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Where to Go Ice Skating Near Greenville, SC

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Searching for ‘where to go ice skating near me’? While I’m far from being the next Olympic ice skater, I like to try my hand at it every year and luckily there are plenty of places to go ice skating near Greenville, SC! So lace up your skates, grab your coat, and have fun sliding around at one of these top ice rinks near the Upstate.

Ice on Main Skating
Winter Guide to Greenville, SC

Looking for more winter fun? Here’s your ultimate guide to experiencing winter in Greenville, SC.

Ice on Main — Greenville, SC

November 15th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024
United Community’s Ice on Main opens every year mid-November and is open 7 days a week through mid-January. Located at Village Green next to the Courtyard Marriott, kids (and grown-ups) of all ages ice skate in the heart of downtown Greenville.

Ice on Main 2023 Pricing:

  • Adults – $10
  • Children – $8
  • Under 2 – Free

Read Kidding Around’s review of Ice on Main to get more information.

The Pavilion Recreation Ice Skating — Greenville, SC

The Pavilion Recreation Complex’s ice rink is open year-round! You can free skate during public skate times or take lessons.

The Pavilion Recreation Complex Ice Skating Pricing (pricing does not include tax):

  • Kid (12 & under) – $7.50
  • Adults (13+) – $9.50
  • Seniors (55+) – $7.50
  • Skate or Walker Rental – $4.25

Read Kidding Around’s review of the Pavilion Recreation Complex.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink – Rock Hill, SC

November 18th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024
Founders Holiday Ice Rink is located in the heart of Old Town across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill, SC. It’s a popular place to lace up your skates this holiday season.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink Pricing:

  • $15 | 90-minute session 

Guide to Visiting York County, South Carolina

Ice Skating at Whitewater Center — Charlotte, NC

Mid-November through mid-February (check website for dates)
The Whitewater Center opens their 24,000+ square foot ice rink every year. There are four distinct skating areas with two ice trails and two free skate zones.

Whitewater Center Ice Skating Pricing:

  • Included with All-Access Pass
  • $24 Single Activity Day Pass

The Ultimate Guide to Fun with Kids in Charlotte, North Carolina

Where’s your favorite place to go ice skating near Greenville, SC?

31+ Educational Gifts for Kids: Put a New Skill Under the Christmas Tree

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Do you want to give educational Christmas gifts this year, giving something more than just amusement? Kids can learn loads when they are having fun, which makes educational gifts a double whammy, powerhouse, gift-giving option.

Give them the gift of fine motor skills, colors and shapes, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, creativity, imagination, an inquisitive mind, and a break from screen time. Puzzles, science kits, games, learning toys, books, and building toys can do all that and more.

Ok. You’ve decided to give an educational gift, but now you need some ideas? No problem. We polled our readers and asked about their favorite gifts that encouraged learning something new. Then, we added a few of our own ideas.

The result?

This list of top-notch educational gift ideas.

Educational Gifts for kids, and educational gifts for Christmas

This list contains Amazon affiliate links.

Our Readers’ Top Educational Gift Ideas

When it comes to gift-giving, you’re going to see your kids receive a ton of toys. Some of the best gifts, though, are educational. These gifts and toys engage your child for longer periods of time, encourage imaginative play and critical thinking, and may even inspire a lifelong passion.

My favorite educational gifts for kids are ones that store easily, encourage independent play, and can be enjoyed for a long period of time (bonus points: they don’t require batteries, haha).

We polled our readers and asked for their favorite unique educational gifts for kids, and we rounded up their answers for you below.


I’ve seen these everywhere, and to be honest, the most I see them, the more interested I am in getting one for our daughter. These are essentially audio players for kids 3+ that play stories, music, and other educational things.

The biggest draw to them is that they are screen-free and easy for little ones to play with. You buy the starter kit, and then you can buy as many extra “Tonies” as you’d like. Each Tonie character plays different things. Kidding Around readers highly recommended this.


I had never heard of this before a couple of our readers recommended it. But after learning more about it, I’m now wanting to tell all my mama friends about it. You buy a starter kit that includes the Osmo Base that attaches to an iPad or Fire Tablet. There are various puzzle pieces, drawing pads, and games you can buy to accompany each kit. And everything is educational and fun for kids.

Hot Dots

Hot Dots is another great interactive and educational toy for kids. Kids simply take the “pen” and tap the dots throughout the books to help learn to read and get ready for school. Hot Dots come with different subjects, themes, and ages.

Magna Tiles

Time to work those fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination! Magna Tiles are an ever-popular toy for kids. The translucent tiles are magnetic, allowing you to build 2D or 3D shapes. They come in a variety of shapes and spark hours of imaginative play for children. I’ve also known a dad or two to play with these to see how big a structure they can build.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Picasso Tiles are also very popular.

Coding Robot like the Elenco Teach Tech

One of our readers highly recommends a coding robot like the Elenco Teach Tech. These toys help teach kids how to program, code, problem-solve, and use critical thinking skills. This particular robot is recommended for ages 3+.

