Experience All Things Fall in Greenville, SC

It's fall, y'all! 🍂 And with that, fall’s cooler temperatures usher in a season filled with festivals, football, dining alfresco, and other ways to relax and unwind in Greenville, SC. From apple picking and pumpkin patches to hockey games and haunted houses, here are the 10 best ways to create new memories with your loved ones in #yeahTHATgreenville this fall. 

1.  A is for Autumn...and Apples

Just over the border and less than an hour from Greenville, now’s the time to go apple picking—or at least try apple turnovers! Enjoy one and wash it down with an apple cider slushie from Grandad’s Apples 'N Such, a 100-acre family farm and apple orchard in Hendersonville, NC, that features a country store and bakery. Make the drive to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC, to discover why the Travel Channel called it one of the "Top 5 Apple Picking Farms in the U.S." At Justus Orchard, also in Hendersonville, NC, you can pick your own apples and then warm up (if needed) with some hot apple cider—better yet, try out their apple cannon. For just $5 for 10 apples, you can knock out a bear, deer, or the infamous Big Foot! 

Jeter Mountain Farm has been an active farm in Hendersonville, NC for more than 200 years, and to pick apples here, you must first embark on a tractor ride! Follow it up with pulled pork (and apple cider BBQ, of course) from their 1813 Smokehouse, wash it down with fresh ciders from their Hard Cider Taproom, and enjoy live bluegrass music on the weekends. Another option is Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard, a 3-generation farm that lets you pick from 26 apple varieties in their 40-acre orchard, pick-your-own sunflowers and zinnias, and on weekends, take wagon rides, shoot apple cannons, and play on the jump pad. 

Tip: Try hot apple cider DOUGHNUTS (yes, you read that right) at any of these orchards; remember, they're best served warm! 🍎🍩



3. Dine Alfresco

Whether it’s rooftop views or sidewalk seating, downtown Greenville has plenty of options for outdoor eats to enjoy the perfect fall weather. Nosh at Limoncello 🍋Cantina 76 🌮, or UP on the Roof 🍹, which is also open for weekend brunch. Another good option is 🍦 Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe & Restaurant's patio or sitting on the steps of 📙 M. Judson Booksellers while devouring a delicious pumpkin-something from their own 🧁 Camilla Kitchen or Rise Bakery in The Commons. From muffins, scones, and cookies to bread and pastries, you won't leave disappointed! 

Need more recommendations? Dine outside on the patio at one of these downtown establishments...


5.  Scream Your Head Off!

😱 Nightmare Dungeon is considered the "Scariest Haunted Attraction in South Carolina" and word on the street is that it's like being inside a live horror movie. Take a tour of the two-story farmhouse, which is 120 years old and said to really be haunted. This “Cabin In The Woods” is filled with realistic and high-tech special effects, bringing your nightmares and fears to life. Experience the Dungeon of Lost Souls and over 40 wickedly-horrifying horror scenes. (Yes, we just said horror twice to get the point across that this place is SCARY.) If you're not terrified enough already, you can opt for a hands-on option where you become part of the show; actors will literally get up close and personal with you and most likely make you disappear (in some horrifying way) in front of your friends. There's also a new House of Lasers this year. With the slogan, "Not all nightmares happen while you sleep"—if you go...good luck. 
645 Old Anderson Rd​. {Powdersville}
Open Dates: September 16 - November 5 ($30+)

Rivaling Nightmare Dungeon is Madworld, the "#1 Must-See Haunted Attraction in SC" and the "No. 10 Scariest Haunted Attraction in America." All new for 2022, experience Haunted Pirates, go through the Clown House (we're sure you can't wait to do that), have your mind bent (or blown) in the Asylum and Diner, experience sheer terror in the Chainsaw Massacre, go through the Vortex Tunnel, and check out the Witch Village and Croc's Revenge. It's a self-guided half-mile of self-inflicted horror...
Think you might be bored while waiting in line? Think again. Madworld has a live DJ, fires to warm up by, food and drink, an 18-hole Ghost Town Mini Golf course, brand new axe throwing lanes, carnival games (think Zombie Brain Smash, Crypt toss, Skeleball, etc.), face painting, a gift shop, and more. If you've got scaredy cats 🙀, aka chickens 🐔, in your group, Madworld offers the option to purchase a No-Scare Medallion for $5 more—meaning you won't be targeted by the professional actors. 
147 Country Manor Rd., Piedmont
Open Dates: September 9 - November 5 ($35+)

