Runway Park at GMU

#4 in Best Things To Do in Greenville, SC
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Greenville Downtown Airport

Key Info

21 Airport Rd Ext.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors call this park "a must" for kids, and said it's a great place for little ones to run and play or ride their bikes, commending the park's cleanliness and accessibility. Many commented on the excellent facilities including a picnic shelter, new restrooms, multiple play areas and a walking track, and several mentioned the Runway Café as an easy place to grab lunch. 

The airport is located about 3 miles east of downtown. Runway Park, located on the southern end of the airport grounds, is open from dawn to dusk and is free to the public. Complimentary parking is permitted in the unpaved lot on the right side of the park. For additional regulations and directions, visit the airport's website.

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#1 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.

Recent visitors said Falls Park is a popular place for families and pet lovers, noting that kids love watching the ducks and dogs enjoying the many walking trails. Many also noted the beautiful bridge and garden and some suggested bringing a picnic to enjoy this peaceful spot. Other reviewers enjoyed the park's two on-site restaurants, as well as its proximity to other popular downtown eateries. 

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