The Midlands and Upstate

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands and Upstate - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. EdVenture Children's Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    With more than 90,000 square feet for climbing, exploring, painting, playing, building—oh, and learning, too—this museum is a full day of hands...Read More

  • 2. Greenville County Museum of Art

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This Southern-focused gallery is home to American paintings dating from the colonial era, along with more-modern works by Andy Warhol, Georgia...Read More

  • 3. Jones Gap State Park

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Famous for its trout fishing and the Rim of the Gap Trail, which has views of Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap State Park is 6 miles east of U.S. Route...Read More

  • 4. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This top-notch zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats, including a sea lion exhibit and lion cubs born in 2018....Read More

  • 5. Trinity Episcopal Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1860, this is the town's oldest standing church and an architectural landmark that anchors the town. Complete with a 125-foot spire...Read More

  • 6. Abbeville Opera House

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Built in 1908 along the old town square, this auditorium has been renovated to reflect the grandeur of the days when lavish road shows and stellar...Read More

  • 7. Aiken County Historical Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One wing of this 1860 estate is devoted to early regional culture, including Native American artifacts, firearms, an authentically furnished...Read More

  • 8. Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The area's horse farms have produced many national champions, which are commemorated here. Exhibits include horse-related decorations, paintings...Read More

  • 9. Bonds Conway House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This circa-1812 house has the fine details of a skilled craftsman, including wonderful woodwork and heart-pine floors. It was built by the first...Read More

  • 10. Burt-Stark Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    It was in this 1820 home that Jefferson Davis disbanded the Confederate armies, effectively ending the Civil War. Now a popular wedding venue...Read More

  • 11. Caesars Head State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and best known for the Raven Cliff Falls here, Caesar's Head State Park is about 30 miles north...Read More

  • 12. Children's Museum of the Upstate

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This 80,000-square-foot facility is packed with hands-on exhibits that cover everything from science and music to construction and race cars...Read More

  • 13. Columbia Museum of Art

    Main Street Area | Museum/Gallery

    This attractive, expansive gallery contains art from the Kress Foundation collection of Renaissance and baroque treasures, sculpture, and decorative...Read More

  • 14. Devils Fork State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At this park on Lake Jocassee, Lower Whitewater Falls plunges more than 200 feet over huge boulders to splash into the lake waters. You can...Read More

  • 15. euphoria Greenville

    Festival–Sight

    Each September, downtown Greenville comes alive with this four-day event showcasing the Upstate's best farms and chefs, featuring ticketed dinners...Read More

  • 16. Falls Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    In this urban outdoor oasis, sloping green hills, giant boulders, and winding walkways offer great views of the Reedy River, but the best views...Read More

  • 17. Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

    Main Street Area | House/Mansion/Villa

    Dating from 1818, this grand home is filled with lavish furnishings collected by three generations of two influential families. The mansion...Read More

  • 18. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This 107-acre outdoor museum complex emphasizes the period surrounding the British occupation of 1780. Several structures dot the site, including...Read More

  • 19. Hitchcock Woods

    Forest

    At 2,100 acres and three times the size of New York's Central Park, this is one of the largest urban forests in the country and is listed on...Read More

  • 20. Irmo Okra Strut

    Festival–Sight

    September's Okra Strut in Irmo is slimy fun and includes live music and carnival rides. ...Read More

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