Learning Wrap-Ups

When one of our readers recommended Learning Wrap-Ups, I was immediately swept back to my childhood. I would consider these a classic toy and definitely an educational one. You simply wrap the string from the problem on the left to the answer on the right and self-check yourself on the back. Learning Wrap-Ups come with different topics, including math, pre-algebra, science, and vocabulary.

Kiwi Box Subscription

A Kiwi Box Subscription is an educational gift that keeps giving. Each month, your child receives a box in the mail with a new project appropriate to their age and interest. When you fill out the subscription form online, you’ll answer a few questions so the perfect box is delivered each time. There are subscription boxes for ages 0-12+

More Educational Gift Ideas We Love: Books


Magazine Subscriptions: The gift that keeps on giving

Once a month or every other month, another installment of your educational gift arrives bringing fun and learning long after the holiday decor has been boxed up and put away.

Strategic Board Games

Work out your strategy and think ahead to win these games. Really get that brain working, growing, and thinking hard, and of course, have fun, too! Our readers suggest these strategic board games:

More Educational Games

Family board games

Love board games? See our HUGE list of family favorite board games for all ages. Here are a couple of our favorite educational games from that list.


Zingo is one of ThinkFun’s most popular and bestselling games, and is the winner of an Oppenheim Gold Award and Parents’ Choice Gold Award, among others. It’s a fun pre-reading game for ages 4 and up. There are versions for learning sight words, numbers, and using letters to make words. Like all of ThinkFun’s games, Zingo is built to develop critical thinking skills. Playing will improve language skills through fun and fast-paced play.

Zingo Sight Words
Zingo Numbers

Zingo numbers bingo

Gravity Maze

We played this with kids ages 8, 9, and 11 years old and they all loved it. I tried it also as an adult and it’s fantastic because it’s one of those games where you have to focus on the puzzle and nothing else. Gravity Maze is especially great for kids who like to play by themselves, for kids who love problem-solving, and for kids who are probably future engineers.

Gravity Maze 

Gravity Maze game


Puzzles are great for any age. Pick puzzles with bright colors and simple shapes for younger kids, and consider more intricate 3-dimensional kits and puzzles for older kids. Puzzles will encourage your child to problem-solve. They also make a great gift that develops fine motor skills.

Gifts that Teach Science

If you have a science-loving kid, we have some tried and true classic ideas to share from personal experience! These teach things about real world, the natural world, physics, and lots more learning fun!

  • Marble runs: Try this simple wooden set called Blocks and Marbles for older elementary children. It’s a long-time favorite with wooden blocks that have holes and grooves for marbles to roll and pass through.
  • Magnifying glass, or pocket microscope
  • Backyard explorer set
  • Chemistry sets with test tubes and stoppers for an older kid
  • Rock and fossil sets
  • Science kits and science experiment kits
  • Telescope
  • Binoculars

More Gifts With Educational Value

  • Crafts
  • Construction sets
  • Building toys: these vary by developmental stage, from things like intricate modeling kits to building blocks, wood blocks, interlocking building toys, stacking towers, and more.
  • Legos
  • Play Kits from Lovevery
  • Letter sets
  • Stationery sets
  • Shape blocks
  • Model kits

Experience Educational Gifts

Children’s Museum Membership

A membership to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is a WONDERFUL gift idea! I’m a big supporter of gifting experiential gifts to loved ones, and an even bigger supporter if it’s providing educational value. And TCMU is one of the best local places that offers constant and steadfast education and fun to kids of all ages in the Upstate.

If you’re looking for experiential gifts you can give to loved ones this year, be sure to read our list of experience gifts.

Don’t live in Upstate, SC? Educational experience gifts are everywhere and they make a perfect gift. Look for local options like these for educational experiences you can give as a gift near you.

  • Local museums
  • Zoos
  • Nature Parks
  • Aquariums
  • Theaters
  • Science centers
  • Sports venues

What other educational gifts do you love giving kids?

Where to Play Laser Tag in the Upstate

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Wanting to get competitive and play some laser tag? Greenville, SC has a couple of awesome laser tag arenas! Spend an hour or two on a random weekend or book a laser tag experience for an exhilarating birthday party. Most of the following establishments are priced reasonably and include everything you need for an unforgettable time playing laser tag in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Where to play laser tag near Greenville, South Carolina

Laser tag at Main Event
Laser tag room at Main Event
Laser tag at Main Event

Where to Play Laser Tag Near Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC

Main Event

225 Entertainment Boulevard, Greenville
If you haven’t been to Main Event yet, then we think you may want to visit this entertainment facility in the near future with your kids. You can enjoy much more than just laser tag at Main Event in Greenville, SC. They also have a bowling alley, arcade games, bar area, billiards, and dining.

Frankie’s Fun Park

45 Park Woodruff Drive, Greenville
Frankie’s Fun Park has laser tag for 6-year-olds and up. For only $9 per player, you can enjoy an intense battle of laser tag, surrounded by fog, in a two-level arena. Frankie’s also has arcade games, bumper boats, mini golf, and more for you to enjoy for an entire afternoon.

