Greenville & The Upstate Area of South Carolina

Jerry Blackwelder

BMW Zentrum Museum
1400 Highway 101 South, Greer, SC
1-888-868-7269, www.bmwusfactory.com/zentrum

Here the past, present and future of BMW come together. See the cars, the speed, the innovation – all in the only BMW museum in North America. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the U.S. Open Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum
356 Field Street, Greenville, SC
864 346-4867, www.shoelessjoejackson.org

The not-for-profit museum is in the house where Jackson, one of the best players in major league baseball, lived. On display are records, artifacts, photographs, film and other items associated with Jackson’s career. 

Heritage Park Railway
861 Southeast Main St. Simpsonville, SC 864-967-9533, www.simpsonville.com 

The train is a miniature replica steam engine akin to those that passed through Simpsonville for many years. This ride is for the whole family and features several replica historical landmarks important to Simpsonville.


Greenville Zoo

150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville, SC, 864-467-4300, www.greenvillezoo.com

A global collection of mammals, reptiles and amphibians on display.

Duke Energy’s World of Energy
Oconee Nuclear Station, Seneca, SC
1-800-777-1004, www.duke-energy.com

The basic presentation explains what electricity is, how it is made and how it is transmitted from power plants to our communities. A staff member uses hands-on activities to explain the secrets of atoms, magnets, conductors, insulators, generators and turbines. This program is generally recommended for students in 3rd – 6th grades. To schedule a group visit or onsite presentation, call 800.777.1004.

Children’s Museum of the Upstate  
300 College Street, Greenville, SC
864-233-7755, www.tcmupstate.org

Children and adults alike can explore, discover, imagine and pretend through arts, science, engineering, and health activities, displays and interactive exhibits. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the museum has access to its resources, including collections, scholarships, traveling exhibitions and membership benefits.

Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC
864-355-8900, ropermountain.org

Nature trail, arboretum, hands-on experiences. Public programs are Friday “Starry Nights”
planetarium shows and Second Saturday public day. In the summer, Summer Adventures are offered in the Hooper Planetarium and Symmes Auditorium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC
864-467-3100, www.upcountryhistory.org

The museum sits at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville and promotes the rich history of the Upcountry’s 15 counties. Tours are available for groups of 10 or more.

Greenville County Museum of Art

420 College St., Greenville, SC
864-271-7570, gcma.org

GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. The GCMA also has a collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artist Jasper Johns. The GCMA’s acclaimed Southern Collection invites viewers to survey American art history through works with ties to the South. 

Chapman Cultural Center/Spartanburg Regional History Museum
200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC
(864) 542-2787 (Cultural Center), (864) 596-3501 (Museum)

Educational programs that serve more than 40,000 students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre, and crafts. The permanent exhibit presents Spartanburg history from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the military training camps of the 20th century’s two World Wars and beyond.

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Carolina Publishing

PO Box 1155
Matthews, NC 28106

(704) 708-6270