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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: April 01 until September 30
“Tony’s Ice Cream’s 100th Anniversary Exhibit at The Schiele”

“Tony’s Ice Cream’s 100th Anniversary Exhibit at The Schiele”

This tradition started in 1915 as a push cart business, owned and operated by Carmine Coletta. Tony’s has stood the test of time and remains one of the landmarks in Gaston County. The exhibit at Schiele Museum will include several items used in the business throughout its history, including scoops (one has Carmine Coletta’s initials engraved on it), an ice cream machine, milkshake machine, a replica of Carmine’s original push cart, and milk cans. The exhibit will replicate a 1960s-era ice cream shop. 

  • Venue: Schiele Museum
  • When: June 01 until September 07
USNWC River Jam 2015

USNWC River Jam 2015

Join the Whitewater Center on Thursday and Saturday nights now through September for River Jam, their weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your family and friends, enjoy the large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam 2015!

  • Venue: US National Whitewater Center
  • When: June 04 until September 24
Gastonia Downtown Summer Concert Series

Gastonia Downtown Summer Concert Series

At the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia. DJ’s start at 6 and Bands at 7 / the Pavilion is located at 111 N. South Street in Gastonia. In addition to these awesome bands, merchants will line the streets, an Art Crawl will be taking place between The Art Guild and The Art Station, local bars and restaurants will open and serving, and Main Ave will be lined with cars participating in the Cars and Concerts Cruise In. 

  • Venue: Gastonia
  • When: from June 12, from June 26, from July 10, from July 24, from August 07, from August 21

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