Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village has over eighty acres dedicated to growing the finest Fraser Fir Christmas trees that range from 3’ to 12’ in height. Choose ‘n Cut hours start the Saturday before Thanksgiving from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm! And nestled among those acres of Christmas trees is a haven of tiny little elf-sized cottages – each with its own elfish decor. Every year, in late November, the Elf Village comes to life with holiday fun for kids of all ages.

Mast General Store

Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why….. some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store.

Greenville County Recreation District

The Greenville County Recreation District is committed to improving the quality of life in this community by providing recreation facilities and leisure time programming for its residents and visitors.

Cowpens National Battlefield

In 1781 Daniel Morgan of Virginia led his militia troops to victory against the elite British troops led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton. The battlefield features a walking trail and marked road tour, a picnic ground, and a visitor’s center with exhibits, memorabilia, and a slide show presentation. Located off of S.C Scenic Highway 11 and S.C 110 in Cherokee County.

Roper Mountain Science Center

Owned and operated by the School District of Greenville County, the Science Center’s primary purpose is to provide high quality enhancement to the school district’s classroom curriculum. Through its numerous hands-on and attention-grabbing science programs available to school-age children, the Science Center has earned a reputation throughout the state of providing students with dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking science programs that, no doubt, are leading many of today’s students into future careers in science.
The Roper Mountain Science Center is located off I-385 at Exit 37 (Roper Mountain Road); cross over the Interstate bridge and the entrance is the second road on the right.

Mice on Main Mouse Hunt

Take your children. Take your family. Take your friends from out of town. It’s “Freedom!” It’s “Sparkle!” It’s “Adventure!” It’s a mix of Greenville and art! Greenville’s bronze mice are spaced here and there, on one side of Main Street or the other, all the way from the Hyatt to the Westin Poinsett Hotel.

BMW Zentrum

BMW Zentrum is a state-of-the-art visitors center that highlights the company’s commitment to engineering and its neighboring communities. Be sure to ride the line via the Virtual Factory Tour. Open Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Factory tours by reservation only. Admission charged. Call 1-888-TOURBMW. 1400 Hwy. 101 South, Greer SC 29651

The Carolina Music Museum

The Carolina Music Museum, the first of its kind in the two Carolinas, is now open in the old Coca Cola Building on Heritage Green, 516 Buncombe Street in Greenville, SC. The opening exhibit, Facing South, features one of the finest collections of antique harpsichords and square pianos in the United States. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM – 5PM, Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM.

Pavillion Indoor Recreation Complex

Full size ice skating rink, tennis courts, gameroom, concessions, summer daycamps and afterschool programs. The Pavilion in Taylors, SC is home to the Brushy Creek & Southern miniature passenger railroad. One of only two public indoor rinks in South Carolina. Call 864-322-7529 for more information.

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Columbia, SC
Riverbanks Zoo is a sanctuary for more than 2,000 animals housed in natural habitat exhibits along the Saluda River in Columbia, SC. Just across the river, the 70-acre Riverbanks Botanical Garden is devoted to gardens, woodlands, plant collections and historic ruins.

Camp Spearhead

This unique residential camp, in existence since 1968, serves individuals 8 years and older with special needs. Weekly activities at Spearhead include a petting zoo, Ropes course, miniature golf, horseback riding, hiking, hay rides, boating and drama.

16th S.C. Volunteers Museum of Confederate History

Located in downtown Greenville’s Pettigru Historic District, the museum houses a collection of Confederate relics and artifacts, both military and personal, as well as a research library.

Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking provides adventurous hiking tours throughout the Greater Asheville area. Trip styles range from backpacking to inn-based tours, day hikes, and fantastic kayak camping trips on Fontana Lake. We have over 30 years of experience in adventure travel and we’re the #1 rated TripAdvisor tour company in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #wildiswaiting

Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (S.C. 11)

Often right at the foot of high mountains, this beautiful but still utilitarian two-lane road leaves I-85 at Gaffney, makes a 130-mile arc through peach orchards and villages, past Cowpens Battlefield, over I-26, past several state and county parks, over Lake Keowee at a scenic spot and on past Salem, Walhalla, Seneca and Westminster to rejoin I-85 at the Georgia line.

Runway Park at GMU

This park, which is on the grounds of the Greenville Downtown Airport, is the perfect place to watch aviation in action and children will love playing on the aviation themed playground equipment.

Pearson’s Falls

Located between Tryon and Saluda is Pearson’s Falls. The Tryon Garden Club has own this 250-acre site for nearly 70 years. Hours are 10am -6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults.

Greenville State Farmers Market

The Greenville Market, assisting farmers who truck seasonal fruits and vegetables from surrounding counties, NC, and northeast GA, offers selections from the freshest and best in the Piedmont area. Hours of retail operation: 8 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Foothills Trail

The main stem of this nearly 100-mile long hiking trail extends from Table Rock State Park in Pickens County to Oconee State Park in Oconee County. The trail crosses some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the Southeast and provides access to Sassafras Mountain, the highest peak in South Carolina, and to major mountain streams and breathtaking views. Contact the Foothills Trails Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville SC 29602.

