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Holiday Guide to Spartanburg, SC

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Ready to celebrate the holidays in Spartanburg, SC? There’s so much to do in Spartanburg over the holidays and we don’t want you to miss out! We’ve gathered all our most helpful holiday content and put it right here in this Holiday Guide to Spartanburg for you to easily find. We have everything you need to know about area parades, events, light displays, things to do, gifts and so much more.

Holiday in Spartanburg SC, Christmas Spartanburg SC, a full guide

Holiday Events and Things to Do

Ready for the holidays in Spartanburg? There are so many things to do in Spartanburg during the holiday season, and we don’t want you to miss out on anything. In this list of holiday events you’ll find family Christmas in Spartanburg events, holiday music performances, children’s events, and so much more. Don’t forget to check back often. We’ll be updating this list throughout the season!

Downtown Spartanburg Christmas Things to Do

Spartanburg Christmas

Downtown Spartanburg offers some special events and festive things to do during the holiday season. Here’s everything you need to spend a day celebrating the holidays in Downtown Spartanburg.

FREE (and cheap) Things to Do in Spartanburg at Christmas

We know Christmas can be hard on the budget. Here’s a list of things to do in Spartanburg at Christmas time that are free or very cheap.

Shop Local: Spartanburg Shopping Guide

Searching for that perfect gift? Just in time for Small Business Saturday, we have compiled a huge list of Spartanburg businesses where you can find unique gift ideas. You’re sure to find something for just about everyone on your list.

Looking for more unique gifts, check out this list of Upstate, SC Makers providing some truly fabulous local products that will make amazing gifts.

Holiday Lights near Spartanburg and Upstate, SC

Love those lights? There are lots of places near Spartanburg to see great light displays. We have information on professional light displays, drive-through light shows, neighborhoods with great lights and even light shows worth taking a day trip to view. So pack up those cookies, fill a thermos with hot chocolate and go see some Christmas lights!

Christmas Parades near Spartanburg

Who doesn’t love a Christmas Parade? And there are so many to catch in the upstate. We have the dates and times of all the local parades right here. We’ll update this list as more events are announced so you can be sure to catch all the floats, decorations and marching bands your heart desires.

Experience Gifts near Spartanburg

Kids have a little clutter? We know how that goes. The toys do seem to multiply at Christmas, so to help you combat that we made this list of Experience Gifts near Spartanburg. From sporting events, to museum memberships, shows, and classes we have some great ideas for gifts that will bring memories and smiles, not more clutter!

Where to Find Santa in Spartanburg

Have a list to share with the big man in red? Santa’s elves are giving us the scoop on Santa’s schedule, and we’re listing all the places you can see Santa in Spartanburg. You’ll find places to get professional photos with santa, some free opportunities to take your own photos, enjoy a breakfast, and of course lots of opportunities to share that Christmas list.

Where to Buy Holiday Pies in the Upstate

Pies are a pretty serious thing, especially at the holidays. If you don’t have the time to bake your own homemade pies, try this list of options and pick up some fresh pies for your holiday feast in Spartanburg. Some of these restaurants and bakeries will even deliver your pies, and it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Looking for Christmas Tree Farms?

Check out our Guide to Christmas Tree Farms near Greenville and Upstate, SC. Many of the farms are a little bit of a drive from the upstate, but make a great day trip. Many farms offer wagon rides, hot cocoa or other festive extras. Have fun!

A Giant List of Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC

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Are you searching for things to do in Spartanburg, SC? You have definitely found the right article. We have all the info on every park in Spartanburg, a huge list of free things to do, lots and lots of things to do outdoors, special things to do for the holidays and every season, and lots more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something fabulous to do in Spartanburg, SC on this list.


A Guide To The Delicious Restaurants in Spartanburg, SC

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Are you looking for great restaurants in Spartanburg, SC? Are you wondering where Spartanburg locals eat? We’ve got you covered with a list of some of the most popular restaurants in Spartanburg for breakfast, lunch and dinner and by category like family-friendly, date night, and “getting work done while enjoying a meal” places.

