There's a whole lot in York County that we've been missing- over 100 things, to be exact! Here's everything we can't wait to do...
 

OUTSIDE     RELAX     SHOP     FOOD     ARTS     HISTORY + TOURS     DRINKS     ATTRACTIONS
 

GET OUTSIDE

The perfect cure for some cabin fever? A breath of fresh air! Whether you're watching the sunset at the lake or getting some exercise on one of our many trails, York County has rivers, lakes, gardens, and so much more to satisfy your love of the great outdoors! Here are some of our favorite things to do outdoors:

  1. Take a hike at a state park like Kings Mountain State Park. Here you can go hiking, fishing, picnicking, and so much more. Just down the road you can also visit Kings Mountain National Military Park. Take the 1.5 hike up to their 83-foot-tall monument! 

  2. Go on the swinging bridge at the Anne Springs Close Greenway- 2,100 acres of preserved land tucked away in Fort Mill for you to explore.

  3. Take a road trip to the simpler things in life, our farms. Stop by Bush-N-Vine, Springs Farm, Black’s Peaches or The Peach Tree Orchard!

  4. We're all about supporting local in York County, and what's better than local produce? Pick up some fresh produce from the Old Town Farmers Market at Legal Remedy Brewing every Saturday from April to November!

  5. Play a game of disc golf on the world-renowned course at Winthrop Lake, where the US Disc Golf Championships are held every year!

  6. Soccer players unite! Grab your friends and play a pickup game of soccer at Manchester Meadows, a 70 acre park with six regulation and two championship soccer fields!

  7. Fun Fact: Tega Hills Farm produces over 3,000 heads of lettuce each week! Learn more fun facts like this when you take a guided farm tour at Tega Hills Farm.

  8. Cool off when you splash around the splash pad at New Centre Park. 

  9. We take July 4th serious around here- so serious that there are over 5 different events to choose from to watch fireworks at one of the many Independence Day celebrations.

  10. Catch a free ski show in Tega Cay- every Friday during the summer at Windjammer Park put on by Carolina Show Ski Team -  it'll knock your socks off!

  11. Set up camp at any of the premier campsites in York County, like Ebenezer Park! You can find more campgrounds here.

  12. Jam out to live music at the Old Town Summer Concert Series in the Old Town Amphitheatre, located right outside of Rock Hill's City Hall!

  13. Need to spice up your Insta feed? Take pictures in the sunflower field while they're in bloom at Draper Wildlife Management- but you gotta be quick! The sunflowers are only in bloom for about 10 days.

  14. Play a game of golf at any of our six public courses- Fort Mill Golf Club, Pinetuck Golf Course, Spring Lake Country Club,  Tega Cay Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, or Waterford Golf Club!

  15. Like biking? Bike one of the 5 disciplines- BMX, Veledrome, Criterium, Mountain Biking, or Cylcocross- at the Riverwalk in Rock Hill!

  16. Hit the trails on a horse at the Anne Springs Close Greenway - take one of their guided trail rides September through May. 

  17. If you like grassy fields, colorful flowers, and gorgeous tiered fountains, take a walk at Glencairn Garden as it blooms! You can learn about the history of Glencairn here.

  18. Get a birds eye view and a huge adrenaline rush when you ride the zipline at Camp Canaan.

  19. We hope you brought a change a clothes, prepare to get colorful with a game of paintball at PBC Paintball Park!

  20. Ate too much at one of the many restaurants in Baxter Village? Take a hike through the Baxter Trails. Find more trails you can hike here.

  21. Watch a ball game on one of the five softball/baseball fields at Cherry Park, a state-of-the-art recreational complex in Rock Hill!

 

RELAX

We know you've probably been stressed the last few weeks, haven't we all? The best way to relieve some stress is with a little #SelfCare to get back in touch with yourself! Here are some of our favorite ways to do just that:

  1. Immerse yourself in peace and tranquility at Vien Quang Buddhist Monastery, a quiet place to relax nestled on 22 acres of woodlands in Clover.

