Carowinds Grand Carnivale

Experience Carowinds with a brand new experience in 2020! The Grand Carnivale, will be a larger-than-life cultural celebration June 13th through July 5th. There will be incredible street performers, decorated floats, and dazzling lights at night! Click the headline to learn more about this incredible experience coming this summer. 

YoCo Taste Trail:

Get your taste buds ready! Visit York County is launching the YoCo Taste Trail next week. The Taste Trail is an interactive food experience across York County. You have a year to check in at 12 of the 15 restaurants listed on the trail to earn a free t-shirt! Restaurants and their dishes will be released January 8th. 

Rock Hill Sports & Event Center:

This much anticipated sports & event center will soon be open! The Rock Hill Sports & Event Center anchors Knowledge Park and will be home to some of the top sporting events in the country. Visit York County will be hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Showcase on January 20th. Other big events include men's and women's SIAC Basketball Tournament in March, NCAA College Basketball Academy this summer, and will be home to the third annual Battle At The Rock Basketball Showcase. 

Restaurant Openings: 

York County is proving to be an emerging food destination with top restaurants making a splash. We can't wait for these big locations to open up in 2020. 

Epic Chophouse: The latest powerhouse restaurant to join bustling Kinglsey. This high-rated chop house's only location is in Mooresville, touting exquisite steaks and seafood with specialty cocktails.

Legal Remedy's Riverwalk Location: More Justice will be served in 2020 with Legal Remedy Brewing's second location opening at Riverwalk Carolinas. This location will focus on mexican fare with some new mexican lagers being brewed at this location. Don't worry - you can still get your favorites which will always be on tap. 

Salmeri's Italian Kitchen: Opening February 2020 in the Springfield Plaza, this will be casual italian fare with some homemade pastas brought to you by South Carolina State Chef Ambassador Amy Fortes and her husband Jon. who currently run Flipside Cafe and Flipside Restaurant. Salmeri's will offer lunch and dinner 7 days a week, but there will be donuts and zeppoles on weekend mornings. 

Panthers Headquarters:

While this was hands down the best news of 2019- that excitement is going to continue to grow through the next two years. The Carolina Panthers acquired 234 acres along I-77 to build their brand new practice facility and headquarters. The plans include office space, practice facilities and wellness facilities, but may also have retail, restaurants, and hospitality, with hopes to be open by 2022 for training camp. We can't wait to see these plans develop further and the impact the Panthers will have on all of York County. 

New Hotels: 

2020 is going to be filled with new development for York County, including lots of new hotel options! Check out all these great locations coming to the Rock Hill and Fort Mill area! You can see our preferred hotels here

  •  AVID (Exit 79) | 2020
  • TRU by Hilton (Exit 79) | 2020
  • TRU by Hilton (Exit 88) | 2020/2021
  • Cambria Hotel (University Centre) | 2020
  • Home 2 Suites (Exit 85) | 2020
  • Holiday Inn Express (Exit 79) |2020
  • TownePlace Suites Carowinds  (Exit 90) | 2020
  • Woodspring Suites ( Exit 90) | 2020/2021
  • Comfort Inn and Suites (Exit 83) | 2020/2021

Lake Wylie Recreation Park:  

This long awaited sports complex in Lake Wylie will be opening this spring! This 32-acre athletic park k in the Paddlers Cove subdivision will be an incredible athletic addition to a sports recreation destination. The park’s amenities provide numerous opportunities for individuals and families, as well as team sports. 

The Thread

Taking on one of the most iconic buildings in Rock Hill, The Thread will transform 400,000 square feet of historical industrial warehouse space. This will become an adaptive mixed-use development, featuring areas for the community to come together to work, eat, shop, and play. Construction is underway right now, with a hopeful opening of 2020. 

NarroWay Productions Expansion: 

NarroWay has expanded its footprint with the purchase of surrounding property. The expansion includes plans to open a variety of shops including the Attic Gift Shop, Green Room Café, Holy Shirts, Illuminate Studio and Whoopie Pies Ice Cream. The shops will share parking facilities with the NarroWay Theatre and be available for all theatre guests as well as the local community.

Ebenezer Park Renovations:

Below is a copy of the master plan and all of the changes to come. One of the most noticeable changes will be the pier. The new pier will allow for greater recreational opportunities: access for fishing in deeper water, expansion of our beach and swimming area, and provision of additional space for outings. Other noteworthy changes include the relocation of the parking lot and the shifting of spaces in the boat parking area. We urge everyone to use caution while we are renovating. We expect everything will be completed by next summer; however, there is no official timeline. We hope to limit impacts to recreational opportunities, please pardon our progress.

Inclusive Playgrounds: 

We have not one, but two inclusive playgrounds opening in York County this year! All Play Together has been raising money alongside Tega Cay to put in a new inclusive playground at Trailhead Park. They are expected to open this playground in the coming weeks. Miracle Park in Rock Hill just started construction of this playground in Rock Hill and is expected to open this coming Summer.