Upstate South Carolina offers plenty of opportunities for fun, from museums and historic sites to beautiful outdoor destinations.

SHOELESS JOE JACKSON MUSEUM AND BASEBALL LIBRARY

The museum includes memorabilia and artifacts related to Greenville native and early 20th-century baseball icon Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was among the players involved in the 1919 “Black Sox Scandal” that was portrayed in the Hollywood motion-picture “Eight Men Out.” The building is Jackson’s former house, which was moved from West Greenville to a site across the street from Fluor Field, the home of the minor league Greenville Drive. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment Mondays-Fridays. DETAILS: 356 Field St., Greenville, 864-346-4867, shoelessjoejackson.org

COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

The 845-acre park is a Revolutionary War battle site that commemorates an important victory in the cause for American Independence, the Battle of Cowpens. There is a museum in the visitor center as well as a battlefield trail, an auto loop road, and a picnic area. The park also hosts several programs, including reenactments, throughout the year. The park is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. DETAILS: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, 864-461-2828, nps.gov/cowp

FALLS PARK ON THE REEDY

The jewel of Greenville’s Historic West End, the park serves as an oasis within an increasingly bustling city. Surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and charming gardens, it includes a paved walking trail, which connects to nearby Cleveland Park and is part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs for 20 miles between Greenville and Travelers Rest. The Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot long, 12-foot wide pedestrian suspension bridge that overlooks the falls and the park, provides a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity. The park is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. DETAILS: 601 S. Main St., Greenville, 864-467-4355, fallspark.com

FRED W. SYMMES CHAPEL AKA "PRETTY PLACE"

The chapel, which was originally constructed in 1941 and is one of many buildings that make up YMCA Camp Greenville, is a popular tourist’s destination due to its spectacular mountain view. Nicknamed “Pretty Place,” the chapel makes for a wonderful photo opportunity. Hours are generally sunrise to sunset daily, but visitors are encouraged to call the camp office ahead of time, especially on weekends, to avoid conflicts with weddings or other privately scheduled events. DETAILS: 100 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, 864-836-3291, campgreenville.org/pretty-place

HAGOOD MILL AND FOLKLIFE CENTER

The historic site features an 1845 gristmill, two restored log cabins, a blacksmith shop, cotton gin, moonshine still and nature trails. On the third Saturday of each month, Hagood Mill presents a heritage event that celebrates traditional arts and features musical entertainment, including old-time folk, bluegrass, and blues. The property also includes the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, which includes a viewing room for 32 petroglyphs. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. DETAILS: 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, 864-898-2936, visitpickenscounty.com/vendor/61/hagood-mill

CAMPBELL'S COVERED BRIDGE

The only remaining covered bridge in the state of South Carolina is a 38-foot long, 12-foot wide pine structure that was constructed in 1909. No longer used for vehicular travel, the bridge and surrounding acreage has been transformed into a public park where visitors can picnic, explore the foundations of the old grist mill and home site, wet their feet in Beaverdam Creek and learn about the area through interpretive signage. The park is open daily during daylight hours. DETAILS: 171 Campbell Covered Bridge Road, Landrum, 864-288-6470, greenvillerec.com/parks/campbells-covered-bridge

THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE

The Smithsonian Affiliate museum is the seventh largest children’s museum in the U.S. and the 10th largest in the world. It features 18 exhibit galleries and more than 100 interactive activities that offer kids and adults alike the opportunity to explore, discover, imagine, pretend and be anything. A satellite branch in downtown Spartanburg is expected to open in May. Hours for the main Greenville location are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. DETAILS: 300 College St., Greenville, 864-233-7755, tcmupstate.org

HATCHER GARDEN AND WOODLAND PRESERVE

The 10-acre public-use garden and nature preserve is the perfect place for a casual stroll or light picnic and is only a short drive from downtown Spartanburg. It offers a pristine woodland setting filled with various trees, shrubs and flowers. There are paved and natural trails leading to multiple ponds and a waterfall. Hatcher Garden is open daily during daylight hours. DETAILS: 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, 864-574-7724, hatchergarden.org