Ultimate Guide for Teens in Greenville, SC

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Do you have a teen in Greenville, SC? Are you looking for ways to get your teens involved in the community? Is your teen heading to college soon and looking for help as they prepare? Or are you trying to find fun new family activities with your teen kids? Our teen guide to Greenville has all the details about things to do with teens in Greenville, SC.

Group of teens with books and backpacks

This article includes:
Indoor Things to Do for Teens in Greenville, SC
Day Trips with Teens from Greenville, SC
Hiking with Teens Near Greenville, SC
Outdoor Things to Do for Teens
Free Time Things to Do for Teens in Greenville, SC
Volunteering Opportunities for Teens in Greenville, SC
School and College Prep Resources in Greenville, SC

Activities for Teens in Greenville

Indoor Fun

Our Indoor Guide for Teens has tons of ideas for things to do indoors with teens, everything from laser tag and trampoline parks to volunteering opportunities and movies.

Bowling ball

Greenville County Library is an excellent resource for teens and it’s so much more than books! They offer workshops for your teens called Maker Lab, Teen Scribblers groups, Teen Book Club, and a Teen Service Day. Does your teen need help with research, homework, and test prep? The library helps with that too!

Day Trips for Teens

Day trips with teens are a great way to spend some quality time, exploring together, or just having fun. Here’s our list of the best day trips for teens & tweens near Greenville!

The front of Biltmore in Asheville, NC

Hiking with Teens

Are you looking for a hike near Greenville for teenagers or adults? Here’s our list of great hikes for teens in the Upstate! Some are challenging and some are a bit more relaxed, perfect for a day with friends or family.

Narrow wooden bridge at Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap

For even more hiking ideas see our list of our favorite local hiking trails.

Outdoor Fun

Ziplining

Treetop Quest is an aerial adventure park with over 60 obstacles and ziplines. Courses range from easy (ages 4-6) to difficult (ages 12+) so there’s something for everyone!

16 Alma Street, Greenville SC
864.907.9539

The Gorge Zipline, located in Saluda, claims to be America’s steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour. It begins in the Green River Gorge and descends 1100 feet into the beautiful Blue Ridge wilderness.

166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda, NC
828.749.2500

Flying Rabbit Adventures in Greenville has awesome, huge ropes and zip line courses, perfect for teens. You can grab lunch at Home Team BBQ right next door.

821 Laurens Road, Greenville
864.230.0191

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

We are surrounded by countless lakes and rivers that are perfect for paddling. Check out our list of 22+ Fantastically Beautiful Places to Kayak near Greenville.

Green kayak sits on the shore next to a lake with mountains in the distance.

Tubing on the River or in the Snow

Tubing is a great way to have fun AND beat the heat in the upstate this summer. There is just nothing better than a slow ride down a river on a tube! Check out this HUGE list of places to go tubing near Greenville. You’re sure to find one or two you’ve never even heard of that you’ll want to try out for yourself!

Ready for snow? We’re within driving distance of a number of snow tubing places including Frozen Falls Tube Park, Wolf Ridge Snow Tubing Park, and Moonshine Mountain.

People tubing on a snow slope

Paintball

Paintball Central is about 20 minutes outside of Greenville and players can play paintball outdoors. They also sell gear. Their basic rental package is $30 and includes admission, a 3-hour session, and a rental gear package. Paintballs are sold separately.

318 Tucapau Road
Wellford, SC
866.421.7529 

Disc golf

The Upstate has embraced the disc golf enthusiasm and has several courses in the area. The Upstate Disc Golf Club has tons of great resources for enthusiasts in Greenville and the surrounding towns.

Century Park Disc Golf Course | 330 Brushy Creek Road, Greer
Gower Park  | Evelyn Avenue off Laurens Road in Greenville
Holmes Park | 112 Holmes Drive, Greenville
Simpsonville City Park | 149 Park Drive, Simpsonville
Timmons Park | 121 Oxford Street, Greenville

Minor League Sports Games

With the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the Greenville Drive alternating seasons in the Upstate, there is always a game to attend. The Swamp Rabbits open their season in October and baseball gets underway in the Spring. Tickets to these games aren’t expensive and are a fun way to entertain the whole family.

Fluor Field, Greenville Drive

Free Time Outings and Things to Do for Teens

Have a few hours after school but unsure how to spend them? Local teen Brylan put together this list of school night outings that are perfect for teens. Whether you have one night without homework or many free evenings, you’ll find an idea or two that just might be exactly what you need.

Volunteering for Teens in Greenville

There are tons of opportunities for teens to volunteer and give back to their community. There are soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, and places like Project Host. The City of Greenville also accepts teen volunteers for their many festivals.

Here is a list of places to volunteer in the Greenville area.

Sign for Greer Soup Kitchen

While most public schools do not require volunteer hours, most private and charter schools do have a quarterly requirement. Whether your child attends public school, private school, or is homeschooled, volunteering looks very good on college and job applications, demonstrating a well-rounded and outward-looking individual. Check out our tips for your teen’s Volunteer Service Hour.

Does your teen love the outdoors? KAG’s Liene has put together a list of Outdoor Volunteering opportunities in and around the Upstate.

School and College Prep for Teens in Greenville

The Upstate provides teenagers with learning experiences all year long outside of the general education classroom. If your teen is interested in a career in science, government, or the arts, there are several local options for teens to gain experience. Read more about these opportunities here.

Looking for a new study spot? Sometimes a change of scenery can help with getting those brain waves flowing. We asked our readers where they like to go to study, and they had tons of great suggestions.

Black bench across the lake from Furman clock tower

Aptly named, the Cinderella Project accepts donations of not only prom dresses but also accessories for teens. They then open up a small boutique on several dates in the early spring so young ladies can choose their perfect gown. KAG’s Kristina tells us all we need to know about this incredible organization.

Is your teen looking for a summer job? We have tips for teens from a fellow teen about finding a summer job, plus a list of local businesses looking to hire teens for summer jobs in Greenville and the Upstate.

Before heading off to college in the fall, use the summer to explore the town you call home. Greenville has so much to offer young adults, and you want to be sure to experience all of them before you pack your bags. Our Kidding Around contributor Brylan has created an excellent Bucket List for Greenville College Students.

Don’t miss our list of gift ideas for teens!

What does your teen like to do in Greenville?

Elizabeth Lambert
About the Author
Elizabeth Lambert moved to the Upstate in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. She enjoys taking her three kids hiking and camping and is an aspiring gardener. As one of the founding Branch Ambassadors of Hike it Baby Greenville, she loves being active in the community and is so excited to continue that by working for Kidding Around Greenville.

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