Huntersville, starting off its original roots as a small mining town eventually turned into one of the state’s largest municipalities. Offering historic sites to modern attractions there is something for everyone! Whether you are a visitor or one of the locals, Huntersville has a lot of appealing things to do for the whole family.

Experience the Carolina Raptor Center

Located in the Latta Nature Preserve, Carolina Raptor Center is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of raptors. From eagles to vultures to owls, you can walk through the Raptor Trail and see over 30 species of birds while learning "fly facts. Check out their bird show @11AM (seating begins at 10:45 AM) and their summer raptor experience. To learn more about their mission, check their rates, read the rehabilitation blog, or explore the calendar for other special events, visit their website today!

Carolina Raptor Center Vulture

Carolina Raptor Center

Shop until you drop at Birkdale Village

Birkdale Village provides a “one-stop shopping experience in an inviting atmosphere on the main street setting.” The center is lined with over 60 retail shops, 10 restaurants, and a 16 screen theater. Birkdale Village offers an excellent mix of national stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Total Wine & More, Victoria’s Secret, Barnes & Noble, and Bath & Body Works. They are currently going through major renovations to elevate the retail experience and create a modern-day community gathering place. Throughout the year, there are various events held in the village including Live Under the Oaks, Ladies Night Out and Be Well Birkdale”. At Birkdale Village, there is something for everyone!

Birkdale Village

Birkdale Village

Let the little ones roam at Discovery Place KIDS        

Spark some creativity and imagination with fun, hands-on experiences at Discovery Place KIDS. Little ones can explore and use their imagination in different exhibits including I Can Work, I Can Be Healthy, I Can Move, and many more. When you plan on visiting, there is a schedule packed with fun-filled events, including magic and puppet shows. Come and explore with your kids on Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Monday. Recommended for children age birth through 7.

Discovery Place KIDS

Discovery Place KIDS

Bowl your heart out at Spare Time Huntersville

If you need to escape the heat or get out of the house on a rainy day, Huntersville has just the place for you! Spare Time is the perfect place to play with family and friends for a fun night out. They have over 50 state of the art arcade games in their “Game Zone”, laser tag and bowling lanes. Plus, inside their facilities, the “City Sports Grille” offers a chic menu and drink specials.


Spare Time

Enjoy some great beer at Primal Brewery

Stop through Primal Brewery in the afternoon for some great beer, service, and live music. With beer styles that appeal to everyday beer drinkers to first-timers, anyone can enjoy a sip and hang out inside their tap house or out in the beer garden, where they have corn hole. Visitors also have the chance to take a free tour of their brewery on Saturday and Sunday. “Their purpose is simple: Brew beer that you love to drink, in a place that you love to drink it, with the people you love to drink it with.” 


Primal Brewery

Have a fun time at Crafty Beers Guys

Located in scenic downtown Huntersville, Crafty Beers Guys offers a large, regularly rotating selection of beers from various locations. You and your friends are welcome to purchase from their tap room and enjoy a nice cool beverage indoors or out. Also located on the property is McCraw’s Barbecue food truck, a wood fire smoked barbeque using an offset smoker.


Crafty Beers Guys


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