Area Attractions

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Located on 400 acres this botanical garden is located just south of Belmont.  Features include an orchid conservatory, nine theme gardens, 1-mile nature trail, gift shop, and much more.  This is truly a must see for all ages.

6500 South New Hope Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

Exceptional opportunities for visitors of all ages to see the region's rocks and minerals, hills and rivers, & plants and animals.  Includes the largest collections of land mammal species in the Southeast.  Visitors can see rotating planets, moons, galaxies, comets, nebulae, asteroids and black holes across the domed ceiling in the planetarium.

500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

Gaston County Museum of Art & History

Located in the former Hoffman Hotel, built in 1852. The museum holds over 5,000 objects, 20,000 documents, and over 400,000 photos which span the period from the 1500's through the 20th Century. Admission is free.

131 West Main Street
Dallas, NC 28034

US National Whitewater Center

Located on the banks of the Catawba River across from Mount Holly. This state-of-the-art facility offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation and fun such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, eco trekking, as well as 14 miles of biking, hiking and running trails.

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28214

Belmont Historical Society, Inc.

Historical exhibits, records and a rather large collection of photo's, videos, books, and artifacts fill one of Belmont's oldest homes called the Cultural and Heritage Learning Center. Behind the center, a 1920's mill village house has been restored. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

40 Catawba Street
Belmont, NC 28012

Catawba River Artisans

A group of regional artisans who have collaborated and pooled their talents, energy and financial resources to create an outlet to display and sell their art. This gallery is located in downtown Mount Holly and features medias such as stained glass, photography, pottery, jewelry, basketry, sculpture and more!

128 S. Main Street
Mount Holly, NC 28120

Brevard Station Museum

Visitors can browse numerous historical artifacts and information pertaining to the region around the town of Stanley, NC. There is an abundance of collections displayed, as well as an area for visitors to look through genealogy and family records. Admission is free.

112 Main Street
Stanley, NC 28012

American Military Museum

Located in the Memorial Hall in downtown Gastonia. This museum houses a large collection of military and war-related memorabilia. Featured items include uniforms, medals, flags, weapons, photos and other memorabilia from all wars and services. Models of ships, planes, tanks, and other military vehicles can be seen by visitors. Admission is free.

109 W. 2nd Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052

Christmas Town USA

With almost a half million lights decorating some 400 trees throughout town, McAdenville is a popular local attraction each December. Ranked as #7 in Yahoo's Top Ten Christmas Attractions in 2011, thousands of visitors drive or walk the nearly two mile route through town to view this spectacular holiday display. Starting in 2011, live entertainment has been added to the event as well as appearances by Santa.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Located on the western edge of Gaston County. The two peaks, Crowder's Mountain and King's Pinnacle, are the remnants of an ancient mountain range. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, backcountry camping, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, bird watching, educational programs, and much more!

522 Park Office Lane
Gastonia, NC 28052

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