Grandparents
As a grandparent, have you ever wondered what activities in the area are suitable for you and your grandchildren?  The information below is based on the "experiences" of our community members.  Activities reflected here range from entertainment to suitable hikes.
 
In addition, once a year in July, volunteers from the community (like grandparents!) conduct a private cam, Kamp Keowee, which is open to the grandchildren/family members of Vineyards, Falls and Springs property owners.  You can find more information by clicking here: Kamp Keowee, or on this website under Social.   Each year, as the timeframe for Kamp Keowee approaches, expect to see news articles in The Grapevine News on the home page.   

Babysitters

Please contact the Vineyards Concierge at 864-868-7000 for referrals.

Animal Parks & Pony/Horse Rides

Greenville Zoo
Open every day but Thanksgiving, 
Christmas and New Year's Day
Greenville Zoo Website
150 Cleveland Park
Greenville, SC
864-467-4300
Cliffs Equestrian Center
Karyn Owen
saddlecreekfamilyfun@gmail.com
Saddle Creek Vistas Website
Cliffs, Keowee Vineyards
162 Arrowleaf Lane,
Sunset, SC 29685
 
864-868-9969
       
       
 

Indoor Recreation

Toadily Fun Indoor Play
Inflatable slides, obstacle course, games and prizes, cafe.
 
1030 Salem Church Rd.
Anderson, SC

Playgrounds, Parks, Water Parks, Fun Parks

Discovery Island Water Park
Water slides, lazy river, leisure pool,
children's play structure
417 Baldwin Rd.
Greenville, SC
864-963-4345
Otter Creek
Water slides and concessions
see website link
above
101 West Derby Rd.
Greenville, SC
864-834-4108
7th Inning Splash
Water slides, funnel slide, splash and 
spray pad
see website link
above
1500 Piedmont Hwy. 
Piedmont, SC
864-299-1842
Frankie's Fun Park
Rides, go-carts, bumper-boats, laser
tag, miniature golf, arcade
45 Park Woodruff Dr.
Greenville, SC
864-627-9888
Cliffs Valley Pool
Large Indoor and Outdoor Pools
see cliffsliving.com
website
  864-660-1180
Cliffs Falls Wellness Center
Pool, Tennis Courts
    864-361-0647
Cliffs Springs Beach Club
Slides, wading pool, food,
drinks
    864-868-9244
Cliffs Vineyards Playground   Near the main gate  
Mile Creek Park
Large marked swimming area,
beach and playground,  Life jackets
provided (nominal fee)
 
Hwy 133
one mile north of Clemson
 
Table Rock State Park
Large marked swimming area,
guards, diving platform, play
area
158 Ellison Ln.,
Pickens, SC
864-878-9813
Long Shoals Wayside Park
Part of the Poe Creek State Forest,
the 10-acre park overlooks Little
Eastatoee Creek. In the summer,
locals and visitors enjoy sliding down
the flat, gently sloping shoals into
the cool creek waters.
 
Hwy 11
a few miles east of 
Keowee-Toxaway State
Natural Area.
 
Playground of Promise
Children's play structures
 
Hwy 178
north of Pickens
Pickens Town Creek Park
 
Turtles on the Town
Explore Pickens while trying to locate
bronze turtles.  Free
Turtles on the Town Downtown Pickens  
 

Easy Hikes and Waterfalls

Stumphouse Tunnel Park and Isaqueena Falls        
Hwy 28, north of Walhalla
See "Beyond our Gates" , Local Attractions for more details

McKinney Falls
Located inside the McKinney Falls section of Falls North, is a beautiful waterfall and a moderate 3-mile loop walking trail.  These falls can be enjoyed year-round and even offer a shallow flat pool area at the top of the falls for wading on hot summer days.  From Old Chapman Bridge Road, enter at the McKinney Falls Parkway gate and drive approximately .9 mile to the McKinney Falls trail marker.   Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it to an open field area.   Look for a marker directing you to either the Upper or Lower Falls, as the waterfall can be viewed from both the top and the bottom.
 
