Cleveland Park in Spartanburg is hard to beat. When we visited in springtime, my kids loved seeing tons of wildlife. There were various types of ducks, geese, turtles — and even a blue heron. Lakeside weeping willows and a metal sculptural bridge leading to an island gazebo make a picturesque scene. Plenty of trees and greenspace offer shade, as well as attractive wood-beam picnic pavilions.

The custom playground with towering sign reading “The Great Adventure” lives up to its name with towers and a climbing wall. Structures with local themes like Old Anderson Mill and Peach Playhouse comingle with fantasy elements such as a viking ship and a castle fort with knights painted on the towers. Next to the play area, visitors will find restrooms, drink machines and shady benches for watchful parents. However, we found the restroom at the opposite end of the park by the lake to be cleaner, probably due to less frequent use.

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Cleveland Park is located at 141 N. Cleveland Park Dr., Spartanburg. Find more details at

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