The Ultimate Guide to Summer in Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for things to do this summer in Spartanburg, SC? The sun is shining and the kids are ready to play. No need to fear! We have compiled all you need to enjoy summer from start to finish.

Looking for summer-only events? We’ve got them! Want to find ways to entertain your kids outdoors or indoors? We’ve got them! Need ideas for day trips or summer vacations? We’ve got them! Want to save money while having fun? We have tons of ideas!

Here’s your guide to summer in Spartanburg! Wear sunscreen! Stay safe! And, have fun!

Summer Guide to Spartanburg, SC

Cool Off in Spartanburg

Shipwreck Cove is the water park at Stoneledge Park

Find out about 5 Splash Pads and Water Parks near Spartanburg where you can cool off! While water parks charge admission, there are several local parks with great FREE splash pads in Spartanburg. Discover them all in this list of splash pads and water parks near Spartanburg!

If you prefer to do your swimming in a natural setting, check out our Guide to Swimming Holes in the Upstate! You’ll find lakes, creeks, and waterfall pools that are great for wading and swimming!

Free Things to Do this Summer in Spartanburg

Free fun is always welcome and there is a lot to be had in Spartanburg. Don’t miss 50 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do This Summer Near Spartanburg. This list of ideas for free fun includes scavenger hunts, hikes, music events, museums, and more. Also don’t miss Sparkle City Mini-Putt, free mini-golf in downtown Spartanburg!

Also, kids bowl free through the Kids Bowl Free program at participating bowling alleys. Don’t miss the free fun!

Sparkle City Mini putt

Summer Camps in Spartanburg

Kids can learn about almost any topic in Spartanburg area summer camps. For great free fun, check out the VBS programs offered by local Spartanburg churches.

Summer Camps in Spartanburg County
  • VBS programs – Area churches open their doors for Vacation Bible School Programs to local children for free (or really cheap). We’ll be updating our list of VBS programs soon!

Summer Events

In addition to Memorial Day and 4th of July, there are plenty of exciting events that only happen during the summer. The following are things you can only enjoy while school is out for summer:

Get Outside

Embrace the sunshine by heading outdoors this summer! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful location that makes exploring outdoors a reality. To help you get started on your outdoor ventures, here are some ideas:

If summer storms or heat waves make going outdoors unbearable, we’ve also got you covered with the Ultimate Guide to Things to Do Indoors in Spartanburg.

Visit a Park

Summer is also a great time to visit new parks! By checking out the following reviews from our team, you will find out which parks offer shade (or splash pads) from the blistering heat and which ones to avoid in the middle of a hot summer day.

Discover all of Spartanburg’s Parks in our Upstate, SC Park Guide. Use the guide to sort parks by location and features to find the perfect place to play!

parks near Spartanburg

Eat Some Treats

We know summer costs can add up quickly, which is why we have put together a giant list of all the places Kids Eat Free and suggestions for Sit Down Restaurants Kids and Parents Love.

If you are looking for a fun, cheap outing with the family check out this Summer Sweet Treat Bucket List for Spartanburg.

More Ways to Have Fun

If you need even more ideas for summer fun, we’ve got you covered! These last ideas are sure to fill up the days and keep you and your kids busy between May and September.

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Summer Events

Find out what’s happening this month in Spartanburg!

What’s on your to-do list this summer?

Jennifer Curry
About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at

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