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McDowell Nature Center

McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to 1,132 acres of McDowell Nature Preserve, that protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie. The Nature Center provides many educational programs on our natural ecology, and features live native animals, a discovery hall, and a gift shop. Visitors can stop and observe nature in action, enjoy a natural play area, and take self-guided tours for miles of hiking trails.
15222 South York Road
Charlotte , NC , 28278
Phone: (980) 314-1128
35° 7' 8.4432" N, 81° 1' 19.668" W

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Since 2001, Whitewater has been creating opportunities to bring people together outdoors at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Whitewater Center is designed and operated as an outdoor center offering over 30 different recreational activities. Every element and activity is focused on supporting an all-encompassing experience around the outdoor lifestyle. Additionally, the Whitewater Center hosts international competitions in a variety of sports along with numerous festivals and events on a recurring basis.
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte , NC , 28214
Phone: 704-391-3900
35° 16' 50.0664" N, 80° 59' 13.1784" W


At Arts+, we provide outstanding arts education to students of all backgrounds and ages. We help students tap into their artistic potential, plus access the many other irreplaceable benefits of an arts education. We offer private music lessons, visual art instruction and summer camp experiences.
345 N. College St.
Charlotte , NC , 28202
Phone: 7048070596
35° 13' 43.7988" N, 80° 50' 23.01" W

Stevens Creek Nature Preserve and Center

We are a Nature Preserve and Nature Center. We offer many different programs for Kids and Adults some are Free and some do have a Fee. Come explore Stevens Creek Nature Center where learning about Nature is fun for the whole family. The Nature Center is open Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and the Preserve is open from 6:30am to sunset.
15700 Thompson Road
Mint Hill , NC , 28227
Phone: (980)314-2526
35° 11' 34.5084" N, 80° 40' 5.592" W

The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Explore the wildlife of North Carolina and North America, take a trip through the universe through a planetarium show, or enjoy a walk on the Nature Trail. The Schiele inspires wonder and appreciation of the natural world through exciting exhibits, science programs, and family-friendly events.
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia , NC , 28054
Phone: 704-866-6900
35° 15' 11.5848" N, 81° 9' 32.3532" W

Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department

Offering family-friendly and adults/kids-only events and programs all year long! Programs and camps take place at the Matthews Community Center, McDowell Arts Center and Crews Recreation Center.
100 E. McDowell Street
Matthews , NC , 28105
Phone: 7043217275
35° 7' 0.6636" N, 80° 42' 59.04" W