Ever considered a trip north? So often we think about visiting Asheville, but in order to get there, one must travel through Greenville, a delightful area with some wonderful family-friendly gems.
With a drive of around four hours, this is a manageable drive for a weekend or more!
- Greenville Drive - Head out to the ball game with Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Greenville Drive, at Fluor Field, a 6,700 seat mini-replica of Fenway Park, complete with a green monster in left field. Tickets start at just $7!
- South Carolina Children's Theater - Whether you’re 2 or 92, SCCT has something for YOU! Celebrating their 28th season, they combine local talent and the magic of the stage to provide the finest family entertainment and live theatre experience to the Upstate and beyond. Get up close and personal with their characters after every show!
- Roper Mountain Science Center - Visitors experience the latest in STEM education through interactive exhibits and several hands-on activities. Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and the ever-popular Butterfly Adventure. Roper Mountain provides the opportunity to explore, imagine and grow as a learner of any age. The Daniel Observatory at the Roper Mountain Science Center holds the 8th largest refractor telescope in North America. The lens is the same one used by Albert Einstein, and is sometimes referred to as the "War of the Worlds Telescope."
- Greenville Zoo - At only 14 acres, this quaint little zoo is home to over 300 animals. Zoo lovers can also attend yearly events such as “Boo in the Zoo,” a family-friendly Halloween celebration, or “PNC Bank Zoo Tunes,” a concert series that you (and the monkey next to you!) will certainly enjoy.
- Children's Museum of the Upstate - As the only children’s museum to be a Smithsonian Affiliate, this museum is truly one of a kind with its “BI-LO Market” child-scaled grocery store, “Bib’s World” tire play structures, gifted by the Michelin Corporate Foundation, and the “Talkin' Trash” environmental conservation exhibit, featuring Greenzilla, the giant talking trash monster. With 18 exhibit galleries, a traveling exhibit hall, and 2 outdoor interactive exhibit spaces, it is the 10th largest children's museum in the country.
- BMW Zentrum - Here the past, present, and future of BMW come together in a one-of-a-kind building. See the cars, the speed, the innovation–all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The Zentrum is more than just a museum; it's a meeting and events center, a cafe, a gallery and a history lesson–all wrapped into one ultimate experience.
- Mice on Main - Based on the popular children's book Goodnight Moon, a bronzed sculpture of the book and one mouse are mounted on the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel and the other eight mice are installed along a five-block stretch of Main Street. Follow the clues to find each hidden mouse!
- Upcountry History Museum - Take a walk through three centuries of Upcountry South Carolina history and experience the stories of people who shaped this region through state-of-the-art interactive multi-media exhibits and dynamic programming for all ages.
- Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail - The Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile multi-use trail that has received a multitude of awards including #1 America’s Best Urban Bike Paths by Fodor’s Travel, #3 Best Urban Trail by USA Today 10Best, and #12 Most Incredible Bike Trail in the US by the Daily Burn. More than 750,000 locals and visitors ride the trail each year. Visitors can rent bikes at Reedy Rides before hopping on the trial right downtown.
- Runway Cafe & Airport Park - Grab a bite at the Runway Cafe, overlooking the Greenville Downtown Airport where kids of all ages enjoy watching planes as they take off and land.
- Greenville Swamp Rabbits - Playing their home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a team in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference, play a full schedule of games from October to April.
- Lake Conestee - Lake Conestee Nature Park (LCNP) consists of approximately 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The park contains walking and biking trails along more than 3 miles of the Reedy River and rich diversity of wildlife habitat.
- Paris Mountain - Located just a few minutes outside of Downtown Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park offers more than 15 miles of hiking and biking trails along with canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals.
- Falls Park on the Reedy - Spend some time in Falls Park, a nationally acclaimed green space with a spectacular bridge that allows unobstructed views of the Reedy River Falls. The Liberty Bridge – a 345-foot, curved bridge held in the air by a single suspension cable – is the only one of its kind in the United States.
- Moonlight Movies - Every Wednesday in May and September, enjoy classic, family-friendly movies, under the stars at Falls Park on the Reedy.
- Downtown Alive - The weekend always starts on Thursday during Downtown Alive, a 24-week long concert series. A party on Main Street: bands from across the region come out to play while people eat, drink and dance in the street.
- M. Judson Saturday story time - Head to local independent book store, M.Judson Booksellers, for a weekly children's event, Story Time on the Steps! Each week on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am an M. Judson Story Teller will set up shop in the southern sunshine to read stories of adventure, mayhem, and joy. Enjoy a free cupcake at The Chocolate Moose, a bakery located inside M.Judson, following story time!
- Poppington's - Located right on Main St., Poppington’s offers over 75 different kinds of popcorn flavors like Bloody Mary, Dill, Buffalo Wing, and more. Worth poppin’ in for a mid-day savory or sweet snack!
- Sidewall Pizza - An eatery known for its eclectic pizzas, beer, wine selection, AND its homemade ice cream flavors. The original location along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest is a hot spot for travelers on two wheels, but a downtown location is now open as well.
- Grill Marks - The burgers aren’t the only thing that will make your mouth water. The milkshakes are good to the last, sugar-filled drop.
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