Just 20 miles south of Charlotte on I-77, Rock Hill is a perfect stop or final destination on an east coast road trip. From fun events and festivals in the historic downtown to outdoor activities, you’ll be on the move from morning ’til night in this progressive Southern city.
Take in the History
Stop by The White Home, built in 1839, to learn about the rich history of Rock City. The White Home is where you can pick up your mp3 player and brochure to embark on the walking tour of Old Town, the historic original city filled with locally-owned shops and restaurants, cultural attractions, and the venue for South Carolina’s top festivals.
Don’t miss the Catawba Cultural Center, where you can learn all about the only Indian Nation in South Carolina. The staff is extremely helpful in answering questions and guiding you to the free exhibits. Check out the craft store for unique goods from native artisans.
Take a Hike
With winters averaging in the low 50’s and summers hovering below 90 degrees, Rock Hill is an excellent getaway for the adventuring spirit. Kayak the Catawba River, mountain bike in the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, or just take a stroll through River Park.
If you like to stop and smell the roses, you’ll want to visit Glencairn Garden, an 11 acre garden that is always blooming. Admission is free and peak blooming time is in late March and early April.
Take a Ride
Adrenaline-seekers must visit Carowinds theme park, just north of Rock Hill at the border of Noth and South Carolina. If you visit in the warmer months, you’ll also get to enjoy the Boomerang Bay water park with your regular admission! Our favorite part is the Dinosaurs Alive! area, and kids of all ages will love the age-appropriate rides in Planet Snoopy.
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