Temperatures are rising, days are getting longer, and you’re facing the second half of a summer devoid of organized public activities. Luckily for you, there are plenty of socially responsible options available to you in Gastonia and online throughout the month of July. Listed below are a few suggestions for what to do this month in the greater Gastonia, NC area.
Get Some Fresh Air
Challenging hikes, towering cliffs, and some of the best views of the surrounding piedmont, Crowders Mountain State Park is the perfect place to spend a day away from city traffic in the great outdoors. Scenic views go great with social distancing! Enjoy a little time out on the trails and fill your lungs with fresh air in one of the most beautiful landscapes our area has to offer. Whether you’re trekking out on your own or tiring out a gang of grade schoolers, Crowders Mountain State park is one the most peaceful possible places to spend a day while still staying safe.
Channel Your Inner Culture Vulture
Google Arts and Culture has partnered with thousands of museums throughout the world to make virtual tours and online exhibits available to the public for free. Whether you’re virtually walking through the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and admiring the world-renowned works at the Guggenheim or you’re broadening your view of what art can be at the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Korea, you can easily find hundreds of interesting and inspiring pieces from the comfort of your home. There are also a few apps available that will entertain people of all ages. Art Selfie is one of the most popular of these apps. Simply install the app, take a selfie, and see which famous works of art you resemble most.
Gastonia’s food scene may not be world famous, but it is undeniably delectable to those lucky enough to know it well. Whether you’re keeping up with your health food kick with a trip to Sprouts Cafe, enjoying some upscale American fare from Webb Custom Kitchen, sticking with some southern cookin’ from Ole Carolina BBQ ,or anything in between, there are a number of excellent local eateries that could use the support of their community right about now. Remember, if you don’t see any online ordering options on your desired restaurant’s website, third-party delivery services like Grubhub can handle that for you more often than not.
The Global Design Team at Nissan is extending the challenge to everyone to #DrawDrawDraw. Unlock your creativity with coloring book pages, videos, and design submissions courtesy of Nissan. Whether you’re just taking an hour to relieve some stress, or you’re creating a fun activity for the all-too-energetic kids running around your house, there’s never a downside to spending an afternoon accessing your artistic side.
As we as a country continue to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak, it is essential that we each do our part in following the government protocols laid out by the CDC. While adhering to these guidelines is the key to curbing the effects of this devastating outbreak, it is also important to remember to do some things that relieve stress and bring joy. Whether that takes the form of virtual museum tours, a day of coloring with your kids, or simply enjoying a meal from your favorite local spot, there’s plenty of things to do in Gastonia this July that are both fun and well within the COVID-19 safety guidelines.