Thinking about getting that kite out? The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, breezes are blowing, and the children are begging to get back outside. It’s finally springtime in Greenville and conditions are becoming ideal for long weekends at beautiful parks, backyard cookouts and most importantly: flying kites! Read about the best places in Greenville to fly a kite below.
For even more ideas of how to have fun outside in Greenville be sure to see our list of things to do outside in Greenville!
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The Best Places to Fly a Kite in Greenville
When I think about flying a kite I think of wide open spaces- big fields with plenty of room to run! Two main parks come to mind when planning a day of kite flying: Poinsett Park and Legacy Park.
Located just off Poinsett Highway, Poinsett Park could easily be added to our list of those hidden gems around Greenville. Lots of established trees for shade, plenty of picnic tables, a rippling creek along the side, and a BIG open field make this my top choice for flying a kite!
Legacy Park is a Greenville City park that was created and inspired from New York’s famous Central Park. If you’ve ever been to Legacy, you know this a space you could spend all day exploring. I love the description on the city website that says Legacy has “rolling greens”…just perfect for kite flying!
More than just a water park, also visit the Southside park outside Discovery Island Water Park, the large grassy spaces are definitely kite friendly and have awesome playgrounds.
Several other places to fly kites were suggested by our readers:
Reader Lindy suggested Pittman Park: “Daddy managed to get our kite in the air at Pittman Park the other day! Those soccer fields are great for running distance on not-so-windy days!”
Herdklotz Park has several soccer fields that provide great space for kite flying. The playground is also one of our top playgrounds in the Upstate making it a perfect place to fly kites, eat a picnic, and play.
A couple of readers mentioned, Runway Park beside Downtown Airport. We checked with the management of Runway Park to be sure that kite flying was safe due to the park’s close proximity to a working airport. The park management told us that kite flying does present a danger to the planes at Downtown Airport and as a result kite-flying is prohibited at Runway Park. That’s a good thing to know!
Annual Kite Festival
Each year, Spartanburg hosts an annual kite festival where the community can watch professional kite flyers as well as fly their own kites. If you don’t own a kite, don’t worry — you can purchase a kite at Spartanburg Soaring (or just enjoy the show). See our article about Spartanburg Soaring.
Fun Kites to Purchase
How to Create a Kite
Purchase a kite kit or create your own and you’ll be singing along Mary Poppins style to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!” in no time. Check out our Kite Flying Pinterest board for more ideas from DIY kites, kite snacks, and kite-inspired crafts!
Or you can find any number of interesting and beautiful kites online that are ready to go.
Great Books about Kites
Visit the Greenville Library to find one of these great picture books about kites.
Kite Flying by Grace Lin
Curious George Flies a Kite by H.A. Rey
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Where is your favorite place to fly a kite?