15 Best Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC

15 Best Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC

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One of the most populated city of the state is Spartanburg. It is a wonderful city and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in South Carolina.

It is also important from an educational point of view and is an educational hub and home to many important colleges like the Converse College, the Wofford College, the Spartanburg Community College and others.

Moreover, it also has a great climate and is best described as of the subtropical type. So the summers are hot, but the winters are mild which makes it a great winter destination when the weather is pleasant with a sight chill.

Geocaching at Croft State Park

Croft State Park
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So what exactly does geocaching mean? As exciting as the word sounds, it really is an even more exciting outdoor activity that you can try.

In this basically you use a GPS receiver, mobile, cell phone or any other navigational techniques to seek or hide containers which are called the geocaches at specified locations, which can then be marked by coordinates from all over the world.

Usually a cache is waterproof and small and contains a logbook. When you find the cache, you can then sign the log to prove that you found it.

After this, you need to place that cache back at exactly the place where you found for the next person. Geocaching is thus a modern day take on treasure hunting with all its wonderful nuances.

Some of the outdoor activities that you can enjoy at Croft State Park also include picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and others. You can also fish at the huge lake here. Named the Lake Craig, its spread over a vast expanse measuring 165 acres.

A wonderful playground is also available for the young kids. There's also a very beautiful shooting range. And the bike trails are great.

Those with a penchant for thrill and adventure will definitely love this area. For those with the love for horses, equestrian facilities like rental stalls are also available.

Look at Beautiful Conifers at The Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve

Hatcher garden and Woodland Preserve
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Spread over a huge area of 10 acres is this public garden which is really beautiful. And then it is no wonder that it is one of the most visited places in Spartanburg.

The conifer garden inside is especially famous and displays as many as 200 species of different types of conifers in a range of plants, like trees or shrubs. Some of the species that you can find here include spruces, pines, firs, junipers, sequoias and more. Creeping cypresses are also there, including the bald Cypress.

What's even more wonderful is that the admission is free and the garden remains open to the public.

This garden was built by the Hatcher family using self-funds and by raising money. They were not very wealthy or from an affluent class but really had a great idea.

They had a great creative vision, which can definitely be seen in the way the garden has been built and in all the beautiful varieties of plants, flowers and shrubs that have been planted.

Visit Spartanburg Historic District

Daniel Morgan monument at Spartanburg Historic District
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A proud member of the list of National Register of Historic Places since 1983, The Spartanburg historic district is very important from the historical point of view of Spartanburg.

The original district was actually in Morgan square, and featured the famous Daniel Morgan monument.

Later, for commercial and economic reasons it was expanded. And today it's spread over a huge area, mainly focusing on the textile industry, and also has railroads.

Having the early style beautiful buildings and architecture from the ancient era of 19th and early 20th centuries, you'll mostly find two or three story structures, but the material used in construction reminds you of the ancient Roman style.

Moreover, they have also retained the original facades. So those of you who are architecture enthusiasts would love visiting this place. Some of the famous buildings that you should definitely have a look at include the Masonic Temple, the Cleveland hotel, the greenward's building, and the waterworks building.

Take a detour to the Jammie Seay House

Jammie Seay House
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A famous historic home of Spartanburg, this is believed to be the oldest house today in present day Spartanburg.

The house and its building dates back to almost 1770-1800s.  It is a one story log house but has survived very well through the years and reminds you of the ancient times with its architecture.

It consists of a loft, a gabled roof, and also a chimney. What makes it even more special is that it was originally built by Jammie Seay, who was a soldier during the Revolutionary War in the second Virginia infantry.

Today, the house is owned by the Spartanburg County Historical Association and remains open for tours. It is also a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1971.

Tour the Anderson's Mill

Anderson's mill in Spartanburg
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Continuing our scavenging of the places that are important historically is this Anderson's mill, listed on the National Register since 1988.

It was constructed during the late 19th century. The foundations are even older and can be dated back to as much as 18th century.

The building basically constitutes Christ at the base. The building basically has a basement and a main floor along with an attic.

The windows are placed irregularly but the mill remains intact and sits on the west side of the river and you can still have a look at it. The milling operations have stopped since 1975.

Watch a Beautiful Waterfall at The Glendale Shoals Preserve

Glendale shoals Dam
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A 13 acre natural preserve, the Glendale shoals preserve is a really beautiful place to visit. Containing a dam and a waterfall that falls pristinely, it's a great place to collect pictures.

Photography enthusiasts will really enjoy the wonderful water sides and picturesque scenes to do some great nature photography. It is also great for you to click self-portraits amidst serene nature.

Hiking experts will also love hiking through the popular trails. Due to the dense foliage and varied landscapes, birds also flock a lot to this reserve.

