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Buy a Summer Pool Membership In Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for a pool membership in Spartanburg, SC where you can buy a summer membership for your family this year? Even if you do not have a pool in your backyard or neighborhood, several community pool memberships are available for Spartanburg families. Check out the list below of neighborhood pools offering memberships in Spartanburg.

Pools require time and maintenance in order to enjoy them. What if there was a way to enjoy a pool without all the testing chlorine, skimming leaves, and other work that comes along with pool access? There are several pool membership options in Spartanburg, SC that can have you floating in a lounger in no time, without any work involved!

Get a Pool Membership at These Pools in Spartanburg, SC


Camping in Greenville, SC: 12+ Campgrounds that Are Perfect for Kids

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Want to go camping near Greenville, SC with kids? When it comes to hitting the Great Outdoors with your kiddos for an unforgettable camping adventure, there are lots of wonderful options for you to consider! Our area abounds with family-friendly campgrounds from the primitive to the RV type. Travel a little further for more wilderness or sandy beaches. Read on to learn more about some of our readers’ favorite spots!

For even more outdoor adventure ideas see our page: Things to Do Outside

Camping in Greenville, SC

20+ Adorable Farms & Petting Zoos: Pet & Play With Animals

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Think a fun day would be an adventure with your family to a farm or petting zoo near you? It’s hard to resist a photo of your child petting or interacting with a cute animal at a farm or petting zoo.

I know what you are thinking, “are there any petting zoos near me?”

Yes! There are quite a few! We’ve pulled together a huge list of petting zoos and farms where you can interact with animals. These farms and petting zoos are located near Greenville, SC, in Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia, as well as in Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC. So wherever you are, find a petting zoo near you, or a farm that makes a great day trip.

Petting zoos and farms in Greenville, SC

Our list includes places open year-round places to pet animals, plus seasonal farms, and mobile and event-based petting zoos. We have tried to make sure these are places that treat their animals kindly and with respect as well. If we missed any, let us know in the comments.

Is There a Petting Zoo Near Me?

Yes, there probably is a petting zoo on this list near you! Use the links below to navigate this list by location.

View Petting Zoos and Farms by Location:
Petting Zoo: Greenville, SC
Petting Zoo: Western North Carolina
Petting Zoo: Columbia, SC
Petting Zoo: Charlotte, NC
Petting Zoo: Northern Georgia
Seasonal Petting Zoos in the Carolinas
Mobile Petting Zoos Serving Upstate, SC


12 U-Pick Flower Farms Near Greenville, SC

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Are you hoping to do a little flower picking at a pick-your-own flower farm? Spring has sprung with rows and rows of beautiful blooms at flower farms near Greenville, SC, and in Western North Carolina. These are the U-Pick flower farms that will welcome you and your kids to a feast of color, and an opportunity to pick your own gorgeous blooms.

UPick flower farms near Greenville, SC

Never Ending Flower Farm: A HUGE variety of U-Pick flowers

152 Tom Harris Trail, Barnardsville NC
Season: spring, summer and early fall

Open for the season beginning in May 2023, Never Ending Flower Farm offers a wide variety of flowers for picking from May through September. You can see the full list on the Never Ending Flower Farm website, but in May look for varieties like poppies, snapdragons, and yarrow. As summer progresses you’ll find varieties like marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, dahlias, and more.

Never Ending Flower Farm Website

Sassafras Flower Farm: Evening U-Pick flower events like no other

255 Alex Drive, Easley, SC
Season: All summer

Open one Thursday evening a month for public U-Pick, the event also includes food trucks and live music. Tickets for the 3-hour event are $18, and the first of the season is May 18, 2023. Purchase your tickets to Sassafras Flower Farm Public Upick online.

Sassafras Flower Farm also hosts relaxed open field and farm stand days, children’s events, flower-arranging workshops, and more. Here are all the Sassafras Flower Farm Events.

Sassafras Flower Farm Website

Ten Acre Garden: U-Pick flowers and more

158 Chambers Farm Ln Canton, NC
Season: All summer

Ten Acre Farm offers U-Pick flowers, as well as a vegetable CSA, fall events, and more. Follow them on Facebook for flower availability and upcoming events.

The Ten Acre Garden Facebook Page

Harvest Moon: A unique flower CSA

145 Chapman Grove Road, Pelzer, SC

Not a U-Pick farm, but this farm has a flower CSA! You can join the flower CSA and keep fresh flower bouquets decorating your home all season long. A 10-week share starts at $265.

Harvest Moon CSA Subscriptions

Jeter Mountain Farm: U-Pick summer blooms

1126 Jeter Mountain Road, Hendersonville, NC
Season: Late summer

In addition to apples, of course, Jeter Mountain Farm also offers UPick zinnias and sunflowers in early August. So, you can pick your flowers, get apples, and enjoy a coffee on the farm, in one fabulous day trip. Don’t miss their fun (free) indoor play area!

