Because a family can never have enough parks to choose from – and come on, parents need variety maybe more than the kiddos – Kidding Around Greenville readers have called for another list of great parks. Last year, KAG listed five awesome parks but our readers have revealed more of their favorites so we just had to do another list!
9 More Great Parks
Typically known for its fantastic indoor bounce house and ice skating rink, the Pavilion boasts two playgrounds, one near the front of the campus off of the Brushy Creek entrance and the other in the back near the entrance to the bounce house. The back one is older with lots of swings and a playground and sand and the one in the front is bigger with two play structures – one for toddlers and the other for bigger kids. It also has swings for both babies and older children. Restrooms are nearby and the picnic shelter is shaded.
Address: 400 Scottswood Rd, Taylors
With two playgrounds, a picnic shelter and volleyball court (or sandcastle-building-area, your choice), Legacy Park is great for playing and picnicking. There is lots of green grass, gardens and even a pond and brook. Bring a kite, or a bike, and spend some time at this great park.
Address: 336 Rocky Slope Road, Greenville, SC 29607
Cedar Falls Park
Cedar Falls Park is a beautiful park with lots of grassy areas, playground, picnic shelters and a paved pathway down to the Reedy River in Fountain Inn. Plus this park is a bit of a secret. KAG founder, Bethany, reviewed this 90+ acre park, and thought it was a wonderful place to play and explore!
Address: 201 Cedar Falls Road., Fountain Inn
This place looks like a lot of fun, especially on a hot day since they have a waterpark and lazy river (Discovery Island), which open up in late May. For the days you forget your swimsuit, Southside Park also has a playground, restrooms and plenty of picnic tables under a shelter.
Address: 417 Baldwin Rd, Greenville
Lauren, a KAG contributor, actually reviewed this top local park and mentioned that the playground is perfect for summer because there is so much shade. It’s also fenced in which is perfect for the safety of little ones. Heritage Park also offers a miniature train that runs on Saturday and Sundays from March through November for $2 per ride. There are plenty of trails and picnic tables as well and the park is clean and well-maintained.
Address: 861 SE Main Street, Simpsonville
Runway Cafe Park
Although Runway Park was mentioned in our first list of great parks in Greenville, we are putting it on this list again because there has been a lot of improvements made in the past year and our readers love this park. Runway Park added more to their play structures plus a picnic shelter so it’s very friendly to birthday parties and lunches outside. The park is so unique because it sits right off the runway of the Greenville Downtown Airport so kids can watch planes land and take off up close. They can also bring their bikes, scooters and ride along toys since the park has a little paved loop around the playground (inside the fence) where they can ride. See our Runway Park Scavenger Hunt for more fun.
Address: 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville SC, 29607
I stumbled upon Butler Springs accidentally and it has since become a favorite park of mine. They have playgrounds for older kids, with awesome climbing apparatuses, and another fenced in one for the littler ones. Butler Springs also has a walking trail and tennis courts and is close to Haywood Road so convenient to the mall and 385.
Address: 301 Butler Springs Road, Greenville
Located behind Greenville Tech Campus, KAG contributor Desiree reviewed this park and said that “Many people don’t seem to know about this park – it is usually uncrowded when we visit and the facilities are very clean. There are two play structures, one that is more toddler friendly and another that is more advanced for children over the age of eight, though my three year old loves to play on it. It also has several infant swings and regular swings with some musical drums and shakers. In my opinion, the only downside of Northwest Park is that it’s not gated.”
Address: 8109 White Horse Road., Greenville (turn at the sign that says “Greenville campus” and follow the road)
Riverbend Equestrian Park
Also reviewed by Desiree, Riverbend Equestrian Park is another unique gem in the Greenville area. The park has a lots of open space to run around or have a picnic but also an area for the kids to see horses up close. It’s close to Furman.
Address: 175 River Bend Road, Greenville
Did your favorite park make our list? If we missed it use the comments to fill us in!
Don’t forget to join in the annual Park Hop this summer and discover new parks while earning prizes.