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Greenville offers something for everyone, including kids, making it the perfect vacation spot for the entire family. When planning your trip, don’t forget to include some of our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ favorite kid-friendly activities:
1. Greenville Zoo. Opened in 1960, this 14-acre park is home to monkeys, elephants, giant tortoises and giraffes, as well as reptiles, spiders and birds. Located in beautiful Cleveland Park, the Greenville Zoo also offers educational programs, organized zoo sleepovers and Zoo Camp during the summer.
2. Mice on Main. Cleverly hidden along Main Street are nine bronze mice, each telling a unique story. Created by Greenville sculptor Zan Wells, Mice on Main began in 2000 as a class project. Based on the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, you’ll find a bronze sculpture of a mouse reading the book at the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency; then set out on a mouse hunt with your little ones to discover all nine mice. Local shops sell “Mice on Main” books, games and other souvenirs that benefit Upstate charities.
3. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Founded in 2009, the giant museum offers interactive exhibits covering a wide variety of interests from the arts to the environment. The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building is home to fun educational areas like Grandma Betty’s Farm, Construction Zone and the Kaleidoscope Climber.
4. The Greenville Drive. Kids of all ages love a ballgame, and Greenville is proud to be the home of the Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox Class A farm team. Home games are played at Fluor Field, Greenville’s replica of Boston’s Fenway Park. The farthest seat is just 13 rows from the field, making this a great place to get your kids involved in baseball.
5. The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park. Flowering plants, shrubs and herbs flourish in and around pint-sized furniture and life-sized fairytale and storybook characters. Kids can explore five separate themed areas including the Hansel and Gretel Garden, History Garden and the Geology Garden. Classic children’s stories are offered along with historic tales of Greenville and the Upstate.