Other Places to Eat & Drink

In Gaston County, North Carolina

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EXPLORE

A three-time All-America City and recipient of the U.S. Conference of Mayors top Livability Award, Gastonia is recognized as one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size, and quality of life. The city’s slogan: Great Place, Great People, Great Promise.

Explore all there is to do in

Gastonia

Lineberger Park

Gastonia’s first park provides both passive and active recreation opportunities on 18.5 acres.

Martha Rivers Park

Children head straight for “the castle” playground. The wooden structure houses a fort, a ship, a race car, slides and swings.

R.J. Rednour Farms

This farm is open to the public the first Saturday of every month. Visitors may hand feed the animals and guided horseback rides are available.

Sims Legion Park

Home to the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team this facility makes a great location for your next event.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm and planetarium.

Alfred C. Kessell Center

Carolina Speedway

Roaring to life with spectacular dirt track races the Carolina Speedway is known as “The Action Track”.

Crowders Ridge

Welcome to camp. Crowders Ridge is a ministry to provide camp experiences for everyone. Summer camps. Retreats. Christian school retreats.

Gastonia Grizzlies

Better get your tickets early for the Gastonia Grizzlies! Playing in the Coastal Plain League, fans enjoy an exceptional baseball experience.

Loray Mill

Monkey Joe’s

Rankin Lake Park

The 80-acre lake, complete with fishing pier and boat dock. Canoes, kayaks, johnboats and pedal boats are available to rent.

South Fork River Park

This 44-acre park has 800 feet of river frontage, equipped with a kayak launch and a1-mile paved walking trail.

Adventure Landing

American Military Museum

Center City Park

Gastonia Conference Center

George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes

M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center at Gaston Christian

Phillips Center & Park

Ranlo Park

Stowe Dairy Farms

Grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and sorghum molasses syrup. Agricultural events and educational programming are available.

African American Museum of History & Culture

Found in the Loray Mill is the African American Museum of History Culture.

Bit of Hope Ranch

This nonprofit pairs children with therapy teams that include a licensed professional, an equine specialist and a rescue horse.

Chuck E. Cheese

Gastonia Farmers Market

Sells produce, meats, eggs, dairy products, baked goods and fresh-cut flowers.

Hang Time Golf

HangTime Golf is a driving range located in Gastonia, North Carolina.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Gaston All American Fair

June

The Gaston All American Fair is 9 days filled with spectacular rides, live music, food, crafts, jewelry, games, art, music, entertainment, eating contests, a spectacular fireworks show and Soapbox Derby Races. Admission is always free! Beer and wine garden will be available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bug Day

May

Explore the wild world of insects, spiders, and other interesting arthropods on Bug Day at The Schiele Museum of Natural History. Learn all about bugs by meeting entomologists, have hands-on opportunities with live insects, and enjoy insect-themed crafts, games and activities.

Spring on the Farm

April

Celebrate the arrival of spring on The Farm! Meet baby farm animals, explore newly planted gardens and enjoy outdoor activities and displays. The event happens at The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.

Gaston MAX

March

The City of Gastonia and Gaston County Public Library host Gaston MAX (Multicultural Arts Xperience) at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia. This event and showcase art, music, literature, and culture with food trucks, cultural and artistic vendors, cultural dances and activities, artists, authors, and musical performances.

Fossil Fair

February

Travel back through time by exploring fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories they tell. Mine for gemstones, visit our Dino Safari and Tiny Titans exhibits, search for tiny fossils from the Carolina coast, and even meet some living fossils at The Schiele Museum of Natural History.

UNIQUE DINING

Cavendish Brewing Company

Cavendish Brewing Company is one of a kind in every way. From the ingredients we use, to the way our brew master monitors every step of the brewing process, our award winning beer is made to stand out from every other beer in the respective categories.

Viva Tequis

Viva Tequis serves up delicious Mexican street food in downtown Gastonia.

Barrister's

Barrister's located in the boutique Esquire Hotel in Gastonia where the food is locally sourced and the decor is thoughtfully appointed.

Webb Custom Kitchen

At Webb Custom Kitchen in Gastonia the ambiance takes on its former existence as a theater, plus they serve great food and craft cocktails.

HIKE & BIKE THESE TRAILS

Avon/Catawba Creeks Greenway

Paved, Sidewalk

Easy

2.4 Miles One Way

This greenway is paved for its entire length, and much of it is lined by mature trees on both sides of the trail.

Highland Rail Trail

Paved, Gravel

Easy

1.5 Miles One Way

A ten foot wide, paved surface trail constructed along the historic Carolina and Northwestern Railway.

Highland Rail Trail Downtown Sidewalk Connection

Paved

Easy

.5 Miles One Way

This 0.5-mile downtown sidewalk trail connects downtown Gastonia to the Highland Rail Trail.

Rankin Lake Park Trail

Walking, Jogging

Moderate

1.9 miles

This trail runs through Rankin Lake Park.

620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: 704-825-4044

Toll Free: 1-800-849-9994

Visitors Center is closed
until further notice.

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