Huntersville is a large suburban town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, near Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake. Huntersville is home to the Carolina Raptor Center, a non-profit organization located in the historic Latta Plantation. The Center focuses on the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors and environmental education. Discovery Place Kids is a regional children's learning-focused museum. Joe Gibbs Racing is a professional stock car racing organization with the headquarters in Huntersville. Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve is 1,460-acre nature preserve on Mountain Island Lake near Huntersville. The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a renaissance-themed amusement park and one of the biggest Renaissance fairs in the country. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center
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Carolina Raptor Center is a non-profit organization located in the historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, North Carolina. The Center focuses on the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors, environmental education and environmental stewardship. It has been 40 years since Carolina Raptor Center took care of their first patient, a Broad-winged Hawk, which was brought to Dr. Dick Brown to the basement of the biology department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Today, the Center’s Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center treats 900-1,000 birds every year. Almost 70 percent are released back into the wild. The organization’s science education programs works with more than 27,000 students every year in formal school settings. Visitors enjoy the ¾ mile Raptor Trail and Edna S. Moretti Environmental Education Center and are invited to adopt a bird, release a raptor, make a donation, become members or sponsor a project.

6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-875-6521

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2.Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, Huntersville, NC

Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, Huntersville, NC
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Discovery Place Kids is a regional children's learning-focused museum in Huntersville, North Carolina that provides interactive exhibits on different themes as well as live shows. The museum offers rich educational experiences that encourage learning through play, imagination and fun. The museum is designed to serve children and their parents or caregivers. Kids explore their world, learn how to get along with others, test their muscles and skills, develop confidence and try out new ideas, whether it is to be a firefighter, a chef or an explorer. They can visit a farm or run a grocery store. There is no limit to what kids can imagine and do at Discovery Place Kids.

105 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-372-6261

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3.Joe Gibbs Racing, Huntersville, North Carolina

Joe Gibbs Racing, Huntersville, North Carolina
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Joe Gibbs Racing is a professional stock car racing organization with the headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, 10 miles northwest of Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is owned and operated by former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. Gibbs started racing on the NASCAR circuit in 1991. The team earned five Cup Series championships since the year 2000 and participated in many lower-tier NASCAR series for driver development, winning a championship in the East Division of the NASCAR Camping World. While they don't offer tours at Joe Gibbs Racing, there is a viewing area and gift shop for fans. If they are lucky, they might catch Joe Gibbs passing through. They can meet their favorite NASCAR drivers at the annual JGR Fan Fest.

13415 Reese Blvd W, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-944-5000

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4.Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve

Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve
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Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve is 1,460-acre nature preserve on Mountain Island Lake near Huntersville, North Carolina. It includes an Interpretive Center, an Equestrian Center, 18 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, Segway adventure tours, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and picnicking. Visitors can observe nature in action at the Backyard Habitat Garden, which includes butterfly gardens, bird feeding stations, garden pond and demonstration compost area. The preserve is also home to the Carolina Raptor Center, the Latta Nature Center and the Historic Latta Plantation. During the self- guided tours of the plantation home and its outbuildings, visitors can have a glimpse of life in North Carolina from 1800 to 1865.

6211 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 980-314-1129

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5.Historic Rural Hill Farm, Huntersville, North Carolina

Historic Rural Hill Farm, Huntersville, North Carolina
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Rural Hill Farm near Huntersville, North Carolina is a 265-acre Historic Site, Nature Preserve and a popular destination for field trips and cultural events. The farm offers some of the last rural vistas in Mecklenburg County, guided tours, educational programs for student groups, walking trails, and even hayride. The farm features historic reproduction of the original log cabin, the ruins of the original plantation home, a smoke house, ash house, well house, barn, and granary. At the base of the hill is the Davidson family cemetery. There are also two remaining one-room schoolhouses in Mecklenburg County. The schools accepted both white and black children and today serve as educational interpretive centers of early American education.

4431 Neck Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-875-3113

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6.Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, NC

Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, NC
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The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a renaissance-themed amusement park in Huntersville, North Carolina, and one of the biggest Renaissance fairs in the country. The set of the Festival is Fairhaven, a fictional storybook village spread over 375 acres of lush woodlands. The village and artisan marketplace feature 16th century European cottages and bungalows. Inside the village gates there are more than140 merchants, crafters, and artisans creating, demonstrating and selling high quality handmade products. At least 14 outdoor stages are alive with non-stop theater, music, dance, comedy, magic, circus performances, live falconry demonstrations and swimming mermaids. . Villagers in period costumes and fantasy characters offer additional live entertainment. The knights on horseback are jousting three times a day inside the Queen's tournament arena. The Festival is held in October and November every year, on Saturdays and Sundays.

16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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7.Harvey's Bar and Grille, Huntersville, North Carolina

Harvey's Bar and Grille, Huntersville, North Carolina
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Located in the Vermillion neighborhood in the Lake Norman area of Huntersville, North Carolina, Harvey's Bar and Grille is bright, charming, rustic spot on two levels, with exposed brick walls, enormous centrally located bar on the ground level, 15 TVs strategically located for catching that home game, high ceilings, another full bar upstairs and a pool table. Hervey’s is famous for its lovely patios with bistro tables. The American contemporary menu includes chicken, salad, ribs, burgers, pizzas, and homemade desserts. The bar offers rotating selection of craft beers. While downstairs is spacious, pleasant dining space for families, upstairs is place where friends meet for after-work drinks, couples get together for a romantic evening out and everyone comes for good beer and good time. Hervey’s is especially lively during monthly Beer Dinners, ballroom dancing nights, crawfish boils, and seasonal brew tapping parties.

13812 Cinnabar Pl #2, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-947-5183

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8.Cava, Huntersville, North Carolina

Cava, Huntersville, North Carolina
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CAVA is a fast-growing culinary brand with more than 80 fast-food restaurants and a line of chef-crafted spreads and dips sold in over 250 wholefood markets and grocery stores. Cava offers fresh, Mediterranean-inspired, health-conscious dishes. Whenever possible, they source ingredients from local farms and create recipes that showcase seasonal flavors of each regions. Their seasonal soup, juices, teas, topping, and dressing are made in-house daily. Cava offers customers option to create their own combination, starting with the base and adding protein, spread, toppings and dressings of their choice. Their Huntersville, North Carolina restaurant is located in Birkdale Village, in a bright, modern spot popular for fast, healthy lunches.

16845 Birkdale Commons Pkwy Suite D, Huntersville, NC 28078, Phone: 704-464-0614

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