Downtown Spartanburg

Spartanburg is Full of Amazing Places to Eat

It turns out that we write a lot about food, and Spartanburg has a lot of amazing restaurants to write about!

Restaurants in Downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina

The downtown Spartanburg area has so many options when it comes to dining. There’s a little bit of everything including Asian, American, Mexican, pizza, pub-style, and more. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, no matter what you are craving.

Breakfast in Downtown Spartanburg

If you want to sleep in, here are some brunch options that readers suggested! The Best Brunch Restaurants in Spartanburg

Health In Hand
When something light and nutritious is all you feel like having, Health In Hand is the spot! You can grab an organic salad, a wrap, yogurt, fresh squeezed juices, acai bowls and other breakfast options.

Little River Coffee Bar | Pharmacy Coffee
This locally owned family of coffee shops not only serves up a delicious cup of coffee, they also have an in-house bake shop that makes delightful treats.

Spartanburg dining

Mon Amie Morning Cafe
Some days you just want breakfast for lunch, or you’ve had a late start to the day. Mon Amie serves from their breakfast menu all day. Not sure what you want? That’s ok; at 10:30 am, they add a lunch menu to the offerings.

Papa’s Breakfast Nook
The classic greasy spoon, Papa’s serves up no-frills breakfast 24/7. Grits, bacon, eggs, and all of the things you want when you’re looking to pull up to a hearty breakfast meal.

Other Breakfast Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Lunch in Downtown Spartanburg

The owners of Burrito Hub have expanded their success to burgers. Burgär is located downtown and is a great spot to grab a bite before you hop on a Blue Duck E-Scooter to see the city!

10 Places You Should Head To Right Now For a Juicy Burger in Spartanburg, SC

Cribb’s Kitchen
Cribb’s Kitchen is a favorite for lunch, and even more popular among those who brunch! Boozy milkshakes and decadent American fare will have you making a visit to this place regularly.

Willy Taco (Multiple Locations)
Ameri-Mex cuisine is extremely popular in the Upstate and Willy Taco is the favored spot for this Mexican-inspired style menu. Tortillas topped with all kinds of fun combos make this a unique dining experience.

Blue Moon Specialty Foods
This restaurant and market serves breakfast and lunch items that are made from scratch, and perfect on the go. You can also grab a casserole for dinner while you’re there – to make mealtime easy the entire day!

Other Lunchtime Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Dinner in Downtown Spartanburg

The Kennedy
If you’ve ever wondered what a dining experience in a big city was like, book the Chef’s table at The Kennedy. Chef Jamie Cribb and his staff will make you forget you are in Spartanburg. It’s like dinner theatre for foodies, and one of the most memorable meals I’ve enjoyed in the Hub City.

entree and drink from the kennedy in spartanburg

The Tulip Tree
People think they need to head to Greenville to eat from a fancy Chef-driven menu. It’s just not true, and The Tulip Tree is one of the restaurants helping to dispel that myth.

Monsoon Noodle House
When you’re craving Thai, the kids want orange chicken, and no one can agree – Monsoon Noodle house offers a little of everything, and it’s all delicious! Their Tom Kha Soup will make you feel better if the winter blues have got you down. The outdoor dining on Morgan Square is right outside the restaurant, and you can enjoy your soup while you watch the ice skaters put on a show on the seasonal rink.

Spartanburg Dining

Other Dinnertime Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Romantic Restaurants

Heirloom: A Milltown Eatery | Westside Spartanburg
The menu at Heirloom is locally sourced southern cuisine. It’s the perfect spot to go when you want delicious food, without heading to the downtown area.

Dray: Bar & Grill | Downtown (adjacent) Spartanburg
If you are looking for a place to spend a rare night away from the kids, this is the place. Check the Dray: Bar + Grill Facebook for upcoming events, like movie nights, where the menu is created to go along with the theme of the movie. It will make for a unique date night experience, with very little work on your part!

Spartanburg Dining

Fr8Yard | Downtown Spartanburg
Ok. You might be scratching your head that this snuck in under “romantic restaurants”. Hear me out. While it is definitely not the most romantic spot in town, if you are looking for a fun date night location – this fits the bill. Weeknights are less busy, so it lends to being able to hear your date.

