Learn Something Together! Check Out These Educational Adventures in Greenville, SC

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Where can you bring the kids for an educational adventure close to home in Upstate, SC? There are so many places! From historical mill sites to battlefield hikes, nature observation, and science discoveries Greenville offers so many opportunities to get out of the books and out for a family learning adventure! Even better, many of these adventures are free or very low cost. So get out your calendar and plan some educational experiences with your kids!

Looking for more things to do in the Greenville, SC area? Start with our huge guide to things to do near Upstate, SC, and Greenville, SC.

Pelham Mill

Educational Sites and Things to Do In Greenville That You Don’t Want to Miss

See Hundreds of Raptors in the Air at Caesars Head: In the fall Caesars Head State Park is the place to be to see hundred of raptors as they migrate.

Exploring Flight: Downtown Greenville Airport Park: Watch airplanes take off and learn about the amazing science behind flight.

Butterflies at the Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Garden: Enjoy a morning at the butterfly garden at Roper Mountain Science Center. Learn about the butterfly life cycle. Take some photos, count the butterflies, sort them, make a chart or some artwork!

Historical Textile Mill Sites You Can Visit: Visit these textile sites to learn about the Upstate’s unique local history of textiles mills.

Hagood Mill
Hagood Mill Historic Site

Watch The Trains Inbound From Charleston: Head to the Inland Port and see how cargo is moved across the country.

Explore Space! Inspire your future astronaut or engineer. Find a dark spot of the sky to hunt for the International Space Station or the Space X Satellite Train.

Birdwatch at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve: See how many different kinds of birds you can spot along the trails of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve.

Educational Venues in Greenville

Viewing the goats at Greenville Zoo
Greenville Zoo

These facilities and venues in Greenville are wonderful places for families to learn together.

Educational Sites and Things to Do Outside of Greenville

Day Trips to See Dinosaurs! Check out dinosaurs at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville or plan a trip to one of these fabulous places to see dinos in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Hagood Mill Is A Free Historial Site In Pickens County: Check out an old grist mill, cotton gin, moonshine distillery, petroglyph site, and more at Hagood Mill.

Visit Stumphouse Tunnel for a look at a pre-Civil War tunnel intended to link Charleston, SC with cities in the Midwest by train.

Stumphouse Tunnel sign
Stumphouse Tunnel entrance

Learn about alpaca at Lucky Acres Farm.

SC Botanical Gardens: Check out a huge variety of plants, nature trails, and more at the 300 acres SC Botanical Garden. You’ll also find the Campbell Geology Museum on site. Admission is free to both the garden and the geology museum.

Battlefield Sites Near Upstate, SC

There are several battlefield sites near Greenville for you to explore.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site: Learn about the Revolutionary War battle at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site.

Musgrove Mill
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Kings Mountain State Park: Hike through a Revolutionary War battlefield and living history farm.

Cowpens National Battlefield: Another Revolutionary War battle occurred nearby in Gaffney.

Bonus: If you like battlefield hikes and tours, take a day trip to Greensboro, NC to see where the Battle of Guilford Courthouse occurred. You can drive through the large battlefield and learn via signage at each stop. It was one of my family’s favorite Revolutionary War sites.

Nearby North Carolina Educational Adventures

The Schiele Museum of Natural History offers guests a look at prehistoric creatures and living. There is a lot to see and do in Gastonia, NC where the museum is located.

Visit Anne Springs Close Greenway for nature and historical hikes, plus events, water sports, creek stomping and more.

Anne Springs

Western North Carolina Nature Center– Check out animals native to Western North Carolina at the WNC Nature Center.

Carolina Raptor Center– See all kinds of hawks, Eagles, owls and more at the Carolina Raptor Center.

Carl Sandburg Home: The home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg. Connemara is located in nearby Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Educational Events Near Greenville, SC

october 2022

sat01oct10:00 am10:30 amChildren's Story Time10:00 am - 10:30 am Barnes and NoblePrice::Free admission

sat01oct10:00 am5:00 pm30th Annual Festifall at Walnut Grove Plantation10:00 am - 5:00 pm Walnut Grove PlantationPrice::Adults $15 at gate; Children $10 at gate (presale pricing available)

sat01oct1:00 pm4:00 pmHomeschool Family Event at FTG Studios1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Location Details In Event DescriptionPrice::Free event

sun02oct10:00 am4:00 pm30th Annual Festifall at Walnut Grove Plantation10:00 am - 4:00 pm Walnut Grove PlantationPrice::Adults $15 at gate; Children $10 at gate (presale pricing available)

sun02oct12:00 pm6:00 pmHispanic Heritage Festival12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Fluor Field at The West End Event Organized By: AHAM: Asociacion Hispano-Americana de Mujeres Price::$5 ; 12 and under do not need a ticket

sun02oct1:00 pm4:00 pmHomeschool Family Event at FTG Studios1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Location Details In Event DescriptionPrice::Free event

tue04oct11:00 am11:30 amToddler Tales11:00 am - 11:30 am Simpsonville (Hendricks) BranchPrice::Free event

tue04oct3:30 pm4:15 pmCrafternoon: Monsters3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Fountain Inn (Kerry Ann Younts Culp) LibraryPrice::Free event

tue04oct3:30 pm4:30 pmCampfire Coloring3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

wed05oct10:30 am11:30 amScience Station: Wind10:30 am - 11:30 am Greer (Jean M. Smith) LibraryPrice::Free event

thu06oct5:30 pmNeighborhood Night5:30 pm Upcountry History MuseumPrice::Free

fri07oct11:00 am7:00 pm242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain11:00 am - 7:00 pm Kings Mountain National Military ParkPrice::Free; Reservations required to participate in lantern walks.

