A Local’s Take on Fort Mill, SC

This Local’s Take is written by Lauren Johnson, a senior at the University of South Carolina. Lauren will be graduating this May with a business degree in Management, and has called Fort Mill home since 1999. Here is a look at her hometown and what she considers to be the best of Fort Mill – enjoy!

Fort Mill, South Carolina is a not-so-small town anymore. It sits on the border of North Carolina, and I have been lucky enough to call this place home for the last fourteen years! In those years I have seen Fort Mill grow an enormous amount. So, I thought I would share with y’all a few of my favorite things if you ever stumble across Fort Mill in your travels.

The first place I suggest you go is what I consider to be one of the best things about Fort Mill: Carowinds. Carowinds theme park is split between North and South Carolina. The park has a ton of awesome roller coasters, kid-friendly rides, and everyone’s favorite amusement park food. In the summer the water park Boomerang Bay is open, too. Also, around Halloween they turn Carowinds into Scarowinds, the scary and haunted version of Carowinds. It is a pricey adventure, but you can certainly get the best bang for your buck by committing an entire day to experience the whole park!

The Cobra Thrill Ride at Carowinds. photo credit: www.carowinds.com

The Cobra Thrill Ride at Carowinds. photo credit: http://www.carowinds.com

The best place to eat in Fort Mill is local Asian restaurant, Red Bowl. Since opening in the Fort Mill / Tega Cay area, Red Bowl has expanded to Columbia, Rock Hill, and several other places. Red Bowl is my absolute favorite restaurant. It has a cool atmosphere, and the food is excellent. I would recommend ordering the amazing Bang Bang Shrimp as a starter. Then for your main meal there are so many delicious options – you really cannot go wrong with anything! It is perfect for all occasions, and you don’t have to break the bank! I always recommend Red Bowl to anyone looking for a good place to eat in Fort Mill.

Red Bowl's Spicy Bang Bang Shrimp. photo credit: chapelhillmagazine.com

Red Bowl’s Spicy Bang Bang Shrimp. photo credit: chapelhillmagazine.com

If you are looking for some fun on the cheaper side and you find yourself in Fort Mill in the warmer months, I highly recommend Windjammer Park in Tega Cay. Windjammer Park is located on Lake Wylie and is open to the public. The park has a beach for guests to have fun and swim in the lake. There is also a playground for younger kids, and a covered area you can rent to have parties. Summers at Windjammer are the best: every Friday night, from June to mid-August, the Carolina Ski Show performs on the lake. It is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. There is a wide range of skiers from as young as four to skiers in their sixties. They do all kinds of cool tricks and it is definitely something to see!

The Carolina Show Ski Team on Lake Wylie. photo credit: carolinashowski.com

The Carolina Show Ski Team on Lake Wylie. photo credit: carolinashowski.com

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