What to do and see in Greenville, South Carolina (SC): The Best Things to do

June 22, 2021 Darwin Bolte

Greenville, South Carolina, is anchored by what Forbes Magazine calls one of America's Best Downtowns. Featuring a one-of-a-kind "floating" suspension bridge and set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville boasts a thriving arts scene, hundreds of restaurants, shops and boutiques, popular annual festivals, numerous historic sites and museums housing significant art collections. Excellent interstate service and a user-friendly international airport make access easy.
Restaurants in Greenville

1. The Peace Center

300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601-2606 +1 864-467-3000 [email protected] http://www.peacecenter.org
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5.0 based on 741 reviews

The Peace Center

The not-for-profit Peace Center is the premier venue for live entertainment in South Carolina.

Reviewed By irenebadams - Greenville, United States

The Peace Center is the central heart of the Greenville Art Scene. It's debut has developed into the very core of the arts events in Greenville. It is being updated with new seating this year and has put together a fabulous 2018-2019 offering in its Broadway Series. Home to the Greenville Symphony and the treasure of a conductor Maestro Tchiznel,(sp) it also offers single offerings of incredible talent. What would Greenville do without it?

2. Falls Park on the Reedy

601 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601-2504 +1 864-467-4350 https://www.greenvillesc.gov/167/Falls-Park
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5.0 based on 4,276 reviews

Falls Park on the Reedy

Reviewed By Polly313 - Amelia Island, United States

Long weekend in Greenville... Fantastic Small City with lots to offer...! Falls Park is an amazing place... lots of views, walking trails, place to enjoy food or drink... Pet-friendly Place...!!! Loved visiting... do not miss this wonderful Historic City...!

3. Liberty Bridge

1 Liberty Bridge, Greenville, SC http://www.greenvillesc.gov/175/The-Liberty-Bridge
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5.0 based on 344 reviews

Liberty Bridge

Reviewed By llbutin - Austin, United States

Amazing engineering suspension bridge right over the Falls river giving a great view of the Falls. If you're squeamish or motion sensitive but want to walk the bridge, then stay in the center where stability is better

4. Fluor Field at the WestEnd

Main Street and Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29601 +1 864-240-4500 http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t428&ymd=20090311&content_id=522599&vkey=team1
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4.5 based on 769 reviews

Fluor Field at the WestEnd

Reviewed By suzannehX8051EE - Greenville, United States

Great baseball, affordable tickets, great local food and beverage concessions, fireworks, replica of Fenway Park- including the Green Monster and RR tracks. What’s not to love?! Great family or friends outing!

5. The Children's Museum of the Upstate

300 College St, Greenville, SC 29601-2015 +1 864-233-7755 [email protected] http://www.TCMUpstate.org/
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4.5 based on 365 reviews

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

80,000 Square feet of fun! The Children's Museum of the Upstate is 7th largest children's museum in the country and only children's museum that is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it's close to all the action and offers ample parking. The museum features 20 exhibit galleries that include a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Visitors experience more than 100 individual exhibit components with a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car or go exploring in the Climber that reaches up to the skylight. Whatever your age, The Children's Museum is a place of possibility where children and adults alike can explore, discover, imagine, pretend and Be Anything! The Children's museum is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm. Open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Reviewed By denisebW4262XW - Greenville, United States

What I love about the museum is the many offerings for all age children. There are story hours, science classes, crafts, traveling or changing interactive displays, and a wonderful playground. I highly recommend a membership!

6. Paris Mountain State Park

2401 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609-6743 +1 864-244-5565 http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/722.aspx
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4.5 based on 414 reviews

