National Parks / Natural World in GREENVILLE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Greenville has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Greenville, South Carolina offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Greenville itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Falls Park on the Reedy

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    (2 miles) Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace in South Carolina with the famous Liberty Bridge, and that stunning waterfall! An oasis in Greenville!

  • Paris Mountain State Park

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    (8 miles) Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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    (10 miles) Greenville

    A 21 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views!

  • Table Rock State Park

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    (21 miles) Pickens

    Great Country Park with the stunning Table Rock Mountain providing an unforgetable backdrop. The park has a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic ...

  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

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    (36 miles) Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Chimney Rock Park

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    (44 miles) Chimney Rock

    This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one ...

  • North Carolina Arboretum

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    (48 miles) Asheville

    One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up ...

  • Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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    (67 miles) Comer

    Known as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River.

  • Lake James State Park

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    (67 miles) Nebo

    Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State ...

  • South Mountains State Park

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    (70 miles) Connelly Springs

    Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    (87 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Fort Yargo State Park

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    (95 miles) Winder

    Fort Yargo offers a fun camping, hiking and fishing experience. The park surrounds Marbury Creek Reservoir, a 260-acre lake with a swimming beach, fishing areas and boat ramps.

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  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

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    (2 miles) Greenville

    80,000 square feet, and three floors of interactive fun in South Carolina, all focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • Hands On Museum

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    (34 miles) Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • The Museum

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    (46 miles) Greenwood

    The Museum has over 30,000 artifacts in their collections, ranging from fossils to oriental textiles. Imagination is the only thing limiting how this rich resource can help educators in the ...

  • Ty Cobb Museum

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    (55 miles) Royston

    Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players ever, and now kids can learn all about his life and achievements at this Georgia museum all about him!

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (61 miles) Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    (77 miles) Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Settlemyre Planetarium

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    (77 miles) Rock Hill

    The Settlemyre Planetarium, located at the Museum of York County, uses a sophisticated star projector and a domed ceiling to recreate the night sky at any time of the year. Using this projector and ...

  • Georgia Museum of Art

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    (82 miles) Athens

    With free admission, this Museum of Art is a great place for the family to enjoy a cultural and artistic day out in Georgia! With kids activities and hands-on exhibits, it's a fun way to spend the ...

  • The Guinness World of Records

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    (88 miles) Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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    (88 miles) Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • Catawba Science Center

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    (88 miles) Hickory

    Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum

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    (95 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Count the spikes on a Stegosaurus tail. Stand next to one of the most common predators, the Allosaurus. Learn to spell “Parasaurolophus,” the largest ...

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

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    (95 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face to face with your favorite A-ist celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    (95 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Morris Museum of Art

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    (96 miles) Augusta

    The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly ...

  • EdVenture Childrens Museum

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    (96 miles) Columbia

    Unparalleled 67,000 square feet of turbo-charged learning and fun - the biggest children's museum in the South.

  • South Carolina State Museum

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    (96 miles) Columbia

    Four very large floors of exhibits cover South Carolina's art, history, natural history, and science and technology. The museum is located inside its largest artifact -- the historic Columbia Mills ...

  • Greenville Zoo

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    (2 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

  • Hollywild Animal Park

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    (21 miles) Wellford

    Over 500 animals waiting inside this South Carolina Animal Park that are roaming free in natural enclosures, or man made islands - some animals eat right out of your hand!

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

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    (52 miles) Asheville

    The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over ...

  • Bear Hollow Zoo

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    (83 miles) Athens

    A charming zoo filled with non-releasable native Georgia wildlife, perfect for that animal-tastic day out filled with learning and experiences. Free admission too!

  • North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

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    (84 miles) Cleveland

    Over 400 animals at this premier Georgia petting farm and zoo! Pony and wagon rides, as well as guided walks too. Great animal fun for the kids

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    (87 miles) Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.