Looking for some fun activities to do outside and get some Vitamin D and fresh air? We get it. It’s good to get outside. It makes everyone happier. We’ve compiled a giant list, organized seasonally, of all the things you can do outside in the Greenville and Spartanburg areas. Make some memories with your family and spend some time outside together—no matter the season.
Things to Do Outside Near Greenville, SC
Visit a park and/or playground
The Upstate is home to an incredible number of parks and playgrounds. Each park has unique features, as does each playground. You could spend at least an hour at each park, if not, more. And to help you out with finding the perfect park and playground for your family, we have extensive guides for you to comb through before you head out the door.
Guide to SC Upsate Parks
First, you might want to start with our Greenville & Spartanburg Parks Guide where you can sort parks by the features you want.
- 6 Best Park Playgrounds Near Greenville, SC
- 9 More Great Parks in Greenville, SC
- Explore Nature at One of These Parks
- The Best Parks with Shade
- 7 Parks With Great Outdoor Spaces in Greenville
- The Best Stroller-Friendly Parks
- Parks with Enclosed Play Spaces
- Best Playgrounds in Spartanburg
- Kidding Around Greenville’s Runway Park Scavenger Hunt
Visit the Zoo
While it’s not a large zoo, The Greenville Zoo is still one of the “must-see” places in the area. It’s a quick and easy visit, but you’ll see some giraffes, primates, leopards, birds, red pandas, and more! Be sure to read Everything You Need to Know About the Greenville Zoo before heading that way!
Go on a Hike
Just like our area is home to a plethora of parks and playgrounds, there are also plenty of areas where you can go hiking. We have an entire Upstate area hiking guide to help you, but if you have toddlers and younger kids, you’ll want to check out our guide for hiking with toddlers and younger kids.
Chase Some Waterfalls
While you’re on one of those hikes, you might see a waterfall. But if you want to be certain you see a waterfall, then be sure to check out our guide to Waterfalls In & Near Greenville, SC. And if hiking isn’t your thing, we have a Waterfalls Driving Tour that you might be interested in!
Going beyond Greenville? Check out Waterfalls of the Southeast.
Visit Falls Park
Falls Park is absolutely one of Greenville’s gems. While you’re there exploring the single-suspension bridge and waterfalls, gather the family and get your picture taken at the Medusa Tree!
Spend a Day on the Swamp Rabbit Trail
If there’s one thing that has provided hours of outdoor fun for people of all ages in Greenville, it’s the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Check out our Simple Day Itinerary and read the history and fun facts we compiled for you about the trail.
Go Bike Riding
Rent a bike or grab your own. Then find a local trail and get pedaling!
- Places to Ride a Bike in Greenville
- Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Biking with Kids in the Upstate
Find the Mice on Main in Downtown Greenville
This is such a fun activity, especially for toddlers and younger children, but older kids and adults have fun with it, too! Read about the history and find some clues on the Mice on Main website. You can even purchase a fun picture book about the Mice on Main at the Mast General Store in downtown Greenville. Definitely check out our tips on Mice on Main for more information and help.
Search for the Toads on Trade Street in Greer
Ride the Trolley
There’s something special about hopping on a trolley. Grab your family and take a ride on downtown Greenville’s Trolley. Be sure to check out the trolley website for details on hours and routes.
Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, hitting the courts with your racket and tennis ball is a great way to spend time together. We’ve got a comprehensive list of courts in the area to help you out.
Go Fishing for Free
Want to spend the night under the stars with your family? Here are some of the Best Campgrounds Near Greenville that are Perfect for Kids and Places to Camp Near Spartanburg
There are many places near Greenville where you can volunteer outdoors. Lend a helping hand and enjoy being outside. What could be better?
Things to Do Outdoors Without a Crowd
Want to get away from people? Here’s a list of places to go outdoors near Greenville without a crowd.