Looking for a truly spooky experience? Add Sweet Dreams Scare House (250 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley; Open Dates: September 16 - November 5; $25+) or the Asylum on Pine Knoll to your itinerary. The Asylum is clown-themed this year (yay) and full of warnings for the faint of heart. (110 Pine Knoll Dr, Easley; Open Dates: September 30-October 30; $30+)👻


6.  Wind Your Way Through Some of the Southeast's Largest Corn Mazes

Denver Downs was voted the "6th Best Corn Maze in the U.S." (USA TODAY) in 2021, so what's in store for this year? The 12-acre corn maze is featuring a design with the Denver Downs name, a jack-o-lantern, and fall leaves with 12 checkpoints to reach. Farm trivia is posted at each checkpoint, and there is a Maze QR code game if you want to see who can get through the entire thing the fastest. At night, bring your flashlights and glow sticks, but know this corn maze stays family-friendly and is never haunted. The farm is actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been owned and operated by the Garrison Family since 1869. It started as a cotton farm, switched to dairy, and is now devoted to agritourism and entertainment. And, if you've ever been to Denver Downs you know that the corn maze is just the beginning of the fun. Enjoy tons of other attractions and activities while you're there, such as live music, s'mores and bonfires, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, the PigTucky Derby 🐷, swings, slides, ziplines, gem mining, a cow train, food, and special weekend events.
1515 Denver Rd., Anderson
Open Dates: September 24 - November 13 (Wednesday - Sunday)

Want more? Look no further than Stewart Farms, which has spooky and not-so-spooky options at their 8-acre corn MAiZE. "The Big Boo" (their haunted MAiZE) is not recommended for children under 6, so if you've got young ones, get through the corn maze before dark. When it is dark outside, Stewart Farms offers nighttime wagon rides with a lit-up wagon trail where you can see fall and Halloween scenes, as well as jack-o-lanterns. If you're interested in making your own jack-o-lantern, they have an 8-acre UPIK pumpkin patch featuring over 30 varieties of pumpkins! While you're there, you can also visit the farmyard animals and see the Bee Barn 🐝 where the bees turn pumpkin pollen into honey! Before you leave, be sure to stop in at their Farm Market for fall décor, fall veggies (think cabbage, broccoli, and collard greens), as well as colorful mums perfect for giving your porch that autumn touch.  
6600 Highway 92, Enoree
Open Dates: September 24-October 30 (Friday - Sunday)

The folks at Strawberry Hill USA are having their 12th annual corn maze this year, with 3 corn mazes in 1! 🌽 The theme for 2022 is "Celebrating Our Faith & Freedom" and the maze design itself has stars, a bald eagle, and the words "God Bless the USA" for your family to navigate. (Note: No Night Maze offering for 2022.) After making your way out of the maze, be sure to relax on a hayride! The weekends-only hayride takes you to a farm playground where you can jump, slide, and swing, and then visit with farm animals. Enjoy lunch or ice cream across the street at the Strawberry Hill USA Café and before you leave, make sure you shop for pumpkins and other fall essentials before taking some fun family photos with their outdoor backdrops. 
3097 Hwy 11 W, Chesnee
Open Dates: September 17-October 31 (Open Daily)

7. Pull a Charlie Brown and Look for the Great Pumpkin

Oh, my gourd! It's time to grab a bunch of pumpkins 🎃 at a local pumpkin patch! For U-PICK pumpkins, visit Stewart Farms in Enoree or Little Cane Creek Farm in West Union. Stewart Farms has an 8-acre pumpkin patch with over 30 varieties of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They also have their corn maze (mentioned above), wagon rides, fall garden mums, fall veggies, and fall décor for sale. At Little Cane Creek, you can pick your own or purchase pre-picked pumpkins, enjoy a hayride through their working organic vegetable farms, get lost in the 5-acre corn maze, and play to your heart's content in the straw bale maze and pyramid, spider web challenge, slide, tunnel, and more! Remember to get your pumpkins where the pickin's good. 

