Things to Do in Simpsonville

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Things to Do in Simpsonville SC

Simpsonville, South Carolina, is a diverse and growing community that attracts young couples, busy families and active retirees. Unlike similarly sized communities across the U.S., Simpsonville has been able to keep its small-town feel while enjoying enviable growth.

Only 20 minutes from downtown Greenville and an hour-and-a-half from Atlanta and Charlotte, Simpsonville is a growing community with award-winning schools, beautiful parks, accessible public services, lively events, and a wide variety of restaurants, retailers, and employers to keep residents engaged and happy.

“Simpsonville has it all: an expanding economic landscape, great sources of entertainment and a family-friendly atmosphere,” said Justin Campbell, City of Simpsonville community relations specialist. “From local boutiques to farm-to-table restaurants to big-name headlining bands, Simpsonville has the amenities one needs without leaving the city limits.”

Through the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Simpsonville’s merchants often assist with events and other important initiatives. Local businesses range from large stores like Publix, Target, Belk, and Michaels to smaller local enterprises like Mary’s Lunchbox, the Ice Cream Station, Stella’s Southern Bistro, Danny Smith’s Fillin’ & Fixin’ Station, and Vaughn’s Country Store.

One of Simpsonville’s biggest assets is Heritage Park, which boasts a full-size amphitheater, a fun outdoor venue where 16,000 people can enjoy a summer concert. The 2018 season featured Hank Williams Jr., rock bands Evanescence and Paramore, the Charlie Daniels Band, and both Foreigner and White Snake in a joint performance.

The venue is also home to family-favorite events like the 10-day Fair at Heritage Park each May, an Easter egg hunt, Movies in the Park, the Independence Day Celebration featuring a professional fireworks display, Halloween at Heritage Park and Christmas at Heritage Park featuring Santa Claus. Heritage Park also has athletic fields, walking trails, two playgrounds, and a miniature replica steam engine train that takes people of all ages around the park.

Simpsonville’s City Park is another beacon of entertainment for residents and visitors looking for family-friendly activities. City Park has a smaller amphitheater and stage that serves as the site for free Friday night concerts in the summer, sponsored by the Simpsonville Arts Foundation, Inc. Between 500 and 1,000 people can gather around the stage to enjoy a performance, and the city is pleased the Simpsonville City Park Amphitheater has grown as a destination in recent years.

“The City of Simpsonville and Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the ‘Support the Arts’ fundraiser at City Park in May, which featured the Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, and took in about $15,000 for the Simpsonville Arts Center,” Campbell said. “The community really showed its support for local art and Simpsonville.”

With $30,000 raised by the 2016 class of Leadership Simpsonville, a sensory playground compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and featuring inclusive equipment was added to City Park’s play area in 2017.

While many people move to Simpsonville to work for one of the community’s large employers, it is worth noting that another sizeable group consists of empty-nesters who move to Simpsonville to retire and be closer to their families. Although retirees are certainly drawn to the city by family, the area’s many golf courses, active senior centers, and various fun things to do nearby with their grandchildren – like the Discovery Island waterpark – attract them, too. A strong local health care community with three major health systems is also a deciding factor in why retirees move to the area.

The Simpsonville community has continued to gain national recognition over the past decade for its diverse attributes. More recently, Simpsonville was rated as one of the 10 Best Places to Live in South Carolina for 2018 by regional “infotainment” website HomeSnacks based on numbers from the U.S. Census and FBI crime data. Career expert website Zippia named Simpsonville one of the Ten Most Successful Cities in South Carolina based on 2016 property values, median household income, and unemployment rate.

In 2017, Simpsonville was declared the Safest City in South Carolina by a company that reviews home security systems online. Money Magazine named our city one of the 25 Most Affordable Cities in the United States in 2011, and Family Circle Magazine named Simpsonville one of the Ten Best Towns for Families in South Carolina in 2010.

The City of Simpsonville is truly a vibrant, growing, and welcoming place.

entertainment & recreation
Community Center

Senior Activity Center
310 W. Curtis Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-9533

Entertainment

Golden Lanes
108 Balcome Boulevard
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-8551

Greenville Swamp Rabbits
650 N. Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 250-4926

The Gun Shop & Indoor Range
622 NE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 757-8580

Museum of Revolutionary War History
110 Academy Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 235-6527

TRZ Management
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 296-6601

Younts Center for Performing Arts
315 North Main Street
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
(864) 409-1050

Public Dog Park

The Dog Spot
100 Park Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 228-0022

Public Parks

City Park
198 Park Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 961-9533

College Street Park
321 College Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-9533

Alder Park
298 Alder Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-9533

Concert Venues

Heritage Park & Amphitheater
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 757-3022

City Park & Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union Stage
198 Park Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Public Water Park

Discovery Island
417 S. Baldwin Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 963-4345