Carowinds Amusement ParkCarowinds Amusement Park
This 398-acre amusement park filled with so much fun and excitement it can’t be contained in one state! Features over 50 rides, shows and attractions, including 13 world-class roller coasters, coming in Spring 2015, Fury 325 the world’s tallest, fastest giga coaster! Great dining and entertainment options for the whole family along with Boomerang Bay™, an outdoor water park included with the price of admission. Stay where you play at the Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort offering tent and RV camping and modern cabins. Special ticket packages available. 14523 Carowinds Blvd. (I-77 exit 90, on the NC/SC
border), Fort Mill. (803) 548-5300. www.carowinds.com

 

McLeod Farms Roadside Market
Homegrown fruits and vegetables, bakery, ice cream shop. OPEN YEAR ROUND! Spring Hours: Mon–Thu: 8 am–6 pm; Fri–Sun: 8 am–7 pm. 29247 Hwy. 151, McBee. (843) 335-8611 or 1-877-789-9252. www.macspride.com

 

Town of Ridgeway
This charming, historic town is traditionally a scenic short-cut to the beach. The old police station on Palmer St. (now the Visitor’s Center), provides walking tour brochures which feature the history of the homes, buildings and other information. Ridgeway’s Century House served as headquarters for Confederate General Pierre G.T. Beauregard after the fall of Columbia to Sherman’s Army. 170 S. Dogwood Ave., (803) 337-2213 (Town Office). ridgewaysc@truvista.net  www.ridgewaysc.org

 

 

South Carolina Railroad MuseumSouth Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro
Equipment owned by the museum includes #44, a ten wheeler steam locomotive once operated in the SC Lowcountry. Open each Saturday June–August, and 1st & 3rd Saturdays only, September and October for train rides at 10 am and 1:30 pm, and 2:30pm. Other weekends for special events include Train Rides with Santa, held for three Saturdays following Thanksgiving Day and the Easter Bunny Eggspress Trains, held the two Saturdays prior to Easter Sunday. Admission is charged for train rides. 110 Industrial Park Rd., Winnsboro (I-77, exit 34 towards Winnsboro). (803) 635-4242. www.scrm.org

 

Native American Studies Center
The county of Lancaster, South Carolina, sits within the lands once held by the Catawba Indian Nation; the current Catawba Reservation lies about 15 miles from the campus of USC Lancaster. With strong geographical and historical ties to the Catawba, USC Lancaster has begun to develop curricular and public programs focused on Native American art and culture, with a special emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina. 119 South Main St., Lancaster. (803) 313-7172. www.usclancaster.sc.edu/nas/index.html

 

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio and Gardens
Internationally renown artist invites visitors to his working studio, outdoor botanical and sculpture garden and art gallery, featuring the works of many distinguished artists. Housed in a row of historic storefronts, this eclectic site is an art-lovers dream come true. The private garden, complete with 55’ fishpond and waterfalls, is an oasis in the middle of downtown Lancaster. Groups and field trips welcome. Facilities available for rental for special events. 217 East Gay St., Lancaster. (803) 285-9190. www.bobdoster.com

 

Novant Health BMX Supercross TrackNovant Health BMX Supercross Track DSCN2520
This newly opened facility is the first Olympic-caliber BMX training facility open to the general public on the US East Coast.  It has both an amateur and an elite supercross start hill as well as a pump track.  Programs are offered to suit all ages and skill levels. 1307 Riverwalk Pkwy., Rock Hill.  E-mail: info.bmx@cityofrockhill.com

 

Catawba Bingo
This is a state of the art bingo hall that can accommodate 1,000 players. Offers I-Bingo machines along with the traditional paper games. Full snack bar & pizza. Corporate & private parties. 20+ screens for easy viewing from all seats. Efficient and friendly staff. Cash only. ATMs onsite. 2375 N. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill. (803) 980-6464. www.catawbabingo.net

 

Old St. David’s Episcopal ChurchOld St. David's
Old St. David’s (c.1770) served as hospital and quarters for both sides during the American Revolution and the Civil War. This last colonial Anglican Church built in South Carolina has veterans from almost every war since the Revolution buried in its cemetery, and the oldest Confederate Monument (c.1867) in existence. The church is used frequently for weddings and may be reserved for a small fee. To visit the interior, a key may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce. 91 Church St., Cheraw. (843) 537-8425.

 

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Historic Camden offers a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Included are two circa-1800 log houses, and the authentically reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House, a stop on the Revolutionary War Trail. Commandeered by Lord Cornwallis during the Revolution, the Kershaw-Cornwallis House served as the British headquarters during the war. Trails lead visitors to fortifications, a powder magazine, picnic facilities and nature trail. A large variety of local crafts, period reproductions and other special gift selections are found in the gift shop. Special events include Revolutionary War Field Days on the first weekend in November with living history demonstrations, regimental drills, daily battles and other festivities. Free self-guided tours daily. Guided tours Tue.–Fri: 10:30 am and 3 pm; Sat: 10:30 am–noon and 1:30–4 pm.; Sun: 2:30–4 pm. Call for special events schedule. 222 Broad St., (I-20, exit 98), Camden. (803) 432-9841. hiscamden@truvista.net www.historic-camden.net

 

Giordana Velodrome Giordana Velodrome
Newly opened in March 2012, this 250m world-class velodrome is part of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk, owned and operated by the City of Rock Hill. The facility, endorsed by USA Cycling, hosts national and UCI caliber events while introducing the local community to the Olympic sport of track cycling through a variety of rider development and outreach programs. At the Velodrome, cyclists can find their home base for training and development. This year-round facility offers programs for cyclists of all stages and ages, providing equipment, instruction, and track races, through partnerships with the Rock Hill Bicycle Club and other cycling advocacy groups. A certification process is required of all cyclists, regardless of cycling ability, before riding on the track. The races provide great entertainment for spectators of all ages. 1000 Riverwalk Pkwy., Rock Hill. (803) 326-2453.  www.Giordanavelodrome.com

 

Historic Brattonsville
Learn how people farmed the land, cooked their food and entertained themselves in the 1800s at this 775-acre Revolutionary War living history site. More than 30 historic structures chronicle the Carolina Piedmont from the 1750s–1840s. Historical farming techniques and day-to-day activities are presented by costumed interpreters year-round. Rare heritage breed farm animals are cared for here, just as they were hundreds of years ago. Historic Brattonsville is one of the few sites offering African-American historic interpretation. Site also includes eight miles of Walt Schrader Trails. Open Tues–Sat: 10 am–5 pm and Sun: 1 pm–5 pm, except New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Admission is charged. Limited handicap accessibility. 1444 Brattonsville Rd. (I-77, exit 82-B), McConnells. (803) 684-2327. www.chmuseums.org