University City

Horseback riding for everyone

Latta Equestrian Center

6201 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-992-1550.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Guests are asked to make reservations before their visit.

Activities: From private lessons and arena rides to birthday parties and tractor-drawn hayrides, guests at Latta Equestrian Center are sure to find a horseback riding experience to fit their needs. Visitors can spend 45-50 minutes on a guided trail ride or spend 30 minutes riding with an experienced staff member in the arena. Walk-ins are welcome for pony rides. Large group events are also available on the grounds. The center also offers summer camps for children ages 7 and older. Summer camps are held Monday through Friday with both beginner and intermediate sessions offered.

Cost: Trail rides are $25 per person and riders must be at least 12 years old unless they hold a Junior Rider card. Arena rides are $20 per person and participants must be at least 6 years old. Pony rides are $8 per rider and guests must be between ages 2-7 and less than 100 pounds. Summer camps are $300 per week. Tractor-drawn hayrides are $30 for a 30-minute ride. For more package information, visit the equestrian center's website.

Target audience: Check sessions for specific age requirements.

Directions: Beatties Ford Road. Turn onto Sample Road.

Travel time from Charlotte: About 20 minutes.