Spare Time

822 Congaree Road, Greenville
Spare Time has laser tag arenas where fog and music pump through the room while you enjoy a 15-minute adventure. During your visit, you can also enjoy their bowling alley, arcade games, pool tables, escape rooms, dining areas, and more.

Sweet Retreat

510 State Road S-37-341, Walhalla
Sweet Retreat is a family-friendly establishment in Walhalla. Their multi-level laser tag arena is over 3600 square feet of entertainment and exhilaration. Sweet Retreat also has an arcade, go-karts, mini golf, and more.

The Big E Gaffney

1100 Factory Shops Boulevard, Gaffney
This guide on where to play laser tag in the Upstate wouldn’t be complete without a mention of The Big E in Gaffney, a fully equipped entertainment facility for the whole family. Their laser tag features innovative technology in a multi-level arena with black lights, fog, and music. Each game lasts 12 minutes. You’ll also find arcade games, bowling, mini golf, and more at The Big E Gaffney.

Mobile Laser Tag in the Upstate

SC Outdoor Laser Tag

If you’re looking for a mobile laser tag experience that will come to you, look no further than SC Outdoor Laser Tag. They will provide all equipment and staff for your private event. They’ll set everything up and run all of the laser tag-related activities.

Upstate Laser Tag

Upstate Laser Tag is another option for your mobile laser tag needs. They’ll bring the equipment and convert your backyard, front yard, or local park into an energizing laser tag experience. 

Which laser tag arena is your favorite? Are we missing any?

Main Event, Greenville, SC

Learn why Main Event is the perfect place for fun in our KA review!

Fall Fun for the Whole Family at Strawberry Hill

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If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this fall in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, Strawberry Hill Farm needs to be on your list. In fact, it should probably be on your bucket list every year.

Strawberry Hill and Cooley Farms have been family-owned and operated since 1947, and they truly understand and value families. With a cafe, ice cream shop, and produce stand of fresh pumpkins, jellies, jams, corn, and more, you’ll find plenty to satisfy your cravings. Plus, the hay ride and corn maze provide more than enough entertainment and memory-making for a couple of hours.

We visited one late morning in September and quickly discovered we weren’t the only ones who found this local gem. We wandered around the Shed, took plenty of photos, and went on the hay ride. If you’re thinking of visiting Strawberry Hill Cooley Farms, I’ve compiled lots of info and details for you below, including some extra tips before you go.

Strawberry Hill Farm Pumpkins

The Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor at Strawberry Hill

While we personally didn’t visit the cafe or ice cream parlor during our trip, it was PACKED and had a long line out front. Clearly, it is popular with families around the Upstate. The ice cream parlor has 32 flavors of freshly churned ice cream made with fruit straight from the farm. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch and has a variety of items to choose from. Breakfast is served until 10:30 am.

The Shed at Strawberry Hill

We parked at the Shed, and our toddler was immediately excited about all the pumpkins she could see from the car. Strawberry Hill has a large variety of pumpkins in all shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from. Not to mention their large supply of jellies, jams, boiled peanuts, and other snacks. They even had 3 flavors of slushies while we were there: Apple, Blackberry, and Peach. We grabbed a Peach Slushie to enjoy on our hay ride. It was delicious!

Strawberry Hill Shed in Chesnee

If you wander outside of the Shed covering, you’ll discover more pumpkins and some other fun things to bide your time. You’ll find a couple of tractors, a swing, and stacks of hay bales and pumpkins that are styled for the perfect fall photo op.

Strawberry Hill Farm store

The Hay Ride at Strawberry Hill

If you want to go on one of the hay rides, purchase your tickets in the Shed. Each ticket includes a trip to the playground, opportunity to feed the big cows, visit some other farm animals, go down the GIANT slide, and access to the big jumping pillow. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we’re glad we went on it!

Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll wait until your group is called, and then you’ll board the wagon. Don’t worry about getting itchy by sitting on bales of hay—Strawberry Hill has cleverly covered the hay bales in plastic for your comfort.

Strawberry Hill farm animals

The tractor and wagon will take you through Strawberry Hill’s property, giving you fun facts along the way. (Fun fact we learned: they plant their strawberries by hand every single year! This was mind-blowing to me because their strawberry field is massive).

Strawberry Hill play space on the hay ride

While on the hay ride, you’ll see cows and get the chance to feed them a little treat! Then, the tractor will drop you off at an exclusive area that’s only accessible for those who hop on the hay ride. You’ll find more farm animals to pet (Queen Victoria, the farm’s pig, was a big hit!), a sandbox, seesaws, a variety of games, several large slides, the pumpkin patch, and a giant Jumping Pillow! 

Strawberry Hill in the fall

Once you and your kids are done playing, you can hop back on a wagon to head back to the Shed.