Or maybe you’re a single parent looking for a place to meet up with that person you met online. It’s well-lit and has street-side parking making it the perfect first-date spot. If you need a friend to rescue you, the scenario of running into someone here you know isn’t all that far-fetched.

For more date night meals and activity, options check out our guide to The Top Romantic Dates in Spartanburg.

Best For Young Kids

For more kid-friendly restaurants in Spartanburg check out:

Flock Shop | Downtown Spartanburg
A Nashville Hot chicken spot might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of kid-friendly. Suggesting the obvious places would be a waste, so for parents that have been afraid to try something new with littles in tow, hear me out. They have an affordable kid’s meal, outdoor dining, and here’s the huge PLUS; they are located right next to a park. You can run them around while you wait for a table and then maybe they’ll fall asleep at the table. BOOM – instant date night.

Spartanburg Restaurants

Wade’s | Downtown Spartanburg
Old fashioned homestyle cooking, “meat and three”, southern comfort food, whatever you call it – Wade’s is the spot to get it and enjoy a meal with your child. The only time this popular restaurant isn’t full is when it’s closed. They have a great kid’s menu, and it’s very affordable!
Oddly enough it seems that its proximity to Spartanburg Regional Hospital makes it a popular meal for post-partum moms, craving a plate full of non-hospital fare!

Best for Business

Mesh Lounge (Spartanburg Marriott) | Downtown Spartanburg
Mesh offers plenty of space to spread out your laptop and paperwork while meeting up with out-of-town associates. There’s a quiet outdoor area also if the meeting is more laid back.

Spill The Beans | Downtown Spartanburg
Ample seating and plenty of coffee, make this an ideal location to get things done!

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Budget Friendly

Burrito Hub | Downtown Spartanburg
Taco Tuesday at Burrito Hub is one of the most delicious, wallet-friendly meals you’ll find in Spartanburg! Hugo Montanez is bringing the joy of eating authentic tacos to Spartanburg with the food at Burrito Hub. For most people it only takes a single visit to get completely hooked on the delicious street tacos and other menu items.

5 Authentic Taco Spots In Spartanburg, SC That Will Make Your Mouth Water!

Duncan Family Restaurant | Duncan
A traditional “meat and three” style restaurant, the Duncan Family restaurant offers large servings at low prices. If you time your meal right, you can watch the trains go by during dinner!

Flavorshack Chicken & Ribs | Duncan
If you haven’t been to Flavorshack in Duncan yet, you have no idea what you are missing! This locally-owned chicken shack offers patrons huge servings of chicken and more!

Spartanburg Dining

Take Out

Monster Subs | Westside Spartanburg
Subs piled high with fresh meat and veggies are Monster Subs specialty. Stepping into this Spartanburg sandwich shop is probably the closest thing you’ll get to experience a proper NY sub shop, without leaving the Upstate.

Spartanburg dining

Pizza in Spartanburg, SC: Pizza is always a great take-out option in Spartanburg – and there’s no shortage of places to choose from! See our pizza in Spartanburg list to find your perfect pizza.

Restaurants for the Holidays in Spartanburg

Complete Restaurant Guide to Greenville, SC

Looking for more great restaurants in the Upstate? Here are some of the best restaurants near Greenville, SC.

The Barnyard Flea Market is the Ultimate Bargain Hunter’s Dream

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Have you been to the Barnyard Flea Market in Greer, SC? If scouring Craigslist, eBay or local yard sales is your kind of fun then this is a place you’ll want to visit! It is equally diverse in its offerings as eBay, somewhat questionable in its taste of décor as a Craigslist ad, and customers have as good of a chance of finding a great deal as their neighborhood garage sale.

Barnyard Flea Market in Greer, South Carolina

The Barnyard Flea Market is only open on weekends and offers free parking at an easy-to-find location, wide aisles for strollers, and hundreds of vendors that will sell you nearly anything you need.

What Can You Find at the Barnyard Flea Market: Greer, SC

Need a dog collar, a hunting knife, a Barbie, some dish soap, and a slow cooker? You can find all of that and more at this flea market. How about some luggage and an adjustment from a chiropractor? Yup, that too.

