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50 unique things to do in and around Gaston County

Updated: Jan 31

Looking for something to do? Here is a list of 50 things to do in and around Gaston County to help you make the most of your visit.


1. Tiptoe through the tulips

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Located on 380 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, a garden store and nature trails await visitors.

2. Grab a day pass

Whitewater Center

The Whitewater Center is the world's premier outdoor facility featuring whitewater rafting, biking, ziplines, live music, craft brews, and more.

3. Sample mouthwatering barbecue

Gaston County’s ‘Cue Trail

Whether you’re a barbecue aficionado looking for new experiences or you just want to try something new, look to the Gaston County 'Cue Trail. We have our own unique and historic traditions in barbecue culture. Use this trail guide to try all our best spots.

4. Enjoy a day in the park

George Poston Park

Looking to get outside this weekend to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air? Gaston County's George Poston Park is a perfect destination and is our largest park.

5. Learn something new

Schiele Museum of Natural History

Gastonia's Schiele Museum of Natural History is the best science and natural history museum located in Gastonia offering exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and more.

6. Wander this peaceful campus

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey is a private Catholic liberal-arts college located in Belmont. Founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks, this beautiful campus is a great location for a walk.

7. Watch a game

Spectator Sports

In Gaston County we pack the house as spectators roar with cheers for their team and favorite athletes.

8. Find the best trails

Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail online map is an easy way to navigate the trails within the Thread Trail network. Filter by location, trail type, ADA accessibility and more to find the best hikes in the area.