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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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The Planets: A Voyage Across the Solar System

The Planets: A Voyage Across the Solar System

Showing Saturdays 11 AM & 2:30 PM; Sundays 2:30 PM; Tuesday – Friday 3:30 PM Take an exciting tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation, narration by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Katherine Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager and breathtaking music by John Serrie. The Planets was created by the Southeast Planetarium Association.
  • Venue: Schiele Museum
  • When: Thursday, 01 January 2015
Art & Orchids Orchids W. Gary Smith

Art & Orchids Orchids W. Gary Smith

The fantasy drawings of W. Gary Smith and the world’s most compelling flower—the orchid—come together this winter at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in an exclusive exhibition that features the best from our collection of 5,000 orchids and the best of Smith’s imagination. Learn how Smith’s art became Lost Hollow, the new children’s garden and discover the magical beauty of orchids at The Orchid Conservatory. Explore your own creativity with hands-on events and classes that engage the imagination and bring joy to your life.
  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: Saturday, 17 January 2015
Vinegar Valentine

Vinegar Valentine

6 - 7 PM, FREE EVENT We have all received sweet Valentines before, but can you imagine receiving a bitter one? Come learn about the odd practice of sending Vinegar Valentines, a popular activity at the turn of the 20th century. See some classic examples and learn how you can renew an old tradition, if you dare!

  • Venue: Gaston County Museum
  • When: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Concert at the Courthouse:

Concert at the Courthouse:

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.  Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.

  • Venue: Gaston County Museum
  • When: Friday, 13 February 2015
Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k

Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k

9:00 am Hearts-a bustin circle 3 (3)Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a festive 5K trail run at the Garden. Co-organized with the Carolina Thread Trail, the race will start at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Persimmon Trail and continue through the Carolina Thread Trail’s Seven Oak’s Preserve Trail. (Trail run is a loop). Proceeds benefit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the Carolina Thread Trail. Individual, $30; Couple, $50 Featured Health and Wellness
  • Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • When: Saturday, 14 February 2015

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