10 Fun Things to Do in Downtown Spartanburg with Kids

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Are you looking for some fun things to do in downtown Spartanburg with kids? We have put together a list of our favorite places to go in the downtown area of Spartanburg. This list includes local kid-friendly museums, playgrounds, and even free mini golf.

Hub City RailRoad Museum

Hub City Railway Museum tells a lot about the history of the railways in Spartanburg. In addition to an informative museum full of train facts and objects, there was also a fun red caboose for the kids to play in, with a working model train inside. There were cute souvenirs available for purchase in the caboose, including model train parts, t-shirts, engineer hats, and more. While we were there we saw the train go past two times right next the the museum! It was very exciting to see it come by so close, and the kids were thrilled. Inside the museum, there was a lot of informative history to read, as well as a loud, working train bell the kids could ring.

Note: According to the website, “The Southern Railway Caboose is currently undergoing a major renovation and is currently closed to the public, however the trackside observation deck is still available for you to view the Norfolk Southern trains that pass by the depot. The gift shop has been temporarily relocated into the Museum lobby and has a number of HO scale models for sale.

298 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Wednesdays, 10 am – 2 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm

Happy Hollow Playground

Happy Hollow Playground is a cute, small playground in the middle of the beautiful historic area of homes in downtown Spartanburg. Happy Hollow playground has a large picnic shelter, where we ate our lunch in the shade. It also has a playground with two swing sets (one for babies and one for older kids) and two play structures geared towards 3-5 yr-old kids, then children ages 6 and up. Additionally, there is a pretty landscaped area with a winding walking path to enjoy, along which are little learning “stations” where kids can do things on the pavement, like play hopscotch to practice their numbers, or play a jumping game to practice their shapes and colors.

Glendalyn Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Happy Hallow Park

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Spartanburg

This two story museum features exhibits designed for children 5 and under including infant areas, a tree house, a store, a doctors office, and a water play area. Admission is $5/person for all ages. Membership to the museum is reciprocal with The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville.

130 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Chapman Cultural Center

You can find the following organizations and museums at the cultural center:

200 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Spartanburg Science Center – This small science center contains hands-on exhibits as well as live animals. Admission is $5 for anyone over age 5.

Spartanburg Art Museum –  Admission is free (donations accepted).

Spartanburg Regional History Museum – Admission is free (donations accepted).

Spartanburg Little Theatre – Adult shows are performed by this group at Chapman Cultural Center. Check their calendar to see their full schedule.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre – Shows by youth, for youth are performed by this group at Chapman Cultural Center. Check their calendar to see their full schedule.

Barnet Park

This green space park also includes a small free splash pad in the warm months.

248 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Sparkle City Mini Putt

Enjoy a free game of mini golf on a  Spartanburg themed course. Putters and balls are available to borrow at: Paisley Paw, The Local Hiker, Little River Coffee Bar, and Growler Haus. Located next door is the FR8 Yard where you can find delicious hot dogs.

145 West Broad Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Cleveland Park

This downtown park includes a brightly colored play structure, walking trails, and a duck pond.

141 North Cleveland Park Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Headquarters Library

Your kids will be delighted to discover the enclosed shady playground outside of the children’s section of the Spartanburg Library. Entry to the playground is through the library.

151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

The Mary Black Rail Trail

The trail head starts at Henry & Union Street and runs until Union Street intersects with State Rd S-42-27. It’s perfect for bikers, runners, and walkers. Bikes are available for rent at the start and finish of the trail.

Hot Spot Skate Park

This outdoor concrete skate park is open in the afternoon through evening most days and admission is only $1 for 6-12 year olds on weekdays and $2weekends and holidays.

339 Union Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

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