Updated Mar 28, 2024 - Suburbs

14 of the best things to do, see and eat in Fort Mill

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For a fun photo opp, you'll find this mural in downtown Fort Mill just around the side of Crossroads on Main. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Fort Mill is quickly growing but still offers a relaxed vibe in less than a 30-minute drive from Uptown Charlotte.

Flashback: Established in 1873, Fort Mill expanded rapidly as a textile hub. Today, it's home to over 30,000 residents and notable employers, like Atrium Health and LPL Financial.

Here are 14 of our favorite things to do in Fort Mill:

Wake up at The Humble Cup Coffee Co.

The Humble Cup has all the ingredients for a top-tier coffee shop: strong WiFi, stronger coffee, good lighting and plenty of seating with outlets.

  • Plus, Humble Cup is locally owned and sources pastries from three local bakeries: Virtuoso Breadworks (Waxhaw), Whisk and Wood Bakery (Charlotte) and Poppyseed Kitchen across the street.

Stop by: 414 Tom Hall St.

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Just look at all that natural lighting. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Eat a sweet and savory breakfast at Poppyseed Kitchen

After your coffee, walk over to Poppyseed Kitchen for breakfast.

The vibe: A family-owned restaurant, Poppyseed calls itself "comfortably eclectic" and offers breakfast classics like French toast, grits bowls, oats, hashes and pancakes, plus a few lunch options of sandwiches and salads.

  • Give the pastry list a good look-over, also. I spotted a matcha croissant that's on my list to try next time.

Best bites: I ordered (and loved) the savory oats bowl, with steel-cut oats, cheddar cheese, kale, roasted tomato, red pepper sauce, turkey sausage and a fried egg.

Stop by: 485 Tom Hall St.

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The photogenic savory oats bowl could be a paid actor — but I promise it tastes just as good as it looks. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Get outside at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Nature lovers, this one's for you. The Anne Spring Close Greenway is a 2,100-acre nature preserve that offers a bit of everything, including nearly 40 miles of trails, fishing, kayaking, and activities like horseback riding and yoga classes, plus a canteen for dining.

If you go: There's an entry fee that's $14 for adults and $7 for children. The greenway also offers memberships starting at $6.50 a month.

Stop by: 2573 Lake Haigler Drive.

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The greenway has a trail system that's 36-miles long with stops including massive Lake Haigler, swinging bridges and even a dairy farm. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Sip a craft beer at Amor Artis Brewing

At this family-owned brewery on Main St, you'll find craft beers from stouts to sours by the bottle, by the can and on-tap. There's a small selection of wine, too.

If you go: Check their Instagram beforehand for events, like trivia, open mic nights and taproom yoga.

Stop by: 204 Main St. Suite 101

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Amor Artis Brewing on a sunny March afternoon. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Dine, shop and exercise at Kingsley Town Center

Kingsley Town Center is a multi-use development with a wealth of tenants, from ice cream shops to workout studios. It'd be easy enough to just spend the day here alone.

If you go: A couple dining suggestions include Spice Asian Kitchen for elevated Asian fusion with a rooftop and Napa at Kingsley for house-made pasta and an extensive wine list.

  • If you're looking for a workout, check out Y2 at Kingsley for hot yoga or take a barre class at Barre3 Fort Mill (your first class is free).
  • If shopping 'til you drop is more of the vibe, stop by local women's clothing store, Broadcloth Boutique. Then, stop at Corkscrew Wine Shop and Bar for a new bottle (might as well have a glass and a few tapas while you're there).
  • A few other recognizable businesses in Kingsley include ColdStone, Smashburger and Starbucks.

Stop by: Enter on Broadcloth St.

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Spice's pork belly baos will be living rent free in my head until further notice. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios
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Y2 Yoga Kingsley is the studio's only location outside of Charlotte — the other two are in Dilworth and Cotswold. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Ride all the rollercoasters at Carowinds

A summer must in the Carolinas. Part of the 407-acre theme park is in Fort Mill, but the other part is in Charlotte.

