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Downtown Belmont is home to several consignment and antique malls. Visitors enjoy browsing through these and find interesting items. One one the main downtown attractions is the Belmont General Store where you will step back in time and enjoy browsing retro toys, gifts, candy, ice cream and even hardware good. There is also a great coffee shop, Caravan Coffee and an old fashion Soda Shoppe. Newly opened is Sugarbakers, which has great cookies and treats and Taste Buds Gourmet Popcorn, both on Main Street in downtown.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, just outside of town, are a national draw for garden enthusiasts. The admission may be more than expected, but the flowers and orchid conservatory are gorgeous.
Looking for something free to do? Try spending some time at Stowe Park on the corner of Myrtle and Main in downtown. Here you will find clean restrooms, concession stand, play ground equipment, picnic benches & shelter, and a walking track complete with excercise equipment. Sit by the beautiful fountain, have a picnic on a blanket or just throw a frisbee. It is a beautiful, shady park with lots to do within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Another good local park is Davis Park located on Park St which has lighted tennis courts, playground equipment and a softball field.
Belmont Abbey College is admired and visited not only for its academics , but the architecture and history of the monastery. The campus church is one of the few basillicas in the country. It is a private liberal-arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, USA 15 miles (24 km) west of Uptown Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict.
The U.S. Olympic Whitewater Center is located just across the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County and is a great way to spend a day. Look up their website for details, directions and hours.
In the summer months, there are free concerts sponsored by the Belmont Merchants Association. Every other Friday night they close the street and have bands, mainly Carolina beach music. The concerts of lots of fun and typically have large turn outs. There are other festivals held thoughout the year sponsored by the Belmont Rec Dept : http://www.belmontparksandrec.com/