The Canal Garden is as long as a football field and offers new colors each season. (Courtesy Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden)
Explore the botanical wonders in this complex founded by Belmont textile magnate Daniel Stowe. Located along the banks of Lake Wylie, the gardens spread across 110 acres of rolling landscape. Guests are awed by the large visitors pavilion with its stained-glass dome, fountains, canals and nine themed gardens. The 8,000-square-foot Orchid Conservatory, designed like a living work of art, is dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants. $6.95-$12.95. Open daily Feb. 1–Oct. 31: 9 am-5 pm; Nov. 1–Jan. 31: 9 am-4 pm. Closed Christmas abd Thanksgiving.