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What to do around the Teach Them Diligently Convention

image00If you’ve ever taught a science lesson, while making lunch for one child and feeding another, then you know that homeschooling moms are proficient multi-taskers. Knowing that, we assumed that they were probably also multi-travelers, meaning that many families traveling to the first-ever Teach Them Diligently Convention would plan the visit with side-trips in mind. Some of our Facebook followers had the same idea and decided to compile a list of things to do in and around the area. We’re sharing it below, because, believe it or not, it’s time to make those final preparations!

First off, where is the event? Spartanburg is located in the Upstate of South Carolina. Weather in March can vary greatly here, but it’s generally very temperate. Spring usually comes early, which is another perk of living in the sunny South! While you’re in Spartanburg, be sure to see some of these sights when you’re not at the Convention site:


  • Got a car buff in the family?  Visit the BMW Zentrum. Admission is free to the 28,000 sq.ft. museum. On the same site, every X3, X5, and X6 BMW is built. Tours of the factory are available for a small fee.

  • The Beacon Drive-In is another must-see in Spartanburg. In its 65th year, the Beacon is known for its Chili Cheese A’Plenty burger and for having some of the best sweet tea in the south!

  • image01If you or your child has ever dreamt of getting up close and personal with zoo animals, then you won’t want to miss Hollywild. Over 70 acres of free-roaming animals allows your family a chance to visit with zebras, donkeys, bison, emus, and more. Making the park all the more inviting is its special Convention rate of $7 with TTD credentials.

image04Nearby Greenville is about 30 miles away. In recent years, Greenville has garnered national attention for its revitalized downtown district. Anchored by the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Greenville features a picturesque strip of shops and restaurants. It’s also known for its single-A ballpark, Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, and Falls Park.

Other sites of interest in Greenville:

The mountains of Western North Carolina (the area surrounding Asheville) are about an hour away from Spartanburg. Ashevilleimage02 itself is home to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000 acre estate, the Biltmore House. Hikers will enjoy Chimney Rock park or Grandfather Mountain, and shutterbugs will want to swing by the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, 469 miles known as “America’s Favorite Drive.”

Other sites of interest in Western North Carolina:

Other quick trips around the area:

As you can see, in addition to the full Convention schedule, there are many other ways to keep your boys and girls busy. Consider it a Spring Break!

(Special thanks to those Facebook followers who assisted in the compilation of this list and to Peggy Summy for her work in compiling those submissions for us to work with!)

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About Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery
Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.
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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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