Jeter Mountain Farm Harvest schedule

Sunflowers at Beechwood Farms
Beechwood Farms Sunflowers

Beechwood Farms Sunflowers

204 Bates Bridge Road, Marietta, SC
Season: Late summer

Beechwood Farms is known for strawberry picking, but they also offer U-Pick sunflowers in late July/early August. Follow their Facebook page to know when flower-picking season has arrived.

Beachwood Farms Facebook page

Elf Leaf Farm: U-Pick lavender and products

141 North Campbell Road, Landrum, SC
Season: Typically June

The U-pick lavender season at Elf Leaf Farm is quite short, so be sure you watch their website and Facebook pages for up-to-date information. In addition to UPick lavender, the farm also offers a large variety of lavender products like soaps, teas, baked treats, and more.

Elf Leaf Farm

Twin Creeks Lavender: Pick your own lavender

4638 Midway Road, Williamston, SC
Season: late May through early July

Twin Creeks Lavender Farm expects to open 2023 for U-pick lavender on May 26th, 2023. They’ll be open 9 am to 2 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the season. Tickets are available in advance and cost $5 (under age 6 and over 65 are free). While at the farm you can enjoy the fields, picnic, and browse items in the barn shop. Cut your own lavender bundles will be measured and banded at checkout and prices $5-$15.

Twin Creeks Lavender Farm

Denver Downs sunflowers
Denver Downs Sunflower

Denver Downs Sunflower Festival

1515 Denver Road, Anderson, SC
Season: June 24-25, July 1-2, and July 8-9, 2023

In addition to the huge amount of fall fun Denver Downs offers guests with its corn maze, slides, kids’ activities, jumping pillow, and more, they also offer u-pick sunflowers as part of their South Carolina Sunflower Festival in late June and early July. Tickets range from $15 to $31 and are the cheapest when purchased online.

Denver Downs Sunflower Festival

Nix Pumpkin Patch: Dahlias and Zinnias in fall

3726 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC
Season: Fall

Check Nix Pumpkin Patch for U-Pick flowers in the fall along with their wonderful pumpkin patch. In 2022 they offered colorful zinnias and dahlias for $1 per stem.
Here’s our Kidding Around Review of Nix Pumpkin Patch.

tulips thompson family farm
Thompson Family Farms

Thompson Family Farms: Tulips and Sunflower picking

328 Arledge Rd Landrum, SC
Season: Early spring for tulips, later for sunflowers

Thompson Family Farms offers cut-your-own tulips in early spring. They have sold out of tulips for the 2023 season, but will open later in the summer with u-pick sunflowers! Follow the Thompson Family Farms Facebook page for updates.

Here’s our review of Thompson Family Farms.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: Tulips ready for picking

170 Stepp Orchard Drive Hendersonville, NC
Season: Early spring- tulips

Stepp’s Hillscrest Orchard is open in March for u-pick tulips. The tulips cost $2 per stem. They’ll be open, Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th from 1:00-5:00 pm, after that you’ll want to check the Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard Facebook page for tulip picking availability.

10 Upstate Hikes that Are Perfect for Teens

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Are you looking for fun or adventurous hiking for teens in Greenville, SC? Here’s our list of great hikes for teens in or near Upstate, SC! Some are challenging and some a bit more relaxed, perfect for a day with friends or family. Plus, there are plenty of trails with gorgeous views that are perfect for the ‘gram. For even more hiking ideas see our list of our favorite local hiking trails.

hiking teens greenville, sc

There are so many great hiking trails in the Upstate or nearby, it’s truly hard to choose where to go. Luckily, the weather here can lend itself to hiking all year round for the most part, which means lots of weekends to take the teens out on adventures.


15 Beautiful Gardens You Should Explore Near Greenville, SC

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Does your family love to visit botanical gardens in Greenville, SC, or are you looking for an opportunity to introduce your child to the wonders of a magical garden? There are several beautiful gardens in Greenville. Peruse our list and find the perfect botanical garden in Greenville to visit on a sunny afternoon.

Gardens near Greenville, SC

Three Parks in Boiling Springs Your Kids Will Love

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Do you live in Boiling Springs or travel there often? If so, there are three great parks in Boiling Springs you are going to love. Read below to find out which of these Boiling Springs parks is the right one for your family to visit today.


Explore This 110 Year-Old Covered Bridge: Campbell’s Covered Bridge

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Have you been thinking about checking out Campbell’s Covered Bridge? This bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. At this Greenville County property, you can explore the bridge, enjoy a picnic by the creek and even get in a short hike.

The area of the park near the bridge is currently undergoing renovation and restoration. Access to that portion of the park may be limited.


The Best Places to Fly a Kite in Greenville, SC

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Thinking about getting that kite out and wondering “what are the best places for kite flying near me?” 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: kite flying!

Read about the best places in Greenville to fly a kite below.