There are hundreds of vendors, most of which are under huge barn-like structures. Some vendors are outside as well. The aisles are easy to navigate and I saw lots of kids and families there.

It’s a lot of fun to walk around and see what people are selling. Some vendors have tables there every week and are permanent or semi-permanent. Others, like the nice couple I bought a couple of dolls from, were just selling what they couldn’t sell at their garage sale the day before. It was their first time there – as was mine – and they divulged that they only paid $14 to rent a table and were doing pretty well with their leftover goods.

Vendors can rent a table for as little as $14 a day or pay a monthly fee to stake out their spot at the flea market.

Another plus at the flea market was that the bathrooms were really easy to locate and they were clean. This is a huge positive for my two little girls, one of whom is potty-training.

If you get hungry, there are plenty of options to grab a snack. We saw taco booths, vendors selling pigskins, boiled peanuts, fried dough with powdered sugar, soft pretzels, and drinks. There is a little café indoors as well that sells reasonable eats.

Boiled peanut station at the Barnyard Flea Market in Greer, South Carolina

The only drawback was that the Barnyard Flea Market is perhaps one of the very last unregulated places for smoking. People are allowed to smoke wherever they like. This place definitely isn’t like bars used to be before smoking bans were instituted – it’s not smoke-filled, but the smell is noticeable, so just be aware of that when you go.

My kids and I stayed about an hour and they loved checking out all the different stuff. They were reasonably controlled in their desires for toys, girly clothes, and dolls. I had fun too, checking out all the crazy stuff that was for sale and the rock-bottom prices of everything under the sun. It was entertaining and a great way to spend some downtime on the weekend.

Outdoor sellers at the Barnyard Flea Market in Greer, South Carolina

Plan your own trip

Office hours are Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm and Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Market hours are Saturday from 7 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday from 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Barnyard Flea Market
2000 Highway 101 S., Greer; 864.968.1700

What would you hunt for at Barnyard Flea Market?

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10+ Haunted Places Near Greenville, SC to Visit for a Good Scare

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If you love a good scare, then these haunted places in Greenville, SC and the Upstate will give you the heebie jeebies. Allow local parent, Chad, to tell you about some of the most popular haunted places in the Upstate and the legends behind them. Then, you can decide if you want to summon up the courage and visit these spooky places.


Readers’ Choice for All Things Coffee in Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for the best coffee shops in Spartanburg, SC? We asked our readers where the best cup of joe is served, and our readers had a clear favorite!

Coffee shops in Spartanburg SC
Little River Roasting

Tired parents have been depending on coffee to get them through the day since the 15th century. This life-sustaining elixir is easy to make at home, but don’t things always taste better when someone else makes them for us? Our readers feel very strongly about this lifeline beverage and they wasted no time letting us know where they love to go for their coffee in Spartanburg, SC.

Downtown Spartanburg

Spartanburg has great restaurants!

Here’s your Guide to Restaurants in Spartanburg, SC.

Find more coffee options just down the road in our Kidding Around Guide to Coffee Shops in Greenville.

Or if coffee’s not your thing, check out one of the best spots to grab hot chocolate in Spartanburg, SC.

Best Coffee in Spartanburg

Little River Coffee Bar 

188 West Main Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.582.1227

KAS readers love their coffee, and the majority seem to love it from Little River Coffee Bar! Located next to downtown’s favorite bookshop, it’s the perfect place to grab some coffee and get some work or reading done. 

Little River Coffee Bar in Spartanburg, SC
Little River Coffee Bar

“Little Roasting Coffee, has some of the best coffee I have every had, and I lived in San Francisco.”


“Little River Roasting Coffee Bar because it’s the best tasting coffee around, and I can hit up the book store while drinking.”


Pharmacy Coffee

187 North Church Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.913.1010

The newest addition to the Little River Roasting family, this coffee shop is located inside the historic Montgomery building.  

Little River Roasting 

101 Fretwell Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.582.7900

If you prefer to make your own coffee, you can still enjoy our reader’s favorite coffee at home. They roast their own beans and you can visit the roasters to pick up some freshly roasted coffee!

