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Play Pickleball! What is it and where can you play? Answers here!

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Looking for a place to play pickleball in Greenville, Spartanburg, and the rest of the Upstate? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning about this widely loved sport. Regardless, we’ve got basic information for you on how to play the game as well as a list of places where you can play the game. And luckily, there are plenty of places to play pickleball in the Upstate.

This article includes:
What is Pickleball?
Where can I play pickleball in Greenville, SC?
Pickleball Courts in Spartanburg, SC
Play Pickleball in Anderson and Pickens


Where to Take Your Child to See Trains Near Greenville, SC

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Do you have a kid in Greenville, SC who loves trains? Wondering where you can watch trains near Greenville, SC? Or, maybe you’re looking for a train-themed playground or place to ride a train. We have all that and more! So, get aboard and check out our list of places to have fun with trains.

For more ideas on fun things to do see our list of Things to Do Outside in Greenville.

Trains in Greenville, SC

Summer Shakespeare: Love’s Labor’s Lost in Greenville, SC

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If you’re wanting to introduce your children and family to one of the greatest playwrights of all time, then Summer Shakespeare should be on your bucket list this year. All shows are family-friendly, and they even offer a free accessible preview for those families who have people with disabilities or special needs. With performances throughout June and July in Greenville, SC, you’re sure to have a good time appreciating the arts and laughing with your family this summer.

Summer Shakespeare

Make The Most of Your Time With These Weekend Things to Do In Spartanburg, SC

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One of the most often asked questions we get in our communities from people who are planning to visit the Upstate is “What Should We Do?” Lucky for them they found the best place to ask! We are kind of the experts when it comes to family-friendly fun in Greenville & Spartanburg! Kidding Around’s Shannon has compiled a list of things to do in Spartanburg with your family, and we think you’ll get to experience the best of Spartanburg, no matter what you decide to do during your weekend.

Are you thinking of moving to Spartanburg? Check out the reasons Why Our Readers LOVE Where They Live! and our Guide to Moving to Spartanburg, SC


Vacation Rentals Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a vacation home to rent near Greenville, SC or in the Upstate, South Carolina area? Whether you’re looking for a place to stay for a vacation in Downtown Greenville, or a vacation beside an Upstate mountain lake or river, or for a place to stay when attending a Clemson University game, we have some fabulous vacation homes to rent in our list. These rentals are great for family trips, couples getaways, or time spent with friends.

Through affiliate relationships, Kidding Around earns when you book through these links and codes.

This article includes:
Vacation Rentals Near Downtown Greenville, SC
Vacation Rentals in Greer, SC
Vacation Rentals in Travelers Rest, SC
Vacation Rentals on the Water Near Greenville, SC
Vacation Rentals Near Clemson University
Vacation Rentals in the Mountains Near Greenville, SC

Vacation Rental Homes Near Greenville, SC

10 Steakhouse Restaurants in Greenville, SC

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Craving dinner at a steakhouse in Greenville, SC? Or maybe you’re looking for a nice restaurant for a date night? Sometimes there’s nothing better than a juicy, perfectly cooked steak. Luckily, there are several great steakhouse restaurants in the Greenville area for you to check out.

Steakhouse Restaurants in Greenville, SC

Steakhouses in and Near Greenville, SC

When you’re next craving that delicious steak dinner, try one of these great steakhouse restaurants near Greenville, SC.

Chophouse ‘47

Chophouse ‘47, a New York-style steakhouse, has been in Greenville since 2001 and has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Best Restaurants in Greenville” by USA Today and was awarded the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” When you dine, you can enjoy USDA Grade Prime steaks and Live Maine Lobster.

36 Beacon Drive, Greenville


Located off Haywood Road, CityRange Steakhouse is a great choice for a special date night or a casual evening out. You can sit by the large stone fireplace or enjoy dinner out on the patio. The restaurant offers a good selection of cuts of beef including filet mignon, ribeye, and New York strip. You can also enjoy seafood and poultry options. 

615 Haywood Road, Greenville

774 Spartan Blvd, Spartanburg

City Range restaurant in Spartanburg, SC

Halls Chophouse

With its origins set in Charleston, Halls Chophouse fits right in with the other downtown Greenville restaurants. The two-story glass windows overlook the Reedy River, setting the scene for a perfect romantic dinner. Their steaks are hand-selected and hand-cut to exact portion specifications. Try their filet mignon, dry-aged steaks, New York Strip Steaks, Ribeye Steaks, and Porterhouse Steaks. The restaurant also offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

550 South Main Street, Greenville

Larkin’s on the River

Larkin’s on the River is now located in the heart of downtown Greenville in Camperdown Plaza. Known for their aged steaks, fresh fish, and award-winning wine collection, Larkin’s is a Greenville fine-dining staple. With impeccable service and a new modern interior, this is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or a date night.

