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Must See

  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    One of the finest display gardens in the southeast

    Located on 450 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie south of Belmont, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers 110 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands are being developed as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Already the perennial garden has been called one of the finest in the Southeast.

  • Crowders Mountain

    Crowders Mountain

    State Park with Spectacular views

    Climb rugged peaks rising 800 ft. above the surrounding countryside and watch raptors soar in the wind. Rocky ledges and outcrops are the perfect seats from which to view the panorama below.

  • Schiele Museum

    Schiele Museum

    A Natural History Adventure

    Featuring the largest collection of land mammal specimens in the Southeast, Five permanent galleries, plus an outdoor Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm. The Schiele is one of only 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, enabling it to work with Smithsonian artifacts and materials.

  • Christmas Town USA

    Christmas Town USA

    Christmas lights display in McAdenville

    Each December, hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights turn this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display. Visitors stroll down Main Street surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas.

  • US National Whitewater Center

    US National Whitewater Center

    Whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing and more

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoor recreation facility set on the banks of the Catawba River. Our 307 acres of woodlands is home to the world's largest recirculating river, 14 miles of biking, hiking and running trails, and one of the world's largest outdoor climbing facilities...

  • Train to Christmas Town

    Train to Christmas Town

    takes passengers on a 70-minute round trip rail ride through a stretch of Gaston County in decorated rail cars. While on board passengers will be immersed in the “The Train to Christmas Town” experience starting with a recorded reading of the story by Peggy Ellis. 

Upcoming Events

Local farmers markets

Local farmers markets

Running during the summer months and part time into the fall, The Piedmont’s greatest farmer’s market vendors bring seasonal vegetables, plants, herbs, baked goods, jams, jellies, pork, melons, beef, eggs, fruits, honey and plenty of stories about their farms and enterprises.

The Train To Christmas Town

The Train To Christmas Town

ALL ABOARD! This is a memory you’ll want to save so bring a camera with a flash as Santa and his elves board the train for a Christmas story and so much more!

  • When: November 01 until December 31
Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden

Winter glistens as dazzling lights dance throughout the garden this holiday season. Holidays at the Garden, a must-see family, decade-old tradition for thousands of all ages, is a magical time of year when the trees twinkle, the fountains sparkle, and botanical-themed displays glisten among the natural beauty of the winter Garden.


  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: November 20 until January 01
Christmas Town 5K

Christmas Town 5K

Third Annual The night of the race, There will be a new route this year and runners will get a sneak preview of our world famous Christmas lights. Annual costume contest, entertainment and post-race party and awards INDOORS at the Pharr Y,  you DON’T want to miss this opportunity to be part of the most unique race in this area!

  • Venue: Christmas Town USA
  • When: November 26 until December 31

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