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  • 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...

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Through an Artist's Eyes

Through an Artist's Eyes

Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show

It's time again for our annual student art show! Come see the amazing talent of our elementary through high school students. This show will display over 600 pieces of artwork. The middle and high school students will be judged and awards will be given to the top pieces in each category.

  • Venue: Gaston County Museum
  • When: March 28 until May 09
“Spring Spouts”

“Spring Spouts”

Get the spring planting season started off in the right direction by visiting the Garden during Spring Sprouts. Each weekend in April The Garden Store will offer for sale an eclectic inventory of herbaceous perennials and woody shrubs selected to add interest to any home garden.

  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: April 01 until April 29
The Solar System A Journey of Exploration

The Solar System A Journey of Exploration


Be the first in your neighborhood to see our new feature exhibit and enjoy a day of out-of-this-world family-friendly activities. Discover astronomy through hands-on activities and go on a Solar System scavenger hunt. Take a safe glimpse at the sun through a special solar telescope.

  • Venue: Schiele Museum
  • When: April 01 until September 30
KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race

KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race

Rain or Shine! Come join in the fun and help celebrate KinderMourn’s Hope Floats Duck Race which helps bereaved parents and grieving children remember a loved one with family and friends. For eleven years locals have flocked to one of the most exciting and family events the community has to offer. At this event thousands will line the banks at the U.S. National Whitewater Center as over 20,000 rubber duckies race to the finish line. Larry Sprinkle from WCNC will announce the play by play to the crowd as one tiny duck is named champion!

  • Venue: US National Whitewater Center
  • When: from April 26
ZimSculpt Exhibition

ZimSculpt Exhibition

The largest exhibition ever staged at the Garden is returning with different styles of stonework produced in Zimbabwe, the work of ZimSculpt artists is known as Shona sculpture-largely contemporary, carved by hand from stone that is nearly as hard as granite and rarely from sketches.  Come and enjoy a day at the Garden.

  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: May 01 until July 12

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