Get out on the Greenways
Greenways are linear parks with pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting people and places throughout the town. They encourage fitness, conserve open green space, and improve the town’s air quality. This is a great way to get the family out on bikes, rollerblades, scooters, or just on foot!
The Randall R. Kincaid Trail starts at the end of South Street by Davidson Elementary School, just before the covered bridge, and meanders for 2.8 miles. The greenway goes all the way to Davidson-Concord Road, just past the Historic Beaver Dam Park, winding through neighborhoods, over creeks (great for looking for frogs or tadpoles), and lined with big shady trees. The West Branch Greenway begins at the southern end of Shearer Road, near the barricade for the River Run Phase V development. It runs adjacent to the West Branch Nature Preserve, offering unique wildlife for walkers and riders. With this newest trail, we have over 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes throughout town.
Sign up for a program through Parks and Rec
The Town of Davidson’s Parks and Recreation Department offers fun, safe, and affordable recreational opportunities for every member of your family. Whether you are looking for sports leagues, exercise or art classes, or summer camps, there’s an extensive array of programs from which to choose.
Catch a game at the College
Want to go to a game at Davidson College? Check out the Davidson College site for an up-to-date listing of all their sporting events. Cheer for the Wildcats!
Events on the Town Green
Check out the Davidson Community Calendar to see what’s going on at the village green. In April enjoy Art on the Green, in May celebrate Town Day, during the summer attend Concerts on the Green, and right after Thanksgiving visit Christmas in Davidson.
Visit the Davidson Public Library
The library, on the town green, is a great place for everyone in the family to hang out – relax and read a book or magazine, play a game on a computer, work a puzzle, browse the shelves for the latest release, or check out a DVD to watch with the family later on.
Go to Fisher Farm
Fisher Farm is a great place to go for a walk, take the family dog, ride bikes on the miles of mountain bike trails, or have a picnic at one of the tables or on a blanket in a more private grassy area. Fisher Farm, a 200-acre park is located at 21215 Shearer Road. To find it, follow Concord Road east out of town. Continue straight at the Rocky River roundabout. Turn left on Shearer Road about four miles after the roundabout. The entrance to the park is about a half-mile on your left.
Go canoeing or kayaking in Lakes Davidson and Cornelius
Put in your canoe or kayak in Lake Davidson at the launch at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve just behind Davidson Day School at 750 Jetton Street. Lake Davidson offers a serene place to paddle since there are no motorboats and, in the center of the lake, there are several small islands, all designated wildlife sanctuaries, perfect for exploration. Lake Cornelius is located on the shores of Parham Park.
On Saturdays, visit the Farmer’s Market
The Davidson Farmer’s Market is an event for the whole family. The producer-only market takes place on every Saturday from 8 a.m. till noon behind Summit Coffee and town hall from spring through fall, and then bi-weekly (9 a.m. until noon) during the winter months. It’s a great way to get local, fresh produce and products and teach your kids about the benefits of good nutrition. In addition to items being sold, there are usually fun demonstrations and live music to entertain you as you wander through the market. You’ll likely bump into someone you know or meet new friends!
Are there ghosts in Davidson?
See if Davidson does have ghosts on the Davidson Ghost Walk. Tours begin at 7 p.m. in front of The Soda Shop and are led by Ginny Henderson, a local history buff and collector of ghost stories.
Go see a movie
Our Town Cinemas offers first-run movies for the whole family in a cozy theater with 4 screening rooms. It was named one of Charlotte’s “top 10 places to go” by The Charlotte Observer, and features more than your typical concession stand fare. Pizzas, hamburgers, hot dogs, wraps, beer, wine, and chocolates are all available and can be enjoyed in the theaters at bistro tables with swivel seats.
Go see a play
The Davidson Community Players offers a variety of productions, including Connie Company shows for kids. Their permanent performance venue is located in the Armour Street Theater, a 120-seat former church at the corner of Armour and Watson Streets. They also stage productions at the Duke Family Performance Hall in Davidson College’s student union.