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Gastonia is the biggest city in Gaston County and sits about 35 minutes west of where of Charlotte, North Carolina. Gastonia provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities for all ages. Stop by and visit one of our many attractions below, you won't be disappointed!

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 South New Hope Rd. Belmont, NC 704-825-4490

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

522 Park Office Ln. Kings Mountain, NC| 704-853-5375

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

1500 East Garrison Blvd Gastonia, NC 704-866-6908

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

McAdenville, NC 704-823-2260, 704-823-2261

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.

Belmont Abbey

100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd Belmont, NC Historic Tours: 704-461-6693

Once the only abbey cathedral in the nation

The church at Belmont Abbey, completed in 1893, was once the only abbey cathedral in the nation. In 1998 it was named a Minor Basilica by Rome, a rare Papal honor. Located on the 650-acre campus of Belmont Abbey College, its beautiful painted-glass windows won a gold prize at the Colombian Exposition in 1893.

Carolina Speedway

6335 Union Road Gastonia, NC 704-869-0313

Friday night racing!

Carolina Spedway is attracting crowds every Friday night to its improved dirt race track in southern Gaston County. The 4/10 mile track has excited fans and drivers in Gaston County for 44 years, and its seating, concession stands and other facilities have recently been improved to keep pace with fans' expectations.

Gaston County Museum

131 W. Main St. Dallas, NC 704-922-7682

fascinating artifacts in Dallas, NC

Begin your tour of this multifaceted attraction with the museum's main building, the former Hoffman Hotel, constructed in 1852 in an elegantly simple Greek Revival style. It features authentically furnished period rooms, a "hands-on" parlor, a gift shop and changing exhibits which explore art, history and historic preservation.

C. Grier Truck Museum

111 North Mountain St. Cherryville, NC 704-435-3072

Discover the World of Trucking

The C Grier Beam Truck Musum has a wonderful display of trucks dating back to 1927, plus lots of photos and memorabilia. Experience the early days of trucking as they come alive through exhibits at the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum. This truly impressive attraction was founded in 1982 by the Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration.

Downtown Historic Dallas

Dallas, NC 704-922-7682

Listed on the National Register Historic Places

Listed on the National Register Historic Places is the downtown area of Dallas, NC, featuring the Old Gaston County Courthouse, the Gaston County Museum, the Old Jail, and other buildings surrounding the court square. Walking tours are available at Gaston County Museum.

Cherryville Historical Museum

109 Main Street | Cherryville, NC 704-435-8011

The history of Cherryville from the early 1800's until today

Exhibits that follow the history of Cherryville from the early 1800's until today. One of the interesting exhibits is the painting of a bull! The American Tobacco Company used the bull to advertise their Bull Durham brand tobacco. Painted on thousands of buildings in the United States and Europe, there are only four known paintings existing today on brick buildings. The bull was painted in 1910 and was covered with plaster for 80 years but reappeared in 1991 when the plaster was removed. No admission fee.

Cherryville Heritage Park

104 S. Jacob St. Cherryville, NC 704-435-6998

19th Century Buildings in Cherryville, NC

Located in the downtown, the park includes 19th century buildings that illustrate the developments of Cherryville. They include the first City Hall, a school, smokehouse, liquor bonded warehouse and a jail. No admission fee.

Brevard Station

112 S. Main Street Stanley, NC 704-263-9801

Historical museum in Stanley, NC

The Brevard Station museum open for visitors to see pictures, artifacts, and documents from the past. A significant factor in the history of Stanley was the discovery of a wild magnolia tree by French botanist, Andre Michaux. The descendants of this tree still thrive in Stanley.

Lineberger Maple Spring Farms

906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy Dallas, NC 704-922-8688

Something for the whole family.

Whether you like fresh strawberries or blackberries, golden pumpkins or cornstalk mazes, Lineberger Maple Springs Farm in Dallas has something for the whole family.

Belmont Historical Society

40 Catawba Street Belmont, NC 704-825-4848

Dedicated to preserving the history of Belmont, NC

Dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Belmont NC and its surrounding area. The BHS records the places, people, and times from the past that have made Belmont the community that it is. Tracing from the early days, through the years as a textile manufacturing giant, to the current days of a growing community of interesting people and places.

American Military Museum

109 West Second Ave. Gastonia, NC 704-866-6068

Military memorabilia from past wars

The American Military Museum, originally founded by American Legion Post 23, houses an authentic college of military and related memorabilia from past wars and periods.

R.J. Rednour Farms

125 Horton Rd. Gastonia, NC 704-865-5401

(Monday-Friday by appointment only) Birthday Parties - Guided Horseback Rides - Hay Rides - Petting Zoo - Season Events - Whole Hog Sausage - All Natural Beef - Call before you go.


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