10 Things to Do in Greenville That You Shouldn't Miss

August 19, 2017 Misti Hsu

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. Falls Park on the Reedy

601 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601-2504 +1 864-467-4350
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Falls Park on the Reedy

Reviewed By authored - Springfield, Virginia

This area has wonderful walkways all along the Reedy River as it winds its way through downtown Greenville. There is a very large selection of places for snacks or full dining along the walkways on both sides of the river. Definitely bring your children! They will love all the ducks! There are countless photo opportunities on the pedestrian bridges. I saw an afternoon of smiles....it is a joy. And there is plenty of signage telling you the history of the river and the surrounding area.

2. Liberty Bridge

1 Liberty Bridge, Greenville, SC
Excellent
87%
Good
12%
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5 based on 173 reviews

Liberty Bridge

Reviewed By Kat J - Greenville, South Carolina

Really nice park. Bridge is an amazing architectural feat, and beautiful to look at. In the evening it's spectacular. Eat anywhere along the water, Eat inside or out. Find a picnic spot. See an outdoor play, hear local musicians. Fountains and sculpture, swings to laz in. Walk your dog. Good for the soul.

3. The Peace Center

300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601-2606 +1 864-467-3000
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
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5 based on 646 reviews

The Peace Center

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

Reviewed By Lynne T

This was my first time visiting the Peace Center. It was a very pleasant experience, the staff was friendly and welcoming. Drinks were available for purchase, bathrooms easily accessible, available parking across the street, Starbucks within walking distance.
The concert hall was larger than I expected and decorated with an updated charming decor. We had box seats and that proved to be an enjoyable experience.
I totally enjoyed the concert and look forward to returning to the Peace Center again.

4. GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Greenville, SC +1 864-288-6470
Excellent
77%
Good
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4.5 based on 550 reviews

GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Reviewed By Susan C - Guilderland, New York

The 20 mile trail stretching from Greenville to Travelers Rest is a mostly paved and divided walking, running, and biking trail. Depending where you enter the trail, you might see a lively small town, a river, Greenville, or woods. Each part of the trail has its own personality. While some people whiz by on bicycles, others are are learning to ride bikes. It's family time with a stroller, exercise time with friends, or social walking time. The trail is a must for all who come to Greenville. The city has an interactive site on the internet showing free parking, restrooms, water fountains, and a few eateries. Find the part of the trail that fits your mood and personality.

5. Fluor Field at the WestEnd

Main Street and Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29601 +1 864-240-4500
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 670 reviews

Fluor Field at the WestEnd

Reviewed By jcu7715783 - Simpsonville, South Carolina

The Greenville Drive put on a great show. Stadium well equipped with food, etc. not a bad seat in the place. Even has a green wall. Prices very reasonable. Confessions reasonably priced. Parking free or $5. A great night out plus this is located in trendy West End restaurant scene. Go!

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29614-1000 +1 864-770-1331
Excellent
80%
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

Reviewed By PeacefulSoul2 - Greenville, South Carolina

Nestled within the Bob Jones University's Campus lays an impressive art gallery of surprising quality and caliber. Beautiful pieces of religious art work adorn the walls and the exhibits in this small town university. There is a dress code on the campus so call ahead to make sure the museum is open on your desired dates and to find out what is and isn't appropriate to wear so you won't be turned away at the door. Reasonable entrance fee for the exhibits.

7. Runway Park at GMU

21 Airport Road Ext, Greenville, SC 29607-2633 +1 864-242-4777
Excellent
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4.5 based on 112 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 education of 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 ValGary2014 - Greenville, South Carolina

Runway Park is a delightful park just minutes from downtown Greenville. There are two playground with slides and climbing opportunities including a difficult climbing wall. A paved path surrounds the park and is perfect for walking biking or scootering. Bathrooms are available. Runway Cafe is adjacent and excellent for lunch or dinner. We have been here many times with grandchildren who always enjoy it. We highly recommend the park and continue to use it.

8. The Children's Museum of the Upstate

300 College St, Greenville, SC 29601-2015 +1 864-233-7755
Excellent
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4.5 based on 330 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 scirls - Edwardsville, Illinois

This is a perfect destination for families with young children. There are so many things to do here--a multi-story climbing apparatus, a grocery store, vehicles, water tables, and outdoor playground. . . . Plan to spend several hours, and if you live in the area, the family pass is well worth it.

There is a small restaurant that looks very organic and fresh. In reality, however, it sells mostly standard fare such as hot dogs and chips. Good enough to grab a quick snack.

9. Paris Mountain State Park

2401 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609-6743 +1 864-244-5565
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Paris Mountain State Park

Reviewed By Wayne117 - Anderson, South Carolina

1st off, it's a little expensive for a day's stay in a state park. 2 adults and 2 children was $16 bucks, alil more than I expected.
The views are very minimal unless you are willing to hike which the place is great for that.
There is a campground which we didn't use. A nice lake for fishing and swimming or just hanging out. There are plenty of areas for picnics and grilling out. Along with covered shelters. Public bathrooms are also included for your conviency.
I was told there is a playground for kids, though I never saw it. The place is very, very big. So be sure to park near the activities you are here for. Ex: paddle boats- seasonal.
I have included a few pictures, so check them out. And thanks for reading.

10. Artisphere

Main St, In The Description It Says This Is In Arlington VA But Is Actually Greenville SC, Greenville, SC +1 864-271-9355
Excellent
79%
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Artisphere

Reviewed By PeacefulSoul2 - Greenville, South Carolina

A not to be missed. impressive Greenville annual event that boast talented Artisans from around the country for a weekend of inspiration and creativity. Artisphere has gained national respect from Artist far and wide as a weekend showcase that features not only amazing art but live music, gourmet food and designated play areas for children of all ages. Not your typical, traditional art fair, this event boasts artist ranging from the classics to digital and mixed media forms, giving you a broader spectrum to enjoy.

Greenville is gaining notoriety as a hub for Art and Restaurants and if you come to visit, you'll see both are true. Come early and expect great people watching as the streets will be packed as typically 100,000+ people attend this weekend-long event ( which seems to grow yearly).

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