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Top 5 Field Trips: Greenville, SC ( KABOOM Awards Winners)

Where can you find a fun and educational field trip in Greenville, SC for students? We have a huge field trip guide. But, if you’re looking for a quick list of the best field trips, you’ve found it. Our Kidding Around readers voted for their favorite places to take a field trip in the area as part of our annual KABOOM Awards contest.

These winners are some of the most fun and educational places for a field trip near Greenville, SC.

Best Field Trips in Greenville, SC

2024 KABOOM Awards Winners

KABOOM Awards Guide

The Top 5 Places for Field Trips: Greenville, SC

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center


Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Best Summer Camp: First Place
Best After School Program: First Place
Best Preschool: Finalist
Best Field Trip: Finalist

At Giggles Drop-In Childcare we think of you and your kids as our extended family! We are so grateful that the Kaboom readers have voted us not only the BEST summer camp in the upstate but also the BEST afterschool program, as well as a finalist in the preschool and field trip categories.

Why is our summer camp the best?? A couple of reasons:
1. Did you know that our summer camp goes on a really fun field trip EVERY DAY?!! Places like Shipwreck Cove, Kangaroo Jax, skating, and more. The kids at our camp have a blast!
2. EVERYTHING is included!! Snacks, lunch, ALL activities and we even wash your kid’s camp shirt daily and fill their water bottles.

Why is our after-school program the best?? We have low ratios!! We have a ratio of 1:14 max which gives kids the personal care that they need with daily homework help, snack, and fun activities. Kids have a great time making friends and relaxing after the school day is done.

Why is our preschool awesome?? Our preschool provides flexibility with an awesome play-based curriculum. Kids learn while having fun too and we can adapt to your changing schedule.

Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: First Place
Best Family Membership: First Place
Best Outdoor Fun: First Place
Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Outdoor Playground: First Place

Roper Mountain is the place to bring your families for a hands-on and engaging experience whether it’s during the school year for field trips or during the summer for Summer Adventure and Summer Camps. Just ask other families in the area about their experiences and you’ll see why Roper Mountain continues to be a “must-see” experience in the upstate and beyond.

The beautiful 62-acre campus contains an array of state-of-the-art educational facilities including a Planetarium and Observatory, Marine and Ecology labs, a Rainforest, a Living History Farm, Dinosaur Adventure  trail and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.

Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Afternoon Explorations, Summer Adventure, Laser Days of Summer, Summer Exploration Camps, and seasonal holiday laser shows. Regardless of age, you’ll surely find a plethora of engaging activities and fun for everyone to enjoy.