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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 feet above the surrounding countryside and watch raptors soar in the wind currents. Rocky ledges and outcrops are the perfect seats from which to view the panorama below. The park itself is 5,096 acres.

  • 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

    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...

ZimSculpt at Daniel Stwe Botanical Garden

ZimSculpt at Daniel Stwe Botanical Garden

Friday Jun 27 - Sep 28, 2014

This summer more than 100 sculptures will be on exhibition, presented in conjunction with a new seasonal display produced by the staff at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, ZimSculpt, will also feature the work of visiting artists Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani in a unique marketplace of Zimbabwe art, including work they produce right here at the Garden.

Take a hike at Crowders Mountain

Take a hike at Crowders Mountain

The beauty and diversity of Crowders Mountain State Park are best appreciated on its miles of hiking trails. Hiking trails lined with wildflowers and mountain laurel lead along the ridges and to the summits of Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. Other trails are easy promenades through pastoral surroundings.

Thursday night River Jam series at US National Whitewater Center

Thursday Night River Jam Series at USNWC

US National Whitewater Center

For those looking to escape daily routine, live music shows and outdoor festivities create a unique atmosphere of relaxation and fun. Join us for the Thursday night River Jam series, there is always something exciting going on at the USNWC.

Spend the Weekend in Gaston County this June

Spend the Weekend in Gaston County this June

If you are an outdoor adventurist and like to try new things with a home town feel, visit Gaston County this June. Bring the whole family and even the dog too. We have plenty of fun outdoor activities to keep you busy during the day and lots of things to do in the evening as well.

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