McKinney Falls is also accessible by boat.  It is an easy kayak excursion from the Vineyards or other Falls North locations to the Falls East marina.  Park your boat(s) and then walk the easy 1/2 mile trail to the waterfall.  
 
In addition to the waterfall, visitors can enjoy a moderate 3-mile walking trail alongside McKinney Creek.  The trail is a loop which includes markers to guide hikers.  It can be accessed from either side of McKinney Falls Parkway and continues on both sides of the road.

Twin Falls
An easy 10 minute hike that ends at a gazebo with a great view of the falls.  The path parallels the river with places where one can splash.   Twin Falls is about a 10 minute drive from the Vineyards Main Gate
See "Beyond our Gates", Local Attractions for details

Whitewater Falls
The upper Whitewater Falls is about 1/4 mile from the parking area.  If you are coming from SC, HWY 11, turn north on SC130 and drive to the NC border.  The parking area is just ahead on the right.  There is a fee of $2 per vehicle for up to 7 persons, $1 for each additional person.  The walk to the top viewing area is less than 1/4 mile and is on sloped paved path.  It's kid friendly.  The first observation area gives a pretty food view of the falls, but for a better view you'll need to take the stairs (approximately 155-160 stairs) down.  See "Beyond our Gates", local attractions for details

Cliffs Falls South Trail to Waterfall
An easy hike, about 2.5 miles in and back.   The trail ends at a picnic area, which is also accessible by car from a gravel road.  See Trail map on this website under Social=>Active and Athletic=>Hiking  OR the same trail map can be found on cliffsliving.com, Falls.

Minor League Sports

Greenville Swamp Rabbits                      Minor League Hockey
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, SC

Greenville Drive                                       Minor League Baseball
Flour Field,
Greenville, SC

Museums and Educational Tours

Oconee Nuclear Station "World of Energy"
Hwy 130, north of Rte 183
Interactive Displays;  Discover how electricity is made;  Free

BMW Zentrum Museum
Hwy 101 S
Greer, SC

Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC
Public programs at the Center are Friday “Starry Nights” programs and the Second Saturday public day. In the summer we also offer Summer Adventures in the Hooper Planetarium and Symmes Auditorium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Children's Museum
300 College St.
Greenville, SC
An interactive museum, hands-on, that both entertains and educates.

Mice on Main
Explore downtown Greenville while trying to locate 9 bronze mice.  Free.   Buy a copy of Mice on Main, by Linda L. Kelly (at shops along Main Street) which is a great book for children with some hints where the mice might be hiding!

Vineyards Fire House
Call First!  864-868-6767
View fire trucks

U Pick Farms & Orchards

Beechwood Farm
204 Bates Bridge Rd.
Marietta, SC (near Travelers Rest)
Strawberries in raised beds.  Vegetables

The Happy Berry
Blueberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Figs, Muscadines, Persimmons
510 Gap Hill Rd
Six Mile, SC
(Hwy 183, West of Hwy 133)

Hunter Farms
Strawberries and strawberry plugs for planting
607 Jameson Road (just off  Hwy183)
Easley, SC 

Skytop Orchards
Apples
Sky Top Orchard is located above Flat Rock, NC on Pinnacle Mountain Road. Pinnacle Mountain Road is easily accessible from U.S. 225. Just watch for our big yellow Sky Top Orchard signs. 
Take Hwy 25 N to Exit 5.  At the bottom of the exit, turn left. You will be on 225N.  Go 1 1/2 mile and be on the lookout for bright yellow Sky Top signs.  Turn left onto Pinnacle Mountain Rd and proceed up the mountain.  Follow signs 1 mile to the orchard. 

Pickens Flea Market
Fresh Produce in Season
Hwy 183 west of Pickens
Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to Noon

The Cliffs Farm
550 Beaver Dam Rd.
Marietta, SC