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Best Things To Do in Greenville, SC

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, a foodie or an art lover, there's no shortage of things to do in Greenville. Many popular attractions are located in the downtown area within walking distance of one another, including the cultural campus of Heritage Green, which is home to the Children's Museum of the Upstate, the Greenville County Museum of Art and the satellite location of the Bob Jones Museum and Gallery. You can also walk to Falls Park on the Reedy to enjoy trails, gardens and gorgeous Reedy River views right in the heart of the city. Several of Greenville's top restaurants are also located in this area, as is the popular Dark Corner Distillery. When you're ready for an outdoor adventure, hop on the nearly 20-mile-long GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. And while you're exploring, look for the nine bronze mice statues hidden along Main Street.

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#1

#1 in Greenville, SC

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Falls Park on the Reedy is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of downtown, the park features beautiful stonework, walking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, lush gardens and public art installations, complemented by the graceful architecture of the Liberty Bridge. The two-acre Pedrick's Garden, which serves as the park's main entrance, honors a former community leader instrumental in the establishment of Falls Park. What's more, two eateries are located within the park: enjoy salads, sandwiches and Southern favorites at Mary's Restaurant at Falls Cottage or French fare at Passerelle Bistro.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Falls Park on the Reedy
Falls Park on the Reedy is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of downtown, the park features beautiful stonework, walking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, lush gardens and public art installations, complemented by the graceful architecture of the Liberty Bridge. The two-acre Pedrick's Garden, which serves as the park's main entrance, honors a former community leader instrumental in the establishment of Falls Park. What's more, two eateries are located within the park: enjoy salads, sandwiches and Southern favorites at Mary's Restaurant at Falls Cottage or French fare at Passerelle Bistro.
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#2

#2 in Greenville, SC

Free
Bring your own bike or rent one at Reedy Rides to explore the nearly 20-mile-long Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, which runs along the Reedy River from downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest (a city in Greenville County). Stop at mile marker 24 to get your heart pumping at the Bike Skills Flow Park or pack a picnic and take a break along the way at the Furman University campus. Before you head out, download the mobile GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail food guide to find lunch and dinner spots, or the ArcGIS Interactive Map, which bookmarks features on the trail from restrooms and water fountains to ATMs.
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Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail
Bring your own bike or rent one at Reedy Rides to explore the nearly 20-mile-long Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, which runs along the Reedy River from downtown Greenville to Travelers Rest (a city in Greenville County). Stop at mile marker 24 to get your heart pumping at the Bike Skills Flow Park or pack a picnic and take a break along the way at the Furman University campus. Before you head out, download the mobile GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail food guide to find lunch and dinner spots, or the ArcGIS Interactive Map, which bookmarks features on the trail from restrooms and water fountains to ATMs.
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#3

#3 in Greenville, SC

Free
This small museum is home to the world's largest public collection of watercolors by American artist Andrew Wyeth and also boasts an extensive assemblage of works by South Carolina artist Jasper Johns. Additionally, the museum's Southern Collection offers a visual depiction of the Southern experience, ranging from the colonial period to the present.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Greenville County Museum of Art
This small museum is home to the world's largest public collection of watercolors by American artist Andrew Wyeth and also boasts an extensive assemblage of works by South Carolina artist Jasper Johns. Additionally, the museum's Southern Collection offers a visual depiction of the Southern experience, ranging from the colonial period to the present.
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#4

#4 in Greenville, SC

Free
The Greenville Downtown Airport features a unique aviation-themed park that kids of all ages are sure to love. A Cessna plane mounted on a pole anchors the two playgrounds, which feature play structures, grassy areas and walking "runways." When kids aren't watching aircraft take off and land, they can learn about the history and science of aviation thanks to the park's educational displays. The Perimeter Taxiway around the park serves as a walking and jogging trail and a picnic hangar is available for family and party rentals. What's more, the adjacent Runway Café serves casual food.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Runway Park at GMU
The Greenville Downtown Airport features a unique aviation-themed park that kids of all ages are sure to love. A Cessna plane mounted on a pole anchors the two playgrounds, which feature play structures, grassy areas and walking "runways." When kids aren't watching aircraft take off and land, they can learn about the history and science of aviation thanks to the park's educational displays. The Perimeter Taxiway around the park serves as a walking and jogging trail and a picnic hangar is available for family and party rentals. What's more, the adjacent Runway Café serves casual food.
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#5