“I love little river coffee roasting center and cafe. It’s right off the rail trail and fresh yummy coffee is $1. You can get your bag of coffee there. Always three of four options and make it your way coffee bar. And they even have non dairy creamer options. I love this place. Small, cozy, friendly and wonderful coffee.”


Bella Latte 

  • 1595 East Main Street, Duncan SC 29334 | 864.433.0008
  • 1637 John B White Sr Boulevard, Spartanburg SC 29301 | 864.595.2888
  • 1802 Drayton Road, Spartanburg SC 29307

… It’s nice to stop before/after Hatcher Gardens!

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Check out our article on Hatcher Gardens and learn why a visit should be on your family fun list.

Botanical Brew

109 A Spartanburg Highway Lyman

Coffee and plants under one roof. What’s not to love?

You’ll find Botanica Brew on our local plant shop list, too!

Coffee Near Greer, SC

Just at the edge of town in Greer, there are a few great options. Grab your beverage of choice and then take a walk to City park to sit on a bench swing in front of the fountain.

Stomping Grounds

208 Trade Street, Greer SC 29651 | 864.801.1555

Barista Alley

101 Trade Street, Greer SC 29651 | 864.238.7299

Flying Fox Coffee

215 Trade Street, Greer, SC 29651

Flying Fox Coffee in Greer, SC
Flying Fox Coffee

Now that you know where a good cup of caffeine can be found in Spartanburg you can grab some and conquer the world! Hot, iced, frozen, or black, these baristas will have you covered. 

Did we include your favorite place to grab coffee?

See Dinosaurs, Critters, Minerals, and More At The Schiele Museum of Natural History In Gastonia, North Carolina

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Have you visited the Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium? Located in Gastonia, North Carolina the museum makes a great day trip. Expect to have a spectacular time exploring exhibits on dinosaurs, minerals, animals, critters, nature and so much more! If you haven’t been yet, you should definitely add it to your museum bucket list.

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium near Gastonia, North Carolina

Thank you to the Schiele Museum for providing admission to the museum so we could bring this review to our readers! The words and opinions in this article are those of the writer.

Read our Guide to Fun in Gastonia, NC for more fun you can have while visiting the museum.


Foothills Equestrian Nature Center Provides the Love of Horses Through Equine Therapy

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Do you know a special needs child or adult who could benefit from a unique friendship? Did you know that the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center offers an Equine Therapy program only 40 minutes from the Upstate? The program works with children and adults who have autism and other physical, cognitive, and emotional disorders, giving them a beneficial activity to engage in. We have information about their therapeutic riding program and the cost of lessons, so you can get your little one into their program as quickly as possible.

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in North Carolina

The FENCE equestrian center is just over the state line in Tryon, North Carolina, and under 40 minutes from most of Spartanburg. We have all the information you’ll need to see why the drive could make a world of difference in a child’s life.

For over fifty years, horses have been used as a source of therapy for people with disabilities. The relationship built between the rider and the horse, helps those with disabilities lead fuller, more satisfying lives.

About TROT at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center

At the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), they’ve been offering TROT for over 18 years. Therapeutic Riding of Tryon offers lessons in small classes and individual classes. Each rider is accompanied by three volunteers to help guide the horse and as side walkers for safety.

Classes are available for children and adults and strictly follow the standards of PATH, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Individuals in the North Carolina counties of Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford are welcome at TROT. South Carolina counties of Spartanburg and Greenville are also welcome in the program.

Benefits of Equine Therapy

Equine-type therapy is beneficial to so many. Horses provide a non-judgmental relationship in a rider’s life. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with these horses. Some of the challenges that can be eased by the companionship gained through the classes at TROT are eating disorders, PTSD, Autism, ADD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.

Child looking at horse at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center

Equine Therapy Course Information

The weekly therapeutic riding courses utilize specially trained horses and each rider has volunteers supporting them before and during the lesson. Typically, three volunteers are assigned to each rider to ensure their safety.

