All aboard! Get your children’s wheels in motion
Coupled with the Upstate’s history as a producer of textiles and tobacco is the integration of rails, and later, the infamous Carolina-born racing revolution.
We touch base with both on this month’s day trip.
Another Broken Egg Cafe is one of the latest of the onslaught of new restaurants in Greenville. The place was packed for Saturday brunch, and it took about 15 minutes to be seated in a cozy, French-country style dining room.
The restaurant has menus for kids, but there aren’t any pictures of the offerings on the menu. Instead, my kids were tempted by the selections on the grown-up menu, which made for a pricey meal, but they inhaled it.
Highly recommend: the cinnamon roll French toast and bananas foster waffle. The sweet potato pancake with spiced nuts is spicier than you’d expect.
The men who operate the railway at the Central Railway and Model & Historical Association museum in Central never outgrew their enthusiasm for trains, and they share that passion with everyone who walks through the door.
Volunteers are on hand every Saturday to show you how the trains work, explain the different types of trains they work with, and discuss their ongoing projects as they work to create a replica of the South Carolina rail system as it was in the late 1950s.
The working rail system runs virtually from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Atlanta, with Central being the center point on the route — thus the reason behind the town’s name.
Before you go: These trains are not toys. There are some tempting buttons and knobs right at the eye-level of a 4- to 6-year-old child. They can’t be touched, so let your kiddos know about that in advance, and be prepared to keep an eye on their little fingers.
The race is on
If you have a race car fan in your home, heading out to a local NASCAR track is a great way to see some real racing without the expense of driving to Charlotte or Atlanta. The Greenville Pickens Speedway has new management this season. The track has races scheduled for most weekends through mid-September. We took in the first practice session of the season, which was free for spectators, and just as fun as a real race.
What to bring: Ear protection for everyone — it gets loud. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets are allowed.
There’s no need to wait for the county fair to sink your teeth into the perfect blend of crunchy doughiness in a funnel cake. Just stop by FunnelDelicious on your way home.
If you go
Another Broken Egg Cafe
- 1025 Woodruff Road, Greenville
Central Railway and Model & Historical Association
- 108 Werner St., Central
- 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays; free
Greenville Pickens Speedway
- 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley
- Cost varies
155 Augusta St., Greenville