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New Tourism Developments in 2014

The staff of the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is excited about the new opportunities that tourism industry partners will make available to York County visitors in the New Year. Additions to major attractions and new developments will give York County’s tourism amenities a competitive advantage.

In the summer of 2014, Carowinds, Thrill Capital of the Southeast will introduce new additions to the park’s amenities. The park will add two new mega-slides to its Boomerang Bay water park. The slides will stand more than four stories high and will add a combined 614 feet of splashes to its unique ride experiences at the park. Surfer’s Swell will give riders the experience of riding a wave and Dorsal Fin Drop will take riders on a spin through its curved tunnel, like a shark circling its prey.  

New to Camp Canaan in 2014 will be the introduction of its High Adventure Course and the Archery Tag field. The course begins with a Cocoon Tube Net climb. At the top of the course, participants will face up to four challenge elements. At the end of the course is the Gravity Zip, a 320-foot zipline. Archery Tag combines the fun play of dodge-ball and paint-ball while using the skill-set of archery with patented foam-tipped arrows. Two teams compete to knock out all the centers of the opposing team’s 5-spot target.
The City of Rock Hill continues to add to the development of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk. In 2013, the Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens was added to the Riverwalk outdoor amenities. The Greens is open green space offering individuals and families space for recreation and free play activities. Construction began on the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in late 2013. The facility will open in early 2014 and will host the USA BMX Redline Cup later that year.  The city also began construction on Fountain Park, a planned urban park which will feature a fountain and a green space suitable for small public events.
A new Hampton Inn and Suites will open in late 2014. According to the developer, it will be a six-story hotel with 102 rooms. The hotels’ meeting space will accommodate between 125 and 150 people.
Although construction began in late 2013, the restoration of the Brick House at Historic Brattonsville is underway. The Brick House which is one of three original Bratton homes is the last to be restored. The circa 1880 Greek Revival influenced building was last occupied by the Bratton family in 1914. The home has since had very little work done on it and has mostly remained in the same condition. Most of its masonry work is complete or in progress and nearly half of the roofing will soon be complete. The project is expected to take several years to complete, but will be open to the public once restoration is done.
The Hilton Garden Inn has revamped its permanent amphitheatre meeting room into another flexible meeting room space that can now accommodate banquets and other events, in addition to classroom style and U-shape setups. There is now twenty-five hundred square feet of flexible meeting room space.
The Rock Hill/York County CVB congratulates the Hampton Inn Rock Hill and NarroWay Productions for receiving the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
For more information about new tourism developments in 2014, please call the Rock Hill/York County CVB at 888-702-1320 or 803-329-5200.


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