Updated: Jan 13
When the weather is gloomy because it's the middle of winter and you can't get outside, here is a list of great ways to make the most of your time with indoor activities. Have some fun this winter with family and friends in Gaston County.
1. The Schiele Museum of Natural History
One of 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution featuring the largest collection of mounted land mammals in the Southeast, vivid galleries of natural history, a planetarium, and many other interactive exhibits. Fun for all ages!
2. Catawaba Two Kings Casino
This casino offers the newest machines in the industry including the most popular titles. From regular slots to high-limits and progressive jackpots there is something to appeal to every guest, on any budget. The gaming action can’t be beat! Ticket-in, ticket-out capabilities offers gamers the ability to cash out quickly and keep the fun rolling by moving on to their next favorite. Four automated electronic table game pods in a “stadium” setup, deliver a table games experience for both experienced players and beginners offering: Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, and more.
3. Monster Mini Golf
Monster Mini Golf is a ton of indoor fun for the whole family with not just miniature golf but bowling, laser maze arcade and is available for parties.
4. Kate’s Skating Rink
Kate’s Skating Rink strives to be the best it can be by providing a clean and wholesome environment that is not only fun, but affordable as well. Kate’s Skating Rink is located in Lowell, NC. LEARN MORE
5. Altitude Trampoline Park
Channel your energy, cut loose with your best flips and tricks, and prepare for the Jump Life℠. Featuring 30,000 sq. ft. of indoor trampolines and other activities. Altitude Trampoline Park is an exciting destination for families, groups, and individual jumpers to have healthy, athletic fun. For all you dodgeball dynamos and wipe-out wonders ready to be free and play—we’re ready too! Grab a jump pass and find us in Gastonia. LEARN MORE
6. Xtreme Xcapes
Gastonia's first Escape Room! This is a challenging and fun place to spend an hour with friends, family or perfect strangers working together to "escape" the room. Live escape games are a fun place for entertainment! You and your team of 2-8 players have 60 minutes to escape from a locked room through puzzles, hints and codes. LEARN MORE
7. Escape 109
Do you like solving puzzles, thinking outside of the box? Are you trying to learn to work as a team? Do you have what it takes to escape before time runs out? Grab some friends, family, or coworkers and see if you can escape. LEARN MORE
8. Chuck E. Cheese
At Chuck E. Cheese, your little ones aren’t just playing games, they’re enhancing important developmental and social skills, creating memories, and spending time with family and friends. Level up your gaming experience at this epic arcade. From high-tech video games to skill games and everything in between, they have games for every age and interest. LEARN MORE
9. Workout at YMCA
Nationwide Membership enables visitors to visit any participating YMCA in the United States through membership from their home location, helping people reach health and wellness goals wherever they live, work or travel. This is an essential part of their mission to strengthen communities. LEARN MORE
10. Gaston County Museum
In 1852, Daniel Hoffman built an impressive 44-room hotel located on the southeast corner of the Dallas Court Square. The Gaston County Museum strives to inspire diverse audiences to consider their shared histories through the art and history of Gaston County, NC and its surrounding region. LEARN MORE
11-12. Make a masterpiece
Wine & Design is the perfect place to unwind and have fun. We offer a range of affordable private and public paint and sip parties for all ages, groups and talents. From girls nights out to birthday parties, work events to date nights, Wine & Design has you covered. Create In Us Art Studio connects creatively with community. Every class, every canvas, every craft, and every conversation is an opportunity to beautifully become who you were designed to be. Their team of creatives, use their talents to bring forth a creative movement in our community.
13-14. Make the best of spare time
Textile Lanes in Belmont offers a fun and welcoming bowling environment. Bring the family out for some. Home of Lunch and Bowl and Breakfast and Bowl. George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia is a family friendly bowling center catering to all skill levels of bowlers with 32 bumper friendly lanes and an in-house pro shop.
15. Catch a movie
Enjoy the latest movies at your local Regal Cinemas. Regal Franklin Square features stadium seating, digital projection, mobile tickets, game room and more!
Don't let the winter cold get you down. Make the most of your time in Gaston County by enjoying these indoor activities.