Day Trip to Spartanburg, SC

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Spend a day this year visiting Spartanburg, a thriving city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; home to charming plantations, an historic downtown, the BMW production plant, shopping, and creative cuisine.

Spartanburg Music Trail Love music and musical history? Venture down the Spartanburg Music Trail, a special course that honors musicians from Spartanburg who have made an impact in music. Artists highlighted represent genres such as country, gospel, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and many more. The trail is about a 30 minute walk, beginning in the Grain District at the corner of Main and South Daniel Morgan Avenue and ending at the Chapman Cultural Center. Download the trail map here.

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Hatcher Garden This award-winning botanical garden and woodland preserve is a local must-see! Children and adults yearly visit the garden’s 12 acres for environmental education and to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere. Take in the beautiful sights and intimate experiences with nature’s extraordinary treasures! Open from dawn to dusk, free of charge. 864.574.7724 | 820 John B White Sr Blvd


Cottonwood Trail 
Looking for an outdoor component to your day trip? Experience Spartanburg’s Cottonwood Trail! Located along Lawson’s Fork Creek near Spartanburg High School, the Cottonwood Trail offers over 5 miles of nature trails. It caters to a variety of people who enjoy walking, running, kayaking, or canoeing (no rentals available). Enjoy a break from city life and amble along its 550 foot boardwalk winding through wetlands. The trail is home to deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, birds, reptiles, wildflowers and over 50 species of trees. The Cottonwood Trail is open from dawn until dusk everyday. Beechwood Drive | 864.948.0000

Spartanburg Art Museum To view captivating and original art pieces on your day away, visit the Spartanburg Art Museum, the only art museum in the Upstate that exclusively exhibits contemporary art! These rare exhibits change 4-5 times a year and are curated in-house. Don’t miss out on the amazing artwork! Open Tues- Fri 11 am – 5 pm with free admission. 864.582.7616 | 200 E Saint John Street

Spartanburg Regional History Museum:
The Museum’s permanent exhibit offers a walk-through of Spartanburg history from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the role the area played in the Revolution to the military training camps of the 20th century’s two World Wars and beyond. The decorative arts gallery showcases the Museum’s outstanding collection of Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture — including several distinctive half-penny inlay pieces — locally made pottery, hand-crafted quilts and samplers, and other artwork. The Spartanburg Historical Association owns and operates the museum, as well as the 1765 Walnut Grove Plantation in nearby Roebuck, which is also open to the public (currently under renovation, but the grounds are open), the Seay House (oldest house in Spartanburg and only open for private tours) and the Historic Price House.  Guided tours are available. 864.596.3501. $5 to $10 per adult

Spartanburg Regional History Museum


Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm

200 E. St. John Street

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Lunch | Willy Taco
Simple, yet delicious, Tex-Mex is what Willy Taco is all about. They are known for their delicious seasonal salsas and unique street tacos. Their crispy avocado taco with its fried avocado, sweet chili sauce, shaved cabbage, microgreens, pico, toasted sesame seeds, and Willy’s house made crema is one of Southern Living’s top recommendations. Willy Taco is open Tuesday- Thursday 11 am- 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 9pm, Sunday Brunch 10 am- 4:00pm. | 930 E. Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302. 864.327.8228

Cribbs Kitchen burger

Dinner | Cribbs Kitchen 
A fine dining experience that won’t break the bank. Cribbs Kitchen is a family owned restaurant exclusive to Spartanburg with a broad menu and a modern inside and outside atmosphere. Start off with a fried pimento cheese ball fritter, then move to a salad or specialty burger and crispy brussel sprouts. As the winner of the 2016 Cribbs Burger Cook Off, the A.C.Rauschenburger is a top hit. It features a black angus beef patty, smoked gouda, prosciutto, romesco sauce, red onion, tomatoes, and mayo.  Complete your dining experience with a refreshing beer, glass of wine, or unique cocktail. Tuesday- Saturday 11 am- 10 pm, Sunday 11 am-9 pm | 226 B West Main Street 864.699.9669

Drinks | Cyclops Cyderi & Brewery
Stop by this fun-filled brewery for a cold beverage and lots of shenanigans! Rated one of the top destinations on TripAdvisor, Cyclops Cyderi offers a wide variety of refreshing ciders and beer styles on their 30 taps. Family-friendly and weekly games! Open from Tues – Thurs 4 – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 12 – 10 pm, and Sun 12 – 7pm | 864.541.7379 | 197 E Saint John St

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Dessert | Hub City Scoops
Everyone needs a little creamy delight to top off a perfect day! If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to drop by Hub City Scoops for a scrumptious treat. Serves hand dipped ice cream, malts, milkshakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream flight, ice cream cakes, and banana splits in 45+ flavors! It’s the good good for sure. Also offers numerous dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and no sugar options!


Monday- Wednesday 11 am -9 pm
Thursday- Saturday 11am -10 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm

864.586.1100 | 158 E Main St

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