Spartanburg’s Downtown Attractions

Visitors to downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina often gather in Morgan Square, a popular venue for outdoor concerts and festivals. A renovation in 2005 with new landscaping, sidewalks, and a large fountain made the square an inviting gathering spot. During the spring and fall months, people can enjoy live Jazz on the Square concerts. In the summer months, free Music on Main concerts are offered every Thursday evening. A number of shops, galleries, and restaurants are within walking distance of Morgan Square.

The Chapman Cultural Center, at 200 E. St. John Street, is the home of the Spartanburg Art Museum Gallery, the Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Spartanburg Science Center. The art museum houses a permanent collection of 20th century works, primarily featuring local and regional artists. The museum hosts several special exhibitions each year. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. The Regional History Museum traces the history of the area with exhibits focusing on Native American settlements, military history, and the textile industry that flourished in the area. Changing exhibits are highlighted during the year. Spartanburg Science Center has many interactive exhibits allowing children to explore the world around them. The exhibits fall into four categories: biology, health science, physics, and earth science. Live animals on display include frogs, turtles, snakes, and insects. The popular Star Lab exhibit details planets and constellations. Science Center hours are Thursday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Chapman Cultural Center is also home to the David Ross Theater and the Black Box Theater where visitors can enjoy a musical performance, live theater, or a performance by Ballet Spartanburg.

The Hub City Railroad Museum is located in the former Southern Railways Depot at 298 Magnolia Street. The museum has exhibits related to Spartanburg’s role as an important transportation hub in the region. Textiles and agricultural products moved through the Upstate region by rail. The museum has recently unveiled its newest component, a restored 1947 caboose. Museum hours are Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Saturdays from 8am-2pm.

Spartanburg is a bicycle friendly community. Spartanburg B-cycle makes it easy for visitors to rent a bike at self-service rental stations around town. One of the rental stations is located in Morgan Square. Users can purchase a 24-hour membership for $5, allowing them to bike around town to one of the city’s parks or the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. The first hour of use is free. Each additional 30 minutes costs $1.