Besides the extraordinary fishing, boating, and birding that Lake Greenwood provides, upstate South Carolina – the other South Carolina – is chock full of additional recreational opportunities. The area offers some of America’s best golfing, hunting, and hiking. If biking is your thing, miles of country roads surround the resort. Nearby waterfalls abound and beaches or mountains are within a few hours’ drive. For high-octane fun, the Laurens Speedway hosts Saturday night races April through October. Sports lovers will also enjoy the top-notch athletics at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.
In sum, there’s no shortage of fun stuff to do. We don’t say it too loudly, but we think we have it better here in the Upcountry, the other South Carolina.
Festival of Flowers
Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce
Held throughout the month of June
South Carolina’s Festival of Flowers, one of Southeast Tourism’s “Top 20” events, showcases over 15,000 varieties of flowers at internationally-famous Park Seed’s gardens. The week-long event includes private garden tours, arts & crafts, sports, horticultural shows and music for all ages.
The Old Ninety Six District
Travel along scenic back roads in South Carolina’s upcountry and you find small towns that give new meaning to the term “family values.” Add in people’s friendliness and the slower pace of life and Old 96 is just what the doctor ordered. There are so many events, festivals, and historic sites in this area that you can always find something new to experience.
Festival of Discovery
Greenwood’s Art and Tourism Center
Held July 13 and 14, 2012
The award winning South Carolina Festival of Discovery is the premier event of the year sponsored by the Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation. 2012 will be the 12th year of this growing event!
Discover a weekend of food, fun, music, amusement rides and much more as you experience and learn about the history, traditions, folklore, arts and crafts, music and dance, and vernacular culture of Greenwood, the South Carolina Upstate area, and the entire state.
Cultural Arts in Greenwood
Greenwood’s cultural arts includes the Greenwood Community Theatre, Greenwood Festival Chorale, Lander Performing Arts, and several art galleries that are supported by Greenwood’s Art Council. This just naming a few, it is clear that Greenwood ‘s cultural arts have a lot to offer!
Newberry Opera House
1201 McKibben Street
Newberry, SC 29108
The Newberry Opera House has been the heart of Newberry County for more than 100 years, serving as the cultural center of the region. Built in 1882, the historic structure’s French Gothic clock tower dominates the City’s skyline and has, since its construction, been a landmark for the area. After restoration, the Newberry Opera House has once again become a place for plays, art exhibits, musical performances, and social, cultural, and business gatherings.
Abbeville Opera House
100 Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620
The Abbeville Opera House was built in 1908 and is fully restored to its turn-of-the-century condition with two exceptions – the addition of air conditioning and rocking chair seats. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater uses the same rope pulled rigging systems as in 1908, and is the only “hemp house” remaining in South Carolina . Once again, this “Grand Old Theater” is being used for its original purpose – to present live theater as the cultural hub of Abbeville and the Upstate Region of South Carolina.
Greenwood Regional Tourism & Visitors Center
City of Abbeville
City of Newberry