Your Spartanburg Bucket List for 2019

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Do you want to plan ahead for the new year? I’ve compiled a bucket list of all the family-friendly fun to be had in Spartanburg in 2019. Let’s make 2019 the best year for Spartanburg families ever!

When I was asked to come up with a Bucket List for Spartanburg, I had no idea that my list would be so large! I even had to cut it down! There are simply so many great things to do in Spartanburg – especially as the #seespartanburgrise movement is bringing tremendous growth and revitalization to our downtown area.

2019 Spartanburg Bucket List

Think I am exaggerating? Just look at this list that combines all the traditional favorites with all the new ones you are going to want to enjoy in the new year.

Go to a Farm                       

Spartanburg is home to several farms that are perfect outings for families. During the fall, go apple picking and spend time at Strawberry Hill’s Fall Festival. During the summer, look for farms where you can pick your own berries.

Get Wet

Whether you head to one of the local splash pads or Shipwreck Cove, plan to have some fun in the sun this summer right here in Spartanburg.

Have a Date Night

As more new restaurants, breweries, and entertainment venues are opening, you have tons of unique date night options. Need some suggestions? Check out The Kennedy for a nice meal, New Groove Artisan Brewery for a brewery on the Northside, Bond Street Wines for a downtown date, the Escape Room for something fun, or Speed Factory Indoor Karting for something different.

Explore Outdoors

With places like Hatcher Gardens and Croft State Park, this one will be easy to check off your bucket list any time of year.

Try a New Restaurant

I don’t have the space to list the many new restaurants in (or coming to) Spartanburg. Unless you go out to eat all the time, you will have no trouble finding somewhere new to try. Two restaurants that opened in 2018 that we tried and loved are RJ Rockers’ restaurant The Silo and Le Spice Downtown.

See Some Art

Spartanburg is lucky enough to have art on every corner. You can visit the Spartanburg Art Museum, enjoy an ArtWalk, or simply download the map to tour all the artbulbs.

Hunt for the Best Ice Cream                                               

Did you know Spartanburg has over ten different places to enjoy a frozen treat? From ice cream to snowballs, find your family’s favorite.

Cheer on the Home Team

If you have never attended the Carolina Panthers Training Camp, let this year be the year!

Take in a Play

Spartanburg Youth Theatre hosts wonderful plays, such as Seussical Jr., for kids, by kids. Plus, Spartanburg Little Theatre puts on amazing shows geared to adult audiences such as The Rocky Horror Show.

Read, Play, Learn, and Make at the Library

The Spartanburg County Public Library is home to more than books. This year, take advantage of their free programs (including yoga!) and their new Spark Space where you can make anything you can dream up.

Pamper Yourself

Take time to pamper yourself by visiting a local spa or the new Nail Bar downtown.

Check out The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate opened its doors to Spartanburg in 2018! If you have kids 5 or under, you have to take time to explore this fun museum.

Park Hop

With more parks than you can keep track of, try to visit some new-to-you parks this year. Plus, some of the local parks have had upgrades done this year, and the awesome new Spartanburg Downtown Airport park opened in 2018.

Cleveland Park in Spartanburg's playground

Get Active

If you can’t get outside to exercise, take your family to Big Air Trampoline Park or Climb Upstate to get active.

Celebrate the Holidays

With community Easter Egg hunts and festive Christmas celebrations, make plans to enjoy one of our local holiday traditions. Our Easter Egg hunt list will be updated to 2019 dates in the near future.

Support Local

Even with all the growth in our area, what makes Spartanburg special are the local businesses. Do your part to support local businesses like Little River Coffee Bar and Hub City Scoops this year.

Get Crafty

When you feel like being crafty, take your family to Hearts of Clay or East Main Arts to make personalized artistic creations.

Enjoy Live Music

Spartanburg hosts Jazz on the Square on Friday evenings in April, May, September, and October. There is also Music on Main on Thursday evenings from April – July.

Spend a Day at a Festival

We are lucky to live in a place with several family-friendly outdoor festivals. The Spartanburg Soaring Kite Festival, the International Festival, Spring Fling, and Dickens of a Christmas are all community events you want to add to your calendar.

What would you add to your Spartanburg Bucket List? Let us know in the comments!

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

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