The Kid's Main Street Safari through downtown Rutherfordton is the first
of it's kind. Usually occurring off the beaten path, even Kids in Parks couldn't
ignore how fun it is to explore a historic downtown. This trail is jam
packed with activities for kids of all ages. There are games, tree climbing,
gold hunting and a search that leads you through a Civil War cemetery,
just to name a few of the highlights.

The trail starts at either Kiwanis Park or KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum and teaches kids about history and nature along the way. As an added bonus, kids can receive prizes for completing the trail and logging their adventures online at Don't forget to visit for other fun
activities for kids in and around town.


Since opening in 2004, KidSenses has welcomed over 275,000 visitors to our
10,000 square-foot space, which features 12 different interactive exhibit areas, curriculum-based workshops for field trip groups, a 7,500 square foot
Children’s Garden (open seasonally), and unique opportunities to
stimulate the imagination and educate the mind.

The concept of KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum began as one person’s dream, which, when shared with other creative minds in a very special community, grew and grew into a reality that has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Visit this interactive museum for a day packed with exploration, experimentation and adventure. Kids just can’t get enough!


Kiwanis Park is a 3.7 acre heavily shaded park that includes 6 picnic tables, charcoal grill, swings and access to Cleghorn Creek.  With Kids in Parks trails and babbling brook, this family friendly park is a peaceful retreat year round. Dogs who are leashed and cleaned up after are welcomed. No restroom facilities.


The Overmountain Victory Trail commemorates a turning point in the American Revolution.  Spanning four states and covering over 330 miles, this National Historic Trail follows the route of the Overmountain Men on their campaign against the British that led to the pivotal battle at Kings Mountain in 1780.

Rutherfordton has lots of history from the American Revolution including being a stopping point for Major Patrick Ferguson and his troops.