1874 Remount Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: (704) 865-6688
Fax: (704) 865-6197
Features three-eighteen hole miniature golf courses, an arcade and batting cages.
The largest flying American flag in the world, this 7,410 square foot flag is 65 feet tall, 114 feet wide, and weighs 180 pounds. The flag is visible for 30 miles from its location.
The Hoyle House in Dallas, North Carolina was the home of Pieter Heyl, a German miller. An extraordinary example of German-American architecture, the two floored house was constructed sometime in the mid 1700s. It underwent various alterations over the years as it was passed from generation from generation and today one can see a mix of many architectural styles, with evident Federal and Georgian influences. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Located on the 650 acre campus of the Belmont Abbey College, this beautiful church was once the only abbey cathedral in the nation and was first used by American Indians in the area, then later used as a block upon which slaves were sold. The exquisite painted glass windows won a gold prize at the Colombian Exposition in 1893.
Located in the Belmont Abbey Historic District, Belmont Abbey College, is one of the oldest liberal arts college in southeast United States. Located within the college are an academic library with a wonderful collection of rare books, a theater and several intercollegiate athletic facilities. Founded by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey in 1876, the school is affiliated to the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict. Belmont Abbey College offers undergraduate courses to students of all races, religions and backgrounds.
Even after having done whitewater rafting, kayaking, flat-water paddling, hiking, climbing, or biking at Charlotte's National Whitewater Center, you'll want to do more and more. Keep in mind that all of these activities require you to be physically fit, and also that your activities here help contribute to the preservation of the Catawba River and its natural surroundings.
The Catawba River winds through Charlotte and provides the region with most of its drinking water. The Catawba River plays a huge role in the keeping the community thriving. This stunning waterway has been deemed one of the most endangered rivers in the country, and it's up to the people to keep it clean and beautiful.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 450 acre landscape of lush green plants and colorful flowers. Visitors can get lost in the beauty of nature's bounty in the nine themed gardens, which include the Canal Garden, the Cottage Garden, the Conifer Garden and the West Garden. The 12 remarkable waterfalls and the woodland trail make up for a perfect day under the sun. This place is a haven for all those interested in photography, bird watching, gardening and painting. You can opt for a guided tour or simply roam around on your own.
Climb rugged peaks rising 800 feet above the surrounding countryside at this park that is well known for its rock climbing opportunities and is one of the busiest parks in North Carolina. Other features of the park include over 15 miles of hiking and nature trails, numerous picnic facilities, water sports activities, and a primitive pack-in camp.
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.
Formerly known as the American Business and Fashion Institute, The Art Institute of Charlotte was established back in 1973. It is part of Art Institutes International Inc., which has 31 such educational establishments nationwide. You can avail of programs focussed on fashion, media art, designing, culinary training, and so on. Enrolled students can exhibit their art in the online galleries of the institute. Call +1 800 872 4417 (Toll-free).
A little ways outside Charlotte in the city of Huntersville sits Rural Hill, a 265 acre homestead with pastoral views and farm animals to enjoy. The farm has historical significance for the Scots and and Scots-Irish, which makes it a prime location for the annual Scottish Highland Games Festival. This is a beautiful place to escape the city life of Charlotte.