Explore and Enjoy Some Family Fun: South Carolina Day Trips

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Looking for a South Carolina day trip? While we love Kidding Around Greenville, we also love kidding around other areas of South Carolina. If you are looking for some South Carolina day trips that are perfect for families, we have you covered! Check out our list of nearby family-friendly destinations for your next day trip.

As awesome as Greenville is (yay, Greenville!), sometimes we want to take our family to a new experience in a different place. Personally, I hate packing for overnight trips, so day trips are a perfect compromise.

After polling Kidding Around Greenville’s Facebook followers and questioning a few long-time natives, we have compiled a list of the most recommended day trip locations, all within easy driving distance of Greenville.

Are you looking for more day-trip ideas? See also:

Please check original sources for the most current information on prices and times.

Bears at Riverbanks Zoo
River Banks Zoo

Day Trip Ideas in Columbia, SC

Eudora Farms

See our review of Eudora Farms, a drive-thru animal safari.
Check Eudora Farms Facebook for daily updates

Hours:
10 am – 5 pm daily, but check Facebook for updates as hours change depending on the size of the line to get into the park, weather, and other factors.

Admission:
$36 per car (up to 6 people), $5 for a bucket of animal food, $5 per extra passenger

219 Salem Lane, Salley SC |  803.606.6325
Check Eudora Farms Facebook for daily updates

Riverbanks Zoo

River Banks Zoo Website
Kidding Around Review of Riverbanks Zoo

Hours:
9 am – 5 pm daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas

Admission:
Adults (13 and up): $21.99 + tax
Children (2–12): $18.99 + tax
Under 2: Free

Note: Riverbanks Zoo is not currently accepting reciprocal memberships.

EdVenture Children’s Museum

EdVenture Website
Kidding Around Review of EdVenture

Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Admission:
Children and Adults: $11.95
Under 2: Free
Members: Free

State Capitol

Hours:
Guided and self-guided tours of the State House are available Monday – Friday

Admission:
Free

South Carolina State Museum

Hours:
Tuesday– Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12- 5 pm

Admission:
Adults (13 and up): $8.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Under 2: Free
(Blockbuster exhibits incur additional charge)

Day Trip Ideas in Anderson, SC

Diamond Hill Mine

Diamond Hill Mine Website

Hours:
Sign in is 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, guests may dig until dark
Open 365 days a year

Admission:
Adults: $20
Teens: $10
Children: $5
6 and under: Free

More Places to Mine Gems in the Upstate

High Falls Park

Day Trip Ideas in Seneca, SC

High Falls Park

See our review of High Falls Park. Swim, play on the beach, climb on the playground, boat on the lake or enjoy a picnic.

Hours: 7 am – 10 pm

Admission: $2 per car

671 High Falls Road, Seneca, SC

World of Energy

Duke World of Energy Website
Kidding Around Review of Duke World of Energy

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Call in advance to verify hours

Admission:
Free

South Cove County Park

South Cove County Park

Read Kidding Around’s Review of South Cove County Park. Hang out on the beach area, swim, shoot some hoops, enjoy the playground or a picnic, and a lot more at South Cove County Park.

Hours: 7 am – 10 pm

Admission: $2 per car

Day Trip Ideas in Clemson, SC

SC Botanical Garden

SC Botanical Garden Website
Kidding Around Review of SC Botanical Garden

Hours:
Sunday – Saturday: dawn to dusk

Admission:
Free

SC Botanical Garden flowers
SC Botanical Garden

Sunset, SC

Sassafras Mountain

Visit the observation tower at Sassafras Mountain. This is the highest point in South Carolina, and you can get there for fabulous views without any hiking.

Admission: Free

1391 F Van Clayton Memorial Hwy, Sunset, SC 29685

South Carolina State Parks

Find all of our reviews of nearby State Parks in our Guide to South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate.

Devil’s Fork State Park/Lake Jocassee

Devil’s Fork State Park Website
Lake Jocassee Website

Hours:
Late spring to mid-fall: 7 am-9 pm, daily
Late fall to mid-spring: 7 am-6 pm, daily

Admission:
Adults: $8
Children: $4
5 and under: Free.

Lake Jocassee
Lake Jocassee

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock Website

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 7 am-7 pm
Friday-Saturday 7 am-9 pm
During Daylight Saving Time: Sunday-Thursday 7 am-9 pm; Friday-Saturday 7 am-10 pm

Admission:
Adults: $6
Children (6-15): $3.50
5 and under: Free

Keowee-Toxaway State Park/Lake Keowee

Keowee Toxaway Website

Hours:
Saturday-Thursday 9 am-6 pm, Friday 9 am-8 pm
During Daylight Savings Time: 9 am-9 pm, daily

Admission:
Free

Lake Hartwell State Park

Lake Hartwell State Park Website

Hours:
Sun up to sun down, daily

Admission:
Adults: $3
Children (6-15): $1
5 and under: Free

Caesar’s Head State Park/Raven Cliff Falls

Caesars Head Website

Hours:
9 am- 6 pm, daily
during Daylight Saving Time: 9 am-9 pm, daily
Trails close one hour before dark, year-round

Admission:
Adults: $3
Children (6-15): $1
5 and under: Free

Super Lists of Upstate, SC Fun

You can turn almost anything into a day trip. Here’s a few lists with many places to do some of our most favorite things, like creek stomp, kayak, learn some history, and more!

Places to Creek Stomp Near Greenville, SC
Places to Go Tubing Near Upstate, SC
Places to Kayak in Upstate, SC
Historic Textile Mill Sites to Visit in Greenville

What is your family’s favorite day trip in South Carolina?

Katherine
About the Author
Katherine is a mom of two, local music teacher, and fresh bread enthusiast. You can usually find her reading with her kids, cooking, or playing games with her husband. She also strives after the elusive Clean House, but is frequently thwarted by small minions.

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andrea greene
7 years ago

Where is this picture of the train taken? I would love to take my 3yr old son there he loves trains.

Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  andrea greene

That is at the SC Botanical Gardens in Clemson. It’s a beautiful place and also has a children’s garden with a miniature Peter Rabbit house and garden.

Diane
7 years ago

How about Landrum, Woodruff, Abbeville and other small little towns?

Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  Diane

Do you have any suggestions of events in those areas? Sometimes it’s hard to get accurate information for smaller more rural area, but if you can tip us off to something we will add it!

6 years ago

I’m the Community/Economic Development Director for the City of Woodruff. We have great community festivals and events as well as a brand new community park with a splash pad and a greenway trail. We are also growing in businesses and other activities. I’d be happy to share details with you. We also post everything on our Facebook page (CityofWoodruff) and website (CityofWoodruff.com).

Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  Alyson Leslie

Just sent you an email Alyson.

stephanie
7 years ago

Walnut grove plantation in spartanburg, cowpens battle field, historic brattonsville