Tyger River Park Has One of the Biggest Playgrounds in the Upstate

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Have you visited Tyger River Park in Spartanburg County? This giant park is home to ball fields, a huge playground, a splash pad and more. Read on to hear everything parents need to know about Tyger River Park.

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!

Looking for more great parks in Spartanburg, don’t miss our guide to Great Parks in Spartanburg County.

Spartanburg’s Tyger River Park is 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. You can get a sense of the park’s scale and use this handy park map to help plan your day.

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 9 am to 9 pm between Memorial Day to Labor Day. 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 splash pad is fenced in!

Clean bathrooms!

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!

A 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. Due 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 different 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.

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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.

About the Author
Juliet Autenzio Wright has lived in the Upstate for over 20 years. She is a proud alumna of Converse College and a former high school teacher. Now a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, ages five, two, and six months, Juliet loves exploring Spartanburg through the eyes of her children. Her favorite family-friendly activities include local parks and nature walks, library story times, and the many local festivals Spartanburg has to offer. In her spare time, she privately tutors, ghost writes, and reads as many books as possible. Juliet’s family and friends make her world go round!
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