The Corn Maze at Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill has 3 corn mazes: two larger ones and one kiddie maze. The two larger corn mazes take 20-30 minutes to complete, and the kiddie maze takes about 20 minutes. While they have offered the maze during the evening in the past, they are not offering night mazes in 2023.

Corn maze at Strawberry Hill

Admission Cost & Hours for Strawberry Hill

Hayride Only

  • Cost: $15 per person over 2 years old
  • September 2023 Hours: (Opens September 30, 2023)
    • Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm
    • Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm
    • *Last wagons load at 5 pm
  • October 2023 Hours (last day is October 30th):
    • Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm (October 20th and 27th only)
    • Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm
    • Sundays 11 am – 5 pm
    • *Last wagons load at 5 pm

Corn Maze Only

  • Cost: $10 per person 8+ years old, $8 for those over 3 years old
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
    • *Last corn maze entry at 6 pm

Hayride & Corn Maze Combo Ticket

  • $20 per person over 3 years old (Combo tickets for 2-year-olds will only pay for the hayride)

Tips for Visiting Strawberry Hill

  • Wear closed-toe shoes if you plan on visiting the Corn Maze and/or go on a hay ride. It’s sandy, dirty, and—well, there are farm animals.
  • If you plan on going on the hay ride, dress your kids in play clothes and not their Sunday best. Between the large sandbox, slides, and petting zoo, they’re bound to get dirty.
  • Use the restroom before you go on the hay ride.
  • Be prepared for lines and a wait at the Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor.
  • Keep in mind that no pets are allowed on the hay ride or at the corn maze.

Strawberry Hill Cooley Farms

Strawberry Hill Shed at Cooley Farms
3097 Hwy 11 W, Chesnee
Sunday-Saturday 8 am – 8 pm

Strawberry Hill Cafe & Ice Cream
3092 Hwy 11 W, Chesnee
Cafe Hours: Monday-Saturday 6 am – 2:30 PM
Ice Cream Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 am – 8 pm

Guide to Fall in Greenville, SC

Looking for more fall fun? Check out our guide to things to do in the Fall near Greenville!

Check out our Fall Guide to Greenville | Pumpkin Patches in Greenville | Corn Mazes in Greenville

The Best Guide to Fountain Inn, SC

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Fountain Inn, SC is just on the outskirts of Greenville, and while it’s a small town, it has a lot to offer. There are restaurants, shops, a library, and some wonderful parks. You could honestly spend an entire day exploring this little town. There’s so much to do in Fountain Inn!

This article includes:
Things to Do in Fountain Inn, SC
Where to Eat in Fountain Inn
Seasonal Fun in Fountain Inn
What’s happening this weekend in Fountain Inn, SC?

Fountain Inn, SC

20+ Greenville, SC Tours You Don’t Want to Miss

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Looking to explore the Upstate? Why not go on one of the many tours in Greenville, SC? Learn about the history and architecture of Greenville. Ignite your taste buds and inner foodie by going on a culinary tour. Explore the mountains, trails, and waters through a nature tour. There’s something for everyone. And because there are so many Greenville tours, we’ve rounded up some of the best for you… all in one place.

Greenville, SC Tours

History Tours

Greenville History Tours

Greenville History Tours offers a variety of historic tours.

West End Walking Tour begins at Falls Park and explores Greenville’s West End, including the ruins of an 1816 grist mill, Huguenot Mill, Riverplace, and more.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $18 for 11 years and older and $9 for 10 years old and younger

Historic Neighborhood Architecture explores the different neighborhoods in downtown Greenville, including the current downtown condos, Pettigru, Augusta Road, Mills Mill village, and more.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $25 for all ages

Greenville Driving Tour is a great way to experience more of Greenville. This is a great option for those looking to relocate to Greenville!

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $20 per person in a Greenville History Tour-supplied 15-passenger van

A Photographic Journey of Old Greenville allows you to look at Greenville’s evolution through photos, maps, drawings, and paintings as you ride in a 13-passenger van. You’ll be able to see the changes from the vantage point of of where they were taken.

  • Duration: 1-1.5 hours
  • Cost: $20

Get Acquainted with Greenville Main Street Tour and Meet Up is a great way to learn about the essential stories and history of Main Street and how it became what it is today.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $18 for adults 

Textile Mill & Village Tour: Early Years takes you on a driving tour through 8 of the mills that helped make Greenville so renowned for its textile mills.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $29 for adults

Greer, SC History

Learn about the former residents of Greer, SC- some who may have never left- on the Greer Ghost tour. Several tours are offered near Halloween annually.

Greenville Foodie Tours

Chef's Table tour
At the Chef’s Table Tour

Greenville History Tours Culinary Options

Greenville History Tours offers several different culinary and foodie tours.

Greenville BBQ Trail Tour takes you on a drive to visit (and taste) some of the best BBQ around! Locations visited include Bucky’s Bar-B-Q, Henry’s Smokehouse, and Mike & Jeff’s BBQ.

