If you’re planning a trip to one of the homeschool conventions in upstate South Carolina, there are many things to see and do in the surrounding area. I’ll tell you a little about some places we have been that are fun spring activities if you’d like to squeeze in a field trip or two while you’re in town.
Fun Field Trip Ideas
Hollywild Animal Park
Hollywild is located in Inman, South Carolina, just a short drive from both the Greenville and Spartanburg convention centers. It is a 70+ acre wildlife park housing more than five hundred animals from around the world.
Many of the inhabitants have been featured in Hollywood productions such as Days of Thunder and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, as well as numerous commercials, and some of the lions were models for the animators working on The Lion King.
Some of our favorite things to do at Hollywild are the safari ride, where you can hand feed the animals, the Creature Feature, a thirty-minute educational presentation, and having a picnic lunch surrounded by peacocks.
The park owners are supportive of the local homeschool community, and they host special Homeschool Days throughout the year. Even if you can’t spend the entire day, it is a worthwhile excursion to spend a few hours up close with these beautiful creatures.
Walnut Grove Plantation and The Price House
Walnut Grove Plantation is near Roebuck, South Carolina in Spartanburg County. A fascinating historical site, Walnut Grove was established in 1765 by Charles and Mary Moore, who raised ten children while living there:
During the American Revolution, the Moore family, including eldest daughter Kate Moore Barry, actively supported the Patriot cause and the militia even mustered at Walnut Grove. Loyalist William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham killed three Patriot soldiers sheltered at the plantation in 1781.
Walnut Grove Plantation tells the stories of the free and enslaved people who settled South Carolina and the rest of Britain’s American colonies, fought for independence, and, in the end, built a new nation. (Spartanburg County Historical Association)
One of the Moore daughters was actually a spy for the Patriots during the American Revolution, and if you can get your hands on a copy of Courageous Kate by Sheila Ingle before visiting the plantation, your kids will enjoy learning more her exploits during the war.
The Price House is also located in Spartanburg County near Woodruff, South Carolina. Built in 1795 by Thomas and Ann Price, the house and grounds once served as a store, post office, tavern, and inn for the community. The house and grounds are interesting to explore, and the grounds also provide an opportunity for environmental education:
Mr. Price was also a significant landowner with 2,000 acres to his name. He raised cattle, sheep, pigs, corn, and, most importantly, cotton. As was common throughout the South, the cotton and corn farming of Price and others who farmed the property after him caused significant soil erosion that over the years resulted in a deep gulley near the house. (Spartanburg County Historical Association)
Have fun exploring!