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Homeschool Field Trips

Looking for a field trip for your homeschool? Learning can be so much fun outside the textbooks. Here’s a list of places offering field trips that welcome homeschoolers!

Please visit the website of any venue you are interested in visiting. Schedules and offerings may have changed over the last few years. 

Looking for more homeschool resources? Check out our Ultimate Homeschool Guide to the Upstate.


Want more field trip options? Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Field Trip and Enrichment Experiences in Greenville and Spartanburg.


Make your next vacation an unforgettable educational adventure! Here’s our list of educational vacations and day trips loaded with learning opportunities!

Sticking closer to home? Here’s a long list of educational things to do in Greenville!


YMCA of Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR 864.963.3608 (Program Center) | 100 Adams Mill Road (Program Center), Greenville, SC

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YMCA of Greenville’s Homeschool PE program provides a place where children can exercise and participate in sports in an instructor-led setting. The program is designed to show participants how much fun exercise can be and is offered at YMCA Program Center in Simpsonville.

YMCA Program Center
100 Adams Mill Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Age: 6-15
Day: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Registration: Month prior to session
Member rate: $35/month and $15 for each additional student or $50/day and $20 for each additional student
Non-member rate: $45/month and $20 for each additional student or $60/day and $30 for each additional student
The program runs from September through May.

Contact Erica Snyder or Tyree Mathis

In addition to the PE program, YMCA of Greenville offers a diverse array of programs for all families including youth sportsaquatics lessons and family camps.

Trail Blazer Survivor School

SPONSORED 864.263.3850 | 1103 Jeter Cemetery Rd, Union, SC

Trail Blazer Survival School Homeschool Guide 2023

Wilderness Survival Classes specifically designed for home school students. Just for 6 to 9 year olds and 10 to 14 year olds. Each month attend a class where you learn important survival skills such as shelter building, food and water procurement, staying safe, and much more!

For more information call us at (864) 263-3850 or to sign-up today!

Greenville Downtown Airport

864.242.4777 | 100 Tower Drive, Greenville, SC

Visit the Downtown Greenville Airport and/or Runway Park! Learn about aviation, meet a pilot, see aircraft up close, and more! Minimum number of 15 children or $75 for the tour.

  • Advanced registration required.
  • Subjects: social studies, science, careers
  • Groups can add on lunch at Runway Cafe with special group pricing.

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

864.277.2004 | 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve offers a wide variety of science and nature field trips and programs.

  • Age: Preschool through high school
  • Subject: Science and Nature
  • Programs include a variety of topics depending on age. Topics include plants, bees, ecology, water quality, and more!
  • Programs available include Field Trips, Nature Discovery After School Program (February – May), Knee-High Naturalists (Ages 2-4), and more.
  • Home school days are offered throughout the year.

WNC Nature Center

828.259.8080 | 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC

WNC Nature Center currently offers self-guided tours for school groups (registration required), as well as virtual small group programs, virtual auditorium programs, and recorded programs on various topics that include a live animal guest.

View 60 species of native animals at the WNC Nature Center! Programs are available for groups as small as 10.

  • Age: all ages
  • Subject: science
  • Guided as well as self-guided and in-school programs are available.

Upstate Homeschool Bulletin Board

This group on Facebook facilitates the planning of homeschool field trips for families in the Oconee, Pickens, Anderson and Greenville areas and shares information and opportunities for area homeschoolers.

Spartanburg Science Center

864.583.2777 | 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers various grade level field trip programs in all major fields of science.

Carl Sandburg Home

828.693.4178 | 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC

Tours and group reservations are currently limited in number, so please contact the farm before submitting a form to visit.
Carl Sandburg Home also offer online virtual lessons. These are not live presentations, but rather virtual lesson plans. Students can learn about the Sandburg family and the significance of Carl Sandburg’s writing. Here are the virtual lesson plans.

This historic estate of poet Carl Sandburg in nearby Flat Rock, NC offers a 1-2 hour educational tour for groups that include writing activities, house tour, and farm visits.

  • Age: Kindergarten through high school
  • Subject: Writing, poetry, language arts, history, social studies, science
  • Homeschool trips are also available.

The Biltmore

828.851.4661 | One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC

The Biltmore offers group tours for homeschool and school groups, as well as educational programming in their barn.

  • Age: A wide variety of programming is available for different ages
  • Subject: Program can include: Social Studies, Science, Math, English Language Arts, Information Skills, Healthy Living, Visual Arts

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

864.233.7755 | 300 College Street, Greenville | 130 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, Greenville & Spartanburg , SC

Homeschool groups can book a field trip full of learning, engagement, and play–at both museum locations in Greenville and Spartanburg.  TCMU-Spartanburg field trips are available for kids grades 3K, 4K and 5K and TCMU-Greenville field trips are available for kids grades K4-Grade 5. Children can explore museum exhibits and participate in additional STEAM based programming led by TCMU staff and educators.

 

TCMU Greenville– 864.233.7755
Must include 15 or more students to qualify for educator pricing, with 1 adult per 5 children.

TCMU Spartanburg– 864.553.7952 or email at Spartanburg@tcmupstate.org for more information

Croft State Park

864.585.1283 | 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC

The 7,000-acre Croft State Park offers miles of hiking, biking, fishing, and even equestrian trails. You can read more about Croft State Park here.