What to expect: More than 60 rides, a water park, live entertainment and events, like the park's summer music fest and Scarowinds in the fall.

  • Carowinds is well-known for its Fury 325 coaster, which claims to be the "tallest, fastest, longest giga coaster in North America."

Stop by: 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

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Carowinds from above. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Stock up on your favorite adult beverage at Frugal MacDoogal Beverage Warehouse

What to expect: A 21,000-square-foot beverage warehouse filled from floor to ceiling with specialty wines, beer, liquor, liqueurs — and even cigars — often at discounted prices.

Stop by: 3630 Festival Dr.

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Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Try float therapy True Rest Float Spa Fort Mill

True Rest has locations across the country with two local franchises, including Plaza Midwood and its recently opened location near Fort Mill.

How it works: You'll spend one hour floating in a closed sensory deprivation pod filled with skin temperature water and heaps of Epsom salt. All you have to do is, well, rest.

  • Your first float at True Rest is $65. There's also membership and package options available.

Go deeper: Six things to know before trying float therapy at True Rest Float Spa

Stop by: 9664 Red Stone Dr.

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Play all 18 holes at Fort Mill Golf Club

The championship golf course has been around since 1948 and is open to the public with membership options available.

If you go: It's $40 to play nine holes and $55 to play 18. Book a tee time here.

Stop by: 101 Country Club Dr.

Buy fresh peaches from Springs Farm Market

Georgia maybe known as "The Peach State," but South Carolina actually grows more of the summer fruit, and Springs Farm Market is a must for stocking up.

What to expect: Peaches, of course, and plenty of other fresh farm produce, plus baked goods, jarred items and homemade ice cream.

  • If you want Springs Farm produce on the regular, join its CSA program for a fresh box of produce each week.

Stop by: 1010 Springfield Pkwy.

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Peach products include peach salsa and even peach syrup. Photo: Axios Archives

Stroll along Main Street

Fort Mill’s charming Main Street is located right along an old railroad track with plenty of free parking. A simple walk around will lead you to numerous quaint shops and restaurants. Here's how we suggest to plan your stop:

  • Get your barbecue fix at Improper Pig.
  • Try the hottest of hot sauces at PuckerButt Pepper Company, home of the world's hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper.
  • Then, cool off with a milkshake (spiked or non-spiked) from Hobo’s or a lavender lemonade, tea or coffee from Olive's Mud Puddle, which also offers pottery classes.
  • Finally, stop by Crossings on Main for eclectic gifts, from local art to baby clothes. Don't leave without snagging a picture of the "Love where you live" mural around the corner.

You’ll also find Vestique, Moxie Mercantile and Fort Mill Community Playhouse along the main drag.

Stop by: Find all these businesses by plugging Main Street into your GPS.

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A lavender lemonade from Olive's Mud Puddle is a must for a sunny stroll. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Watch the game at Wing King

The neighborhood restaurant is a destination for wings (we're talking over 30 flavors) and is also a popular game day spot.

  • If you're not a wing fan, you'll find burgers, chicken fingers, cheesesteaks, sandwiches and more.

Stop by: 200 N Dobys Bridge Road (in The Shoppes at Towne Square).

Celebrate summer at the South Carolina Strawberry Festival

May is National Strawberry Month, and each year, Fort Mill celebrates with a huge festival that takes place the first full weekend of May.

Context: The 15th Annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, May 4th from 10am-10pm.

What to expect: An all-day festival of live entertainment, rides, vendors, and of course, lots of strawberry-themed activities, including a strawberry eating contest.

Stop by: The festival takes place at Walter Y. Elisha Park (345 N. White St).

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cupcrazed Cakery

Just a couple miles from Main Street, Cupcrazed Cakery is a must stop for a sweet treat. Don't take it from us — the shop's been featured on Food Network's Top Places to Eat list.

What to expect: Cupcakes, cake pops, brownies and plenty of other sugary treats.

Stop by: 936 Market St. (in Baxter Town Center)

Photo: Axios Archives

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