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.
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.
Watch The Trains Inbound From Charleston: Head to the Inland Port and see how cargo is moved across the country.
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
These facilities and venues in Greenville are wonderful places for families to learn together.
- The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
- The Greenville Zoo
- The Upcountry History Museum
- Roper Mountain Science Center
- Greenville Museum of Art
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.
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.
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
Visit Anne Springs Close Greenway for nature and historical hikes, plus events, water sports, creek stomping and more.
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.
Educational Events Near Greenville, SC
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
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
Did we miss a fabulous educational experience near Greenville? Let us know in the comments!