1874 Remount Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: (704) 865-6688
Fax: (704) 865-6197
Open year round, this scenic 18 hole, par 72 championship mountain golf course features abundant wildlife, rolling hills, great Bermuda fairways, and large bent greens. The course is known as the home of the "Hardest Par 5 in the World" and includes a putting green and a fully stocked pro shop.
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.
Established several decades ago as an initiative by Charlotte Observer, Camp Thunderbird is now managed by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. It is located around 16 miles from Charlotte, with a giant waterslide and baseball pitch on-site. Ski boats, for having some fun in the Lake Wylie are also available. This camp is operational throughout the year and offers several programs dealing with subjects like ecology, specially suited to youth and school children. The venue is rented out for events during weekends. Call +1 800 732 3855 (Toll Free).
Along the banks of Lake Wylie, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve is an almost undeveloped forest area and one of Charlotte's main attractions. The center aims to educate people about the need to conserve the ecology and environment. The place is home to over 100 species of birds and 21 species of mammals and amphibians. Rare species, such as the Seminole bat and the Loggerhead Shrike, are also spotted here. Those interested in kayaking, canoeing, nature walking, and fishing can get in touch with the center for information.
This facility aims to help protect and conserve birds of prey, and is located inside the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, a short drive from Charlotte. It seeks to educate people about raptors, erasing misconceptions that society has towards these creatures, and tends to injured, sick and orphaned birds. Due to imprinting and contact with humans, birds at the center cannot survive in the wild. They are, therefore attached to their handlers, and pose no threat to visitors. For volunteering opportunities and other information, check the website.
If you are all thumbs when it comes to holding a club, don't worry too much. Hone your skills at this facility, which includes a top notch practice center, eight target greens and artificial tees that can be played in all kinds of weather. Classes are held on a regular basis and can go on for as long as six months to a year; find a schedule that suits you best. If your kids show some potential in the sport, bring them along too—special classes are also conducted for those between five and 17 years of age. Check the website for more details.
There's no way you can get bored at the 105-acre Carowinds, whatever age group you belong to. This amusement park has it all, from 60 rides like Nickelodeon Central and Vortex, to events and live shows. Also part of the Carowinds is the Boomerang Bay Waterpark Resort and the famous "Scarowinds" event. Accommodation, too, is not a problem, as you and your family can just camp out in the fully equipped 25-acre Camp Wilderness Resort. Spend a day of absolute fun, frolic, thrills and maybe even some chills! Check the website for further information.
This park is a great way to reflect on the revolutionary war that took place on October 7, 1980. Kings Mountain National Military Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, beautifully commemorates the Battle of Kings Mountain, which was a first major patriotic victory to have happened after the British invasion of Charleston in May 1780. No wonder Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a turning point event. The park offers an adventurous mix of camping, picnicking, hiking trails and a functional history farm. Admission is free and an average visit would probably take one to two hours.
Although this is a public facility, the course and amenities are great. They offer a course that is challenging, yet fair, making it a delight for players of all levels. They also offer one of the largest natural turf driving ranges in the Carolinas to help you prepare for your round.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
Though they are officially known as the "Carolina" Panthers, they play in uptown Charlotte, and it is the citizens of Charlotte in the stands cheering for them. Since their inception in 1995, the Panthers have clinched their division championship three times. They even made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003, where the New England Patriots defeated them by a slim three-point margin thanks to Adam Vinatieri's infamous, last-second, 41-yard field goal. See the Panthers go for the glory at their home, Bank of America Stadium. See website for ticketing information.
Latta Park began as a real estate developer's ploy to lure the people of Charlotte out of the crowded city center and into the suburbs. Today, the South End is far from suburban, and Latta Park remains a thing of beauty. Long, narrow and green, the 31-acre park is home to a basketball court, a multi-purpose field, two softball fields, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a six-table sheltered picnic area, a recreation center, a playground, a sprayground, and miles of trails. See website for park map and reservable facilities information. Open daily.