Located just 20 minutes south of Charlotte, NC, Fort Mill, SC, is a hidden gem filled with charm, adventure, and family-friendly activities. From scenic parks to thrilling attractions and culinary delights, this region offers a variety of experiences for all ages. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, our 3-day itinerary ensures your family enjoys the best of what Fort Mill has to offer. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready to create unforgettable memories.

Day 1: Get Settled

Kingsley View

Arrive in York County in the late afternoon and head to your hotel. If you want to be within walking distance of restaurants and shopping, make a reservation at the Courtyard Kingsley in Fort Mill. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, stay at the avid Hotel, less than 10 minutes from Carowinds Theme Park.

After you've checked in and freshened up, head to Taco Molino, where cuisine comforts and surprises. Their chef, Scott Wallen, brings fresh and seasonal flavors to classic Mexican dishes, offering guests a chance to experience something new yet familiar with every visit! Take in the views of the LPL pond and admire the stormwater murals created by local artists.

After you've satisfied your hunger, head to Replay Brewing for family fun. This retro-themed brewery is perfect for kids and adults alike, featuring pinball, Mario Kart, board games, and more. Enjoy beers, mocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks while parents and kids have a great time together!


Day 2: Adventure at Carowinds

Carowinds coaster

Kickstart your morning with a delicious breakfast from Flipside Cafe. Offerings such as Banana Bread French Toast and their renowned shrimp and grits are guaranteed to leave you satisfied and smiling. After fueling up, hit the road and prepare for an exciting adventure at Carowinds.

Start your day at Camp Snoopy, where younger kids can experience rides like the Woodstock Express, Character Carousel, and PEANUTS Pirates. After a morning of fun, enjoy lunch at Harmony Hall Marketplace, which features a variety of dining options to satisfy everyone's tastes. In the afternoon, visit the Carolina Boardwalk for family-friendly rides like the Carolina Goldrusher and Ricochet. Or – experience Aeronautica Landing, where kids can soar to new heights with five new exciting rides and revamped attractions like the Hover and Dodge bumper cars.

Ready to beat the heat? Cool off and continue the excitement at Carolina Harbor Waterpark, where kids can splash around in areas like Myrtle Turtle Beach or Kiddy Hawk Cove. As evening approaches, enjoy dinner at one of the park’s restaurants: Camp Cookout in Camp Snoopy specializes in child-friendly fare, while Leonardo's Hometown Italian Food offers delicious pizza by the slice. After dinner, catch a live show or explore attractions like the Grand Carousel or the Do-Si-Do. Wrap up your day with nighttime rides such as Copperhead Strike or Carolina Cyclone, offering an end to your Carowinds experience. Remember, Carowinds offers a variety of thrills, from small to medium to large, so be sure to check ride height requirements and plan your itinerary accordingly. Take breaks for rest and hydration, and capture plenty of family memories throughout the day.

Pro Tip: Make sure to download the Carowinds app on your phone before you go! From there, you can add all of your passes. You can also add drink and meal vouchers. Everything can be scanned from your phone, including parking if it is free with your passes. 


Day 3: One Last Day of Adventure

SCPRT walking bridge

Get an early start to your day and fuel up at Tega Cay Bagels & Deli, where you can feast on delicious New York-style bagels and breakfast sandwiches that are truly drool-worthy. Before heading home, tire out the kids at The Anne Springs Close Greenway, which offers a variety of outdoor activities you can mix and match for a fun day.

Choose a trail that suits your preference. The Lake Haigler Loop is an easy 3-mile trail offering scenic views around Lake Haigler, perfect for a leisurely walk. For a bit more challenge, the Blue Star Trail is a moderate 5-mile trail that takes you through diverse landscapes. Spend the morning exploring the trails, enjoying the natural scenery, and taking breaks as needed.

Alternatively, you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and paddle around Lake Haigler, soaking in the peaceful surroundings and, if you’re lucky, spotting some wildlife.

Hungry? Visit the Gateway Canteen. Known for its relaxed atmosphere and scenic views, the canteen offers a variety of delicious, freshly prepared menu items or grab-and-go options, perfect for visitors exploring the Greenway.

Looking for a farm experience? Another great option is the Crandall Bowles Children’s Farm at the Stable entrance. The farm is a wonderful destination for families, where you can interact with farm animals, learn about farm life, and perhaps even participate in farm activities.

Pro tip: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor activities, and bring essentials such as water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and snacks. Check the weather forecast to dress accordingly and be prepared for any changes. It’s also helpful to pick up a map at the entrance or download it from the Anne Springs Close Greenway website to navigate the trails easily.