These courses are based on the needs of each student. They teach riders to do everything that goes along with riding a horse from start to finish. Each student spends hands-on time with the horse before each class grooming and learning how to saddle the horse. After each lesson, students help remove the saddle, clean their horses, and offer treats.

Courses are about thirty minutes in length and are encouraged to be taken weekly. You can choose to join one of two riding seasons TROT offers in ten-week blocks – March and early June, and another between September and early December.

For those who are unable to ride astride a horse, TROT also offers an unmounted course. These courses include caring for the horse and learning how it communicates, basic horsemanship, and relating the horse’s behavior to humans. The unmounted courses are typically an hour long.

Pricing of TROT

TROT currently charges $250 for a 10-lesson mounted session and $100 for a 10-lesson unmounted session. Financial assistance in the form of a “ridership” is available for those in need who meet certain criteria.

The peaceful surroundings at FENCE only lend to the therapeutic effects that the horses have. These majestic creatures are just waiting to help people feel better. For a child or adult struggling with an emotional or physical challenge – the victory of learning to care for, and/or ride a horse is life-changing.

Check out Foothills Equestrian Nature Center

3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC
Visit the FENCE website.

Here is the FENCE TROT Information and registration link.

We hope you share this info with anyone you think might benefit from equine therapy!

Eden Farms horse

Looking for more horseback riding lessons? These local stables offer horseback riding lessons for kids of all skill levels to learn about horses and how to ride them safely.

Disc Golf is a Perfect Fall Family Activity

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Are you curious about the disc golf signs you see posted at local parks? If so, we are here today to tell you all about disc golf in Spartanburg and disc golf in Greenville. If you are looking for a fun outdoor family activity, we’ve got all you need to know about playing disc golf in the Upstate.

disc golf at Spartanburg parks
Tyger River Park

Looking for even more fun things to do outside? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Activities.

What is Disc Golf?

Disc golf (also known as frisbee golf) is an outdoor sport involving plastic discs, metal baskets, and an outdoor course. Players try to throw their discs into the metal baskets in the least amount of throws possible. For instance, whoever ends up with the lowest number of throws is the winner. Basically, disc golf follows the rules of golf.

Why Disc Golf is a Great Family Activity

Disc golf is a great family activity because it is a sport that families can play and enjoy together! It is also an easy way to encourage your family to be healthy as the game requires walking and other physical efforts. Plus, it can only be played outdoors – making it a unique way to get some Vitamin D.

My family of four includes two adults, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old. We like to play disc golf because it is something we can play together, and it gets us out of the house. My 4-year-old is not quite old enough to play the game, but she still benefits from exploring nature while we move from one hole to the next on the disc golf course. While we play, she looks for leaves, sticks, and bugs.

Meanwhile, my 7-year-old is learning how to play the game and not feel defeated when it takes him more throws to land his disc in the basket than his parents. Since it is a game where you must wait your turn, it opens up many teachable moments and leaves room for plenty of conversations. We talk and joke as we walk from hole to hole and as we wait for our turns.

Disc Golf

Where You Can Play Disc Golf in Greenville and Spartanburg?

Greenville and Spartanburg have many places to play disc golf. Even better – you can play disc golf for free at most of these parks! As long as you have some discs on hand and see a course, you can play.

Where to play disc golf in Greenville:

Where to play disc golf in Spartanburg:

You can find out specifics at Disc Golf Course Review by searching for the course location.

My family enjoys playing disc golf at Tyger River Park the best. It is a very family-friendly course with the first nine holes being shaded, and we only play the first nine holes rather than all 18 holes. This means it does not take as much time, which is important when you are playing with children. Plus, it is also at a park that is familiar to us.

Holmes Park

Where You Can Purchase Disc Golf Supplies

One of the best reasons to play disc golf as a family is because it is budget-friendly. As long as you have the basic disc golf supplies (i.e., discs), you don’t have to spend any more money! However, disc golf should be played with disc golf discs – not standard frisbees. Disc golf discs are designed for the sport and to fit into the baskets.

Just like the game of golf has many different types of putters, disc golf has many different types of discs. But, beginners only need a starter set that includes a driver, mid-range, and a putter. For the first few times, you really only need a driver disc.