  2. While you're out on the lake, stop by to get some sun and enjoy fresh seafood and cocktail on the patio of Papa Doc's

  3. While we love being able to practice yoga at home, we can't wait to take a yoga class NOT on Zoom at Synergy, Carolina Yoga, Yoga-Ahhh, Om Yoga, or Pure Bliss!

  4. The Warehouses on White have been taking the cake for wall art! Admire both murals when you stop by for a pint (or two) at Dust Off Brewing. Want to check out more murals? Take our mural scavenger hunt across York County. 

  5. Grab your friends, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to have fun on the lake when you rent a pontoon boat for the day!

  6. Another way to get out on the water is to try your luck at paddleboarding- it's harder than you think! Become a pro when you take a paddleboarding class on Lake Wylie.

  7. What makes yoga even better? Goats, of course. Relax with some GOGA (Goat Yoga) at the White Home! 

  8. Warm, sunny days call for being outside. Sit by the fountain at Fountain Park and watch as the fountain changes patterns!

  9. Rock Hill has its very own downtown scavenger hunt! Search for the Old Town Frogs and tag @onlyinoldtown when you've found them all!

  10. If you have a few hours to spare, grab your tube and take a relaxing float down the Catawba. Never been? Check out Fort Mill Now's guide for having the perfect float on the Catawba River!

  11. Go fish! No, not the card game. Seriously- grab your fishing poles and go fishing at one of the many spots York County has to offer.

  12. Channel your inner artist and take a pottery class at the Rock Hill Pottery Center.

  13. Whether your thing is spoken word poetry or a really cool beatbox, show off your talent at open mic night at Olive’s Mud Puddle!

  14. Take a stroll down Scholar's Walk or through the shade on campus green for a relaxing time on Winthrop’s campus- they've won awards for having a pretty campus for a reason!

  15. Roll the windows down and the music up when you enjoy the slower pace of life Western York County has to offer! When you drive the scenic byway you get gorgeous views and a good time.

 

SHOPPING

A little retail therapy never hurt anybody! York County has the perfect mix of shops to ensure that there's something everyone will pick up and definitely not be putting back down. From gift shops to hobby shops to galleries and fashion, we've got it all! Here are some stores that we can't swipe our cards quick enough at:

  1. Hill Rocks is the shop for those of you who appreciate gifts straight from the Earth- here you can collect gems and stones at prices so low that you don't even need to feel guilty.

  2. Tap into your childhood nostalgia when you take home a new game from Joe's Video Games! They have games and consoles that take you way back, and we mean back before some of us were even born.

  3. The Mercantile has the only build-your-own flower bar in the area with fresh flowers coming in all the time! Pick up some flowers for your lady, your bestie, or even yourself to make your day a little brighter.

  4. A hidden store in downtown Rock Hill has some of the coolest one of a kind pieces- give the gift of local art when you visit  Downtown Artistry in the Gettys Center! Some of the art there is even made in the studio right there at the back of the store.

  5. Find the beauty in something from the past when you go antique shopping in one of downtown Clover's antique shops!

  6. Downtown York has one of the cutest main streets! Take a stroll downtown for unique furniture finds, bakeries, gift shops, furniture and more!

  7. Head to Crossings on Main for items you won't find anywhere else. From clothing and accessories to gifts and home decor, this store has everything you could need!

  8. Innova’s warehouse isn't just where they keep their discs for disc golf! Take a tour to see the US Disc Golf Championship Museum, check out over half a million discs on site, and even do a little shopping for discs to add to your own personal collection!

  9. Want to shop in a more traditional shopping setting? Head to the Rock Hill Galleria to check out any of their 50+ stores!