Bird watching is thus another beautiful activity that you can do here, since many varieties of birds keep visiting.

It is also important from a historical point of view. Since the famous Glendale mill used to stand where the preserve stands today. The ruins of the mill can still be found, including some ruins from the 19th century.

Look at animals frolic about at the Hollywild Animal Park

The Hollywild Animal Park is one of the most awesome places to visit in Spartanburg, especially if you're on a family vacation.

Your kids will definitely enjoy looking at the various different animals that are kept here including cattle, deer, bison and more.

It is a nonprofit Animal Sanctuary, and today houses as many as 500 animals. The animals kept are also quite famous and have been used in many movies and TV shows.

Some of the areas in the safari part have also been made interactive and you can hand feed the animals present.

Art connoisseurs throng the West Main Artists Co-Op

This is an art center dedicated to bringing the community together and also helping young, local, budding artists. Set in a 20,000 square foot building made with red stones, it also has a beautiful architecture.

Since it was earlier a Baptist Church the ethnic and ancient vibes of the building are still guarded and give a serene feel as you walk through the different art galleries.

With as many as 32 studios housed in the area, it provides hope and inspiration to keep painting to at least 40 artists whose work are displayed at a given time.

Other then they also have rotating exhibits which keep changing throughout the year.

If you really are an art connoisseur, you should definitely visit the art gallery and buy one of these beautiful paintings. Other than getting some really cool aesthetic stuff, you will also be doing your bit to support the local artists.

Shopping at Westgate Mall

Westgate Mall
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A hot favorite among locals, the Westgate Mall is the main shopping center. It has all the famous brands that you can buy from, like Bed bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Belk, Costco, Dick's Sporting Goods and more.

With all high five facilities and amenities, including accessible parking, modern restrooms, ATMs, it's great for a shopping spree.

When here you won't even have to worry about the kids as the play area is great and easily accessible.

Have a beer at RJ rockers Brewing Company

A locally owned family business in the downtown area of Spartanburg, the RJ rockers Brewing Company might be small, but it offers the best of rums and beers. The best Bourbons and whiskeys are also sold here.

It's also environmentally friendly and is solar powered. Most of the spirits here have been aged for more than 22 years to make sure that you get the finest taste. Tasting tours are also available from Thursdays to Saturday in the brewery.

Many trivia nights or music sessions are also conducted here and are very well organized. So grab a beer and have fun with your friends or family as you sip on.

Have Your Favorite Crepe at The Crepe Factory

The most delectable of crepes in Spartanburg can be found at this quaint store, the Crepe factory.

This wonderful eatery has something in store for all and offers you options between sweet and savory crepes both as per your desire.

Pair it up with one of their freshly brewed and beautiful romantic coffees for a great brunch experience. Moreover, the decor is really pretty and it also features a fireplace.

The seating is perfect and the area is well ventilated. For those looking for some spice after the sweet, there is also another menu which has salads and sandwiches.

Watch an Event at The Amphitheater at Barnet Park

Aerial view of Barnet Park and Amphitheater
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The Barnet Park is especially famous for a beautiful and huge amphitheater with a great seating capacity. They host many different events throughout the year and one major international festival that is a must attend.

A variety of concerts and musicals are also hosted for those interested in music. Some of the events are even free and open to the public. Other than this, the gardens are pretty and well-manicured with green lawns.

Explore the Hub City Railroad Museum

As suggestive as the name sounds, the Hub City Railroad Museum is a museum dedicated to railways and engines. You can find a variety of different exhibits including a red engine a model of a train. This place can also be converted into a good picnic spot.

A wonderful place to visit and stay out. You also have a very beautiful and pretty grassy area where tables have been if you are carrying a picnic lunch.

Explore the various train engines and then settle down with some sandwiches and cola on the picnic tables.

Biking at Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve

Another beautiful nature preserve is the Edwin M. Griffin nature preserve that is housed over 115 acres featuring lengthy miles of hiking and biking trails, with woods on either side. It's a really delightful experience.

Moreover, the geography is diverse and you pass through wetlands, grasslands, and many other interesting geographical features.

You can also witness many species of plants and flowers that bloom here alongside the different species of fauna like deer, beavers, Fox, raccoons, and even wild turkeys. Some other recreational activities that can be enjoyed here also include kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking.

Dine at The Wade’s Restaurant

This restaurant has an old world feel to it even though it is set up in a modern shopping area. Since its inception in 1947, it serves very delicious and classic delicacies. All the food here is homemade, with a distinct Southern cuisine taste.

Using fresh and locally sourced produce, the restaurant offers great food.

It also has a friendly interior and gives you a great vibes.  Make sure that you do try one of the many delectable recipes like chicken pie, homemade meatloaf, hush puppies, or the turnip greens. Finish it off with the pecan pie.