You won’t find many sports complexes more impressive than Upward Star Center. The sprawling grounds are well maintained and house a multitude of fields. Many different sports can host tournaments here due to the complex’s size and diversity of playing fields. Upward Star Center offers six basketball courts, six soccer fields, four sand volleyball courts, and four batting cages. The facility is busy year round, even when there are no tournaments going on. Open playing times for many of the courts, as well as parties continue to keep Upward Star Center active most of the time. As great as the sports complex is, don’t just hang out there all day. Elevate your trip experience by exploring some of Spartanburg’s fantastic attractions and restaurants.

Things to Do

Big Air USA Spartanburg

Get ready for some high flying fun at Big Air USA Spartanburg. It’s impossible to not get pumped up heading to Big Air because of how many trampoline activities are offered. The quintessential piece of any trampoline park is the open jump area. Referred to as the Big Court, this section is a giant area with trampoline lined floors and walls that promote extreme bouncing. Do some flips, find out how high you can jump, and ricochet around until you’re too tired to move.

Just make sure to save some energy for all of the other attractions at Big Air. The signature event that you won’t find at any other trampoline park is The Bullpen. See if your core strength is up to the task while you thrash around on a mechanical bull. Compete against your team to see who can hold on the longest. Brave the challenge known as The Wall as you climb to new heights in your quest to reach the top and ring the bell. Battle for glory against an opponent at the Battlebeam or team up and fight to come out on top in Extreme Dodgeball.

Big Air is all about innovation. They have the first laser maze trampoline section ever. Combining the thrills of maneuvering through a crisscrossed laser maze with the amusement of trampolines, this is one of the most unique activities at Big Air. If you’re looking for the ultimate test of strength and endurance, The Gauntlet is the main event. Offering three levels of difficulty and a myriad of obstacles to overcome, this is the most intense section of the trampoline park. Big Air prices their rates by the hour and any groups of 15 or more can qualify for group rates. 660 Spartan Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29301

West Gate Mall

West Gate Mall is a shopping center that’s perfect for an outing with your team. This two floor mall has 45 stores and three anchors for you and your team to browse. There is a diverse food selection that satisfies all preferences. Those who love ice cream, so pretty much everyone, will be delighted to know that West Gate has an ice cream shop that goes by the name of the Yum Creamery. This awesome dairy eatery makes and serves some of the best creamy confections that you’ll find. Looking for some entertainment while you’re at the mall? Besides Big Air, West Gate is home to All In Adventures Escape Rooms. West Gate Mall has something for everyone in terms of places to shop and eat and can be the destination that comes through for you when you can’t decide what to do. 2285 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Climb Upstate

Spartanburg’s largest indoor rock climbing gym is just a short drive from Upward Star Center. Climb Upstate is a unique attraction to take advantage of when you’re in the area. It’s the leading bouldering and top roping facility and can definitely provide an ecstatic afternoon. Equipment rentals are available for very cheap and your team can even receive a short instructional session to help them get acclimated to climbing. Climb Upstate offers multiple packages for groups of at least 10 people. Check these out on their site to get the best bang for your buck when you visit. 6655 Pottery Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Regal Spartan Stadium 16

Get geared up with an explosive, action packed movie or laugh a ton while you watch a comedy at Regal Spartan Stadium 16. One of the city’s most popular theaters, and for good reason, Regal’s staff keeps the cinema clean and is always happy to help you in any way they can. This theater is located inside West Gate Mall, so you can enjoy shopping and a show. You have 17 or so movies, each with multiple show times throughout the day, to choose from. Having options is always a great thing. Get ready for an entertaining afternoon or night at the movies, purchase whatever snacks you desire, unwind in a comfy chair, and get sucked into your movie at Regal Spartan Stadium 16. 855 Spartan Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29301

Hatcher Garden

Traveling and competing in a tournament at Upward Star Center can take its toll. Hit the pause button on your trip and relax a bit at Hatcher Garden. This free flower garden can be your team’s little slice of serenity in the midst of a hectic excursion. Traverse the paths and uncover a peaceful world of colorful flowers and wildlife like butterflies, frogs, and birds. Group tours can be arranged if your team would be interested in learning about the flora and fauna while they explore the park. Hatcher Garden is open year round, so it’s always a good time to stop by. While admission to the gardens is free, donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Hatcher Gardens is open during daylight hours and no one is permitted to enter or be there after nightfall. 832 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306

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Places to Eat

Beacon Drive-In

Proudly announcing their slogan, “Where food is always good” since 1946, Beacon Drive-In will be a guaranteed hit with the entire team. This diner cooks up classic kid favorites like hamburgers, fried chicken, and all kinds of tasty sandwiches. They even have some barbeque dishes. Breakfast foods like omelets and pancakes are also served. 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306

City Range

Hospitality and great food is the name of the game at City Range. This popular restaurant near Upward Star Center has a menu full of fantastic appetizers and entrees. Dig into an order of prime rib chili or crab cakes. The fish and chips is always a contender and a solid entrée choice, along with the ribs and steaks. City Range is also open for brunch and makes a different menu for that. 774 Spartan Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29301

Cribb’s Kitchen

The Cribb family invites you to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal at their restaurant Cribb’s Kitchen. The Cribbs love serving their customers delicious meals and strive to offer creative dishes. Their pork belly wontons and flaky empanadas are to die for. The ribs and fried chicken are excellent as well. Cribb’s Kitchen has a menu full of dishes you don’t normally see. Give one a try. 226B W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306

La Taverna Italian Restaurant

For authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than La Taverna Italian Restaurant. Every dish is inspired by beloved Italian cooking. Chef and owner Rosario Pugiese devotes his time to coming up with new and exciting meals for his customers. The only disappointing aspect when you go to La Taverna is that you’re only going to try one meal. Chef Pugiese cooks amazing pasta, chicken, seafood, and steak dishes. His New York style pizza is another big hit with everyone. 120 Dorman Commerce Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29301

You and your team will have a diversity of attractions and restaurants at your disposal while you stay in Spartanburg. From peaceful gardens to amusing entertainment, everything you do will be a hit. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore this great city while you have a tournament at Upward Star Center.