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The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Visiting the Schiele Museum is a fun and educational experience for all ages! Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm and planetarium.

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The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E. Garrison Blvd.

Gastonia

704-866-6908

One of 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and features the largest collection of mounted land mammals in the Southeast, from common raccoons to huge buffalo. Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, plus outdoor recreations of a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm. Discover our planetarium, Stone Age site, nature trail, live animal enclosures and many other interactive exhibits. Fun for all ages!

Retiring from the Boy Scouts to become a ranger-naturalist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a love of the outdoors and his hometown led Bud Schiele and his wife, Lily, to leave their lifelong collection of mammals, birds, rocks, minerals and photographs for the public to enjoy. Everything they gathered was given to what is now the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. Bring yourself closer to nature with exceptional exhibits and programming that highlights the natural wonders and rich history of North America, North Carolina and the region. You’ll be amazed as you make your way through the dioramas and installations in the permanent, featured and outdoor galleries. View the night sky and learn about the vastness of the universe at the Planetarium. See planets, moons, galaxies, comets, asteroids and black holes play across the domed ceiling in three different shows.

01/19 - 01/23

Gaston School of the Arts

Gaston School of the Arts offers fine arts instruction in Art, Music, and Drama.

825 Union Road

Gastonia

Lewis Farm

Lewis Farms

a 5th generation working farm located in Ranlo, North Carolina. We offer people a chance to reconnect with the past through showcasing farming practices of the 1930's and 1940's.

330 Lewis Rd.

Ranlo

01/19 - 01/23

Catawba Two Kings Casino

Catawba Two Kings Casino is a thrilling, new gaming and entertainment destination in Kings Mountain located an easy drive from downtown Charlotte, just 10 minutes from the I-77 corridor.

538 Kings Mountain Blvd

Kings Mountain

01/19 - 01/23

The Floating Goat

Get out and enjoy a paddle on the Southfork! Please be sure to call ahead and schedule your rental.

1010 Marina Village Dr.

Cramerton

The Boathouse in McAdenville

The Boathouse

The Boathouse is a hub for outdoor experiences. Located at the South Fork Trail Head in McAdenville, NC.

115 Willow Dr.

McAdenville

01/19 - 01/23

Catawba Riverkeeper at Kevin Loftin Park

Guests can enjoy 90 minutes of self-guided paddling on a calm, quiet stretch of the upper part of Lake Wylie – the oldest lake on the Catawba River. This kayaking experience is great for first time paddlers or families with young children.

East, 1400 Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012

Belmont

McAdenville

Christmas Town USA

McAdenville’s 650 or so residents go all-out to convert their homes into Christmas Town USA– an achievement that attracts about 600,000 visitors. Drive the half-mile route – free of charge – to see 375-plus trees strung with more than 500,000 red, green and white lights. Christmas Town, USA finished 4th in the “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the USA” contest, sponsored by USA Today.

McAdenville

01/19 - 01/23

Little Theater

Founded in 1950, Little Theater of Gastonia offers a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and musicals featuring talented, entertaining performers each fall-to-spring season.

238 S Clay St.

Gastonia

01/19 - 01/23

Dutchman's Creek Access Area

Access the Catawba River and Dutchman's Creek here in Mount Holly. Parking lot and trash cans available.

735 Elm Ave

Mount Holly

01/19 - 01/23

Aquatic Adventures

Enjoyable, safe, and fun aquatic experiences! Aquatic Adventures offers adventures on the water for individuals and groups.

724 Elm Ave.

Mount Holly

01/19 - 01/23

Belmont Rowing Center

Check out the Belmont Rowing Center for a fun workout on the water. The Center provides affordable and accessible recreational and competitive rowing programs for youth and adults.

Belmont

01/19 - 01/23

Suns Up Scuba

Sun's Up Scuba provides day rentals* of kayaks and paddle boards. These rentals include complimentary transportation to/from the R. Y. McAden South Fork River Access.

900 S Fork Village Dr

Belmont

01/19 - 01/23

Caromont Health Park

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League based in Gastonia, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. Their home base is the FUSE District Stadium.

800 W Franklin Blvd

Gastonia

01/19 - 01/23

Eleven Mill Blueway South Fork Trail

A long paddle that will take you almost 9 miles down the South Fork River where you will witness both a beautifully protected shoreline and signs of Gaston's past in the textile industry with plenty of places to stop at parks, restaurants, and breweries along the way.

01/19 - 01/23

Chuck Johnson Golf Academy

Owner operated driving range situated on 13 acres of tranquil land, just 8 minutes from the Belmont Abbey exit on the I85. Lessons by PGA Pro Chuck Johnson, who has over 35 years golf teaching experience in Europe and South Africa.

4064 Mountain View St.

Gastonia

01/19 - 01/23

Mount Holly Boat Landing

The Mount Holly Boat Landing is on private property but is accessible to anyone wanting to access the water for $2 per person.

724 Elm Ave.

Mount Holly

01/19 - 01/23

Southern Arts Society Gallery and Gifts

Art gallery featuring works created in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, sculpture, textiles and mixed media.

301 N Piedmont Ave

Kings Mountain

01/19 - 01/23

Valhalla Axe Throwing

Valhalla Axe Throwing Company located in North Belmont.
Open 7 Days A Week

511 Woodlawn St.

Belmont

01/19 - 01/23

Papa Steves Mobile Board Shop

Stand-up paddle board rentals, weekends during the summer at the Mount Holly Boat Landing near Dutchman’s Creek starting at $30 for two hours.

Mount Holly

01/19 - 01/23

Centennial Park

Renovated in 2015, Centennial Park serves as the epicenter for entertainment in downtown. Enjoy the park during a special event or relax during the day admiring local art or simply enjoying the pocket of green space in downtown. Explore local businesses while in downtown and use Centennial Park as a place to eat or relax!

114 W Virginia Ave, Bessemer City, NC 28016

Bessemer City