Summertime Livin’ in Hope Mills

May 23, 2017

The Town of Hope Mills is one of Cumberland County’s charming communities. Scottish settlers were among the first to arrive in the mid-18th century and to start building mills along the banks of Rockfish Creek, and this community’s small-town charm can still be seen around every corner, from its swimming holes to its diners.We think there is no better time to experience all that this area has to offer our visitors than the summer. Here, we are offering suggestions on how to spend a perfect summer day in Hope Mills—to include a water-park adventure, small-town celebration, and classic American diner.

Fantasy Lake Water Park

Take the whole family out to this local “swimming hole,” one of Hope Mills’ best kept secrets. A couple generations of folks have grown up spending long summer days at this man-made lake. Several attractions offer park visitors plenty of thrills. From the Jump Tower to the Tarzan Swings, your tolerance of heights will be tested. You will want to ride the Master Blaster Slides over and over and gather the crew for a game of Water Volleyball.

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The park also offers several attractions just for little ones—to include the Fantasy Land for Kids area. After you have tackled all the above, you will want to kick up your feet for a bit. Just grab one of the giant floats and relax on the Lazy Lake, or find a seat on one of the Porch Swings in the Water. This park is as much about adventure as it is lazy summer days.

Tip: For a quick, inexpensive meal, visit the park’s Lakeside Deli Sandwich Shop, or pack a cooler and take advantage of one of three shaded picnic areas, which also feature charcoal grills.

July 4th Celebration

Join the residents of Hope Mills in celebrating Independence Day the American small-town way. The day’s festivities kick off in the morning with a traditional parade. You will find folks sitting on pickup tailgates or in lawn chairs all along the parade route, which starts at Hope Mills Middle School and ends at Hope Mills Recreation Center. Last year’s parade featured over 50 floats, with the super heroes and princesses proving to be the biggest hit with the kids.

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The celebration continues later that afternoon, when the annual Party in the Park begins. The fields at Hope Mills Municipal Park are where all the action takes place, and this year’s live music entertainment will be provided by Rivermist and Eastline bands. Adults enjoy competing in horseshoe, washer, and corn-hole tournaments, while the kids love the bounce houses, water slides, and pony rides. Finally, after the sun goes down, everyone looks forward to the grand finale: a spectacular firework show.

Tip: Grab a spot along Main Street for optimal parade-viewing and then visit the iconic Big T’s Sno-Balls afterward for one of the best snow-cones you have ever tasted.

Robin’s on Main

While visiting Hope Mills, do not miss out on a chance to eat at a classic local diner that is a hometown favorite. This sweet little spot on Main Street is pure Americana, from the outdoor mural to the flags hanging in the back room. The owner, Robin, is a transplant from Rhode Island who knows all her regulars by name and works the grill right alongside her employees.

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Although Robin’s is well known for its country-style breakfast (i.e., Frying-Pan-Pile-Up), the lunch menu also draws a big crowd. You will find a wide range of dishes that include Southern selections, like buttermilk-battered Country Pork Chops, and Northeastern classics, such as Patrick’s Philly Cheese Steak. Your waitress will probably tell you, though, that you cannot go wrong with Joy’s Hamburger Steak, a customer favorite that is comfort food at its best.

Tip: On July 4th, treat the crew to 99-cent hot dogs or other treats to-go at Robin’s walk-up order window (open for special occasions).

These hometown favorites represent just a sample of everything there is to see and experience in the Town of Hope Mills. Before planning your visit to the area, be sure to explore the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) website for more ideas on family fun, restaurants, and other things to do in Hope Mills and the greater Fayetteville area.

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