30+ Free (or Cheap) Things to Do this Summer near Greenville, SC

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Isn’t summer break great? It’s a great time to pull out the sprinkler, blow bubbles, and send the kids outside to play. But, what do you do when you’ve already exhausted your go-to summer fun list and perhaps your budget at the same time? Fortunately, in Greenville we have tons of options for families looking for cheap fun. In fact, here is our list of 30+ Free (or Cheap) Things to Do This Summer.

Bob Campbell Geology Museum

P.S. Our definition of “cheap” is approximately $5 or less per person. For fun activities that cost more but are still fun, see our calendar.

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The Top 5 Free Things to Do in Greenville This Summer

Your kids can bowl free all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free program.

Splash in a waterfall pool or swimming hole. Here’s a list of natural swimming places near Greenville.

Play at the new Unity Park playground and splash pad.

Go Park Hopping and win prizes! Upstate, SC Park Hop

See a Free Outdoor Movie, there are so many in the Upstate!

Unity Park

Free Scavenger Hunt Fun in Greenville

Work as a family to complete some scavenger hunts this summer! Explore downtown areas using clues to help you find mini sculptures of mice or toads. Or, see if you can complete this summer’s park hop!

Hike and Bike, Explore Greenville’s Outdoors

Splish Splash Your Way Through Summer

Brown park sign with text "What will your adventure be today?"

Keep Learning all Summer in Greenville

Kids reading information about the battle at Kings Mountain

Free and Inexpensive Dates in Greenville

Farmers Market in Travelers Rest
Travelers Rest Farmers Market

Free Day Trips from Upstate, SC

We know day trips aren’t exactly free when you factor in gas and maybe food. But these destinations all have super fun free things to do and will make at least a very cheap day-trip adventure for your family!

Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, part of the University of Georgia, is totally free to visit. We love the hidden playgrounds, trails, and beautiful grounds. It’s worth a day trip! Plus, find more to do in the area in our Guide to Athens, GA.

Childrens garden at the botanical gardens in Athens, GA

Free things to do in Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville, NC may have some of the coolest free things to do, and the most variety we’ve ever seen. You can visit museums for history, geology, airplanes, and model trains totally free. Visit the coolest obstacle course playground for free or learn something new on a hike in an educational forest. Play a round of mini-golf for just $3, or learn about ocean life and reptiles for just a couple of dollars per person. Check out all the free and very cheap things to do in Hendersonville, NC.

Fun and Free Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC

Free and Cheap Things to Do in Columbia, SC

The South Carolina State Capital has lots of free and very cheap things to do for families. We are seriously impressed with the number of free splash pads and pools in the area, and low-cost lake access for swimming. Plus you can rent a kayak for just $5 at Sesqui State Park, and they have a gorgeous splash pad. If you’re looking to learn something new, you can tour the statehouse for free, or go on a public art tour. How can you go wrong? Here’s our list of Free and Cheap Things to Do in Columbia.

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Danae B
4 years ago

You should add the Cat Cafe