At the Chef’s Table (Tuesday and Saturday) is one of the more popular food tours and takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are walking tours where you get to taste food from some of the best restaurants in Greenville, talk to the chef, and learn about drink pairings. The Tuesday night version usually includes Nose Dive, Soby’s, The Lazy Goat, and Spill the Beans. The Saturday night version usually includes Nose Dive, Soby’s, CAMP, and The Lazy Goat.

The Carolina Countryside Tour allows you to drive through the upstate on a Sunday afternoon, exploring the beauty of the local farms, vineyards, pioneer homes, mountains, waterfalls, and more. Locations include Aunt Sue’s Country Corner or Hester General Store, Table Rock Tea Farm, Core 450 Restaurant, and three different mountain view overlooks of Table Rock.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Cost: $75

Greenville Breakfast Tour is a way to experience breakfast 3 times in one day! Current locations include Southern Pressed Juicery, Biscuit Head, and Papi’s Tacos or Le Petit Croissant.

Greenville Coffee Tour is for the coffee lovers. There are several local roasters and coffee shops, and this tour will take you on tasting and learning experience. The tour includes a rotating choice of three local coffee shops.

New Restaurants of the Upstate helps highlight some of the newer restaurants in Greenville. This tour itinerary changes regularly to keep up with the many new restaurants in Greenville.

  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours
  • Cost: $69

Foothill Foodie Tours

Foothill Foodie Tours offers a variety of food tours in the Upstate.

Thirsty Thursday Tour is a walking tour that allows you to experience new cocktail combinations and carefully paired appetizers. Includes 4 full size cocktails and 4 full size appetizers. Must be 21 years old to attend.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: starts at $89 

Just Desserts is a Saturday-afternoon walking tour to experience some of Greenville’s best desserts. Locations include The Westin Poinsett, Maestro, and Crepe du Jour.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $65

Date Night Cocktails is a Friday-evening walking tour that’s perfect for date night or a night out with friends. It includes 4 full-sized cocktails and 4 full-sized appetizers. Locations include Sassafras Southern Bistro, Crepe du Jour, and Maestro.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $89

Craft Cocktail Tour is a Saturday-evening walking tour to four different locations for specialty cocktails and appetizers. The tour begins at Bon Jour on Main and continues to Sassafras Southern Bistro, Scoundrel, and Maestro.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $89

Breakfast Tour is a Saturday morning walking tour that allows you to experience not one, but THREE full breakfasts! Locations include Spoonbread inside the Westin Poinsett, Bon Jour on Main, and Roost.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: begins at $65

Six & Twenty

Six & Twenty Distillery Tours give you an opportunity to see the science of distilling spirits. They offer both private and public tours.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $20-30

Vicario Farm Tours

Vicario Tasting Room and Farm Tours allow you to experience the farm, greenhouse, and processing facility of Renato Vicario and Janette Wesley. Their family operates two farms – one in Italy near Cortona, and one in Greer, behind their micro-distillery! You’ll learn a lot about the science of making liqueur during your tour.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours+
  • Cost: $15 per person

The Brewery Experience

The Brewery Experience offers two Private Brewery Tours in Greenville:

  • Afternoon Delight is a three-stop driving tour that plays off a parody of Forrest Gump. The 12-passenger van will take you to Liability Brewing, Thomas Creek, and The 8th State Brewing Co. Birds Fly South and Carolina Bauernhaus can be included by requests for groups.
    • Duration: 2.5 hours
    • Cost: $64 per person
  • Twilight Tour is a three-stop driving tour that also plays off a parody of Forrest Gump. You’ll ride in a 12-passenger van and visit Tetrad Brewing, Liability, and The 8th State Brewing co. Thomas Creek Brewery, Birds Fly South, and Carolina Bauernhaus are available by request for groups.
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Cost: $64 per person

Family-Focused Tours

Greenville Explorers: Family Tour is a family-friendly tour that allows you to explore downtown Greenville in a fun, educational way. The tour includes a scavenger hunt, a stop a the Mast General Store’s candy area, quick history lessons, and more!

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World Explorers Downtown Family Tour

Outdoor Nature Tours in Greenville, SC

Jocassee Lake Tours

Jocassee Lake Tours offers a large variety of tours, both public and private, for you to explore all that Jocassee has to offer. Some of their tours include:

  • Lake Tours during the Warm Season
    • Duration: 3-4 hours
    • Cost: starting at $55 for all ages
  • Private Lake Tours during the Warm Season
    • Duration: 3-6 hours
    • Cost: starting at $395 for all ages, up to 12 people per boat
  • Kayak Tours
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Cost: Starting at $125 per person, ages 10+
  • Private Fishing Tours
    • Duration: 4-6 hours
    • Cost: $395 for the four-hour tour, $595 for the 6 hour tour
  • Sunset Lake Tours
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Cost: starting at $55 for all ages
  • Full Moon Rising Tour
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Cost: starting at $55 per person for all ages, but great for adults!
  • Private Sunset Tour
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Cost: starting at $395 
Lake Jocassee

Kidding Around Loves Lake Jocassee! See why!

