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A list of some of our favorite parks for outside play in the Upstate


Warmer weather means heading to your local playground and feeling the breeze in your hair, the sun on your cheeks and the butterflies in your stomach from the swings. Looking for the best parks and playgrounds around? Look no further.

●              Barrett’s Place - This playground in Pendleton is full of wonder and adventure for your little explorer. Nestled in the shade of Veterans Park, Barrett’s Place offers swings, slides, climbing structures and even a little play village. Baseball diamonds are on one side with walking trails on the other. There are even picnic shelters that can be rented for the perfect birthday party spot. Visit townofpendleton.org/pendleton-parks-recreation.

●              Cleveland Park - Greenville’s own Cleveland Park is just a hop away from downtown and right next to the Greenville Zoo. This playground is fun for all ages and offers parents a chance to sit down while still being able to watch your child have a great time. There are trails and open space aplenty. Visit greenvillesc.gov/1581/Cleveland-Park.

●              Herdklotz Park - Two playgrounds and a walking trail make this park a Greenville family favorite. Herdklotz Park offers children of all ages the perfect mix of play structure and nature to explore. Visitors can enjoy a picnic under the shelter and see the downtown skyline. Visit greenvillerec.com/parks/herdklotz-park.

●              KidVenture - Anderson’s premiere playground, adjacent to the Sports and Entertainment Center, sits on an acre of land. It includes the perfect amount of whimsy, and children love to let their imaginations soar. A pond with several ducks is right behind it, making it a truly magical place to play. Visit andersonevents.com/facilities/kid-venture.

●              Nettles Park - As the largest park in Clemson, Nettles boasts a dog park, several soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts and a delightful playground. It’s home to Clemson’s Parks and Recreation Department, making the playground the perfect spot for kids to get all their energy out. Visit clemsoncity.org/Departments/ParksandRecreation.

●              Runway Park - This amazing playground in Greenville is best known for what’s next to it: the Greenville Downtown Airport. Visitors can watch planes take off and land while also biking on a small path, playing on the swings or trying to outrun the planes with the wind in your hair. Children and adults alike enjoy this wonderful and exhilarating playground. Visit greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunwayParkatGMU.html.

●              South Cove Park - This Oconee County treasure is a nature lover’s dream. Families can enjoy not only the playground, but also swim in the lake at this fun spot. South Cove has boat ramps, picnic shelters, a small beach and a bath house. The playground is a community favorite way to spend a warm day. Visit experienceoconee.com/Parks/South-Cove-Park.

●              Tyger River Park - This park in Duncan is a sports lover’s dream. Not only does it have numerous baseball fields, it also has a disc golf course, walking trails and picnic shelters, but it also has playgrounds and a splash pad sure to make your summer days go by quicker. Tyger River Park is a must-see for everyone who loves the outdoors. Visit spartanburgparks.org/3