Welcome! Plan a Weekend in Greenville, SC With These Things to Do

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Are you wanting to plan a weekend in Greenville, SC and you aren’t sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with several different itineraries for a weekend getaway, Greenville, SC style. We have ideas for families with young children, big kids, a couples trip, and more. Let us do all the planning for you so you can just enjoy your time together. 

Weekend itinerary for visiting Greenville, South Carolina

It’s finally the weekend and you are planning on making a trip to Greenville, SC. Whether you have young children in your family or you’ve managed to find childcare and have a weekend away with your significant other, we’ve got lots of ideas to keep you and your family entertained once you arrive on Friday. Greenville is truly full of parks, events, concerts, restaurants, and trails and quite the destination in and of itself, which makes finding something to do on weekends more of an adventure than a chore.

Be sure to use our helpful calendar of events happening daily as your first stop when planning your weekend.

The crowd at the Downtown Greenville Farmers Market
TD Saturday Market in Downtown Greenville, SC

Who’s coming to visit?

Family visiting Greenville, SC with smaller kids

Friday night: Do dinner in. Traveling is exhausting and the last thing people want to do is sit around a restaurant, especially with smaller children. So come up with an easy menu – quesadillas, a taco bar, pizza (homemade or order in – see our list of reader-recommended pizza places here), pasta – set up and serve.

Saturday: Head to a local farmers market, where kids and adults alike can sample lots of local food, get a tasty breakfast, see a cooking demo, and pick up their favorite fruits and vegetables. The TD Saturday Market in Downtown Greenville is an excellent choice. It runs from May through October. If you’re in Downtown Greenville, grab a coffee from Coffee Underground or Methodical Coffee.

After the farmers market, let the kids run around Falls Park on the Reedy in the heart of downtown Greenville while you visit with family and sit on the swinging benches and enjoy the view. You can walk over the Liberty Bridge to the Grand Bohemian Lodge and explore the gigantic crystals around the parameter, which is always a hit with young kids. After exploring, be sure to take a family photo at the Medusa Tree, it’s basically a requirement for all tourists.

Medusa Tree
Medusa Tree with Greenville Bike Tours

Those little legs are probably getting tired, and a great way to lug yourself and your kids around is by taking a ride with Greenville Bike Tours! You’ll get to see some of the best sites in Downtown Greenville with an excellent guide biking you around.

As lunch approaches, either pack a picnic and stay at Falls Park or head to one of the many restaurants on or near Main Street. The West End is within walking distance of the park, and there are lots of dining choice. Enjoy an awesome Southern BBQ at Mac’s Speed Shop, or if pizza is more your thing, the Mellow Mushroom on the same block is a good choice for little kids. Grab a dessert milkshake at The Crazy Mason Milkshake, they are epic!

Before heading home, pick up dinner at Naked Pasta, which makes pasta and sauces from scratch. Enjoy the taste of Italy right here in the Upstate.

Sunday: Pick up bagels and cream cheese from Greenfields for brunch at home or enjoy one of the many wonderful brunch locations in Greenville. Then enjoy a day of play at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

If you’re looking for a place for your little ones to burn, head over to Judson Mill to the Play Cafe at Judson Mill, where you can grab a coffee while your kids run free in the 3 story indoor playground.

smaller playground at Judson Mill
Smaller play area at Play Cafe at Judson Mill

To finish your trip with a lazy afternoon, check out one of these ice cream shops where you’re sure to find something yummy!

Family visiting Greenville with big kids

Friday: If you arrive in the afternoon, grab the kids and head to Group Therapy where you can grab a drink while your kids play indoor putt-putt. Then, grab dinner at one of these downtown Greenville area restaurants (Greenville has excellent dining options!).

Saturday: Jump in the car and drive to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery where a breakfast of scones and coffee from organic coffee roaster Counter Culture, will have you already planning your return trip.

But leave you must because you will be heading on over to Bike the Rabbit a few minutes away to pick up rental bikes (Reedy Rides is another bike rental place) and bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It’s a fantastic way to see the city, see the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance, and get in some exercise while having fun.

Swamp Rabbit Trail bikers

Stop for lunch at Papi’s Tacos on the river for authentic Mexican tacos and horchata, a yummy Mexican Rice milk drink with cinnamon. And gelato. They have delicious gelato.

For dinner, have hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill at home – easy, fast, and tasty!

Sunday: Pack lunch while the older kids are sleeping in and get ready for a fun day on the water. Tubing is a great way to relax and enjoy family time together. Go tubing on the Saluda River, just a 15 -minute drive from Downtown Greenville.

