Posted on October 8, 2020
Hey there and welcome to Huntersville! Named after the major landowner and cotton farmer, Robert Boston Hunter, Hunterville’s rich cotton industry and rail lines encouraged the town’s development and brought in residents from all over the country. Today, Huntersville lies just 14 miles north of Charlotte and is home to over 59,000 people (and growing!).
As orthodontists in Huntersville, Lineberger Orthodontics encourages community involvement! We encourage families to get out, engage with, and explore the history, culture, and activities within their local communities. Get to know your local area; it’s fabulous, we know! But, don’t just take our word for it, read on for the top 10 things to do in Huntersville, NC.
Want to observe and learn about fascinating birds of prey? Visit Carolina Raptor Center where they rehabilitate injured and orphaned raptors. Amazingly, they are able to release about 70 percent of the birds back into the wild. With a three-quarter mile trail and an educational center, the Carolina Raptor Center welcomes over 35,000 visitors each year. They offer learning programs to educate students and the community. Currently, masks are required inside and are recommended on the trail.
Did you know that science and math could be fun? (Yeah, who knew?) Head over to Discovery Place Kids where science comes to life with hands-on learning. With numerous hands-on exhibits and activities, your kids will have a blast without even realizing how many new concepts just entered their brains. Currently, tickets must be purchased online for a designated timed entry. Masks are required inside the facility and temperature checks are required before entering the building.
Calling all Nascar and racing fans! The Charlotte area is home to many Nascar teams and racing-related businesses. Get your fan gear on because Huntersville is no different. Visit Joe Gibbs Racing to view the race shop and gift store. The Joe Gibbs Racing facility is home to 4 Nascar Cup Series drivers and 3 Nascar Xfinity Series drivers. Due to Covid-19, the facility is temporarily closed to visitors and at the moment, they cannot accept items for autographs.
Are you up for a challenge? Check out an escape room adventure at Out of Time Escape. Go with your family, friends, or coworkers for an exciting team building activity. With multiple escape room themes, you can go back again and again for a new challenge. The clock is running. Will you make it out? Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled game time and call upon arrival to have time for handwashing procedures and temperature checks. Masks are encouraged but are not required.
For sports, adventure, and a little friendly competition (keep it family-friendly, folks), visit Frankie’s Fun Park. Try your hand at mini golf, test out your driving skills with go karts or bumper cars, roll a strike in bowling, and ride various amusement park rides. Frankie’s is sure to be a day of excitement and adventure for the whole family. Frankie’s is open.
Turn back the hands of time and visit the Historic Latta Plantation, a circa 1800 living history museum and farm. Stop by and see the house and tour the grounds to learn about the history and life in the 1800s. Throughout the year, the facility offers educational programs, workshops, and reenactments. As a safety precaution during Covid-19, the house is currently closed for tours, but all other buildings are open at half capacity.
While on your journey to the past, visit the Historic Rural Hill Farm. Step back in time as you enter the cabin and view the tools of the era. Rural Hill Farm is a historic site and nature preserve that is perfect for field trips or to simply get away from the constant rush of everyday life. (We all need that!) Breathe in the solitude and tranquility of nature and go for a hike through the farm’s 265 secluded acres. Rural Hill Farm is still operating as normal with the exception of the Loch Norman Highland Games which have been cancelled. Contact the farm for further information regarding the events schedule.
Keep breathing in that fresh air as you enter 1,460 acres of natural lands at the Latta Nature Center and Preserve. Can’t you just feel the peace as you imagine paddling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking in this great expanse of the wild. Or, step into the nature center to discover live, native animals, a discovery hall, and an outdoor amphitheater. Learn something new about the region’s plants and animals while you are there. (Yeah, we know, there is always something new to learn.) The nature center is currently closed, but you can still enjoy the preserve and grounds.
Feeling a little artsy? Let those creative juices flow at Meg-Art Pottery Painting Studio. Go alone, with a friend, or with the family. Pick a piece of pottery and paint it your way. Add your own bit of flair. Whether you are a budding artist or can’t even draw a stick person (we’ve all been that person), painting your own pottery is fun for everyone. No need to be an expert to add some color to pottery. Currently, masks are required to enter the studio when you are walking around, but you may remove the mask once you are seated and painting.
Art isn’t just for artists. Stop by Fosters Frame Design & Gallery to view original, limited edition pieces by local and national artists. While you are there, get custom frames for those canvases, photos, or art pieces you have been meaning to put up on the walls. Fosters Frame Design & Gallery is open.
Huntersville is an adventure waiting to happen. Get out there and find it. Visit Huntersville, NC and explore nature, take on an adventure or museum with the kids, or create your own art project.