318 South Main Street, Greenville

The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler Steakhouse has been in Greenville since 1969 and is known for their steaks, cozy atmosphere, and exceptional service. The 100-year-old stone building makes your dining experience unique. They bring their steaks to the table so you can select your cut and portion size. They also have several other grilled specialties, and all entrees include the “Peddler Salad Bar”. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy their large selection of wines.

2000 Poinsett Highway, Greenville

Rick Erwin’s Eastside

Rick Erwin’s Eastside is a local favorite for fine dining and boasts of a beautiful and inviting dining room. As part of the Rick Erwin’s Dining Group, the restaurant is known for its steaks and wine. All of their beef is from Meats by Linz in Chicago, including their nationally acclaimed Linz Heritage Angus. If you’re dining with someone who would rather enjoy a different entree, there are seafood and poultry options available.

8595 Pelham Road, Greenville

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille

As Rick Erwin’s original restaurant in his group of Upstate restaurants, Rick Erwin’s West End Grille is a mainstay among other Greenville restaurants. The fine dining restaurant in Greenville’s West End district is known for its dry-aged beef and seafood options. The atmosphere is a favorite among locals and tourists alike and offers a perfect choice for date night or another special occasion.

648 South Main Street, Greenville

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

While Ruth’s Chris is famous for their steaks, they also offer high-quality and fresh seafood and cook with local produce whenever possible. With award-winning wine selections and a variety of hand-crafted cocktail options, you’re sure to sip on the best pairings to go with your dinner selections. There are two locations in Greenville for your convenience: downtown Greenville and at the Crowne Plaza Hotel off I-385 and Roper Mountain Road.

Downtown Greenville Location:
250 Riverplace, Greenville
Roper Mountain Road & I-385 Location:
851 Congaree Road, Greenville

Saskatoon Lodge

Saskatoon is one of the most unique steakhouses on our list because the restaurant is known for its wild game like buffalo, elk, kangaroo, and antelope. The decor is a perfect replica of a Pacific Northwest hunting lodge. Tucked away in the woods on 9-acres of land, Saskatoon Lodge is a perfect choice for a night out with friends, a family night, or an event for two hundred people (they have an event space).

681 Halton Road, Greenville

Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill is located off Woodruff Road near Cabela’s. They’re known for their fresh ingredients, welcoming atmosphere, and hand-cut, aged steaks. Their steaks are wood-fired and have delicious, bold flavors. They also have fresh seafood and offer an array of specialty cocktails, select wines, and beer. Their pricing is modest ($28-32 for dinner), so if you’re looking for something a little more casual (dress code is ‘smart casual’), check out Firebirds.

1025 Woodruff Road, Greenville

What’s your favorite steakhouse in Greenville, SC?

Fully Furnished Rental Homes Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a fully furnished rental home near Greenville, SC? Maybe you are building a home in Greenville, SC and need a short-term rental until your house is complete. Or, maybe you’re considering moving to Greenville, but want to live here for the short-term until you make a new home decision. Regardless of your situation, we know it can be difficult and time-consuming to find short-term rental homes that come fully furnished. So we’ve compiled a list of homes for you to consider.

When you book through these links, use the code KAG22 for an additional 10% off the already reduced rental fees by booking directly with StayGVL. You cannot use the code for stays longer than 28 days, instead, mention Kidding Around when you book your longer stay and you’ll still get a discount!


Modern Jungalow Rental Close to Downtown Greenville, SC is Perfect for Large Families

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Looking for a place for your large family to stay when you’re visiting Greenville, SC? Or maybe you’re looking for a place that has enough beds for several of your friends for a wedding? This modern jungalow home rental close to downtown Greenville could be the one you’re looking for. 

We have all the details you need about this rental home below, plus links to other Greenville, SC accommodations for families, friends, and couples.

When you book through these links, use the code KAG22 for an additional 10% off the already reduced rental fees by booking directly with StayGVL.

Modern Jungalow Rental Close to Downtown Greenville, SC


Lake Hartwell, SC Vacation Home Rental Near Clemson

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Heading to a Clemson game and need a place for you and your friends to stay? Or maybe you’re looking for a little Lake Hartwell getaway? Whether you’re looking to get away with your family, friends, or for a couple’s retreat, this duplex close to Lake Hartwell might be perfect for you.

When you book through these links, use the code KAG22 for an additional 10% off the already reduced rental fees by booking directly with StayGVL.

Lake Hartwell, SC Home Rental


Education in the Upstate: Schools, Field Trips and Things to Do

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Are you looking for information on education in Greenville, SC, or across the Upstate? There’s so much information available that we wanted to provide you with one place to access it all. Below you’ll find information on public schools in Greenville and Spartanburg, homeschool information, private schools in the area, ideas for field trips and educational things to do as a family, preschool information, and a list of afterschool care facilities.

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