The kids are bored. You are tired of the same old scenery. Everyone just needs to get away for a while. However, the budget or work and school schedules will only allow for a day trip somewhere close by. That is not a problem. Greenville, South Carolina is close to lots of great activities for you and your family to enjoy. Try these four suggestions and then venture out for your own adventures:

1. Riverbanks Zoo

See giraffe's, zebras and polar bears as you stroll along paved paths at the Riverbanks Zoo. Just 1 1/2 hours from Greenville, this Columbia attraction is a great way to get in some fresh air, some exercise and some excitement - all in one spot. Kids love the African Savannah reproduction, a 2-acre reproduction where lions and baboons roam free. The Aquarium Reptile Complex is for people who love all things cold, slimy, scaly and creepy. Look high in the trees for Green Mamba's. Watch for Arowana - fish that jump out of the water to snag birds and small prey.

To maximize your time, bring a picnic lunch. Be sure to check out the demonstrations. If little legs get tired, a tram can take you through the park. Don't forget some souvenirs at the gift shop.

2. Historic Camden

Do you love history? See Revolutionary War historic homes like the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, once occupied by General Cornwallis and Joseph Kershaw. Explore the battlefield where hundreds of soldiers lost their lives on August 16th, 1780. Some say you can still feel their presence. The house and the battlefield are on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also see the Camden Clock Tower and the Robert Mills Courthouse. If you get a chance, go inside the courthouse. Spectacular 22-inch thick walls, a copper roof, and brick floors were meant to be fire-proof. Robert Mills, the architect of this grand building, also helped design the Washington Monument. Also on site is the original headstone of Baron DeKalb, a hero of the Revolutionary War, the Sporting Life Gallery, and the original judge's bench and witness stand.

3. Atlanta

Families will love visiting Atlanta, especially since a lot of things to do are free! Visit the Historic Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, The Coca-Cola Museum, and the Georgia Aquarium. Of course, there are amazing restaurants, perfect for when you work up an appetite! Mary Mac's Tea Room or Paschal's Restaurant both feature good southern foods like smothered pork chops and fried chicken with, of course - sweet tea!

4. Biltmore Estate

Just two short hours from Greenville is the magnificent estate of George Vanderbilt. 250 rooms of opulent furnishings, invaluable paintings and amazing wealth are showcased at this chateau, which was completed in 1895. Take a self-guided tour of the home to see things like an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. Look out over the gardens. Imagine life in this era.

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