Winter Things to Do Outdoors
You can still spend time outside during those colder months, and one of the things you can do is go sledding. We’ve got 5 Awesome Spots to Go Sledding Near Greenville, SC for you!
If sledding isn’t your thing, maybe hiking is, and lucky for you, there are winter hikes you can take! The cooler temperatures mean you’re going to get a broader view when you’re at the peak of each hike. Here are 5 Amazing Winter Hikes for Families Near Greenville.
Skiing & Snow Tubing
Maybe you’re an avid skier or you enjoy snow tubing. There are places near Greenville and the Upstate where you can hit the slopes on skis or tubes. There are great options for people of all skill levels and all ages.
Go See Holiday Lights
If you love Christmas and holiday lights, the Upstate is no stranger to mega-light displays around the holidays. Some are public light displays and some are light displays that people have on their homes and in their yards for you to enjoy. Regardless, we have 50+ Holiday Lights Near Greenville, SC that you can check out.
Go Ice Skating
If you love ice skating and want to practice outdoors (or maybe you just want to try ice skating for the first time), it’s always fun to go ice skating at Ice on Main in Downtown Greenville!
Outdoor Things to Do in Spring
Visit a Garden
Fly a Kite
Take advantage of the sunnier weather and fly a kite with your family! Be sure to read about the Best Places to Fly a Kite Near Greenville before you head out the door.
Go Bird Watching at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve
When the weather starts warming back up, head to the Lake Conestee Nature Preserve to go bird watching. There are almost 200 different species of birds there. Plus, there are trails and play areas where you can extend your time there.
Attend a Greenville Drive Game
Once it’s officially baseball season, it’s always fun to head to Flour Field to see the Greenville Drive in action. Be sure to check out our tips for going to the Drive games.
Things to Do Outdoors in Summer
Go Blueberry Picking
Another fun activity to do is to go blueberry picking! It’s also a great way to teach your kids about agriculture. After you pick your blueberries, head home and make some blueberry muffins or pancakes! Not sure where to pick blueberries? Read our Guide to Picking Your Own Blueberry and Blackberries.
Cool off by tubing down one of the nearby rivers with your family. It’s relaxing and fun and is sure to leave behind some memories. Here’s a Giant List of River Tubing Spots Near Greenville so you can find the perfect place to go.
Visit a Splash Pad, Waterpark or Swimming Hole
Take advantage of the hot weather and head to one of the area’s splash pads or swimming holes. There are so many areas for you to choose from:
- The Ultimate List of Where to Swim Near Greenville, SC
- These 20+ Natural Swimming Spots are Both Beautiful and Refreshing Near Greenville, SC
- 11 Waterparks and Splash Pads Near Spartanburg, SC
Go on a Scavenger Hunt with the Greenville Park Hop
Go Watch an Outdoor Movie
There are several places that offer free outdoor movies during the warmer months. Check out all the places you can go watch an outdoor movie in Greenville, pack up the family, and go spend some time watching a great movie outside together.
Fall Things to Do Outside
Go See Some Fall Leaves
This area has some of the most beautiful fall foliage, so be sure to take advantage of that, and take a drive or hike to see some of it. Stuck on where to find those hues of rust, auburn, orange, and gold? We’ve got you covered on Where to Find the Best Fall Leaves Near Greenville, SC.
Go Apple Picking
This is such a fun, affordable way to enjoy fall. We live so close to so many apple orchards, some of which offer u-pick. You can read our Ultimate Guide to U-Pick Apple Orchards for more info.
Attend Fall for Greenville
One of Greenville’s most beloved festivals is Fall for Greenville. The downtown streets are packed with restaurants, music, art, and people. It’s even been awarded as one of the best fall festivals by Country Living!
Visit Something Haunted
If you’re the type that enjoys being scared and visiting haunted places, then take some time in the Fall to Find Ghosts at These Haunted Cemeteries Near Greenville, SC or visit one of these Haunted Places in the Upstate.