fri07oct4:30 pm5:30 pmStarry Nights: Magic Tree House Space Mission4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Roper Mountain Science CenterPrice::Adults: $6 | Children: $5 | Members: Free

sat08oct10:00 am10:30 amChildren's Story Time10:00 am - 10:30 am Barnes and NoblePrice::Free admission

sat08oct10:00 am1:00 pmFeaturedU.DayBob Jones University10:00 am - 1:00 pm Bob Jones UniversityPrice::FREE

sat08oct10:00 am4:00 pmAnniversary Encampment10:00 am - 4:00 pm Kings Mountain National Military ParkPrice::Free event

sat08oct10:30 am11:30 amSaturday Toddler Time10:30 am - 11:30 am Upcountry History MuseumPrice::Free for children ages 3 and under. General admission for all other guests.

sat08oct10:45 am12:00 pmStorytime & Book Signing Event10:45 am - 12:00 pm Happy Kids PlayhousePrice::Event is free/admission to inflatable area is a separate charge

sat08oct2:00 pm4:00 pmSalsa Masterclass2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dance Without LimitsPrice::$25 per student

sun09oct10:00 am3:00 pmAnniversary Encampment10:00 am - 3:00 pm Kings Mountain National Military ParkPrice::Free event

wed12oct10:00 am11:15 amExplore the World: National Parks10:00 am - 11:15 am Greer (Jean M. Smith) LibraryPrice::Free event

fri14oct10:30 am11:15 amStay and Play10:30 am - 11:15 am Taylors (Burdette) LibraryPrice::Free event

fri14oct4:30 pm5:30 pmStarry Nights: Magic Tree House Space Mission4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Roper Mountain Science CenterPrice::Adults: $6 | Children: $5 | Members: Free

sat15oct(oct 15)9:00 amsun16(oct 16)8:00 pmFarm Where You Live Harvest Celebration9:00 am - 8:00 pm (16) Barefoot AcresPrice::$10 - $50 per person | Free: 10 and under

sat15oct10:00 am10:30 amLollipops Concert: Tito Puente, Mambo King/ Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo10:00 am - 10:30 am Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

sat15oct11:00 amSpartanburg International Festival11:00 am Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Event Organized By: City of Spartanburg Price::Free entry; tickets purchasable for food and drink

sat15oct11:30 am12:00 pmLollipops Concert: Tito Puente, Mambo King/ Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo11:30 am - 12:00 pm Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

sat15oct11:30 am12:30 pmSpooky Spectacular11:30 am - 12:30 pm Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

sat15oct12:00 pm4:30 pmJocassee Wild Child Special Event!12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Lake Jocassee - Devils Fork State Park Event Organized By: Jocassee Wild Child Price::FREE event; $10 to participate in boat adventure

mon17oct10:00 am10:30 amFirefighters & Fire Trucks10:00 am - 10:30 am Five Forks LibraryPrice::Free event

tue18oct9:30 am11:00 amSCCT's Tell-Me-A-Story: Creepy Carrots9:30 am - 11:00 am South Carolina Children's TheatrePrice::FREE event

wed19oct10:00 am10:45 amPreschool Picassos10:00 am - 10:45 am Greer (Jean M. Smith) LibraryPrice::Free event

wed19oct3:30 pm4:30 pmCandy Science3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Pelham Road (F. W. Symmes) LibraryPrice::Free event

fri21oct10:00 am10:30 amFirefighter & Fire Trucks10:00 am - 10:30 am Taylors (Burdette) LibraryPrice::Free event

fri21oct1:30 pm3:00 pmHomeschool Day - The Salvation Army1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Upcountry History MuseumPrice::UHM Members - $5 per student | All other guests is $9 per student and $10 per adult

sat22oct10:00 am2:00 amiMAGINE Lakelands STEAM Festival10:00 am - 2:00 am The Arts Center of Greenwood Event Organized By: Upstate SC STEM Collaborative Price::FREE event

tue25oct10:00 am10:30 amSpooktacular Stories10:00 am - 10:30 am Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

thu27oct10:00 am10:30 amBouncing Babies Boo Bash10:00 am - 10:30 am Pelham Road (F. W. Symmes) LibraryPrice::Free event

thu27oct11:00 am11:30 amBouncing Babies Boo Bash11:00 am - 11:30 am Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

fri28oct10:00 am10:30 amSpooktacular Stories10:00 am - 10:30 am Taylors (Burdette) LibraryPrice::Free event

sun30oct2:30 pm3:30 pmGreenville Concert Band: Fall Concert: A Creepy, Crawly Halloween!2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hughes Main LibraryPrice::Free event

mon31oct10:00 am10:30 amSpooktacular Stories10:00 am - 10:30 am Five Forks LibraryPrice::Free event

november 2022

tue08nov5:30 pm8:30 pmUHM Low-Sensory Nights5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Upcountry History MuseumPrice::$10 per adult | $8 per child

Did we miss a fabulous educational experience near Greenville? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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