 

FOOD

From cupcakes featured on Food Network to chefs who have competed on TV show's like Beat Bobby Flay and Guy's Grocery Games, it's pretty obvious that here in York County we know what we're doing when it comes to food. Here are some of our favorite places to eat 'til our hearts (and tummies) are content:

  1. Whether you're in it for the late breakfast or the endless mimosas, brunch is always the best way to end (or start?) your weekend. Get Sunday brunch with your best friends at any of our great brunch spots, like Papa Doc's or Lily's Bistro!

  2. Amelie's brings France to you in their uniquely decorated bakery in downtown Rock Hill. Grab a pastry or French macaron and eat it in their funky upstairs section!

  3. If you can't decide what you want to eat, just try one of everything! Attend downtown Rock Hill's Food Truck Friday for your choice of over 20 food trucks with live music, fun, and games every month from August to October!

  4. There's nothing like fresh homemade ice cream, especially when it's hot out! Grab a cone from the Bagel Boat or PW's for a sweet treat like no other. Click here for other sweet treats across York County. 

  5. If you've ever had Cibi Cibi, you understand what the hype is all about. Track down the Cibi Cibi food truck for burgers bigger than your hand and chicken sandwiches so spicy that even the biggest spice-lover will question it!

  6. Each year we select 15 restaurants for the YoCo Taste Trail that you don't want to miss out on! Go on the perfect culinary adventure with any restaurant on the taste trail, and don't forget to check in on our app so you can eat your way to a free t-shirt and status as a Taste Bud.

  7. Grab your gloves and dipping sauce(s) and head to one of the famous oyster roasts at the Saltwater Market!

  8. The perfect cookout requires the perfect steak or burger- pick up custom cuts from the Peach Stand to impress all your friends for the first BBQ of the summer!

  9. If you've got a sweet tooth, you have to try one of the crazy cupcake or cookie flavors at Cupcrazed! These are so good that they were featured on Food Network!

  10. If you can handle the spicy chicken sandwich from Cibi Cibi, then you need to test your luck in the Puckerbutt Reaper Pepper Challenge! This challenge is no joke, and once even had a woman come all the way from Australia to compete!

  11. Grits is a dish that us southern folk take very serious- treat your taste buds to a bowl from Flipside Café so good it made the list of USA Today’s 10 Best Shrimp & Grits in SC!

  12. Not your ordinary "Taste Of" event- foodies unite to enjoy live music and food & beverage samples at Taste of York County. VIP ticket holders will experience a live cooking demonstration good enough to make your mouth water!

  13. Enjoy food, wine, dancing, and music at Taste of Fort Mill, a culinary extravaganza that celebrates the great diversity in the local food and wine scene.

  14. The saying goes "diamonds are a girl's best friend," but we think chocolate is a pretty close second. Baxter's Chocolat Boutique provides you with handcrafted truffles, speciality gourmet chocolates, huge chocolate covered strawberries, and more that makes for the perfect after dinner treat!

  15. Get a bite to eat at Red’s Grill – one of, if not the oldest, restaurants in York County!

  16. Enjoy a great meal accompanied by a great view on the rooftop patio at The Pump House. Named one of Open Table's Top 100 Scenic Views from a Restaurant, it doesn't get better than a delicious meal while watching the sun set over the Catawba River.

  17. Stop by the hidden gem formerly known as McGill’s Store, now under new ownership, called Lauren's Cafe! This old new spot serves up homemade baked goods and southern classics like fried tomatoes.

        

ARTS

One thing we love about York County is our thriving arts scene and support for local artists! From music to theatre to traditional art and beyond, we love it all. Here are our favorite ways to connect to the arts:

  1. Don't Sweat It Fest is an annual music festival that celebrates local music and summer fun at the Gettys Center, which is a former post office and courthouse turned music venue and art studios!

  2. See an original production at the NarroWay Theatre, known as the "Broadway of Christian Entertainment." 

  3. Watch every indie film at the Underexposed Film Festival, an annual festival that focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall, and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions, giving festival-goers a glimpse into their vision and process.

  4. Catch live music at the over 100 years old Sylvia Theatre, an intimate, historic venue in downtown York known for its showings of first-run movies and diverse live-music acts!