Westside Aquatics Center

Westside Aquatic Center features South Carolina’s only public 50 meter enclosed swimming pool and a year-round menu of daily recreation swim and lap times, instruction, senior citizens aquarobics, scuba and kayaking.
2700 West Blue Ridge Dr. Greenville, SC 29611

Pleasant Ridge Park

Pleasant Ridge County Park features 300 acres of beautiful mountain wilderness complete with a 5 acre fishing/swimming lake, nature trail, and playground. 4232 Hwy 11, Marietta, SC 29661

16th SC Volunteers Museum of Confederate History

The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History boasts a large and growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the War Between the States. The collection includes firearms, photographs, flags, edged weapons, currency, clothing, letters, newspapers, and other items from military and home life.

Model Trains Station at Taylors Mill

Currently we have 5 displays running which include O, HO, N, and G scales, a 1400 sq. ft. children’s play area featuring wooden toy trains, coloring tables, a basketball arcade, corn-hole game, etc., and a museum artifact room. We now have our birthday party room available for rental. Please call or visit our website for availability, hours, and prices. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization.

Hatcher Gardens

This beautiful garden contains more that 10,000 plants, as well as dams, ponds, and trails. It also serves as a haven for local birds and wildlife. Located on Reidville Road in Spartanburg.

 


Walnut Grove

Kate Moore Barry’s 1765 plantation house had been lived in only a few years when the Revolution rocked the colonies. She then served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens. Walnut Grove was a community in itself, with a school, doctor’s office and various outbuildings. Fully restored and furnished.

The Logos Theatre

The Logos Theatre brings a level of excellence nearly unrivaled anywhere on the east coast, as the only performing arts theatre in the upstate consistently producing family-friendly shows and concerts at truly broadway-level quality. The Logos Theatre holds the distinction of being the only theatre in the world to mount a truly professional stage adaption of C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian. The theatre itself holds dozens of 5-star reviews on Google, TripAdvisor, and Facebook, and is an incredible experience you don’t want to miss!

Heritage Preserves

Hiking is permitted in the following Upcountry Heritage Preserves: Eastatoe Creek, Buzzard Roost, Ashmore, Watson, Glassy Mountain, Laurel Fork, Bunched Arrowhead, Pacolet River and parts of Chandler. Contact the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, PO Box 167, Columbia SC 29202; (803) 734-3893.

Brushy Creek & Southern Miniature Children’s Railroad

This 50 year old miniature passenger train, housed at the Pavilion Recreation Complex, takes passengers on a memorable half-mile ride around the soccer complex. The train is a great family outing!

Mountain Bridge Wilderness & Rec. Area

More than 11,000 acres and 50 miles of trails connect to the Sumter National Forest with one trail leading to the Foothills Trail. This network of trails provides an excellent view of scenic vistas, including Raven Cliff Falls. Primitive trailside camping is permitted by registering with a ranger. Call Caesars Head State Park at (864) 836-6115 or Jones Gap State Park at (864) 836-3647.

Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River

Born high in the Carolina mountains and dropping an average of 49.3 feet per mile in its race past the stately woods of Sumter National Forest, for 40 miles this tumultuous (and sometimes disarmingly placid) mountain river separates South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga became a sort of national quest after its starring role in the movie “Deliverance.” (For guided raft tours, contact Wildwater Ltd., Box 309, Long Creek, SC 29658.

Western North Carolina Area

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

  • The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
  • AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
  • No experience necessary
  • We cater to all ability levels and ages
  • Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)
Hickory Furniture Mart

When you’re in Greenville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you’ll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit hickoryfurniture.com.

Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking provides adventurous hiking tours throughout the Greater Asheville area. Trip styles range from backpacking to inn-based tours, day hikes, and fantastic kayak camping trips on Fontana Lake. We have over 30 years of experience in adventure travel and we’re the #1 rated TripAdvisor tour company in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #wildiswaiting

Appalachian Trail

This national scenic trail begins in Georgia and stretches across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridge lines to end in Maine. Along the way, it traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Western North Carolina. For more information on the trail, and day hike suggestions, contact the Appalachian Trail Conference.

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock, NC
Flat Rock Playhouse is the state theatre of North Carolina and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world, the theatre is home to the Vagabond School of the Drama. Check their web site for ticketing information and a schedule of performances.

Chimney Rock Park

More than a rock, it’s a mountain of possibilities. Enjoy a leisurely walk or a challenging hike out to 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Sign up to take a rock climbing clinic or spend a half or full-day taking rock climbing instructions. Bring a picnic or pick up a Hiker’s Lunch and savor the views. Take the kids and the dog on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. There’s no shortage of ways to find yourself breathless. Check out our special events and group activities. Just 60 miles NE of Greenville. Open all year. Live it up!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Dillsboro, NC
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations. 1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811