July is a time when we celebrate America’s independence, and there are few things as All-American as baseball. That’s why we decided to plan a day trip for families in July without leaving the Upstate.

Of course, we’re talking about a day centered around The Greenville Drive!

Since most home games start at 7:05 p.m. and gates don’t open until an hour beforehand, you can start mid-afternoon with the kids by exploring downtown Greenville. Downtown is home to Greenville Zoo, the Upcountry History Museum and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate — popular attractions for families — but if you’re looking for things to do before the game that don’t charge admission, there’s no shortage of options.

We recommend starting out in The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park. Located on Reedy View Drive, this fun and educational park is tucked beneath a bridge and beside a creek. Don’t worry. A paved path — part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail — connects The Children’s Garden with Falls Park on the Reedy. The kidcentric park was designed specifically for children, so it features a playground and picnic tables.

Next, you can head to Main Street, stopping to splash around and cool off in the water jets at City Plaza, located along Riverplace. There are public restrooms here as well. Then you can begin the Mice on Main scavenger hunt if you have enough time. It’ll take between 30 minutes to an hour to find nine bronze mice sculptures from the book “Goodnight Moon” scattered between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett. The short walk is a good way to fit in some exercise as you circle back to Falls Park on the Reedy.

Since it’s July and bound to be hot, you can stop off for ice cream at one of three downtown creameries: Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge and Ice Cream near the Hyatt, Marble Slab Creamery further down Main Street, or Spill the Bills right outside of Falls Park. Once you reach Falls Park, no visit is complete without a journey across the Liberty Bridge, and kids love to explore the edge of the river and its waterfall.

Finally, you can hop on the downtown trolley to head to Fluor Field at the West End. Trolleys are fare free and operate year-round 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sundays. Trolleys also shuttle fans from Greenville County Square to Fluor Field during Greenville Drive home games, so it will be running two hours before the game and an hour and a half after the game no matter what day of week it is. It stops at designated trolley stops to pick up passengers. Find more information here.

Greenville is home to Fluor Field, a stadium modeled after Fenway Park — the home of the Boston Red Sox. Fluor Field hosts more than 70 home games for the Red Sox affiliate the Greenville Drive each season, along with special events throughout the year. If you’ve never been to a home game at Fluor Field, it’s a great time to do so.

Fluor Field unveiled a variety of significant enhancements this season, including a revamped gift store, new seats and updated hospitality areas. After you enter the Main Street gates, you’ll find new Green Monster seats, which offer the best view of the game possible if you can snag tickets in this area.

The Drive is hosting 14 games this month alone, and many are on weekdays when families are looking for activities to keep them entertained. You’ll find a schedule online at or by calling the box office at 864-240-4500. Some of this month’s highlights include fireworks after every Friday night game, Reedy’s birthday party celebration July 14, Superhero Night July 15, and Super Mario Party Night July 29.

So, grab a hot dog (or two), sit down and enjoy a game!

Daytrip tip: Parking in downtown Greenville can be a pain, so if the trolley is running the day you chose to come, park at Greenville County Square, located at 301 University Ridge, and catch the trolley. It’s free.

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