlotte area. Currently, they are running a special with 75-cent admission for groups of three or more on Mondays. The movies are all second run but at that price I am a buyer!
Cinemark Movies 10
9508 Northeast Court
Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-5245
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Visit the Matthews Public Library

The charming Matthews branch of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County system is in the same building as Matthews Town Hall and contains many paintings and depictions of the town's history. Enjoy an afternoon reading by the library's fireplace or just learning about Matthews. The library also offers many free activities for kids of all ages.
Matthews Public Library
232 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-6691

Go on a Photo Hunt

Get your camera out and start shooting one of the more picturesque towns in the South. Snap some shots of the classic downtown setting. Escape to the parks for the lush landscapes. Grab some pictures of the local churches. Scenic Matthews is a dream with something for every wanna-be photography expert.

Enjoy Freebies at Costco Matthews

Get free samples at Costco. Every Saturday morning, get free samples of the latest foods. Everything from cheesecake to lobster spread on a cracker, Costco has the best samples. Make sure you go after 11 so the samplers have time to set up.
Costco
2125 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105‎
704-321-7448‎
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