Heading to Jocasee with the kids? Here’s your guide to visiting Lake Jocassee with your family.

Paris Mountain Ranger Hikes

Paris Mountain State Park offers guided ranger hikes for families, giving everyone a chance to learn about the animals and insects that inhabit the park.

Ranger hike at Paris Mountain

We did a ranger-guided hike at Paris Mountain and it was awesome!

Find out more in our article on Paris Mountain State Park!

BMW Tour

BMW Glimpse Tour gives you a “glimpse” into the BMW plant process. Tour participants get to see the metal finish area and the paint shop area.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $10 for adults (21+), $8 for students 12-20

Segway Tours

Greenville Segway Tours offers several different options:

  • West End & Falls Park Segway Tours lets you ride through downtown Greenville, the West End, and Falls Park.
    • Duration: 1.5-2 hours
    • Cost: starting at $69
  • Haunted Segway Tour explores the haunted walkways of Springwood Cemetery and various other haunted locations along the Reedy River.
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Cost: starting at $70
  • Taste & Glide Segway Tour lets you experience some of thes best places to grab a bite to eat in downtown Greenville.
    • Duration: 2.5 hours
    • Cost: starting at $80

Swamp Rabbit Trail Tours

Reedy Rides

Reedy Rides offers a few bike tours along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Swamp Rabbit Trail Tour goes from downtown Greenville to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: $65 per person

Swamp Rabbit Trail to Furman University Bike Tour lets you explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail from downtown Greenville all the way to Furman University.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $90 per person

Swamp Rabbit Trail to Travelers Rest Bike Tour uses electric assist bikes to get you from downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest, where you’ll grab a quick bite to eat before heading back to Greenville.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $105 per person
Furman University along Swamp Rabbit Trail

Here’s your guide to the entire Swamp Rabbit Trail.

What tour are you going to experience next?

Are you visiting Greenville?
Don’t miss our Visitors Guide to Greenville, SC!

Things to Do in Greenville, SC.

Looking for more things to do in Greenville? Here are 50+ fun things to do with your day!

5+ Best Candy Stores in Greenville, SC

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Craving candy and sweets and searching for the best candy store in Greenville, SC? We’re going to save you some time by giving you 5 of the best candy stores you’ll find in Greenville, SC. All of these are sure to give you your sugar fix, no matter if you like chocolate, gummies, sour, or hard candy. Some will make you reminisce about your childhood. Some will awe you with their homemade confections. But no matter what, you’re going to find some of the best candy stores in Greenville on this list.

Candy stores Greenville, SC

This article includes:
Mast General Store
River Street Sweets
The Chocolate Shoppe
Candy & Chronicles
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15+ Best Brunch Spots in Greenville, SC to Satisfy Your Cravings!

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Are you craving the best brunch in Greenville, SC? Even just the mention of “brunch” puts a smile on my face. Finding a good restaurant that serves brunch in Greenville isn’t hard—there are plenty of options. You will get your fix of chicken and waffles, bloody marys, shrimp and grits, and french toast at one of these awesome brunch spots!

Restaurants with the best brunch in Greenville, South Carolina

However, it might be hard to narrow down your options because there are so many great choices. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Greenville, SC brunch spots (and thrown in some Greer, Travelers Rest, and other nearby locations) to help you choose one the next time you want that mid-morning breakfast-lunch meal.

Prefer a breakfast-only meal? You may want to read our Top Breakfast Restaurants in Greenville.

Breakfast in Greenville, South Carolina

Restaurants That Serve The Best Brunch in Greenville, SC

Fork and Plough

1629 East North Street, Greenville 
Brunch Hours: Sundays 10 am – 2 pm
Head to Fork and Plough for brunch on a Sunday morning. Their brunch menu changes, so be sure to check out their daily menu before you leave to find out what will be available. You’ll likely find specialty biscuits and some sort of fried chicken, but it will all be plated in creative ways. Reservations aren’t required but are encouraged—especially for Sunday brunch. Readers seem to love Fork and Plough, making it one of the highly recommended places for the best brunch in Greenville, SC.

Fork and plough! Fresh ingredients and the menu changes so always something new and exciting. And their mimosas have an orange juice ice cube.

Cassidy W.
Eggs Up Brunch

Eggs Up Grill

Multiple Locations
Brunch Hours: 6 am – 2 pm (double-check with your location)
Eggs Up Grill is another favorite brunch location. With an extensive menu, they have options for every palate. From omelets and eggs benedict, to classic breakfast plates and brunch bowls, burgers, and sandwiches, you’re sure to find something that suits you.

Their kids menu even allows you or your kids to choose 3 items to create a meal. With locations in Anderson, Boiling Springs, Clemson, Greenville, Greer, Moore, Powdersville, and Spartanburg, there’s probably one near you.