Another option is renting a kayak at Lake Jocassee and enjoying the crystal-clear waters. This lake is absolutely stunning, so you will not be disappointed. Bring a lunch and stop in any of the coves for a lakeside picnic.

A Family Trip to Greenville, SC

Thursday: While technically not the weekend, why not get in the weekend spirit and start celebrating early by going to a free outdoor movie! Greer has them starting in June every Thursday night. If you can swing a family night on a Wednesday, Greenville has outdoor movies closer to fall at Falls Park for free starting around 8 pm.

Friday: Spend the day exploring some of Greenvilles best local shops! Here you will find excellent souvenirs, books, toys, and unique finds. Then, get ready for a big day ahead and prep for Saturday! Hot dogs, popcorn, and Red Box movie night. Pack a lunch for Saturday.

Saturday: Get up early and head out to Table Rock State Park, or one of the many parks in the area for hiking. Table Rock, and some others, like Paris Mountain, are totally kid-friendly. You can swim at both of these state parks, but there is also excellent hiking! Here’s a list of trails that KAG readers have recommended. Don’t forget the packed lunch and drinks!

If hiking isn’t your idea of fun, try heading to one of the numerous parks in the area with the kids. Unity Park in Downtown Greenville is wonderful and is a great option for the entire family, with a splash pad in summer, large green space, and multiple playgrounds. Greer’s Century Park offers Kid’s Planet, one of the most popular playgrounds in the Upstate!

View of Unity Park play area
View of Playground Unity Park

Let the kids sleep on the way home while you and your partner scout the highways for local fruit and produce stands, many of which have a great selection of some of the best offerings of the current season.

If the kids are old enough, go see The Greenville Drive at Fluor Field and grab dinner from the many restaurants surrounding the stadium. If you are visiting in winter, we have a pretty awesome hockey team, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, that you should check out.

Fluor Field, Greenville Drive
Fluor Field: Home of the Greenville Drive

Sunday: Go and pick your own berries (or peaches this summer) at one of the many area farms. KAG has the scoop on where to pick berries. Then head on home and make pies with all the juicy berries that ya’ll just picked!

Couples Retreat to Greenville

Friday: Get the kids set up for dinner, make sure there is food at home, and pack for your Saturday night getaway.

Saturday: Pay the sitter a little extra so you and your partner can leave early. Depending on what you like to do together, either go horseback riding at Black Horse Run, go on the At The Chef’s Table culinary and history tour, or create a masterpiece while enjoying a glass of wine at Wine and Design.

You may also want to make reservations at one of these romantic restaurants before heading to a show at the Peace Center. You will also find lots of ideas for an excellent date night in our Ultimate Date Night Guide to Greenville, with tons of options depending on how you want your trip to be. Consider exploring the Village of West Greenville on your date retreat, where you’ll find artists galleries, amazing restaurants and shops, and so much more in this growing part of the city.

WICKED at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC
Wicked at the Peace Center

Enjoy your special night together either at one of these great bed and breakfasts. You’ll only feel like you’re a world away.

Sunday: Before heading home, book a couples massage at Hand & Stone or a float in a blissful float tank at Drift Float & Spa in Greenville and afterward take a walk along the Reedy River with a coffee in hand.

Best Friend in Town

Friday: Start the weekend off right with a craft beer from the Southern Growl in Greer. Their amazing selection and relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy friends.

Saturday:  Sneak away to Due South Coffee in Greenville’s Hampton Station for an amazing cup of pour-over coffee and scone. Catch up while lounging in their ultra-comfy couches!

Things to do at Hampton Station in Greenville, SC

Hampton Station has great food, coffee, and entertainment. A one-stop shop for fun!

After coffee, head over to the Travelers Rest farmers market on Saturday morning for some live music. You can learn a variety of cool things from their Market Talks series – like herbal medicine and specialty gardening techniques.

For lunch afterward, go over to Sidewall Pizza, which has incredible pizza and salads and a great outdoor seating area. There are also several amazing restaurants in downtown TR, including Tandem Creperia & Coffee Shop, The Whistle Shop, and Monkey Wrench (which has the best BBQ ever!)

Tandem Creperia in Downtown Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Tandem in Downtown Travelers Rest, SC

Take a walk along the beautiful Swamp Rabbit Trail or rent bikes from Sunrift Adventures for an afternoon ride in Travelers Rest.

For dinner on Saturday night, grab dinner and a comedy show at Café and Then Some for a comedic treat.

Sunday: Brunch, brunch, brunch. There are tons of great places – Larkin’s, Soby’s on the Side, Nose Dive, Southern Culture – just waiting to be discovered.

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Kristina Hernandez
About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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