You definitely want to make the time to check out Tyger River Park located at 179 Dillard Road in Duncan, SC. Don’t let appearances deceive you- there is more to this park than perfectly kept baseball fields! It’s a playground experience for all ages!
It’s a Big Park
When you first enter the gates to Tyger River Park, you won’t be able to see the playground areas from the road that encircles the enclosure. Look for the tall tower in the center of the grounds. The two playgrounds and giant sandbox are located on either side of it. Follow the signs to the Clubhouse and park there. From the parking lot, it’s a short walk to the play areas.
Play Equipment for All Ages at Tyger River Park
There is truly play equipment for all ages!
There is a smaller playground for younger children, which caters to toddlers to preschool age. In addition to easily accessible small slides and climbing features, this playground also contains regular swings and toddler swings. It is within sight of the giant sandbox, too. Kids can bring their own sand toys or just play around in Duncan’s version of “the beach!” The location is perfect for smaller children to independently play between the sandbox and the playground, and benches are provided for adult supervision if you are lucky enough to get a chance to sit down!
The second playground is much bigger and caters to children ages kindergarten and up. The many slides available are taller and faster than the smaller playground and climbing features are much more challenging. This is perfect for older kids that quickly get bored with smaller slides.
Splash Pad at Tyger River Park
The splashpad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but make sure to check the Spartanburg Parks website for exact dates. Located just past the playground area (opposite the direction of the Clubhouse), kids can easily go from the playground to the splash pad to cool off and back to the playground. Double bonus: the playground is fenced in!
The bathrooms for the public are located on the side of the Clubhouse building. They were clean and well-stocked with soap and both paper towels and air-dryers. As parents, you can never underestimate the awesomeness of a park restroom that doesn’t make you cringe!
Couple Considerations for Tyger River Park
Limited to non-existent shade
There is very little shade at this park. None of the play areas have any shade screens or trees. The sandbox does have a small shade screen in the center that provides some relief from the sun. The tall tower casts a bit of shade for the sitting benches depending on the time of day. Do to the frequent hot weather in the upstate, this is a real downside. On warmer days, it is definitely best to plan on arriving early in the morning or in late afternoon/early evening or spend hotter parts of the day at the splash pad.
Supervision may be challenging for children of diff erent ages.
You cannot see the big kid playground and the smaller kid playground at the same time, although they are super close to each other. The tower blocks most of the visibility between the two. If you have children that span age groups, this can be tough. So plan on negotiating how much time you will spend on which playground or bring a second adult for help with supervision.
With proper planning, Tyger River Park is a must-do for a positive play experience for all ages. With so much to do- the kids will be occupied for hours, so don’t forget to pack snacks and water or bring along a lunch to eat at the nearby picnic tables.