Biscuit Head

823 S Church Street, Suite C, Greenville
Brunch Hours: 8 am – 2 pm
Put your stretchy pants on and head to Biscuit Head for brunch. This breakfast and brunch spot is a personal favorite of mine. With gigantic fluffy biscuits that are made in-house every day, you’re sure to get “some South in your mouth” (Biscuit Head’s famous tagline).

Their menu features several unique biscuit sandwiches, and you can also get a regular full breakfast meal with eggs, two sides, and a biscuit. The biscuit donuts are incredible if you like a little something sweet. If you visit the restaurant, be prepared to wait in line, but it’s worth it.

Bonjour Main

20 S Main Street, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Opens at 8 am

Bonjour Main has some truly delicious casual French cuisine, with brunch being a great way to sample their savory or sweet crepes. The restaurant vibe is super cute, so would make for a perfect morning date.

Bonjour Main hands down! It’s in downtown greenville. It is just the sweetest little place. Great food and excellent service.

Anna L.


2 East Broad Street, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm, and Sundays 10 am – 2 pm
CAMP, located in Camperdown Plaza, serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Their menu features both sweet and savory items. The Chilaquiles, Tiramisu French Toast, and Shaved Beef Brisket Benedict look especially delicious. CAMP accepts reservations, so try to book yours in advance. There brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, so its the perfect way to start your weekend.

A plate from Camp GVL Tostada

Read our full KA review of CAMP and see why this restaurant is an excellent choice for brunch or dinner!

The Habitap

1325 Miller Road, Greenville
Brunch Hours: 10 am – 3 pm
Newer to the Greenville, SC area, the Habitap has quickly grown in popularity and features a delicious brunch menu. Restaurant goers can choose from a variety of options, including The “Smashville”, Chicken and Churro Waffle, The Taphouse Grits Bowl, The Notorious Omelet, and several different pizzas. Adults can also enjoy the bottomless mimosas during brunch hours. And there’s a separate menu for the kids to enjoy.

Hendough Donuts


126 Augusta St, STE 13, Greenville
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 am – 10 pm, Friday 10 am – 10 pm, Saturday 8 am – 10 pm, Sunday 8 am – 9 pm
HenDough is another great brunch option in Greenville. Located in Gather GVL, HenDough serves up several types of biscuits, breakfast sandwiches (including the Donut Breakfast Sandwich), salads, regular sandwiches, and kids meals. 

Nose Dive

116 South Main Street, Greenville 
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Located in the heart of downtown Greenville, Nose Dive is a local favorite and features urban comfort food. It also has some fantastic brunch offers. You’ll find items such as Shrimp and Grits bowls, Chilaquiles Scrambler, Tzatziki Burger, and Roasted Chicken Salad on their menu. One of their most popular brunch options is the Adluh Mills Grits Bar; it’s all you can eat!


220 North Main Street, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Located in downtown Greenville in NOMA Square, Roost is yet another local favorite with a popular brunch menu. Choices include the Farmer’s BLT, Grass Fed Black Angus Burger, Margherita Pizza, and more.

The roost has great options, buffet, and bottomless mimosas. People watching in the hotel makes it fun too! Eggs up Grill is also great. Their home fries are INSANELY amazing.

Madison K.


207 South Main Street, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Saturday 11 am – 2 pm, Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Located in the heart of downtown, Soby’s is a popular brunch spot in Greenville. With a menu that features a la carte items in addition to traditional brunch fare and Chef’s features, it’s definitely worth checking out. 

Southern Culture

2537 North Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Southern Culture Kitchen & Bar is known for their brunch menu. Their brunch menu is extensive and features Meat Loaf Hash, Shrimp and Grits, Yardbird & Eggs, a couple of different Omelets, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. You can even build your own bloody marys and Bottomless Mimosas are fun for adults to indulge in. There are lots of comfort food options, so that is always a win on a Sunday morning.

Maple Street Biscuit Co.

18 E North Street, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Sunday from 7 am – 2 pm

Fully loaded biscuits, biscuits sandwiches, delicious waffles, and other yummy treats are found at Maple Street Biscuit Company. They are only open one day a week, Sunday, so make sure you plan out your visit.

Maple Street Biscuit Co! It’s always fresh, consistently delicious, and very filling. Plus a fun atmosphere with friendly staff!

Jennifer B.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery

205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville
Brunch Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:30 am – 7 pm
The Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery would be a great choice for brunch, especially if you’re taking the whole family. There’s plenty of seating and plenty of options on the menu. There’s even a fenced in area with toys for your littlest ones to play in so you can relax for a bit.

Read our KA review of Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery to learn more about this local grocery and restaurant combo!

Swamp Rabbit Cafe right off of the Swamp Rabbit Trail

Sully’s Steamers

6 East Washington Street, Greenville
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday 7 am – 3 am, Sunday 8:30 am – 3 pm
When you think of bagels, you typically think of breakfast, but Sully’s Steamers has bagels that span breakfast and lunch. For example, B-Rad’s Best has meatballs, pepperoni, salami, provolone, pizza sauce, banana peppers, and onions on it. And Mr. Burns has sausage, egg, and American cheese. Their menu is extensive, and there’s even a kids menu that includes a “Mini Mr ‘T’”.