#5 in Greenville, SC

The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery houses one of the largest collections of old master paintings in the United States, featuring works from the 14th through the 19th centuries by Rubens, Tintoretto and van Dyck, among others. In addition to art, the museum is also home to the Bowen Collection of Antiquities, exhibiting artifacts from ancient Egyptian, Roman and Hebrew cultures. 
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery houses one of the largest collections of old master paintings in the United States, featuring works from the 14th through the 19th centuries by Rubens, Tintoretto and van Dyck, among others. In addition to art, the museum is also home to the Bowen Collection of Antiquities, exhibiting artifacts from ancient Egyptian, Roman and Hebrew cultures. 
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#6

#6 in Greenville, SC

The northeastern corner of Greenville County – an area located in the Appalachian hills – has been known for more than 175 years as Dark Corner, due to its long association with moonshiners. Paying homage to this history, Dark Corner Distillery continues the traditions of the Celts who originally settled there by producing small batch moonshine, including aged whiskey, gin and absinthe. The downtown tasting room offers samples of six spirits, accompanied by a history of each product.
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Tours Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Dark Corner Distillery
The northeastern corner of Greenville County – an area located in the Appalachian hills – has been known for more than 175 years as Dark Corner, due to its long association with moonshiners. Paying homage to this history, Dark Corner Distillery continues the traditions of the Celts who originally settled there by producing small batch moonshine, including aged whiskey, gin and absinthe. The downtown tasting room offers samples of six spirits, accompanied by a history of each product.
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#7

#7 in Greenville, SC

Located on the Heritage Green cultural campus in downtown Greenville, The Children's Museum of the Upstate offers three floors of unique, interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Kids can build dams and float toy ducks and boats in the Reedy River Bend, play guitar in the Garage Rock exhibit, build skyscrapers in the Construction Zone or host a news show in the WTCM broadcasting studio. Meanwhile, young children can play in the Toddler Lily Pond or enjoy the outdoor recreation area. Plus, the on-site cafeteria is stocked with kid favorites like Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The Children's Museum of the Upstate
Located on the Heritage Green cultural campus in downtown Greenville, The Children's Museum of the Upstate offers three floors of unique, interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Kids can build dams and float toy ducks and boats in the Reedy River Bend, play guitar in the Garage Rock exhibit, build skyscrapers in the Construction Zone or host a news show in the WTCM broadcasting studio. Meanwhile, young children can play in the Toddler Lily Pond or enjoy the outdoor recreation area. Plus, the on-site cafeteria is stocked with kid favorites like Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
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#8

#8 in Greenville, SC

This regional, 285-seat theater offers a subscription season of music, comedy and drama, as well as independent film screenings, chamber music concerts, lectures and special art exhibitions throughout the year.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Centre Stage
This regional, 285-seat theater offers a subscription season of music, comedy and drama, as well as independent film screenings, chamber music concerts, lectures and special art exhibitions throughout the year.
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#9

#9 in Greenville, SC

Located 5 miles north of Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is a popular retreat for families looking for outdoor recreation. The park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and several park structures, including the bathhouse – now the Park Center – and Camp Buckhorn Lodge, hold a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The center features historical exhibits, while the park offers campsites, picnic shelters, a swimming area with a lifeguard, a playground, a camp store and a 15-acre lake with fishing and canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.
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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Paris Mountain State Park
Located 5 miles north of Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is a popular retreat for families looking for outdoor recreation. The park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and several park structures, including the bathhouse – now the Park Center – and Camp Buckhorn Lodge, hold a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The center features historical exhibits, while the park offers campsites, picnic shelters, a swimming area with a lifeguard, a playground, a camp store and a 15-acre lake with fishing and canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.
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#10

#10 in Greenville, SC

This performing arts center in the heart of downtown Greenville offers a 2,100-seat concert venue, a 400-seat theater and an outdoor amphitheater. In addition to presenting Broadway shows, comedy, dance and a variety of musical performances, the Peace Center is home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Chorale, two ballet companies and the South Carolina Children's Theater.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Peace Center
This performing arts center in the heart of downtown Greenville offers a 2,100-seat concert venue, a 400-seat theater and an outdoor amphitheater. In addition to presenting Broadway shows, comedy, dance and a variety of musical performances, the Peace Center is home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Chorale, two ballet companies and the South Carolina Children's Theater.
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