Things To Do In Gastonia

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental for Two or Four at Hidden Valley Golf Club (Up to 53% Off)

Hidden Valley Golf Club

West Columbia

$80 $40

18-hole, par 72 course stretches across 6,757 yards of immaculate fairways nestled in the shadows of mature hardwoods and carolina pines

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

$75 $19

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

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

Sink or Swim Scuba

Lowell

$350 $149

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

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

DoubleTap Concealed

Gastonia

$120 $59

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

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

Kate's Skating Rink

Multiple Locations

$22 $11

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

$20 for $40 Worth of Horseback Riding at Bit of Hope Ranch

Bit of Hope Ranch

Gastonia

$40 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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

Creekwood Farm

Gastonia

$80 $40

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

5 or 10 Zumba Fitness Classes from Queen City DanceOut (Up to 55% Off)

Queen City DanceOut

Multiple Locations

$35 $18.75

Instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance steps during 60-minute dance-fitness classes, which sync cardio moves with catchy music

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

Northeast Mountain Guiding

Crowders Mountain State Park

$95 $35

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

6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Courageous Fitness (65% Off)

Courageous Fitness

Multiple Locations

$80 $28

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

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

Happy Paws Bootcamp

Gastonia

$75 $29

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

One or Two Vehicle Pass for Area-Farm Tour from Know Your Farms (Up to 50% Off)

Know Your Farms, Inc

Multiple Locations

$25 $13

Ten farms throw open their barn doors, offering tours, produce samples, and animal petting for kids

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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

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

When James Hughes, Steven Ramsey, and Matthew Connors moved to Florida together, they fished and lounged on the beach all day and worked at restaurants and bars all night. After returning to the Carolinas, the trio opened Sharkey's Raw Bar & Grill to capture the spirit of their favorite beachside pastime and the infectious energy of the area?s bustling nightlife. The private chef for the Masters golf tournament for five years, executive chef Steven steams, grills, and fries some of the ocean?s tastiest catches, including shrimp, oysters, crab, and fish. His menu also unfolds with crab-cake sandwiches, 10-ounce rib-eye steaks, and gator bites most popular with vengeful pirates with hooks for hands.

A second-place-award winner in the 2011 National Bartending Competition, Matthew manages a full stock of liquor that washes down each bite. Diners can dig in at the outdoor seating area or in the spacious 125-seat dining room, which evokes an oceanic feel with a large mural of octopi, sharks, fish, and a sunbathing Poseidon. Along with their fresh seafood, Sharkey's Raw Bar & Grill entices guests with live music every Friday and Saturday night.

141 W Main Ave.
Gastonia,
NC
US

The thunder of rolling bowling balls echoes throughout George Pappas' Liberty Lanes, as games commence on its 32 polished lanes. Gutter bumpers and a snack bar are just a few of the amenities at this family-friendly alley, which specializes in all-ages league bowling. Games and decor—such as a giant inflatable bowling pin—inject a bit of lighthearted fun into birthdays and corporate events, but the mood really changes during cosmic bowling, when an otherworldly blue glow bathes the alley and the sound of crashing pins is softened by upbeat tunes.

2501 S York Rd
Gastonia,
NC
US

Far more than a mere bar, Tavern 24 treats its guests to a relaxed, cozy atmosphere full of cold beers, hearty pub cuisine, sports on the TV, and a family-friendly environment. Guests sink their teeth into gourmet Angus-beef burgers, thin-crust pizzas, or plates of steak and grilled salmon, or sip margaritas, wine, and tasty craft beer on tap.

421 Cox Road
Gastonia,
NC
US

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