Chicken and waffles -with a mimosa at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Chicken and waffles at Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey

1 North Main Street T., Greenville
Brunch Hours: Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Tupelo Honey’s scratch-made Southern food menus change with the season and by location, but you’ll always find an incredible variety of sweet and savory options. They’re famous for their fried chicken and buttermilk waffles, so you’ll likely always find those on the menu.

Restaurants That Serve Brunch Near Greenville

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The Bleu Porch

302 North Main Street, Greer 
Brunch Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Frequented by many locals, The Bleu Porch in downtown Greer is known for its quaint, cozy atmosphere and delightful menu. Their current brunch menu includes options such as Traditional Eggs Benedict, Yardbird and Eggs, Breakfast Cuban, and a few different salads. 


2 South Main Street, Travelers Rest 
Brunch Hours: 7 am – 3 pm
Tandem is another personal favorite of mine. Located in downtown Travelers Rest, this little restaurant is well-known for its sweet and savory crepes. The Lumberjack, Lemon Sugar, and Banana Nut are always good choices. And for those who prefer waffles, you can choose from a couple of different options. If there’s a long line when you arrive, it’s worth the wait.

Breakfast at Tandem Creperie

Which restaurant do you think offers the best brunch in Greenville, SC?

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Laugh Out Loud at Alchemy Comedy: Greenville, SC

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If you need a new date night idea or something one-of-a-kind for your next event, we’ve got the perfect idea for you. Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville, SC will make you laugh so hard your stomach hurts. Every show is different. Every show is hilarious. And every show will keep you on your toes. 

Alchemy Comedy Greenville SC

Overview of Alchemy Comedy

Located inside Coffee Underground in downtown Greenville, Alchemy Comedy Theater has been making people laugh since 2011. Weekly offerings include a combination of improv, stand up, and sketch comedy.

All shows are live and incredibly energetic and interactive, featuring different local performers each week. The atmosphere is also laid-back and casual—no stuffiness about it. Coffee Underground offers food, coffee, and alcoholic beverages on its menu for patrons to enjoy before, during, and after the show.

What Alchemy Comedy Offers

Alchemy Comedy Theater offers a variety of different shows, classes, and special events throughout the year. You can even hire them for your next event!

Comedy Shows: Improv, Stand-Up, and Sketches

Fans of shows like “Whose Line is it Anyway” and skits on the “Tonight Show” will love Alchemy’s improv shows. I have no idea how they come up with things so quickly that are so funny. They’re truly unique comedic experiences.

If you attend, you may even get the opportunity to participate in the fun on stage! It’s been said that the more shows you attend, the funnier everything gets. All upcoming improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy shows can be found on Alchemy Comedy’s calendar.

Improv Comedy Classes

The Alchemy Comedy Theater offers improv classes throughout the Greenville area. Each 6-week long class is held weekly from 6:30-9:00 pm. There are a variety of classes based on experience, but in order to reach the next level, you need to graduate from the previous class. The only graduation requirement is to attend at least 4 of the six classes.

However, there’s no comedy or theater experience needed in order to take Improv 101. Alchemy Comedy Students also get free admission to their shows while enrolled in a class! You can read more about their classes on Alchemy’s website.

Comedy Workshops and Shows at Your Next Event

You can also hire Alchemy Comedy for your next event! Whether it’s for business or personal fun, the theater offers group workshops, private shows, and even performances. These specialty workshops are great for businesses, students, and birthday parties. They even did a private show for TEDx Greenville. Read more details about hiring Alchemy Comedy

Special Events Throughout the Year

Alchemy Comedy Theater produces four major events throughout the year:

Attend an Alchemy Comedy Show

Thursday-Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm
Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Again, this would be perfect for your next date night!

Improv classes are offered throughout the year. You can view upcoming class details and register online on Alchemy Comedy’s classes page.

Alchemy Comedy Theater
1 E Coffee Street, Greenville (in Coffee Underground)

Have you ever been called up on the stage at Alchemy Comedy? Did you steal the show?

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Where to Buy School Uniforms That Fit Your Kid

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Searching for “school uniforms near me”? If you have a child attending a school that requires school uniforms, finding the best school uniforms can be frustrating and time-consuming. We’re always aiming to help you save time, so we’ve rounded up a list of places to find school uniforms, including a list of where to find school uniforms with specific features such as adjustable waists or uniforms for taller kids. 

We’re answering questions about school uniforms like:

  • Which school uniforms have adjustable waists?
  • Where can I buy sensory-friendly school uniforms?
  • What are the best school uniforms for tall kids?
  • What are the most comfortable school uniforms?
  • Where can I find school uniform deals?

Whether you need a black, blue, pink, or red shirt and navy or khaki bottoms, we’ve got you covered. Luckily, there are plenty of places in Greenville and Spartanburg where you can buy school uniforms. And, of course, you can always buy them online.

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