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Nestled in the heart of Upstate South Carolina, Simpsonville is a charming town that’s often overlooked. Located just a short drive away from our brand new Empire Holcombe community, locals know this small town is actually a treasure trove of cultural attractions, dining experiences, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, nature enthusiast, or lover of all things art, this downtown area is sure to pique your interest.


For those who live in the area or are considering making the move, make sure to carve out some time to explore downtown Simpsonville. Here’s our guide of what to see and do while visiting Simpsonville, SC.

1. Brush Up on Your History

Start your journey in the heart of downtown at the iconic Simpsonville Clock Tower Plaza. This picturesque spot is perfect for strolling the neighborhood and taking photos. The clock tower itself is a great backdrop for capturing priceless memories of your visit.


Pictured: Clock Tower, 13 minutes from Empire Holcombe

 2. Shop Til’ You Drop

Simpsonville boasts a vibrant collection of local shops and boutiques on several of its streets, perfect for those seeking unique gifts or souvenirs. From baked goods and clothing to accessories and home decor, it’s one of the go-to places to shop in the area.


Pictured: Main Shopping Area, 13 minutes from Empire Holcombe

3. Appreciate the Arts

Art lovers will cherish a visit to the Simpsonville Arts Center, a  hub for local artists, creatives, and artistic activites. Check out their schedule for exhibitions, workshops, and events that showcase the town’s artistic talent.


Pictured: Simpsonville Arts Center, 13 minutes from Empire Holcombe

4. Try a New Cuisine

Simpsonville’s culinary scene offers a range of options that are sure to tickle your taste buds. Indulge in some comfort food at Stella’s Southern Bistro, or explore international flavors at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant. Don’t forget to purchase a sweet treat at the local favorite Ice Cream Station for dessert!


Pictured: Stella’s Southern Bistro, 12 minutes from Empire Holcombe

5. Take a Train Ride

History buffs and families alike will appreciate a visit to the Heritage Park Railway — a one-of-a-kind mini replica steam engine with train tracks. Visited by families and kids from all over the U.S., this family-friendly attraction is a must-see and an engaging way to learn about the town’s rich history.


Pictured: Heritage Park Railway, 12 minutes from Empire Holcombe

6. Watch Your Favorite Artist Perform Live

The CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park is a vibrant cultural hub known for hosting concerts and performances. Its open-air venue offers a memorable and intimate setting for live entertainment, making it a must-visit spot for music enthusiasts in the area.


Pictured: CCNB Amphitheatre, 18 minutes from Empire Holcombe

Does life near Simpsonville sound right for you? Learn more about our Holcombe community near Greenville, SC.


Next, discover the best outdoor adventures in the Carolinas, and the top wineries to visit on your stop to the Charlotte area.


Images courtesy of: Compass Real Estate (Downtown Simpsonville); CCNB Amphitheatre (Clock Tower); All Events (Simpsonville Arts Center); Pinterest (Stella’s Southern Bistro); Only in Your State (Heritage Park Railway); City of Simpsonville (CCNB Amphitheatre); Crexi (Downtown Simpsonville). 


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