Thankfully, you can buy these at local sports stores such as Academy and Dick’s. We’ve had a lot of luck finding used discs in excellent condition at Play It Again Sports in Spartanburg.

Things to Remember

If you are new to disc golf, here are some things you need to know:

  • Have a bag that can hold water, bug spray, and discs.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
  • Always stand behind the person throwing the disc.
  • Disc golf follows basic golf etiquette (such as waiting your turn and allowing faster teams to play through).

Has your family played disc golf? What is your favorite disc golf course in Spartanburg? Let us know in the comments!

Things to Do Outside Near Greenville, SC

Looking for more outdoor fun? Here’s a list of 30+ things to do outside near Greenville, SC.

The Perfect Spot for a Book, Coffee, & Treat in Downtown Spartanburg

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Local mom Jennifer Curry reviews the Hub City Bookshop and Little River Coffee Bar in downtown Spartanburg. These two wonderful businesses are conveniently located right beside each other and provide the perfect place to read, drink coffee, and eat a treat! For more ideas of things to do in downtown Spartanburg see our guide.

Located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg in the historic Masonic Temple resides three thriving businesses. Anchored by the award-winning Hub City Bookshop, these local businesses have become a focal point for the booming downtown movement by creating a spot for local residents and families to gather, share ideas, and shop.

Hub City Bookshop Spartanburg SC

Hub City Bookshop

Hub City Bookshop is more than just a local independent bookstore. They are known for the wide range of regional books and creative nonfiction titles published through Hub City Press. Known for supporting local authors as well as quality pieces, Hub City Bookshop has gained quite a reputation in the literary community.

It all started 20+ years ago, when three local Spartanburg writers (John Lane, Betsy Teter, and Gary Henderson) met to discuss the area’s struggles since the close of the textile mills. Rather than dwelling on the current difficulties, they formed the Hub City Writers Project (modeled after the Federal Writers Project). Together, they published the Hub City Anthology. The book was a success.

After, Hub City Writers Project continued to publish works specific to place – by people in the region about the region under Hub City Press books.

Hub City Bookshop Spartanburg SC

In the meantime, the only local independent bookstore in Spartanburg closed, so the three founders approached the mayor to see about forming a local independent non-profit bookstore (with all the proceeds going to support creative writing education and independent book publishing). He agreed. A location was decided upon, and two other local businesses joined alongside the Hub City Writer’s Project to create a space for local events, coffee, and desserts. They made history.

Now that you understand the history and significance of our local bookshop, you should know that it is truly a wonderful store that offers a diverse range of books and book related products. In addition to featuring the Hub City Press works, they also sell popular bestsellers, new releases, children’s books, young adult books, regional authors, and more. If they do not have it in the store, they can order it for you.

Hub City Bookshop Spartanburg SC

Little River Coffee Bar

Another unique local business in the Masonic Temple is the Little River Coffee Bar. The establishment is known for selling Little River Roasters coffee – a local business that is socially and ethically responsible. From knowing the farms where the beans come from to roasting it locally, Little River Roasters is a Spartanburg favorite.

Since this coffee shop not only serves the best local coffee and cold brew, the fact that it is attached to a bookshop and bakery makes it stand out. The Coffee Bar has several different sitting options – perfect for individuals working or for groups of friends wishing to chat. In addition to serving excellent coffee, they also host open mic nights and other events.

Looking for more great coffee in Spartanburg? Here are some of the best coffee shops in Spartanburg, SC.

A Great Place for Parents and Kids

Hub City Bookshop and Little River Coffee Bar are great local businesses your family will enjoy supporting. Families can take time to peruse the outstanding collection of children’s books and young adult books at Hub City Bookshop. They applied and received a grant from the James Patterson Foundation for $6000 allowing them to increase the size of their children’s section (guaranteeing there will be a book your reluctant reader will love).

Families can purchase a book knowing they are supporting a local nonprofit, and then head next door for coffee and treats. These businesses are what make Spartanburg special and more reasons for you to love where you live.

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Books on Broad

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