Indian Trail, a fast-growing town located about 15 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina provides a blend of rural and metropolitan lifestyles. In 2009, "Family Circle Magazine" identified it as one of the 10 best towns across the country for families to live. You'll find numerous kid-friendly activities that your entire family can enjoy in the Indian Trail area.
Indian Trail is home to roller-skating and ice-skating venues. Kate’s Skating is a roller rink that has specific programs for kids, including an afterschool program, a summer camp, a competitive speed skating team and beginner skating lessons. The rink also offers discounted family fun nights for skaters of all ages. Extreme Ice Center has an indoor ice skating rink that operates year-round, offering public skating sessions. Here, your kids can also take skating lessons or participate in ice sports like hockey.
At Crossing Paths Park, which opened in downtown Indian Trail in 2011, the kids can play on the playground or wander along the walking path. This park is home to many local events including movie nights and community festivals. Cane Creek Park, operated by Union County, is a water-based recreation area that includes 1,050 acres of land surrounding a 350-acre lake. The scenic park offers peaceful relaxation and family fun year-round. Here, you can fish for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish or enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities including swimming and boating.
Education and Arts
Kids can develop their reading skills and imaginations at the Union County Public Library, which has a location in Indian Trail. The library offers a summer reading program for kids, along with special kids’ events and programs like craft sessions, movies, a kids’ book club, puppet shows and a fairy festival. The library maintains a special list of featured children’s books to help kids and parents select the right book for each child. At Indian Trail’s Cultural Arts Center, your kids can view displays from local artists and participate in art classes.
Nearby Charlotte offers several large museums with programs designed especially for kids. Discovery Place is a unique science museum that includes an aquarium, rainforest, learning lab, multi-sensory studio, building project and more. The museum’s Discovery 3D Theater plays family-friendly short films, and the museum has a special area for kids age 7 and younger, which includes play-based learning experiences. At Charlotte Nature Museum, your kids can step into a butterfly pavilion where butterflies fly freely. This museum also offers an outdoor play area and Creature Cavern where the kids can get an up-close look at live animals native to the Carolinas.
- Extreme Ice Center
- Kate’s Skating
- Indian Trail North Carolina: Crossing Paths Park
- Union County Government: Welcome to Union County’s Parks and Recreation
- Union County Public Library: Programs for Kids
- Indian Trail North Carolina: Cultural Arts Center
- Discovery Place
- Charlotte Nature Museum
- IndianTrail.org: Indian Trail named in Top Ten!
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