Paris Mountain State Park

Reviewed By JD3073 - Greenville, United States

I live less than 20 minutes from this park and I hike here all the time. Today I hiked The Big Loop (you can find details on Alltrails app). I covered over 12 miles and an elevation gain around 1700 ft. Saturday is the best day for hikers because mountain bikes are not allowed on the trails. If you come and other day (especially Sunday) you will need to pay attention for bikes and be prepared to quickly move out of the way. My favorite hike is Sulphur Springs Trail (appx 4 miles) and after that Brissy Ridge Trail (appx 2 miles). Both are moderate/challenging. Sometimes I combine those two for a longer hike. The trail around the lower lake is the easiest. There is a campground here and some backcountry sites. The backcountry sites are all hike in and are located around a reservoir. At least one is directly next to the water, the others are a short distance into the woods. I have been told that area has a lot of Copperhead snakes during the summer. I have not camped at this specific park. There is a large lake that is used for fishing, swimming in the summer and you can rent kayaks in the summer. Dogs are not allowed in the lake. I have seen dogs get into the water along the Sulpher Springs trail though. This park does not necessarily have any amazing features per se. During winter some of the upper trails have distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, the proximity to the city is nice and you don't feel like you are in it. I enjoy the trails very much. After 2 or 3 days of dry weather the trails here are not very muddy. Other parks I have been to: Jones Gap (Beautiful, hike to Rainbow Falls, need to make parking reservation on website for weekends). Table Rock State Park (hike to Table Rock is considered the most strenuous in the state). Ceasar's Head (free parking area with overlook and short loop trail with rock formations. You drive about a mile away from main parking area to access trails and pay admission). A free place for a short hike that is still a little challenging is Wildcat Wayside. In the summer kids wade in some of the pools under small waterfalls. If you are just visiting South Carolina be sure to stop at a Boiled peanut stand if you pass one. Usually $5 per bag. They are hot, salty and delicious. Peel and eat!

7. GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Greenville, SC +1 864-288-6470 http://greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit
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4.5 based on 709 reviews

GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Reviewed By erdocr2

Bike riding the swamp rabbit! Fun. We started in travelers rest (TR) and went down to downtown Greenville. Had lunch at Halls (recommend) and biked backed to TR. trail over all flat with slight grade up from greenville to TR. Rented bikes in TR. overall good day to get some exercise and enjoy lunch with friends. If I did it again I would go the opposite way. Greenville to TR, lunch then slight downslope all the way to Greenville! Recommend this nice trail!!

8. Poinsett Bridge

Little Gap Creek, Greenville, SC 29690 +1 864-288-6470 http://greenvillerec.com/parks/poinsett-bridge
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Poinsett Bridge

Reviewed By 437kimw - Grayson, United States

Quiet spot to hike, enjoy nature, and appreciate the beauty of this bridge built in 1820. Children would love playing in the water.

9. Runway Park at GMU

21 Airport Road Ext, Greenville, SC 29607-2633 +1 864-242-4777 http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunwayParkatGMU.html
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Runway Park at GMU

The Greenville Downtown Airport's Runway Park at GMU, which is free to use and open to the public during daylight hours, has an educational amphitheater, exercise "Perimeter Taxiway" and walking "Runways", as well as aviation themed playground equipment, a swing set, a Bi-plane "Climber", a picnic hangar, a Cessna 310 static display and restrooms. A 15-foot cross section of a Boeing 737 fuselage is the handicapped accessible park entrance. Throughout the park are educational aviation signs which cover items like: What runway markings mean, about air traffic controllers language, how aircraft achieve flight, parts of aircraft, careers in the aviation industry, General Aviation aircraft uses, gauges on aircraft instrument panels, how weather affects flight, and some aviation history etc... We are now seeking donations to level and pave the park's parking lot.

Reviewed By jrobba - Charlotte, United States

We were in Greenville for the day, and wanted to let our kids run around for a bit and found this awesome park. This park might be one of the best ideas/execution of a kids playground that I've seen. The park is completely fenced in, so feel free to let the kids run and play to their hearts content, without worrying about them going somewhere they shouldn't. The park has a covered picnic area, that's available for reserving for parties, and they also have a public bathroom, as well as a restaurant attached to the park for anyone who needs an energy boost while here. The park backs right up to the runway, and while we were here, we had to have seen 40+ planes take off and land. Super fun for the kids. The theming around the park with the airport, is done so well, the kids can sit in a playground equipment plane, climb to the top of the control tower, or take off down the run way. It's even great for the older kids and parents as there is a circular track around the entire area great for riding bikes, scooters or just running. If I had to make one suggestion, I might get rid of the mulch for a rubber base around the playground equipment, but outside of that, the entire playground might be one of the most well thought out playgrounds I've ever been to. We spent over 2 hours here, and the kids did not get bored. Wish they had one of these closer to my home in Charlotte!

10. Bon Secours Wellness Arena

650 N Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601-2246 +1 864-241-3800 [email protected] http://www.bonsecoursarena.com/
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4.0 based on 379 reviews

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Reviewed By GaMtnTraveler - Helen, United States

Easy parking, very accessible, great layout for hockey. Food options do feel a little limited but the food available is very good!

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