Fall’s cooler temperatures usher in a season filled with festivals, football, dining alfresco and other ways to relax and unwind in Greenville, SC.
If you live in an apartment in Greenville, SC there are plenty of ways to enjoy this season. From apple picking and pumpkin patches to hockey games and haunted houses, here are ways to create new memories with your family this fall.
1. Wind Your Way Through Some of the Southeast's Largest Corn Mazes
USA TODAY readers ranked the maze at Denver Downs as No. 2 in the nation and since then, things have only gotten better. This year, the 10-acre corn maze honors John Deere’s 100th anniversary. Enjoy activities such as live music, bonfires, pig races, fireworks and special weekend events.
Other notable area mazes include Stewart Farms, which has spooky and not-so-spooky options. The folks at Strawberry Hill U.S.A. encourage you to leave your technology in the car and breathe in some fresh, country air.
2. Pop into the Farmer's Market
Stock up on fruits, veggies and other fun treats at the local farmers’ market, held every Saturday morning now through October 27th on Main Street in downtown Greenville (TD Saturday Market). Don’t miss the Autumn Harvest on Oct. 27th!
3. Pull a Charlie Brown and Look for the Great Pumpkin
Grab a gourd (or a bunch of pumpkins) at a local pumpkin patch. You can stop in at one of the corn maze locations or go to Fisher’s Orchard, Beechwood Farms or May-Lan Farms. At May-Lan Farms, kids can paint pumpkins, take a hayride and visit barnyard animals. Fishers Orchard and Beechwood Farms have lots of pumpkins ripe for the pickin' as well as other fall produce.
4. Hang out with Stomper
Watch the Greenville Swamp Rabbits thump some pucks and kick some tail (on the ice) during their opening game.This ECHL ice hockey team opens its season against Toledo on October 12th at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
5. A is for Autumn…and Apples
Now’s the time to pick them—or at least try apple turnovers! Enjoy one and wash it down with a cider slush from Grandad’s Apples and Such, an 80-acre farm 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, you can pick your own apples and then warm up with some hot apple cider.
6. Dress Up the Kiddos in Their Halloween Costumes
For an unforgettable evening at the Greenville Zoo's Boo in the Zoo (Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28), you can expect trick-or-treating, friendly but spooky decorations, and a walk through an un-haunted house. Another fun option for the 10-and-younger crew is the Enchanted Forest (Oct. 25-27). Complete with storybook characters, a magical maze and costume contest, this is where fairy tales and trick-or-treating meet.
7. Scream Your Head Off!
Nightmare Dungeon was named the No. 2 haunted house in South Carolina (TheScareFactor.com). Rivaling it for the top spot is Madworld, which claims to be the scariest haunted house in South Carolina, and certainly has the online reviews to back that up. Looking for a truly spooky experience? Add Treedine's Haunted Farm to your itinerary. For those with a paranormal bent, head out on a Greenville Ghost Tour in downtown Greenville, led by paranormal researcher and psychic reader Jason Profit.
8. Take a Hike to See the Beautiful Fall Leaves and Waterfalls
Lace up those hiking boots and experience the colorful fall leaves and gorgeous waterfalls at three state parks near Greenville. At Caesars Head in Cleveland, SC, make the 4-mile round-trip hike to a scenic overlook of the 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls. In nearby Marietta, Jones Gap features more than 60 miles of hiking trails. Close to downtown Greenville, Paris Mountain has outdoor fun for the whole family with hiking trails, swimming areas, campsites and picnic shelters.
9. 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.
10. Feel the Autumn Wind in Your Hair
Stretching 22 miles, the multi-use GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail winds by dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. Hop off the greenway for a bite to eat at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery or grab a brew at Birds Fly South Ale Project. There are plenty of local bike rental shops if you don’t bring your.