There are lots of great places around Greenville where families of all ages and sizes can explore and wonder together. Here are a few of my family's favorites with some of my "insider tips," too:
Start your weekend of wonder off with a quick road trip on I-385 to an early dinner at the Roper Mountain Road location of Bucky's Bar-B-Que. Our family's favorite thing to order is the Chicken Plate, but there are LOTS of tasty options to make even your pickiest little eaters happy! Insider's Tip: Bucky's offers cooking classes on select Monday evenings and Saturdays, where adults can learn about all things bar-b-que!
After dinner, scoot down the road to the Roper Mountain Science Center (home to the 8th largest telescope of its kind in the country) and experience their stellar 7 PM planetarium show, Starry Nights. Then, check out some real stars on the center's observation deck after the show! Insider's Tip: The planetarium only takes cash or check for the purchase of tickets, so plan ahead for your visit.
Work off that delicious breakfast by heading to the Children's Museum of the Upstate, a quick walk from NOMA Square up College Street. Start your family adventure at the top floor and "explore" your way down to the bottom floor where you can grab lunch together at the museum's Café (the "Kids' Corner" menu is full of fun items like "Dino Eggs," aka, mini corn dogs). Insider's Tip: We like to make the museum's water play area, "Reedy River Bend," the last stop on our visit in case the kids get a little soaked!
Celebrate the end of a playful day of wonder with dinner, a baseball game and some fireworks! Grab a slice (or three!) at Antonino Bertolo's on Main Street first, then help cheer on our hometown Greenville Drive at Fluor Field (modeled after the famous Fenway Park in Boston...complete with its own "Green Monster!"). Everyone will enjoy the spectacular fireworks show at the end of the game, too! Insider's Tip: Fluor Field has special "Family Terrace" seating where you can enjoy the game and let the kiddos work out their "wiggles" at the same time!
You'll want to sleep in after all the wonder-filled fun you had together yesterday, so wake up late and enjoy brunch at Mary's of Fall's College, near the entrance to Falls Park. Then, it's time for some cute rodent hunting! Located in surprising places along Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett Hotels, you'll find nine adorable, bronze mice sculptures. The "Mice on Main" make a great family scavenger hunt...can you find them all? Treat yourselves to delicious milkshakes at Grill Marks after your search! Insider's Tip: Parents can use the clues found on the Mice on Main website to help younger family members "discover" each of the mice along the way.
THAT Something Extra:
Up for trying a record-setting sweet?
Visit downtown's "smallest restaurant" for a colossal treat...a pizza-sized funnel cake! Funnelicious' world-record-setting "Mega Danny Cake" is 17-inches of shareable family fun. Try some of their other specialty items and fountain drinks, too!
Only have an hour on Saturday to explore?
Take a tour of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library, located near Fluor Field, to learn about one of Greenville's own American icons. View records, artifacts, photographs and film clips from his life and career...all in the house he called home!