Downtown Spartanburg for Visitors

Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the state’s scenic Upstate region, offers a lot for visitor to discover. Its vibrant downtown has many shops, galleries, restaurants, and cultural centers to explore. The city is home to several colleges, which offer a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Downtown Spartanburg is the site of festivals, farmers markets, and live music throughout the year. The city has earned the nickname “Hub City” because it is very bicycle friendly. Whether in town for a day or a weekend, downtown Spartanburg has much to offer visitors.

Morgan Square is in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. The square is the site of festivals and other events during the year. Denny’s Plaza, at 203 E. Main Street, is another downtown gathering spot. It is the venue for Music on Main, held on Thursday evenings from April-August. Crowds come after work to enjoy an eclectic line-up of entertainment each week. Shoppers can explore two farmers markets during the week. There is a Wednesday market from noon to 2pm in Morgan Square, and a Saturday market at the Magnolia Street Train Station from 8am to noon.

The Chapman Cultural Arts Center is located at 200 E. St. Johns Street. It is the home of Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, and the Regional History Museum. The art museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, and admission is free. An Artists Guild Gallery sells a variety of artwork. The science center is open Thursday-Sunday, with a $4 admission for adults and $2 for youth. The Regional History Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

The Wofford College Arboretum offers visitors a shady break from shopping and museums. More than 5,000 trees make the campus a green and pedestrian friendly oasis in the city. Wofford College is the site of the Carolina Panthers Training Camp each July and August. Panthers’ practices are free and open to the public. The team schedules a number of special fan and family friendly activities during training camp.

Shoppers will find several interesting galleries to explore in downtown Spartanburg. The Showroom at HUB-BUB is located at 149 S. Daniel Morgan Avenue. This is a contemporary gallery showcasing the work of progressive artists. Many young and emerging artists are featured. West Main Artists Cooperative, at 578 W. Main Street, is a non-profit organization that gives exhibition space to more than 45 local artists. Shoppers can browse for paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, glass, and sculpture. Carolina Gallery, at 523 W. Main Street, specializes in fine art originals. The gallery carries the work of local, national, and international artists.

Downtown Spartanburg has a number of excellent choices for lunch and dinner. Back Porch, at 100 Wood Row, is a new downtown restaurant specializing in New Orleans cuisine. Enjoy live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Delaney’s Irish Pub, at 117 W. Main Street, is open for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Refuel Wine Bar, at 129 N. Spring Street, serves Tapas and drinks. The Peddler Steakhouse, at 464 E. Main Street, is open for dinner. For Asian cuisine try Lime Leaf Thai, at 101 E. Main Street or Miyako Sushi, at 116 Magnolia Street.