  5. Rock Hill Community Theatre and Fort Mill Community Playhouse have both been bringing stories to life for over 25 years! Catch one of their stage productions for a fun time the whole family will enjoy.

  6. If you can't get enough theatre, switch things up by attending one of the many productions performed outside from Old Town Theatre Company! With plays taking place at venues like the historic White Home and Glencairn Garden, you'll feel even more immersed in the shows being put on.

  7. Celebrate live music, art, and frogs at Come-See-Me Festival, an annual 10-day event that takes place in a variety of locations across Rock Hill! This festival was started by the city's very own "son of Rock Hill" Vernon Grant, the artist behind Kellogg's Snap, Crackle, Pop! 

  8. Relax a little and let your creative juices flow when you explore your inner artist with a paint and sip session at Carolina Creative Expressions, the only paint and sip studio in Rock Hill!

  9. Dress in your best chic clothing and head to one of the many galleries at Winthrop and the Center for the Arts to admire unique, local art done by artists of all ages and expertise levels!

  10. Instead of shopping for new home decor, build your own at Nailed It DIY Studio! Have your kids participate, too for a memorable piece you'll love for years.

  11. When the weather's nice, one of the best places to listen to live music is when the garage door is up at Knowledge Perk! Grab one of their famous cinnamon rolls while you're there, they're irresistible! 

  12. Track down every mural in York County with our Mural Scavenger Hunt! If you take a picture at each one, chances are you'll have your new favorite profile picture for social media.

  13. Mix art and beer at the annual Art on Tap and Art Market! This event features live music, craft beer, an art market, and interactive painting. Whether you're an artist or just an art lover, this is an event you don't want to miss.

  14. McCelvey Southern Sound Series is an event that "brings the soul of Americana to the heart of the Carolina Piedmont!" This Sound Series celebrates Southern music acts, and has had notable past performers like Doc Watson and Ralph Stanley.

  15. Explore your wild side of music taste with Concerts at the Courtroom, a local music phenomenon booking punk, rock, and indie acts since 2010 with the great support of the Arts Council of York County.

  16. Tour the Rock Hill Cultural District’s Outdoor Art, the first state-recognized cultural district in South Carolina! It earned this recognition by being "easily identifiable to visitors and residents as serving as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity."

  17. See how plain walls transform into art and learning with Alleys as Gallerys, an outdoor exhibit that features work by local and regional artists. This project "enhances public spaces and rejuvenates overlooked places within our community" to bring art to even the mundane aspects of our lives, such as the alleyways we walk through on a regular basis.

  18. Stop by the Clover Community Center to discover more local art when you step inside Gallery 120, a community art gallery with a mission to build a strong vibrant Arts community while bringing education of the Fine Arts to the community.

 

HISTORY, LEARNING, and TOURS

With living history museums, a National Military Park, towns that go several generations back, and a reservation that houses the only federally recognized tribe in the state, the one thing York County isn't lacking is history and culture. Here are some of our favorite ways to learn and places to tour:

  1. When you visit the Museum of York County you'll find award-winning exhibits that collectively display over 2,000 specimens! Highlighting the history of the Carolina Piedmont Region, this museum offers a state-of-the-art planetarium, playful learning spaces for kids, a Vernon Grant Gallery, and even a nature trail- you won't want to pass this place up!

  2. Explore the history of Fort Mill dating as far back as the 1600s all the way up to present day at the Fort Mill History Museum! This museum doesn't just display artifacts, it highlights the events, people, special places, and even childhood memories that helped shape Fort Mill into the town it is today.

  3. The Catawba Cultural Center offers a unique look into the lives of the Catawba Indians with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Here you can see Native American beadwork and the unique form of landscaping, called edible landscapes, that replace the usual flowers and shrubs with vegetables and herbs.

  4. Camp overnight at Kings Mountain National Military Park during the anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain  and experience history first-hand! Or experience the reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, which took place on the grounds of Brattonsville 225 years ago.

