Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to visit, particularly if you're a gardener or love flowers. They have a large orchid display that is simply breathtaking. At Christmas, they cover the grounds and trees and bridges of the gardens with Christmas lights ~ it's literally a mile or more walk through a fantasy display. They have summer concerts, which I've never attended, and activities on special days such as Mother's Day, which include tours, food, and music. Their gift shop is first rate, offering a lot of unique items that make excellent souvenirs or gifts for family and friends.