50+ Free (or Cheap) Things to Do This Summer Near Spartanburg

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Thank goodness we live in Sparkle City! There are tons of free or super cheap things to do during the summer when kids are out of school. Bookmark this list of 50 free things to do this summer in Spartanburg to have the best summer ever.

We love summer break! Between the sun staying out later and no homework, it might be our favorite time of the year. But, let’s talk about the hardest part of summer – keeping your kids occupied and entertained all summer long! Eventually, they will get tired of sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and even tv. Fortunately, there are tons of things to do in and around Spartanburg this summer that are perfect for families. Best of all? We have come up with over 50 things to do in the Upstate that are free (or pretty cheap).

Don’t forget to join our corresponding Facebook page to stay plugged into the fun all summer long! P.S. Our definition of “cheap” is approximately $5 or less per person. For fun activities that cost more but are still fun see our calendar and don’t forget to subscribe to our Family Fun Planner to get our email each week.

This list may contain unpaid mentions of Kidding Around Spartanburg sponsors.

Free Things to Do in Spartanburg

Spartanburg County Public Library hosts a fun-filled Summer Reading Program. There are rewards for reading plus tons of free events for kids, teens, and adults all summer long at all the library branches.

Kids bowl 2 free games each day all summer long at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg.

You can take your kids to one of the local movie theaters for free summer movie options all summer long.

Let the kids get wet at one of Spartanburg’s Splash Pads (including Barnet Park, Tyger River, and the Spartanburg Memorial Airport Park).

Play mini golf for free downtown at Sparkle City Mini Putt.

Enjoy a whole week of fun at local VBS (Vacation Bible School) events.

Each Saturday at 11 am, Barnes and Noble hosts storytime that includes reading a book and an activity. Check our calendar for all the local storytimes.

Each month, kids can attend a Home Depot Kids Workshop for free! These events include hands-on building and decorating.

Go on an Artbulb scavenger hunt in downtown.

Take some time to parkhop and visit some of you have not been to before, such as Three Parks in Boiling Springs, Tyger River Park, Cleveland Park, Happy Hollow Park, and more.

Visit the Hub City Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Picnic at Milliken Arboretum.

Trek through Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve.

Hatcher Gardens Free Things to do

Bike the Mary Black Rail Trail.

Hike the Cottonwood Trail or one of the nearby trails that have kid-friendly hikes.

Enjoy free music outdoors each Thursday evening at Music on Main.

Visit the Hub City Railroad Museum.

On a windy day, fly a kite or visit the splash pad at Barnet Park.

Play frisbee (disc) golf at one of the several local parks that has a disc golf course.

Watch airplanes and play (and get wet in the splash pad) at the Spartanburg Memorial Airport Park.

Each week, your kids can attend a free storytime at Books Come Alive at Chick-fil-a. See our calendar for dates and locations.

Enjoy free museum time at Sundays Unplugged at Chapman Cultural Center.

Look at some art at Spartanburg Art Museum.

(Really) Cheap Things to Do in Spartanburg

Michael’s hosts Kids Club events each weekend from 10 am – 12 pm. You can shop on the premises while your kids participate in Kid’s Club for $2.

There are tons of cheap summer movie options while school is out.

Explore Croft State Park for only $2 (kids 15 and under are free!).

Go back in time at Cowpens National Battlefield, Musgrove Mills State Historic Site, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Walnut Grove Plantation.

Hunt for the best ice cream.

Visit the Spartanburg Science Center for $5 for those 5 and up (free for those under 5!).

Spend some time at Hot Spot Skate Park for $3 or less (depending on ages).

Visit the Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg and see why it is perfect for kids 5 and under.

Swim at Camp Mary Elizabeth for only $2! (Yes, it is open to the public.)

Free (or Cheap) Things to Do Nearby that are Worth the Drive

Visit one of the many upstate gardens.

Hike Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap.

Find all the Mice on Main in downtown Greenville.

Free Summer Activities near Spartanburg

See a free Shakespeare play at the Upstate Shakespeare Festival in Falls Park.

Visit the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock, NC.

Spend some time at Lake Lure.

Explore Hands On! Children’s Museum in Hendersonville, NC.

Get back to nature at Reedy Creek Nature Center.

Final Helpful Tips for Saving Money this Summer

Save money during the summer with our Kids Eat Free guide.

Use your memberships to places like Roper Mountain Science Center to take advantage of events like Starry Nights and Butterfly Adventure. And, don’t forget – if you have a membership, be sure to see if you have a reciprocal membership to other museums, zoos, and science centers across the country (such as Western North Carolina Nature Center and Discovery Place).

If you are not already a member of a Moms’ Group in Spartanburg, summer is a great time to get connected. Many of these local groups host free or cheap events for moms and their kids.

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.

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Tina Kedmenec

These are great ideas thank you for sharing them. Would you mind if I refer to your blog in our newsletter? Thank you!

Bethany Winston

Sure. That’s fine!