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Drive just 15 miles north of center city, and you’ll reach Huntersville, a lakefront suburb with plentiful shopping, New York-style bagels and a family-friendly “fun” park.
Here are 11 things to do, eat and drink while in Huntersville.
If you’re looking for an authentic New York-style deli, this spot is a must-try. Bagels are their specialty, but they also have a selection of omelets, sandwiches and salads.
Location/hours: 9810 Gilead Road. Open daily from 6am-2pm.
(2) Enjoy a tasty meal from Cafe 100
This family-owned breakfast, brunch and lunch spot housed in a converted home has become a fixture in downtown. The menu features brunch staples like eggs benny and French toast. But if you have the appetite, order the Southwest burrito; it’s packed with eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries and black beans and topped with a homemade red chili sauce, cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Location/hours: 100 Huntersville-Concord Road. Open Monday through Thursday from 9am-2:30pm.
(3) Stroll around Birkdale Village
The quaint, open-air shopping mall feels like a coastal getaway and has plenty of shops, restaurants and weekly events for residents and visitors. I recommend bringing a blanket and finding a shaded spot on the central green area called The Grove.
Location: 8712 Lindholm Drive, Ste. #207
(4) Try a pie from Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop
They’re known for their I-40 pie which is made with pecans, chocolate chips, toasted coconut and a smooth pecan pie filling in a sweet shortbread crust. But, you can’t go wrong with one of their traditional pies like southern custard, chocolate cream, coconut cream, key lime and granny’s apple pie. Pies come in 4- and 9-inch sizes.
Location/hours: 16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Unit 64. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-7pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am-9pm, and Sunday from 12-5pm.
(5) See a movie at Regal Birkdale
I don’t know about you, but I sure missed movie theater popcorn. Luckily, Regal Birkdale reopens to the public on May 7. Stay up-to-date with Regal’s theater openings here.
Safety precautions: Moviegoers and theater employees will be required to wear a mask inside the theater unless actively eating or drinking.
Location: 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway.
(6) Find your “Nemo” at Upscale Aquatics
Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. Upscale Aquatics has an extensive selection of fishy friends from all over the world. The staff is very knowledgeable about which fish varieties are best for your space and lifestyle.
Location/hours: North, 110 Statesville Road. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 1-6pm.
(7) Go to Frankie’s Fun Park
Of its five locations, Frankie’s Fun Park of Charlotte is the largest in the Carolinas. The park has attractions like laser tag, bowling, go-karts, bumper cars, and mini-golf among many others.
Pricing: Admission to the park is free. Pricing varies depending on the activity.
Location/hours: 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Drive. Open Monday through Thursday from 2-11pm, Friday 2pm to midnight, Sunday from noon to 11pm.
(8) Enjoy a beer outside in Primal Brewery‘s beer garden
The brewery also hosts events like outdoor yoga and has food trucks and live performances on select days.
Location/hours: 16432 Old Statesville Road. Open Monday through Thursday from 3-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 12-11pm, and Sunday from 12-8pm.
(9) Grab a slice at Slice House Pizza
Just like the name implies, Slice House offers by-the-slice, NY-style pizza — two things that are hard to come by around here. The restaurant is a casual dine-in spot located in the middle of downtown Huntersville. If you aren’t feeling pizza, they also serve chicken parmigiana, hero sandwiches and wraps.
Location/hours: 101 S. Old Statesville Rd. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am-9pm.
(10) Visit Historic Latta Plantation
Take a step back in time to see what life was like in the Carolina backcountry in the 1800s. Historic landmarks on the property include the plantation house, carriage barn, cabins, and outbuildings. All walking tours are self-guided for the time being.
Pricing: $5 before 12pm, $9 after 12pm. Tickets can be purchased at the visitor center
Location/hours: 5225 Sample Road. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 1-4:30pm.
(11) Explore the Carolina Raptor Center
Situated on 57 acres of land inside Latta Nature Preserve, the Carolina Raptor Center is both an educational and recreational experience that the whole family can enjoy. The center’s Raptor Trail allows visitors to walk along a 3/4-mile trail and spot some of the 30+ birds that inhabit the reserve.
Pricing: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, teachers and military adults, $8 for students 4 and older with student ID.
Location/hours: 6000 Sample Road. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 12:30pm and 1:30-4pm.
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