Want more? For pre-picked pumpkins and other fall fun, be sure to visit: 



9. Dress Up the Kiddos in Their Halloween Costumes

For an unforgettable evening at the Greenville Zoo's Boo in the Zoo 👻 (Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-31), you can expect trick-or-treating, friendly (but spooky) decorations, a princess castle, an extinct species graveyard, Alice's Fun House, and Dragon Alley. Another fun option for kids is Fiction Addiction's Kids' Halloween Party (Sat. Oct. 29, 1-3pm). Complete with a storytime reading of Boo Stew and yummy treats, this is where fairy tales and spooky fun meet.

Want more? Here are some other great events to venture to with dressed-up kids in tow:  

  • Pumpkins and Costumes | Tues. Oct. 18 | 4:30-7:30pm | Greer City Park
    Wear your costume and enjoy the Farmers and Makers Market, food trucks, live music, and Soul Yoga 
  • Boo!seum | Sat. Oct. 22 | 9am-5pm Daily | The Children's Museum of the Upstate
    Halloween-themed programming, an indoor planetarium, a build-a-comet demonstration, SC Children's Theater performance, a costume contest, and more! 
  • Green Monster Mash | Sat. Oct. 22 | 11am-2pm | Fluor Field at the West End 
    Trick-or-treat with the Greenville Drive along the Fluor Field concourse and bring the pups along for the Howl-O-Ween Hangout! 
  • Nightmare Rides: Creatures, Cars & Candy | Sat. Oct. 22 | 5-9pm | Spare Time Entertainment
    Have fun at this outdoor family-friendly event featuring a car show and trunk-or-treat
  • Minnie Mouse's Glow in the Dark Costume Party | Sat. Oct. 29 | 9-11am | Sky Zone
    For kiddos walking through age five, join in on a spooky good time with Minnie Mouse as parents and kids jump around during a black-light laser light show!
  • Halloween Family Fun Day | Sat. Oct. 29 | 10am-Noon | Upcountry History Museum
    For kiddos walking through age five, join in on a spooky good time with Minnie Mouse as parents and kids jump around during a black-light laser light show!
  • Halloween Fest | Sat. Oct. 29 | 11am-8pm | Pangaea Brewing Company
    An entire day of spooky festivities that the whole family will enjoy! Dress up in costume and color, decorate candy bags, try your hand at pumpkin carving, and more
  • Downtown TR Trick-or-Treating | Sat. Oct. 29 | 1-3pm | Downtown Travelers Rest
    Grab the kids for an afternoon outing filled with face painting, games, trick-or-treating, and all the candy you could wish for
  • Light the Night: Candy Kingdom | Sat. Oct. 29 | 6-8pm | GFN Church
    Come dressed up for games, candy, a bounce house, decorated trunks, and a whole lot of fun!


10. Hang out with Stomper for Ear-resistible Hockey Fun!

Watch the Greenville Swamp Rabbits thump some pucks and kick some tail (on the ice) during their opening game. This professional ice hockey team (ECHL affiliate of the LA Kings and AHL affiliate of the Ontario Reign) opens its season against the Savannah Ghost Pirates on October 22nd, 2022, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. What better way to enjoy the crisp, cool fall weather than cheering along with the Rabbettes rink-side at a fast-and-furious paced hockey match?! The Swamp Rabbits' season goes through mid-April 2023 and includes 36 home games. Get your tickets today and gear up at the Hop Shop!