Shelby, in North Carolina, is known affectionately as the “City of Pleasant Living” and was incorporated in the year 1843. It was named after Colonel Isaac Shelby, who was a Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Shelby’s large sidewalks are known for their signature large oak trees, which provide shade for one to take a leisurely walk.
The world acclaimed Don Gibson Theatre has a full calendar of music and entertainment and there are beautiful city parks and museums and galleries here, which will leave you inspired and more educated about Shelby. Read on to learn more about the interesting things to do in and around the area of Shelby, North Carolina and start planning your journey to this scenic destination!
1. Visit the world famous Don Gibson Theater
This State Theatre opened in 1939 and is praised as one of the most beautiful buildings in Shelby. It was a highly popular small movie theatre, but it encountered challenges which befell many such film houses. With the advent of malls and cable TV in people’s lives, these theaters found it very difficult to survive, but thanks to a passionate volunteer group, called Destination Cleveland County, this old movie house was brought back to life.
Known as the Don Gibson Theatre, this 400 seat venue is now mainly an intimate concert hall. You will find only the best in touring nationally famous acts here, including musicians that have been featured on magazine covers and those who have won Grammy Awards, gold albums and “Best of the Year” awards.
Don Gibson Theater
Address: 318 Washington St, Shelby, NC 28150
Website: Don Gibson Theater
2. Tour the Owl's Eye Vineyard and Winery
This exciting vineyard is situated near Charlotte, in North Carolina, just outside Shelby. If you are a wine connoisseur or you are just starting to explore wine, you will have a memorable and enjoyable experience here. It is located just 2.5 miles (4 km) away from historic downtown Shelby. They offer tours, wine tastings and private parties and events. Its winery tasting room is a welcoming place for private parties, gatherings, work events, wedding receptions and dinners.
Owl's Eye Vineyard and Winery
Address: 1414 Metcalf Rd, Shelby, NC 28150
Website: Owl’s Eye Vineyard and Winery
3. Trek in South Mountains State Park
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The South Mountains State Park lies in one of Shelby’s most rugged areas and features elevations up to a height of 3,000 feet (914.4 meters). It has an 80-foot (24.4 meter) waterfalls, streams and 40 miles (64.4 km) of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. You will have a real backcountry experience here and there are 20 backpacking sites at six different locations.
Equestrian camping is offered in the park, along with trailer parking and a barn to complement the 33 miles (53.1 km) of bridle trails. Mountain bikers can enjoy a 17-mile (27.4 kilometer) ride, where they can bike to campsites and sit by the Jacob Fork River, with its tributaries and miles and miles of trout fishing.
It also has two picnic spots and one picnic shelter for groups. There is a visitor center here, which offers great, museum-quality exhibits on the rich cultural and natural history of the South Mountains.
South Mountains State Park
Address: 3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Website: South Mountains State Park
4. Visit the Great Metalmorphosis Giant Head
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Metalmorphosis is a mirrored sculpture in Whitehall Technology Park, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The creation has nearly 40 steel pieces, which are grouped into seven segments and which rotate 360 degrees, independently. Water comes out of the mouth into a surrounding pool. When all the segments are aligned, it appears to be a giant silver head with all the fixtures in their own place.
Metalmorphosis - Giant Head
Address: 3700 Arco Corporate Dr., Charlotte, NC
Website: Metalmorphosis - Giant Head
5. Sunset Drive-In Theatre
The Sunset Drive-In Theatre was opened prior to 1955 and was operated by Colonial Theatres. It is a family-owned business and is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a good place for an inexpensive family night out for the entire family and you can watch two movies for just 7 USD per carload.
There is parking for 420 cars. Bring your own chairs and blankets to watch the movies under the stars or sit in your car. There is a snack bar inside, which sells great burgers and hot dogs, as well as corn dogs, tasty chili cheese fries, french fries, yummy popcorn, fizzy drinks and, of course, candy.
Sunset Drive-In Theatre
Address: 3935 W. Dixon Boulevard, Shelby, NC 28150
Website: Sunset Drive-In Theatre
6. Buffalo Creek Gallery
The Buffalo Creek Gallery was founded in 2006 by 24 local artists. Artists from nearby areas joined in as well and it officially opened on August 10, 2006, and has been a leader in the community by organizing its “Arts On The Square” event, annually. It features paintings, pottery, drawing, cards, clay art, woodcarvings, jewelry, stained glass, photography, quilt making, and weaving. The gallery has an in-house studio for working artists to make and promote their art, in Shelby.
Buffalo Creek Gallery
Address: 104 E Warren St, Shelby, NC 28150
Website: Buffalo Creek Gallery
7. Visit the Foothills Public Shooting Complex
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Foothills Public Shooting Complex, near Shelby, in Cleveland County, is known as the largest public outdoor shooting range in the southeastern part of the United States. It is a huge 85 acre (34.4 hectare) campus, which can be used for all types of weapons.
It has facilities for 3D archery and there is a range office and a classroom training facility, as well as an outdoor pavilion and a catering service area, restroom facilities, and a vending area for drinks and snacks. It has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible.
Foothills Public Shooting Complex
Address: 283 Fielding Rd, Cherryville, NC 28021
Website: Foothills Public Shooting Complex
The 'City of Pleasant Living' beckons you!
It’s no wonder that Shelby is called the City of Pleasant Living. It is a pleasant city to live in and also visit, as it has every amenity you can imagine and is also filled with arts, culture and history.
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