Looking for the best things to do this summer in Greenville, SC? From family-friendly bike trails and scavenger hunts to summer celebrations, the upstate has it all! As the weather warms and the days grow longer, finding fun activities to keep your kids entertained is on every parent’s mind. Luckily, there are always exciting outdoor adventures and engaging indoor activities offered in Greenville that span the entire summer. So get out and explore Greenville while making beautiful memories with your family!
Greenville’s top summer activities list has been translated to Spanish by Ghisela L Eljach, Editor in Chief of InSouth Magazine.
¡No se pierda estas 5 mejores actividades de verano para hacer en Greenville, Carolina del Sur!
Fun Activities Outside During Summer in Greenville
1. Park Hop Your Way through the Upstate
Park Hop is a unique scavenger hunt that allows you to explore the parks throughout Greenville and Spartanburg counties while your children look for clues. Parents must register through the Park Hop website to document their child’s clue collection.
Registration opens on April 15th, 2022, and the scavenger hunt launches with the app on May 13th. Families have until September to submit their clues for their children to win some awesome prizes!
2. Biking in the Upstate
Grabbing a bicycle and exploring the paved paths and trails has never been easier! Dozens of family-friendly paved paths are scattered throughout the upstate, including the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. Some parks also offer off-road biking trails for adrenaline seekers.
Don’t have a bike of your own? Several bike shops offer rentals, so grab a helmet and catch some wind in your hair as you bike those summer days away around the upstate.
Beat the Summer Heat with These Indoor Activities
3. Kids Bowl Free!
Strap on those bowling shoes and visit the upstate bowling alleys that offer Kids Bowl Free this summer! This nationwide program allows your children to bowl for free, typically Monday-Friday.
Sparetime Entertainment in Greenville, Paradise Lanes & FEC in Spartanburg, Oconee Lanes in Seneca, and The Big E in Gaffney are offering the program from May through September 2022. Parents must pre-register their children for the days they would like to attend. Adults can purchase The Family Pass to bowl along with them. Registration is open now!
4. Summer Reading
Summer reading programs are offered throughout the upstate to help kids continue their education in a creative and fun way. Library systems in upstate counties offer programs, as well as companies such as Pizza Hut and Scholastics!
Children of all ages can participate, and earn prizes for reading books (audiobooks count!). Parents can help them by tracking books read with a summer reading log or through apps and website submissions. There is nothing better than getting cozy with your kids and reading, especially when prizes are involved!
Kicking Off Summer with Memorial Day Festivities
5. Activities & Celebrations Around Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer for many, and there is a multitude of celebrations and season openings to help usher in the summertime!
- Swimming spots and waterpark openings– Otter Creek and Discovery Cove are two of several local waterparks that host their opening weekend celebrations over Memorial Day weekend! There are also several sandy beaches, swimming holes, and waterfalls to check out throughout the upstate that begin to draw a crowd in May as the waters warm up.
- Fountain Inn Splash Pad– Nothing feels better than cooling off running through a splash pad! This free splash pad is located on the main street in Fountain Inn and opens as the weather begins to warm.
- Memorial Day Parades and Summer Celebrations can be found scattered across the upstate to honor the memories of those who served in the military. Many will also be celebrating the start of summer! Celebration schedules will begin to update closer to May, so be on the lookout for updates.
Bonus: 4th of July Events and Celebrations
The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer! The magic of the upstate is elevated by backyard BBQs, live music, sunflowers in bloom, and fireworks lighting up the night sky. Our Ultimate Guide for Things to Do in July offers something special for everyone, including baseball games with the Greenville Drive and mesmerizing 4th of July firework displays throughout the upstate. Join the Independence Day festivities with good friends, delicious food, and live music this summer!
This post has been translated to Spanish by Ghisela L Eljach, Editor in Chief of InSouth Magazine.
About InSouth Magazine and Ghisela Elijach
It takes determination, consistency and resilience to be a business owner willing to find the need in communities and businesses, yet bridge the gap by being a hub of resources that people need. Having a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a great social awareness makes a difference, especially when understanding the importance of the Latin American culture contribution from a local, regional, and national standpoint.
In 2015, Ghisela Eljach founded InSouth Magazine as a means of communication (printed and digital) with the purpose of reaching the Hispanic population residing and merging in South Carolina.
This publication informs, entertains, and dignifies an underserved community that has so much to give. Additionally, this publication aims to connect both English and Spanish networks providing a means to connect to a new lifestyle, culture and language. Understanding the importance of integration, InSouth strives to value every person in their collective uniqueness in South Carolina, and it takes pride in being the Magazine of Latinos in the Upstate.
What is on the top of your summer fun to-do list?