Econo Lodge at Carowinds
3540 Lakemont Blvd
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Phone: (803) 547-2300
Fax: (803) 547-2444
Arts & Museums
The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, is honored here. Avail of the guided tour, complete with a costumed interpreter and walk through the president's family home in the country, while collecting nuggets of information on his life and achievements. Camps, festivals and celebrations are also organized here. This is a worthwhile trip indeed for those doing research, or those with a keen interest in politics and public lives. Check the website for some good reading before you visit.
Enjoy a glass of wine and the company of friends while expressing your artistic side. You can bring food and drinks while an experienced instructor helps you create your own masterpiece to take home. You can find a theme to fit your taste, such as paint your pet, Van Gogh, or spring time. The studio will provide everything you need to paint, including a blank canvas, apron, and brushes. All you need to focus on is having fun!
This museum is tailor made to teach kids about the natural world. They'll see live animals, such as baby chicks, owls, and snakes. Take a stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion or the Paw Paw Nature Trail to learn more about local wildlife. Kids can run and play at Fort Wild or Our Big Backyard, or listen and learn during one of several workshops and events organized here.
What better way to explore the historical facets of the city than by traveling across it in one of the oldest and most-loved modes of transport? Charlotte Trolley Inc. takes you around the area in vintage streetcars ensuring a pleasurable learning experience. Choose from tours best suited to you; you can even arrange to have a private party on one of them! After a tour on this mobile museum, stop at the gift shop and pick up a memoir or two. Check the website for details.
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.
Maddi's Gallery is bright, colorful and filled with interesting knick-knacks. Both locations feature a mosaic collection of folk art, contemporary art and jewelry. Browse through paintings, glass art, handmade jewelry, accessories, kitchen items and more. With textures, colors, shapes and prices to suit all tastes, this store tempts even the stingiest of shoppers to cough up some dough. Call +1 866 462 3347 (Toll Free).
The Museum of York County, which opened in the year 1950, was originally meant to lure young kids into knowing more about their rich culture and heritage. But gradually the museum expanded and has now become a learning ground for both kids and adults. Apart from the arts and science exhibits, there are also presentations on the natural and cultural history, African artifacts displays and much more. Weekends are even more fun as the Settlemyre Planetarium will take you into the magic world of stars and the cosmos. The museum also holds summer camps and private birthday party celebrations for children.
Artists from all over the world display their work here, with the exhibitions based on various themes and subjects. From fragile glass sculptures to carefully-developed photographs, art enthusiasts will get it all. A word of warning, though: is you are looking for a Picasso or a DaVinci, you will be in for a disappointment. Prominent contemporary names include Romare Bearden, an American collagist, Wolf Kahn, a landscape painter, and Dale Chihuly, a glass artist. Call for details on the next showing.
This elegant, understated gallery is one of the best in the region. McColl Fine Art deals in American and European paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries. Covering various categories like impressionism, post-impressionism, landscapes, still-life and more, this prestigious venue showcases works of fantastic quality. This is your chance to view and buy paintings of artists from a host of different schools. Check the website for further information.
The Elder Art Gallery boasts of a great collection of American contemporary art, plus some European art works as well. The gallery also has exclusive rights to represent the works of the two popular artists Leon A. Makielski and Ernest Walker. Apart from the paintings, it also houses beautiful bronze, stone and steel sculptures. And then there is the porcelain and earthenware too.
This Duke Power visitor center aids understanding of nuclear energy through video games, displays, and films plus offers a free, self guided, high-tech tour through the world of nuclear power. Plant tours are available with advance reservations and a nature trail is also located on site.
From 1836 to around 1861 this Federal-style building served as the first branch of the United States Mint. During the Depression it was saved from demolition through a community effort and became North Carolina's first art museum. Now it is one of the major collections of American, European, African, and Asian artwork, along with ceramics, photography, maps and contemporary art. There are daily tours, lectures, art classes, and festivals that invite the public to come and enjoy the exhibitions. With such an extensive collection of over 72,000 items and a building rich in history, this museum is a must-see for any art lover! Also be sure to check out the Mint Museum Uptown, located in nearby Uptown.