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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...

Christmas in Gaston County

Christmas in Gaston County

Dec 1 - Dec 31

Each December, Gaston County celebrates Christmas with several events including Chistmas Town, USA in McAdenville, Holiday Lights at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden as well as several other Christmas parades and other events...

“59th Annual Christmas Town USA

“59th Annual Christmas Town USA

December 1 thru December 26

The quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County, comes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near.  Almost overnight, the small textile town is transformed into "Christmas Town USA."  The history of the McAdenville Christmas Lights dates back to 1956, when the McAdenville Men's Club conceived the idea of using lights to decorate a few trees around the McAdenville Community Center.


Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden

Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden

December 1- December 31

A magical place for the young and the young at heart. It is part new garden and part old world, but its places are there for all to explore. Here imagination is the key to discovering all of its beauty. Guest are invited over the all seeing eye of protection to enter the kingdom of Lost Hollow. They can explore the banks of Sunken Pond, sing like a bird in the Aviary, survey the land from Moon Keep and explore the mysterious Fireplace Cave.



Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden

December 1 thru December 31

The contemporary yet elegant lighting display features a new holiday harmony this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Accented with spectacular natural displays, the Visitor Pavilion, where a 16-foot Orchid Tree stands sentinel features a new gourmet coffee bar featuring handcrafted cocoa, lattes and espressos from “Not Just Coffee”. Children can visit Santa while the whole family enjoys nightly entertainment presented by Southern Park Music School.



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