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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...

Upcoming Events

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: October 01 until March 31
Hallowed Ground: How We Remember Our Dead

Hallowed Ground: How We Remember Our Dead

Explore the history of how society has mourned and memorialized its dead, focusing on Southern traditions and how they compare to practices around the world. This exhibit will highlight four different cemeteries in Gaston County and share the stories of some of the people buried there. We will also explore how funerals have changed over the years through our local funeral homes.

  • Venue: Gaston County Museum
  • When: November 03 until March 05
Monster Snake ~ Exhibit

Monster Snake ~ Exhibit

From deep underground in a Colombian coal mine, in a layer dating to 65 million years ago, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile! Fossil plants and animals found at the site reveal the earliest known rain forest, teeming with life and dating to the Paleocene, the lost world that followed the demise of the dinosaurs. Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous reptile. 

  • Venue: Schiele Museum
  • When: January 01 until February 28
“Art & Orchids / FLOWERS IN FOCUS”

“Art & Orchids / FLOWERS IN FOCUS”

Striking color, natural symmetry, unmatched variety, and graceful and flowing lines make orchids one of the world’s most-photographed flowers. This winter the Garden is pairing its orchids with the work of three outstanding North Carolina photographers for a special exhibition of Art & Orchids

  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: January 22 until March 22

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