Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your travel plans have to! What better way to cap off the end of a season than with a good, old-fashioned road trip to York County, South Carolina? Located just 30 minutes south of Charlotte, York County offers big-city amenities with small-town charm and outdoor adventure. Not sure where to start? Let us plan your weekend for you!


Outdoor Adventures

SouthTown Wake Park 

No boat? No problem! Head to SouthTown Wake Park and get your family on a wakeboard! This wake park offers beginners and experts alike an opportunity to try their hand at the popular water sport. Get out on these man-made lakes while being pulled by a cable system.  For the whole family, jump on one of their inflatable water parks. 

Mr. Putty's Fun Park

Mr. Putty’s is an adventurer’s dream! This outdoor fun park has activities every age will enjoy. With ax-throwing 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.

Ebenezer Park 

Not looking to drive all the way to the coast for a beach day? Head to the recently renovated Ebenezer Park with the whole family. For just $8 a car, you can relax on the brand-new beach shoreline of Lake Wylie with a designated swim area. Relax on the brand-new fishing pier and swinging benches – you can cast a line and watch the boats zip by. The park also offers kayak/canoe launches, boat ramps, and 67 campsites with lakefront views.


Have a thrill-seeker in your family? Carowinds is now open year-round! For the younger kids, visit Camp Snoopy or try the new Boogie Racers at Carolina Harbor, Carowinds’ water park. Discover these upcoming events at Carowinds.


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Anne Springs Close Greenway 

Looking for a state park-esque adventure with great amenities? Head to the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, a 2,100-acre nature preserve that offers hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and guided horseback riding! You don’t even have to pack snacks. The Greenway Canteen offers an incredible farm-fresh menu for kids and adults alike, including beverages for mom and dad!

Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park 

Explore two parks in one day! Experience Kings Mountain National Military Park (free) and then camp next door at Kings Mountain State Park! Home to hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding trails! 

Canaan Zipline Adventures

Does ziplining over the treetops sound like the perfect adventure? Book your next ziplining trip at Canaan Zipline. Take off from a 70-foot tower and zip more than 900 feet across the Catawba River. Too hot during the day? Book your night zipline for an extra fun experience. 


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Fun on the Farms

Looking to connect the family with country roots? Windy Hill Orchard and Cidery offer an orchard experience with apple cider donuts and even hard cider for the parents! Are you looking to pick your own produce? Head to Bush-N-Vine,  Black’s Peaches, or Springs Farm for U-pick strawberries and peaches. Find fresh ice cream and slushies along with playground equipment for the kids. 


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Indoor Fun

Museum of York County

Explore the wonders of nature with outdoor trails, educational gardens, and picnic areas. Or –  experience a journey back in time with their Ice Age Carolinas Exhibit. Tour the cosmos in the Settlemyre Planetarium with state-of-the-art digital projection.

Main Street Children's Museum

Main Street Children's Museum offers fun, educational activities for ages 0-6. Enjoy memory-making family experiences and engage your young child in creative, developmental play.

Adventure Air Sports

This state-of-the-art trampoline park offers features for varying ages and skill levels. Fly high on the massive Main Court with built-in parkour elements, challenge your friends on the area’s largest Ninja Warrior course, and practice somersaults and flips on one of the tumbling lanes. Be sure to check out the Dunk Zone, Battle Beams, Flying Trapeze, Extreme Dodgeball, and the area’s only Super Tramp!

Round out your planning by staying at one of our preferred hotels and dining at one of our many restaurants!