The Children's Museum of the Upstate

#7 in Best Things To Do in Greenville, SC
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300 College St.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Located on the Heritage Green cultural campus in downtown Greenville, The Children's Museum of the Upstate offers three floors of unique, interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Kids can build dams and float toy ducks and boats in the Reedy River Bend, play guitar in the Garage Rock exhibit, build skyscrapers in the Construction Zone or host a news show in the WTCM broadcasting studio. Meanwhile, young children can play in the Toddler Lily Pond or enjoy the outdoor recreation area. Plus, the on-site cafeteria is stocked with kid favorites like Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

Recent visitors described this children's museum as both affordable and fun for kids and adults, and said the hands-on exhibits were entertaining and educational, especially the interactive grocery store. Out-of-town visitors were pleasantly surprised by the merchandise selection and reasonable prices in the gift shop, and many appreciated the on-site cafeteria and the convenient downtown location. 

The museum is situated downtown on the Heritage Green cultural campus, about a mile north of Falls Park. Parking is available in the public lot adjacent to the Hughes Main Library on Heritage Green. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Mondays during the summer. Admission costs $10 for adults and $9 for kids ages 1 to 15. Check the website for information on special events, new exhibits and season passes.

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#1 Falls Park on the Reedy

Falls Park on the Reedy is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of downtown, the park features beautiful stonework, walking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, lush gardens and public art installations, complemented by the graceful architecture of the Liberty Bridge. The two-acre Pedrick's Garden, which serves as the park's main entrance, honors a former community leader instrumental in the establishment of Falls Park. What's more, two eateries are located within the park: enjoy salads, sandwiches and Southern favorites at Mary's Restaurant at Falls Cottage or French fare at Passerelle Bistro.

Recent visitors said Falls Park is a popular place for families and pet lovers, noting that kids love watching the ducks and dogs enjoying the many walking trails. Many also noted the beautiful bridge and garden and some suggested bringing a picnic to enjoy this peaceful spot. Other reviewers enjoyed the park's two on-site restaurants, as well as its proximity to other popular downtown eateries. 

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