While it’s got a healthy arts presence, Greenville is all about the outdoors. Explore downtown attractions like Falls Park or Cleveland Park, or the Swamp Rabbit Trail, by foot or with a bike rental. Within 30 minutes are Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap for hikes, photos and picnics, but Greenville also has its own mountain park right in town. Minor league baseball and hockey happen downtown, or choose from great museums, carriage and trolley rides, even Shakespeare in the Park. Kids are enthralled by a special scavenger hunt on Main Street.
Escape from city life to an oasis in the middle of downtown Greenville. Although Falls Park has only been a part of the city since 2003, this beautifully manicured green space is already synonymous with downtown. Walk off Main Street and down the stone steps to view enchanting gardens and the rushing waters of Reedy River. Make sure to snap a photo from the Liberty suspension bridge with stunning views of the falls behind you.
Manicured plantings, open lawns, and stone pathways and terraces offer plenty to explore, and the Liberty Bridge arcs over and around the falls in a feat of beauty and engineering. The inviting park follows part of the Reedy's course, providing not only picturesque views but a brief history lesson as well, thanks to a series of markers. A great place to take a book or enjoy lunch on a sunny day. Shopping and dining opportunities are nearby too.
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Linking the charming town of Travelers Rest to the City of Greenville, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a fun way to explore these flourishing communities. Currently, the trail is over 13 miles long and is equipped for walkers, runners and bikers. In fact, on certain sections, there is even a rubber-padded path for low-impact running. Twisting through parks, along the Reedy River and through downtown, the SRT highlights all the great, differing aspects of Greenville.
Greenville's premier destination for theater and the arts, the Peace Center hosts numerous headline events including Broadway musicals, concerts and plays and is home to the Greenville Symphony, SC Children's Theatre, Greenville Chorale, International Ballet and Carolina Ballet Theater. Its main concert hall seats 2100 guests, and its smaller venue, the Gunter Theatre, accommodates 400. In 2012, the Peace Center built a state-of-the-art amphitheater. With generous seating and a lovely location on the shores of the Reedy River, there's no more relaxing venue in the state. Performances span the gamut and are always worth checking out.
Trying to figure out how to spend a warm evening in downtown Greenville? Travel to the historic West End for ice-cold beer and baseball. Fluor Field, home of the minor league Greenville Drive, was built to resemble Boston's beloved Fenway Park and has been a downtown gem since its completion in 2006. You'll hear the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd from blocks away, tempting you to partake in America's favorite pastime.
This world-class, 15,000-seat arena attracts major sports events, concerts and shows. Previous events have included an NCAA basketball tournament, hockey games, ice shows and circuses. Located between I-385 and downtown, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is convenient to many local hotels and restaurants.
Once a textile storehouse, the Warehouse Theatre is now one of the premier playhouses in Downtown Greenville. This intimate theater is located in the West End District, right off Augusta Road, which means patrons, can enjoy dinner downtown and then walk over to catch a performance. Warehouse specializes in offering a wide range of shows, from late night improv and fresh takes on classics to the newest contemporary dramas.
Meander down Main Street each Saturday morning, May through October, when it is blocked off for the Saturday Market. Most big cities have farmers markets, but the downtown location of this market makes it an ideal place to spend the morning. Guests can grab a cup of coffee at one of the many cafes and then browse the stalls packed full of fresh produce, flowers and handmade crafts.
Take US 76 west from Cleveland, turn right onto River Falls Road and follow it until it becomes Jones Gap Road. Here, on 3,346 acres, you'll discover extensive nature trails, the Middle Saluda River, camp grounds and the nature exhibits of the Environmental Education Center. For the ambitious, there's also access to the Foothills Hiking Trail.
This beautiful park, situated along the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has scenic trails for hiking, biking and bird watching. A favorite destination is Raven Cliff Falls; a majestic waterfall located two miles from the roadside. Pretty Place Chapel, a rustic stone structure popular for weddings and vespers services, lies in the same vicinity and grants an incredible vista of the landscape.
Learn about what makes South Carolina's Upstate region unique at this impressive museum. Oral histories record experiences of residents who lived in the area during significant periods in the Upstate's history, and there are also some fascinating exhibits