The heat is on. It can be tough to beat the sweltering temps and high humidity Spartanburg gets during the summer, but it’s not impossible.
So, if you’re looking for family-friendly ways to handle the heat, grab some sunscreen, your best bathing suit and take a look at your options around Spartanburg.
At the entrance of Barnet Park just across from the Chapman Cultural Center sits a splash pad that’s totally free! The pad is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. It’s a perfect place to cool off some before heading to dinner downtown.
There’s no shade in this area of Barnet Park, though, so make sure you’re ready to reapply that SPF and have a pair of flip flops handy (the cement in other areas of the park can get very hot). Pack along buckets or water-friendly toys for the kids to enjoy if you stop by Barnet Park’s splash pad.
Family owned and operated; Hub City Scoops has only grown in popularity since it opened. The ice cream shop offers all its flavors in cups, bowls, cones, and sweet tooth-soothing chocolate-dipped cones.
If you can’t make up your mind (or just want to sample several flavors) Hub City Scoops offers ice cream flights. Yes, you read that right. Ice cream flights, featuring four flavors to try and share (although you don’t have to share).
Hub City Scoops’ full menu, including milkshakes and other specialty desserts, can be found at their website.
Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport is home to another wide-open splash pad perfect for families looking to cool off and catch a few planes taking off and landing. And, the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport, opened in 1927, was the first airport in South Carolina. (How’s that for history?)
If you want to hop off the splash pad, the park also has a walking trail, open fields, two playground areas – one for younger kids and one for older kids – and covered picnic areas if you need a touch of shade.
Lake Bowen – with its 33 miles of shoreline and 1,534 acres of water – offers a recreational haven for water-lovers, boaters, and fishermen in the summer.
The lake can be accessed at Anchor Park, run by Spartanburg Water, offering picnic pavilions, waterfront access, a playground, and two boat ramps, making water accessibility easy. Just stop by the Warden’s Office on site for a permit.
Open for most of the summer, the splash pad at Tyger River is the perfect spot to cool off before hitting the playground, or after leaving one of the park’s 13 baseball/softball fields.
Along with letting you pick strawberries fresh from the field, Strawberry Hill’s café serves up some of the best ice cream you can find in Spartanburg.
Relax in a rocking chair and enjoy ice cream made with fruits picked fresh from Cooley Farm. Strawberry, peach, and blackberry ice are especially popular flavors, with the fruit peeled, sliced, and put right into the ice cream. Ask which flavor is in season!
Shipwreck Cove in Duncan is home to a massive, pirate-themed water park with something for everyone. There are spiraling slides sure to awaken your inner adrenaline junkie, lazy rivers for anyone looking to just relax, and several areas for children, featuring kiddie pools and smaller slides.
There’s also a refreshment center on-site if you forget to pack a lunch, or if you’re just looking for a snack.
Admission prices, park rules, and more information can be found at Shipwreck Cove’s website.