  5. Take a tour of one of Rock Hill's most iconic landmarks, the White Home. Members of the White family were instrumental in the development of Rock Hill, and helped guide the town's future through the Civil War, WWI, the devastating tornado of 1926, WWII, and through the civil rights era that changed America.

  6. Check out the archives at the McCelvey Center, which houses a 560-seat theater, the Historical Center of York County, and the Southern Revolutionary War Institute. The Historical Center provides opportunities for genealogical and historical research through extensive collections of documents, photographs, York County court records, rare books, and so much more!

  7. Explore the Museum of Western York County, where displays of memorabilia ranging from rough plows to delicate glassware unveil the history, culture, and heritage of Western York County.

  8. Take a walk through the eclectic space that is the Gettys Art Center! Home to offices of the Arts Council of York County, the Rock Hill Pottery Center, Downtown Artistry, Friday Arts Project, Hill City Church, Concerts at the Courtroom, and artist studios, the Gettys Center is a true arts destination.

 

DRINKS

We may not have as many breweries as Charlotte, but we still take pride in drinking local! Whether its a sweet hard cider, an ice cold beer, or a chilled glass of wine, York County has your next favorite watering hole ready to welcome you! Here are some of our favorite places to grab a drink:

  1. Order a flight of ciders at Windy Hill, a family-owned and operated boutique apple orchard and cider mill! Here you can pick your own apples, drink fresh-pressed cider, take a farm tour, and so much more. Don't forget your fresh cider donut!

  2. Brewery hopping (responsibly) is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday at any of the YoCo Brew Trail locations- Amor Artis, Dust Off, Lake Wylie Brewing, Legal Remedy, Main Street Bottle Shop, Rock Hill Brewing, Slow Play, or Windy Hill! Don't forget to check in on our app so you can earn a free t-shirt!

  3. Have drinks on the rooftop bar at Spice Asian Kitchen, The Lucky Duck, or Amor Artis Brewing and enjoy your drink with a view!

  4. Alcohol + milkshakes = the best invention ever! Try a boozy milkshake from Hobo's or Burgers & Barley, the perfect way to cool off like an adult!

  5. Check out one of our many bottle shops to discover brews you won't find at your average beverage store! The Tipsy Barrel, Main Street Bottle Shop, Grapevine Wine Bar (Baxter or Riverwalk), and Market on Wylie all have great selections of local craft beer.

  6. Cat's Paw Winery is home to York County's only winery! Named after Percy, the resident cat, Cat's Paw has wine flavors you could only dream of- from a black cherry pinot noir to coconut citrus chardonnay, this place is wine lover's wonderland.

  7. Local tastes better, and that's just a fact. This doesn't exclude your coffee – places like Olive's Mud Puddle, Virgin Bean, Mado Bakery, York Coffee Roastery and Southern Touch Bakery all make a great cup of joe!

  8. Just now getting into wine and not sure what you'll like? Let the vino experts at either Grapevine Wine Bar location - Baxter or Riverwalk - do the work for you! Try out one of their delicious cheese trays while you're there.

 

ATTRACTIONS

With over 15 annual festivals, a growing sports tourism scene, theme parks, and more all located in York County, you'll never run out of things to do. Here's where we like to spend our weekends, summers, and holidays:

  1. Ride as many rides as you can handle at Carowinds, where the Carolinas come together! Home to some of the fastest and tallest coasters in the world, this is the thrill-seeker's paradise.

  2. Release some tension at Viking's Axe! You can bring your whole family or just you and your date, and even grab a beer at their bar- what more could you possibly axe for?

  3. Head to Historic Brattonsville, a 778-acre Revolutionary War living history site, and pet all of the cute animals on their farm! Historic Brattonsville also is home to an award-winning Heritage Farm Program. Rare breeds of farm animals, like Gulf Coast sheep, Devon cattle, and Ossabaw Island hogs are raised and cared for here, just as they were hundreds of years ago.