Sigal Music Museum

864.520.8807 | 516 Buncombe Street , Greenville, SC

At the Sigal Music Museum, explore the exciting world of music through exhibitions, concerts, and music classes for both children & adults.

Cowpens National Battlefield

864.461.2828 | 338 New Pleasant Road, Gaffney, SC

This National Park offers field trip experiences. A range of curriculum materials are also available on the Cowpens National Battlefield web site, as part of the Parks as Classrooms initiative.

Learn about agriculture at Stewart Farms. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and the corn maze.
Offers field trips and occasional special events for homeschoolers.

Homeschool Days for fall are September 26 and 27, 2023.

Spartanburg Historical Sites

864.596.3501

Spartanburg County Historical Association offers tours and living history activities at several historic sites one Friday per month.

  • Age: Programs are modified to serve the age group
  • Subject: Social Studies/History and English Language Arts
  • Sites include Walnut Grove Plantation and Seay House

Carolina Raptor Center

704.875.6521 | 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC

Learn about amazing raptors at the Carolina Raptor Center. They offer a variety of field trip options with educational programming for groups, as well as homeschool days.
See our review of one program here.

  • Age: All grade levels and programs vary to suit each age group
  • Subject: Science
  • See these amazing birds up close!

Homeschool Days are occasionally offered. Please contact Carolina Raptor Center for specific dates and times.

Traveling Homeschoolers

Originally based in South Carolina, this group offers fun adventures for homeschool families around the United States (a spin-off of Carolina Homeschooler).

Upcountry History Museum

864.467.3100 | 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC

Monthly homeschool classes. Grade levels may fluctuate based on the exhibit. Topics vary from month to month. Registration is online only. Classes meet on the third Friday of each month at 1:3o pm.

Additionally, the Upcountry History Museum offers tours for school-age children that immerse the kids in a period of history through exhibits, discussion, and hands-on activities.

Email info@upcountryhistory.org for more information.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre

864.585.8278 | 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers homeschool theatre classes.

Additionally, homeschool students can attend school performance shows (which run during the school day).

SC State Museum

803.898.4921 | 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC

The South Carolina State Museum offers free admission for homeschoolers to explore its 4 floors of Carolina history, art, natural history, and science.
Homeschoolers receive discounted admission for planetarium shows and 4D theater films.

BMW Zentrum Museum

1888.868.7269 | 1400 Highway 101 South, Greer, SC

Visit the Zentrum Museum and learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout their history.

Zentrum museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Guided plant tours are available and students will have the chance to see how the cars are built.

  • Age: Plant Tours are limited to age 12 and up
  • Subject: Science and Engineering, History
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn on the plant tour

YMCA Camp Greenville

864.836.3291 | 4399 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, SC

Book a multi-day field trip through their Adventure Guides program, Family Camp program, and other programs that allow children to learn about nature while learning how to work together as a group.

  • Ages: Depends on programming
  • Subject: Nature, PE, problem-solving

Barefoot Acres

864.484.3879 | 181 Barefoot Acres Way, Fountain Inn, SC

A working farm that offers educational field trips around topics like growth, conservation, exploration, human studies, wildlife identification, and cultivation.
Field trips and farm tours are for all ages.

Roper Mountain Science Center

864.355.8900 | 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC


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Located just minutes from downtown Greenville, Roper Mountain Science Center is one of the nation’s most unique learning experiences. As a pinnacle of innovative learning, an engine for community engagement, and a national leader in science education, Roper Mountain’s mission is to ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.

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 and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.

Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6000 teachers and 30,000 families experience the latest in explorative STEM education through these interactive exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. 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, Roper Mountain provides everyone the opportunity to explore, discover, imagine and grow.

Paris Mountain State Park

864.244.5565 | 2401 State Park Road, Greenville, SC

Paris Mountain offers group hikes and educational programs about nature and the history of Paris Mountain State Park.

  • Ages: School Age, plus family programming
  • Subjects: Science, History
  • Families can enjoy Creek Ranger Hikes in addition to other educational events.

Chimney Rock

828.625.9611 | 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC

Offers hands-on educational programs for homeschoolers of all ages.

  • Homeschool Day Winter (February), Spring (April), and Fall (September).
  • Event costs cover admission to the park, supplies, and all programs and activities. Check the website for costs and registration info.
  • Programs can also be arranged year-round. Contact them for more information.

The Greenville County Library System

864.527.9248 | Main Library Branch | 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC

The Greenville County Library System offers a large variety of virtual and in-person programs for babies, preschoolers, children, and adults! Some programs include take-home kits that can be requested online. Topics include history, art, and science.

The Greenville Library offers field trips including story times, a look-and-find tour, reference tours, and more.

  • Age: Programs available for multiple age groups
  • Subject: English, Reading, Literature
  • The library can also bring programs to your location for groups.

 

Carolina Blue Waves Swim Club at the Windermere Club

585.905.8555

Horse Birthday Parties! Sassy Stables Farm is a beautiful boutique farm with mountain views for pony ride parties and lessons. The farm also has farm animal petting and feeding, bounce house rentals, and magical unicorn appearances!

  • After-school and summer camps
  • Fun seasonal events
  • Horse and Unicorn photography