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Things to do in and Around Rock Hill

Plan to venture off campus this weekend? If so, be sure to check out Visit York County for information on what to do in and around Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill, a short bike ride from campus, has several opportunities for dining and nightlife.  Information on places to go, things to do and places to live in Rock Hill can be found by visiting Only in Old Town, Rock Hill.  You will find information on restaurants, places to shop, arts and museums, places to worship along with parks and attractions in Rock Hill. 

Some places not to miss (according to other international students) are McHale's Irish Pub, Millstone Pizza, Amelie's French Bakery, and Thi's Place on Main. All of these locations are definitely worth a visit with friends! 

Places to Visit

Charlotte, North Carolina

The closest "big" city to Rock Hill is Charlotte, North Carolina.  Charlotte is about a 30 minute drive from Rock Hill traveling north on Interstate 77. Charlotte is the place to go for world class shopping, dining, museums and entertainment.

Shopping Malls

Things to Do


If you need to get from place to place in Rock Hill, Charlotte or the great beyond hopefully this information will be helpful to you.  Some students have cars and transportation to different places is not that difficult to navigate.  Others do not have cars and find it much harder to get around.  You can always ask your friends for assistance but hopefully the information below will be helpful.

Ways to get around Rock Hill and surrounding areas

Winthrop University and Rock Hill are very bicycle friendly areas.  You can purchase a bicycle at any area Wal-Mart or Target store.  Make sure to also purchase a lock for your bicycle to keep it safe on-campus.

By Car/Taxi/Bus

Local public transportation, frequently referred to as "Dial-A-Ride," arranges for vehicles to pick-up and drop-off passengers in and around Rock Hill. The operating schedule for this service is Monday thru Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm, with a one-way fare costing $2.50. Riders who would like to use this service call 803/327-6694 ext. 304 at least two days in advance to reserve a seat.

Carolinas Cab Company located at 232 S. Cherry Road available 24-hours per day by calling 324-8819.

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is Charlotte's public transit system.  CATS has a stop in Rock Hill.  This stop is designed to help commuters get back and forth to Charlotte during mornings and evenings but could be used if you needed to get to Charlotte for the day.  The Rock Hill Express runs both morning and evening from Rock Hill to Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Route 82 X Rock Hill Express)

There is a Greyhound bus stop in Rock Hill 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers) from the Winthrop campus. Winthrop is 11 minutes south of the bus stop on Cherry Road. Call (803) 327-9388 for the local terminal or 1-800-231-2222 for Greyhound's fare and schedule information.

By Train

Rail travel is available through Amtrak in Charlotte, NC, 1914 N. Tryon Street which is approximately 25.8 miles (41.4 kilometers) and 37 minutes from Winthrop. For schedule information call 1-800-872-7245. 

Charlotte Airport

By Plane

The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina is the closest major airport to Rock Hill. It is 23.6 miles (37.9 kilometers) and approximately 35 minutes north of the Winthrop Campus. Direct flights from Europe and Canada are available. Ten major carriers offer daily flights.  The carriers are -

Air Canada 

If you discover any local attractions that may be of interest to other students please contact the International Center.


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