Things To Do In Gastonia

$22 for Three Hours of Bowling for Up to Six at George Pappas' Liberty Lanes ($40 Value)

George Pappas' Liberty Lanes

Gastonia

This family-friendly bowling alley boasts 32 lanes, optional bumpers, and a fully-stocked snack bar

$40 $22

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Carolina Speedway

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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One Month of Unlimited Fitness or Martial-Arts Classes at FTF Fitness and Self Defense (Up to 75% Off)

FTF Fitness and Self Defense

Gastonia

Trainers integrate kickboxing, wrestling, and boxing techniques with interval training, TRX equipment and kettlebells

$75 $19

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Scuba Certification with Magazine Subscription or Buoyancy Class at Sink or Swim Scuba (Up to 65% off)

Sink or Swim Scuba

Lowell

Earn a lifelong scuba certification with open-water dives in a local rock quarry

$350 $149

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Two or Four 45-Minute Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Creekwood Farm (Up to 53% Off)

Creekwood Farm

Gastonia

English saddle-seat instruction coupled with the horse-care fundamentals of grooming and tacking during lessons held on a 30-acre farm

$80 $42

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Five-Week Roller-Derby Boot Camp for One or Two from G*Force Gastonia Roller Derby Club (Up to 56% Off)

G*Force Gastonia Roller Derby Club

Gastonia

Before entering into competitive bouts, skaters can attend a roller-derby boot camp to learn the ins and outs of the sport

$100 $49

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Concealed-Carry-Weapon Course with Range Time for One or Two at DoubleTap Concealed (Up to 59% Off)

DoubleTap Concealed

Gastonia

Students undergo training at a private, outdoor shooting range; the class qualifies you to apply for a concealed-carry permit

$120 $59

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Skate Rental and Admission for 2 or 4 at Kate's Skating Rink (Up to 61% Off)

Kate's Skating Rink

Multiple Locations

Classic roller-skating rink boasts pizza by the slice, an indoor playground, and an expansive arcade for family fun

$22 $11

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One or Three Months of CrossFit Boot-Camp Classes at CrossFit Gastonia (Up to 77% Off)

CrossFit Gastonia

Gastonia

Cycle through a series of intense exercises in boot-camp classes that emphasize functional fitness

$50 $25

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One-Day Group Yoga Hike for One or Two from Northeast Mountain Guiding (Up to 66% Off)

Northeast Mountain Guiding

Crowders Mountain State Park

During a three- to six-hour group hike through a beautiful national park, certified yoga instructors make trailside stops for yoga practice

$95 $35

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Three, Five, or Seven Dog-and-Owner Boot-Camp Classes (Up to 66% Off)

Happy Paws Bootcamp

Gastonia

A fitness trainer and a dog trainer guide you and your canine through total-body workouts; dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome

$75 $29

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Glowing boundary rails line the pitch-black corridors of Lunar Mini Golf's putting surfaces, guiding mini golfers and their orbs across a black-lit dreamscape surrounded by neon flourishes. As players attempt to sink hole-in-ones, the vibrant course thwarts their efforts with topsy-turvy surfaces, jutting ridges, and a gallery of luminous animals and bug-eyed aliens whispering commentary from inside the walls. Guests can become mobile accoutrements in the phosphorescent scenery by snagging necklaces and other glow-in-the-dark knickknacks available for sale, helping players identify opponents' movements and accentuate celebratory dances with glow-stick flair. The course's darkened alleys provide fun, casual outings for players of all abilities, as well as an eclectic venue for the birthday parties of future adults.

246 N New Hope Rd
Gastonia,
NC
US

Coed dodge ball and flag-football games. Kayaking trips. Ice-climbing excursions. The open-air enthusiasts at Charlotte Outdoor Adventures coordinate a schedule of active events such as these for a membership base passionate about playing in the sunshine. Led by a qualified volunteer, groups set out on excursions ranging from hikes through the Carolinian countryside to waterfall rappelling in the Grand Canyon. Membership benefits include access to hundreds of activities each month as well as friendships forged through shared experience and bartering packed-lunch items.

4350 Linwood Road
Gastonia,
NC
US

Formerly known as Mountainview Driving Range, Resurrection Golf Center sharpens the long and short games of Charlotte-area golf enthusiasts with its ample greens and even ampler pro shop. Guests can wipe the dimpled smiles off of an unlimited supply of wise-cracking white spheres by blasting into the firmament above a lush, tree-lined driving range. Dedicated areas for short game and putting can help full-time swingers shave strokes off their next for-keeps game.

4064 Mountainview St
Gastonia,
NC
US

FTF Fitness and Self Defense's team of 13 instructors know that most people are fighting something. That something might be a vicious bully, persistent weight gain, or a less tangible entity such as fatigue or non-Euclidian geometry. No matter what it is, they're confident they can help. Their diverse knowledge of fighting techniques stretches around the world, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the Israeli armed forces. In addition to earning belts and certifications in numerous forms of martial arts, the teachers possess years of real-world experience that they use to help others cultivate strength, discipline, and confidence. These goals also inform the studio's Krav Maga classes, which reveal simple self-protection techniques that can be applied if a person is approached by a lone assailant or a nunchuck-wielding octopus.

In addition to imparting defense strategies to students aged 4 and older, the team teaches SPARology, a training program that blends muay thai, boxing, and wrestling into a fun-and-functional workout. Classes and one-on-one training take place in a gym equipped with full-size heavy bags, Lifeline power jumpers, kettlebells, battling ropes, and monkey bars.

1122 E Hudson Blvd
Gastonia,
NC
US

The Range

Live-fire target training takes place at a private, outdoor shooting range.

The Rentals

Instructors can supply handguns during classes, oftentimes at no additional charge. For safety reasons, participants must always use ammunition purchased onsite.

At a Glance

The instructors at DoubleTap Concealed strive to make their courses in pistol handling and safety an informative-yet-accessible platform. So far, those efforts seem to be paying off: they have trained more than 2,000 students to date. They teach basic NRA qualification courses and other classes, often enhancing their instruction with hands-on practice at the shooting range.

2017 East Ozark Avenue
Gastonia,
NC
US

Adventure Landing sports ample free parking and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Friday and Saturday, when it keeps the courses open until midnight for party-animal clubbers. There are three different courses; each of them features well-manicured Astroturf, luscious landscapes, and challenges around every bend. Master a single green or experience all three shades without leaving the grounds or hailing a golf cart. In between rounds, explore all that this fun, pay-as-you-play factory has to offer, including arcade games, batting cages, and more. When your group's perfectionist is spending way too much time reading the wind, slip off to the nearby snack bar for a quick bite or sip while you wait.

2600 E Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia,
NC
US