Belmont is a small town, flanked by two rivers, making it a unique destination close to Charlotte and Gastonia. On your next long weekend, pack your bags and drive to explore this quaint little city. Here’s a list of the top 9 things to do when in Belmont, North Carolina.
1. Stowe Park
A nice quaint park in the middle of the city adorned with a walking path, water fountain, picnic tables, play area for kids and well maintained landscaped gardens. The Stowe Park has lots of shade and is located beside the rail tracks so it is a good spot to hang out with parents and kids on a picnic. There’s also a historic monument of the veterans of WW II that was relocated here in 2014.
Address: 24 S Main St, 28012 Belmont, NC
2. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Opened in 1999 by a retired textile executive, Daniel J. Stowe, this world class arboretum is spread across 150 hectares (380 acres) on the shoreline of the Lake Wylie. There are plenty of waterfalls, gardens, sculptures, unique flora and fauna. Every time of the day, every season of the year and every day’s weather makes the same place look completely different.
So if you are a nature enthusiast then you do not stand to get bored here. Just remember to bring your camera for capturing some beautiful natural sights. This botanical garden continues to expand and add newer things when funds come in.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Address: 6500 S New Hope Rd, 28012 Belmont, NC
Website: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
3. Millican Pictorial History Museum
If you’ve got a knack for history, wouldn’t you like to see thousands of restored rare historical photos of Belmont, North Carolina including cotton mills, actors, lifestyle, churches, schools, parades, and historical artifacts? Millican pictorial history museum is a one of a kind museum housing 16,000 photos on display in the oldest house in Belmont, The Abram Stowe House. Your first visit may require about two hours to glance through the entire collection. They keep adding newly restored photos so you can check back again for a repeat visit!
Millican Pictorial History Museum
Address: 35 E. Catawba Street, 28012 Belmont, NC
Website: Millican Pictorial History Museum
4. The Haunted Mill & Escape Rooms
For some fun and adventure, you must visit this historic 115-year-old mill which has been converted into a haunted game site and escape rooms. In their own words: “Embark on an adventure, discovering clues and solving the secret puzzles of the rooms, unlocking multiple chambers. You and your eclectic group of scientists must enter a Top-Secret research facility. Upon entering the lab, you will have only 60 minutes to stop the deadly Zombie Outbreak from spreading and prevent the already infected scientist from escaping quarantine! Work together and work quickly to find the cure. The lab will test your wits while participating in this "one of a kind” adventure! CAN YOU SURVIVE?“
Sounds like fun! Well, it is one of a kind enthralling experience which will lure you to your childhood days. If you love horror stories, zombies, scientific environment, logical puzzles and haunted houses, then you shouldn’t miss this experience!
The Haunted Mill
Address: 6325 Wilkinson Blvd, 28012 Belmont, NC
Facebook: The Haunted Mill
Escape Rooms At The Mill
Address: 6325 W. Wilkinson Bvd., 28012 Belmont, NC
Website: Escape Rooms At The Mill
5. Catawba River Antique Mall
It might seem like an unconventional place to be called a mall because Catawba River Antique Mall is a 6,000 square meter (60,000 square foot) beautiful historic 109-year-old mill with high ceilings, hard pine columns and maple hardwood floors. Be prepared to spend several hours shopping and gazing at an endless variety of antiques (obviously) and collectibles in over 300 vendor booths in this mall. You can literally get anything and everything from furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor, custom designs, chic and more at a reasonable price.
Catawba River Antique Mall
Address: 406 Catawba St, 28012 Belmont, NC
Website: Catawba River Antique Mall
6. Muddy River Distillery
Take a tour of the Muddy RIver Distillery, learn about the distillers of Carolina Rum and while you are at it, taste the delicious rum! It might just be the best rum you’ll ever taste. Check out Queen Charlotte’s Reserve, Silver, Coconut, & Spiced at NC’s oldest rum distillery.
Muddy River Distillery
Address: 1500 River Dr #100, 28012 Belmont, NC
Website: Muddy River Distillery
7. Belmont Historic District
Built in 1873, this is a national historic district with colonial, Tudor architectural style and is located in Belmont. It is a single street town with everything from hotels and restaurants to a cafe, spa, bars and a park. It is a great place to wander around in the afternoon to explore the streets, shop and dine with your friends.
Belmont Historic District
Address: 115 N Main St, 28012-3103 Belmont, NC
Website: Belmont Historic District
8. Goat Island Park
Sprawling 12 hectares (29 acres), the Goat Island Park is located in the middle of the South Fork River of the Catawba River. In merely five years, it has become one of the most popular parks in Belmont. Sadly there are no goats here, so don’t go by the name! It has walking trails, playgrounds, swings, an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pier, canoe/kayak facilities, picnic tables, table tennis boards and plenty of green open space. With so much to do, all you need is the perfect company and you can easily spend a couple of hours here with your kids.
Goat Island Park
Address: 305 Greenwood Pl, 28012-2911 Belmont, NC
Website: Goat Island Park
9. Belmont NC Historical Society Cultural and Heritage Learning Center
Traverse history, walking around the Belmont NC Historical Society Cultural and Heritage Learning Center (BHS). The BHS is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Belmont, NC and its immediate surrounding area in the form of a huge collection of photos, videos, books, and artifacts obtained from the citizens of the Belmont community. It is a wonderful place to walk back in time to revisit the glorious old days and lives of people who contributed to this city in any way.
Belmont NC Historical Society Cultural and Heritage Learning Center
Address: 40 E Catawba St, 28012-3349 Belmont, NC
Long weekend getaway in North Carolina
Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with kids, this city has so many places to see, parks for leisurely activities, historical museums to learn from and bars to let your hair down. On your next long weekend, pack your bags and drive to Belmont for this unmissable experience. Happy traveling!
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