Auditoriums, art galleries, the annual outdoor drama "From This Day Forward," and community concert series furnish a well-balanced program of entertainment and enrichment.
The restored Old Burke County Courthouse (c. 1835) sits at the heart of Downtown Morganton and contains a heritage museum and performing arts auditorium.
The Waldensian Museum in Valdese contains artifacts of early Waldensian settlements. A traditional winemaking operation, Waldensian Heritage Winery produces a variety of wines, and offers tours and free wine tastings.
McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese features Meytre Mill, a replica of an early gristmill. A 45-foot waterfall, nature trails, tennis courts & picnic facilities are some of the highlights.