Looking for a way to soak up the warmer weather? We've put together a list of all the best ways to get outside this spring!


Anne Springs Close Greenway

The Anne Springs Close Greenway offers 2100 acres of beautiful scenery and activities including horseback riding, hiking trails, and live music sessions. The Greenway is open to the public for a small daily fee, but being a member will get you a few perks: special member rates on summer camps, outdoor recreation programs, and special events.


Are you a thrill-seeker? Carowinds has rollercoasters that will make your heart skip a beat! They also have a water park that boasts giant water slides, wave pools, and a 3-acre kid's play area. Carowinds opens for the season on May 22nd. 

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Take a hike at Kings Mountain National Military Park and learn about historical sites and people during a self-guided tour.

Kings Mountain State Park

When you’re finished exploring the National Military Park, head down the road to the Kings Mountain State Park. Here you can explore miles of paved trails perfect for hiking and two lakes for fishing. There are also campground accommodations available for overnight stays.

Black Adventure Crew Kings Mountain

Lake Wylie

Whether you want to relax by going for a boat ride or you're interested in more intense water sports, such as paddle boarding or water-skiing, Lake Wylie is the perfect place to get on the water! Check out Ebenezer Park right along the shore of Lake Wylie. Get use of their recreational opportunities, such as their playgrounds, picnic shelters, boating area, and swimming area. You can also plan for a day on the lake by renting a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from Holley Watersports or the Goat Boater!

Catawba River

As the weather gets warmer, the Catawba River is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Head down to the river with your tube and float for a while or grab your paddles and kayak down the river, there’s always something fun to do on the Catawba! Check out these tips for how to have the perfect tubing adventure on the Catawba River.

Glencairn Garden

Glencairn Garden started out as a backyard garden in 1928. It later expanded to be 11 acres and features several fountains, short walking trails, and a multitude of flowers. This is the perfect place to have a picnic on a gorgeous spring day!


Piedmont Medical Center Trail

The Riverwalk District has loads of outdoor fun for everyone! Bring your bike or take a walk on the Piedmont Medical Center Trail. While you’re at the Riverwalk, check out the new amphitheater and the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, which has the Giordana Velodrome, the BMX Supercross Track, and the Rock Hill Criterium Course.

Mr. Putty’s Fun Park

If you haven’t been to Mr. Putty’s yet, you’re in for a treat. This outdoor fun park has activities every age will love. With ax-throwing and a bar at the 19th hole for the adults, and a mini-golf course that even your kids will master, you’re sure to have a great time here! Check out our blog on 5 Ways to Have Fun at Mr. Putty’s.

Local Farms to Visit

You can get a variety of fresh produce from local farms in York County. Many of them offer delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since it's springtime, don’t miss out on strawberries and more from these local farms: Bush-N-Vine, Black’s Peaches, The Peach Tree Orchard, Penny Family Farm, and Curtin Farm.

You can get ice cream when you visit Bush-N-Vine, Black’s Peaches, and The Peach Tree Orchard, but here are some other places throughout York County where you can get the best ice cream.

bush-n-vine ice cream

SouthTown Wakepark

SouthTown Wakepark offers two custom lakes so that whether you're a beginner or a pro, you can have the ultimate wakeboarding experience. They also offer beginners lessons if you're new to the world of wakeboarding. They open for the season starting in March!

Take a stroll through Winthrop’s campus

Winthrop University’s scenic campus has plenty of areas to walk and enjoy the warm weather. Take a stroll down Scholars Walk and relax on the swing benches or stop and smell the flowers when you visit Winthrop's Hardin Gardens. You can also check out student artwork around the campus.


Camp Canaan

Do you want to check out nature from a different perspective? The Canaan Zipline Canopy Tour gives you a bird’s eye view. This 3-hour exhilarating adventure starts at the treetops in a 70ft tower, then zips across the Catawba River a total of 6 times. The Full Zipline Tour includes 9-Ziplines, a suspended bridge, and walking trails through the woods.

Great places to hang out on the patio

Grab your friends and head over to any of the YoCo Brew Trail locations for drinks on the patio!

These restaurants and bars are also great for patio dining: The Pump House, Napa Kingsley, Spice Kingsley, Grapevine (Riverwalk and Baxter Village), Towne Tavern (Rock Hill and Fort Mill), the Garden Cafe, Hoof & Barrel, Papa Doc’s Shore Club, Burgers & Barley, Courtney’s BBQ, and Main Street Retreat! With so many options to choose from, you may just have to try them all.

 Main St Retreat Patio