A Day Away: Simpsonville, SC

Located off I-385 in the Upstate of South Carolina

Simpsonville has seen tremendous growth since the 50s, a part of the “Golden Strip”, an area of great industry in the Upstate of South Carolina. Simpsonville is a town known as a welcoming community with exciting family activities and beautiful natural surroundings.

Simpsonville’s Outdoor Fun

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is a top destination for visitors. The main attraction is the Heritage Park Railway, now open and subscribing to CDC safety measures during COVID. The Heritage Park Railway is a miniature replica steam train, akin to the trains that passed through Simpsonville for many years. This open-car train ride is for the whole family and features several replica historical landmarks near Simpsonville. Just $2 for each adult and kids ride free – train rides on Saturdays and Sundays. The CCNB Amphitheatre, located within Heritage Park, hosts major concerts and shows throughout the year. Click here to see events calendar : https://ccnbamphitheatre.com/eventstickets/ Two playgrounds. Individual picnic shelters. Phone ​864.967.9533 to reserve. 861 SE Main St Simpsonville, SC 29681

Discovery Island

If you wish to take your day trip during the summer months and with the kids, make sure to splash around at Discovery Island, Simpsonville’s exhilarating waterpark. Park amenities include knee-boarding, lazy river, water slides, a play structure, and more! Click here to learn about their COVID-19 safety measures. The park will remain open until Labor Day, September 7, 2020. Located at 417 Baldwin Rd Simpsonville, SC 29680. Call 864.963.4345 or visit their website.

Historic Walking Tour

Simpsonville offers a self-guided walking tour that’s great for curious visitors and history buffs! The tour focuses on the downtown area, where its 20 points include sights like the cemetery with grave markers dating back to 1842, buildings from as early as 1886, and Howard’s Pharmacy, in business since 1934. Two of the structures (the Burdette Building and the Simpsonville Baptist Church) are on the National Register of Historic Places. Print your tour brochure here.

Farmer’s Market

Definitely add the Simpsonville Farmer’s Market to your to-do list if you plan a Saturday visit from May through September. This wholesome market is beloved by Simpsonville residents and visitors. The Simpsonville Farmers Market is an open-air market held on in-season Saturdays in the heart of downtown Simpsonville. Vendors are local farmers and artisans, offering products from seasonal fruits and vegetables, eggs and artisan cheeses, locally roasted coffee, meat, and much more. Open 8 am – noon. Simpsonville City Park, 405 East Curtis St., Simpsonville, SC 29681

Shopping in Simpsonville

Simpsonville has interesting boutiques and small shops unique to the city! Apparel stores like the Pink Owl Boutique, Three Generations Boutique, and Koinophobic Boutique provide stylish and specialized items that will wow everyone. To pick-up a memento or gift from your day trip, stop by Over the Rainbow and The Front Porch. Choose from house decor, toiletries, accessories, and more. Check out these Facebook pages:

Where to Eat in Simpsonville

Lunch

Wondering where to grab a bite to eat along the way? Here are some delicious restaurants to try in Simpsonville!

The Coach House is a farm-to-table restaurant that makes all its food items fresh and in-house daily. It captures the essence of Southern cooking, with Country Traditions and Coach House Favorites (meat-and-twos with dinner rolls and cornbread), and daily specials like Chicken & Dumplings and Pot Roast. Lunch is served from 11am – 4pm, Monday – Saturday. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days, from 7am – 9pm. 864.967.8840. 637 South Main Street Simpsonville, SC 29681

El Tejano Mexican Restuarant serves home style Mexican cooking with a punch a favor like no other, as its known for its distinctive dishes that bring authentic Mexican cuisine to life. From Mexican classic fare like fajitas and burritos to truly traditional dishes like Mexican stew, dessert churros and homemade sangria. Open Mon – Sat from 11am – 9pm. 864.962.8657. 38 Ray E. Talley Ct. Simpsonville, SC 29680

Dinner

Need a departure meal to wrap up a great day? Look into these restaurants and dessert shop to end a wonderful outing!

Voted Best Chef of the Upstate for two consecutive years, Stella’s Southern Bistro offers its customers cuisine that is inspired by the coastal Carolinas & the American South. If you fancy some awesome Shrimp & Grits, or a Grilled Pork Tenderloin & SC Quail combination, and sides like Ham Hock Braised BBQ Collard Greens or Adluh Mills Sharp Cheddar Grits, this is the place for you!

Current Hours:

Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5:30pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm – 10pm
Brunch: Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 3pm

864.757.1212 684 Fairview Rd Simpsonville, SC 29680

Love something very unique and authentic? Where are your lederhosen? Unterhausen The Castle Cellar Pub is located in downtown Simpsonville. They are open Monday and Tuesday for lunch only from 11am – 2pm, on Wednesday and Thursday for lunch (11-2) and dinner from 5pm – 10pm, and on Friday and Saturday for dinner only from 5pm – 10pm. Serves authentic German foods, homemade! as well as a great selection of German and Belgian beers and a nice wine list. 103 E. Curtis St. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864.757.8801

Ice Cream Station serves up creamy treats in its walk-up ice cream stand February 14th – November. Order soft serve, milkshakes, malts, sundaes, and other tasty desserts in a range of flavors! We love that they serve Dole Whip (like the state fair!) and Wow Cow (no fat and no sugar!) Highest ranking ice cream place in Simpsonville on Yelp! See their complete menu here. To check out their seasonal hours, visit their Facebook page today! 125 S Main St Simpsonville, SC, US 29681 864.962.9200