  4. Try to set a record escape time at any of our escape rooms- Ole York Xscapes, Mindgames Escape Rooms, or Escape Eight!

  5. Play a round of mini golf at Mr. Putty's Fun Park, the theme park that any age loves, whether you're 2 or 102! In addition to a championship 18 hole (ADA compliant) miniature golf course, they also have a ropes course and zipline, axe throwing, wax hand molding, and rock climbing! Check out our guide on 5 ways to have fun at Mr. Putty's!

  6. Bounce your heart out at Adventure Air Sports with their state-of-the-art courses! Whether you want to gain some serious air on the massive Main Court with built-in parkour elements, challenge your friends on the area’s largest Ninja Warrior course, or practice somersaults and flips on one of the tumbling lanes, you'll be worn out by the time you leave this place!

  7. York County is quickly becoming one of the hottest sports tourism destinations. You don't want to miss a single game at the new Rock Hill Sports and Events Center, which features a 12,500 sq foot Championship Court, a 72,000 sq foot Main Court, 8 basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, and a walking track!

  8. Come experience the area’s only cable wakeboard park at SouthTown Wake Park! Traditionally thought of as a sport requiring a rider to be pulled by a boat, SouthTown is challenging that mentality by pulling riders with an overhead cable ski system. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a seasoned pro, riders are able to participate first hand in one of the fastest growing extreme sports.

  9. Look no further than Player 1 Up to relive your childhood memories...with a beer in your hand! Player 1 Up is Rock Hill's first and only 21+ arcade bar, specializing in classic and retro games from the 80s that you haven't seen since your childhood- like Ms. Pacman and Mortal Kombat. The best part? Pay a $5 cover charge, and the rest of the games are free play!

  10. Let's knock down some pins at Strikers! Bowling alleys seem to be a rare gem these days, but worry no more, Strikers is still here for all your family fun.

  11. Get in the Christmas spirit at ChristmasVille, Rock Hill's annual award-winning festival that boasts nearly 100 activities and events over a 4-day period with tons of great food, holiday markets, workshops and festive entertainment! During this time the entire city turns into a giant Christmas village, and people travel near and far to attend every year.

  12. Attend Historic Downtown York's SummerFest to provide entertainment for the whole family! Shop the craft fair, stroll the vendor-filled streets and food trucks, enjoy the classic car show, golf tournaments, children’s activities, music from several stages, and so much more.

  13. Enjoy the sweet taste of homegrown, sun-kissed strawberries at Fort Mill's Strawberry Festival! From pig races to strawberry-themed recipes and pageant queens, this multi-day event has live entertainment, arts, craft & food vendors, children’s activities and amusement rides to the delight of all ages!

  14. Attend Clover's Feis Chlobhair, home to the only blended Scots-Irish cultural event in the South! Rich pageantry showcases traditional Scottish and Scots-Irish arts, crafts, athletics, music, and honored customs.

  15. Eat your way through the Blues & Jazz Restaurant Crawl, which is known for its infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances in various hot spots in Fort Mill and Old Town Rock Hill. If you're a blues & jazz fan, you can't miss this event!

  16. Watch as discs soar hundreds of feet with pinpoint accuracy at the legendary "Gold Course" at Winthrop University. The intense action at the USDGC National Disc Golf Championship is always dramatic and guaranteed fun for all ages!

  17. Tour local agriculture and art with Ag + Art York County! Locations change on a year-to-year basis, but there are over two dozen farms in York County that participate each year, allowing you to take part in a free self-guided tour of designated farms, where you can see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists at work, and learn more about rural life.

  18. Kings Mountain National Military Park preserves the site where the Battle of Kings Mountain, an important American victory during the Revolutionary War, was fought. Here you can immerse yourself in America's history by watching Revolutionary War reenactments. Learn more about the park here.

  19. You can't do this all in one day, so make a weekend of it and stay at one of our preferred hotels!

 

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