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Make the most of winter

Gaston County's mild climate with regular daytime highs in the 70s, makes for a great winter getaway. It's easy to get outside and enjoy all the activities the area has to offer. Here are several ways to make the most of the winter.

Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Visit a five-story glass tropical home

Warm up in a tropical wonderland. An 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory is home to multi-colored orchids and tropical plants. The Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is open once again for the delight of visitors. During your visit, include a winter hike on the nature trail along the banks of Lake Wylie. This time of year offers the best views.


Ice Skating at US National Whitewater Center
Ice Skating at US National Whitewater Center

Test your ice skating abilities

For a third year US National Whitewater Center transforms their whitewater rivers into an ice trail. This attraction has been so popular they not only increased the size of the trail but also included, A Snowball’s Chance Skate Race.


Frigid Ice Plunge photo from US National Whitewater Center

Take the plunge thrill seekers

Brave the cold with a 5k and 10k trail race followed by a plunge into cold water at the Frigid Trail Race Plunge. Other activities for thrill seekers include long ziplines, challenging rope courses, climbing, jumps, and more at the US National Whitewater Center. Most all land activities are open on the weekends through the winter, depending on weather.


Winter Wonderland sock skating at Schiele Museum
Winter Wonderland sock skating at Schiele Museum

Fun for the kiddos

Slide on over to The Schiele to enjoy the beauty of a Winter Wonderland without the cold! Kick off your shoes and test your “skating” skills on an indoor rink where socks replace skates. This is a great way for the kiddos (ages 11 and under) to expend some energy this winter and get out of the house!


Slot machines at Catawba Two Kings Casino

The road to excitement

This winter someone will win a brand-new Ford F-150. Head over to Catawba Two Kings Casino now to get entered for your chance to win. Looking for more opportunities to win? Each Sunday, two guests will receive $500 in Free Play, every hour. If you haven’t been to the casino, located in a temporary facility, you are missing out. They bring great gaming action with the newest slot machines and electronic table games in a smoke-free environment.


Men's Basketball photo from Belmont Abbey Athletics
Men's Basketball photo from Belmont Abbey Athletics

Root for the home team

There is nothing like the fun that comes from cheering for the home team at a college game. Belmont Abbey Athletics in Belmont, NC is the place to go for sports enthusiasts looking for a few hours of fun. Well attended, the crowds at Belmont Abbey make for an eventful time as you become one with the fans in the packed stands full of energetic undergrads dressed in their Crusader gear.


Antiquing on the streets in Cherryville, NC

Cool finds during winter antiquing

Whether you're having a moment of shopping serendipity in a new and unexpected place or on a mission to find something specific, antiquing in Gaston County is worth it. Is there anything more satisfying than finding a priceless piece of furniture for a bargain?


Obviously, if you want to enjoy the winter to the fullest, you need to get outside! Make the most of winter in Gaston County.



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