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  • Destination: Greenville
  • State/Province: South Carolina
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  • Airport ID (Check airport ID here): GMU
  • Activities: Greenville has my favorite downtown of any city in the world. I haven’t been everywhere, but I have been traveling for years. If you don’t mind walking, park near Main St, and stroll up and down the street, it’s beautiful, clean, thriving with people of all ages, some local and some from other countries. Greenville has several companies that pull talent from overseas. Main Street will also take you to the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River. Over the river is a unique curved pedestrian suspension bridge. Spend the afternoon walking through the park, shopping and dining downtown. BI-LO Center 650 N. Academy St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-241-3800/864-467-0008 Sports and entertainment complex Bob Jones University’s Gallery of Sacred Art 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd Greenville, SC 29614 864-242-5100 Open Tues. – Sun. 2 – 5pm, closed certain holidays. Adults $5, students $3, kids 6 – 12 free, Children under 6 are not allowed. Free on Sundays. Items from the 14th through the 19th centuries, important collections of religious art, tapestries, furniture and sculpture Café and Then Some 101 College St Greenville, SC Downtown Dinner Wed. – Sat. starting at 6:30, show starts at 8:30 You can just go to the show – seating at 7:45. 864-232-2287 Dinner Theatre $15 for show, food and drinks extra Carolina Ballet Theatre 16 Augusta St. Greenville, SC 864-421-0940/800-888-7768 Centre Stage 501 River Street Greenville, SC 864-233-6733 Current on and off Broadway shows Children’s Fountain at Riverplace 550 Main St Greenville, SC lower-level, along the Reedy River On a warm day, bring the kids and swimming suits here to play in the fountain. The Children’s Museum 300 College Street Greenville, SC 29601 864-233-7755 Coffee Underground 1 E. Coffee St. Greenville, SC 864-298-0494 Café with a separate theatre that shows foreign and independent movies, has live entertainment and art shows. Call for schedule of events. Over 20 coffee varieties, beer, wine, desserts, pastries, salads and sandwiches CrossWinds Golf Club A Public Course 61 Villa Road Greenville, SC 29615 864-233-6336 This golf course is very unique because it has 18 holes that were all designed by a different designer! It’s a fun Par 3 course that can be played in 2 hours for 18 holes or in 1 hour for 9 holes! Discovery Island Waterpark Greenville, SC. 864-963-4345 $6 - $8, kids under 2 free Seasonal – Mon. 10am – 8pm, Tues. – Sat. 10am – 6pm Sun. 1pm – 6pm Close to exit 30 off I-385 They have a café. No outside water toys, floats, food or drinks. Downtown Trolley Greenville, SC 864-467-8887 Normally runs from the Hyatt on Main St. to the West End area, Fri. 6 to 10pm, Sat. 10am to 11pm and Sun. 1pm to 6pm But when the Greenville Drive Baseball Team is playing it runs from County Square to West End Field. Falls Park at the Reedy River Downtown Greenville 864-467-6662 Open year round 7am to 9pm (during daylight savings time until 10pm.) Enter Greenville on I-385 continue into the city, turn left onto South Main Street, drive to Falls Park at the Reedy River, which will be on the left. The trailhead is at the parking area. This park has paved and handicapped accessible trails. The easy 1/2 mile walking trail has a series of loops, a wonderful large curved pedestrian suspension bridge and waterfalls. The park has historical markers that detail the history of Greenville. Public restrooms are available. Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-271-7570 Open Tues. – Sat. 11am – 5pm, Sun. 1pm – 5pm, Thurs. evenings until 8pm Free, paintings and prints, American art, impressionists, historic landscapes and contemporary works Greenville Drive 945 S Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-240-4528 April – Sept. $5 -$8, kids 2 & under are free Red Socks affiliated minor league baseball that plays in West End Field which is a mini replica of Boston’s Fenway Park Greenville History Tours 206 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 864-567-3940 Fri. and Sat., guided walking tours, $8 for those 10 and over, younger kids are free Greenville Pickens Speedway 3800 Calhoun Memorial Hwy (US 123 at Rte. 124) Greenville, SC 29611 864-269-0852 Usually on Saturdays Adults $10, kids under 12 free NASCAR National Short Track, camping available Greenville Symphony Orchestra In The Peace Center 300 South Main St. Greenville, SC 864-232-0344 $10 - $50 Variety of concerts Greenville Zoo/Cleveland Park 150 Cleveland Park Dr. (Cleveland Park at Washington St.) Greenville, SC 29601 864-467-4300 Adults $6, 3 – 15 years old $3, kids under 3 free If you belong to another zoo, you might get in free or at a discounted rate. Open daily 10am – 4:30pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. This wonderful zoo is close to downtown Greenville. Playground, picnic areas, tennis & volleyball courts and walking paths are also located in Cleveland Park. The Fernwood Nature Trail is found at the horse stable end of Cleveland Park on Woodland Way, across from the sculpture play area. It runs up a creek bed and is about ¼ mile long. Holmes Park Disc Golf Twin Lake Drive & Holmes Drive I-85 to I-385, exit N. Pleasantburg Dr., go North 2 miles take left on Mallery or Mayfair, park on left 864-907-7265 9 holes Kilgore-Lewis House 560 North Academy St. Greenville, SC 864-232-3020 Free tours of the historic house (c1838) and gardens any time from 10am to 2pm Mon. – Fri. McPherson Park On the north end of N. Main St at East Park Avenue Lighted tennis courts, playground, free miniature golf course (bring your own equipment or rent for $1 from senior center located in park), restrooms, picnic area, ½ court basketball Northampton Wines 211 A East Broad St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-271-3919 If wine is your thing, you may want to check this place out. They aren’t a winery but they offer wine tastings, have a restaurant, wine bar and a store. Paris Mountain State Park 2401 State Park Rd (off US 25) Greenville, SC 29609 864-244-5565 5 Miles north of the city, this hillside park has pedal boats on lakes, stocked fishing ponds, picnic areas, biking and hiking trails The Pavilion 400 Scottswood Road Taylors, SC 29687 (East Greenville) 864-322-play (7529) Call for hours and public sessions. Ice and inline skating rinks, tennis courts, table tennis, volleyball, game area, playground and “George the Train” which is a kids riding train. The Peace Center for the Performing Arts/Gunter Theater 300 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 800-888-7768 or 864-467-3000 Riverbend Park 175 Riverbend Rd. Greenville, SC 29617 At the foot of Paris Mountain 864-246-6466 Open Sat. 9am to 4pm, call for weekday hours, closed Sundays. Free petting zoo next to the horse stables, picnic tables, hiking trails, small children can by appointment be lead around on a horse for a very nominal fee, horseback riding lessons Roper Mountain Science Center 402 Roper Mountain Rd. Greenville, SC 29615 864-355-8900 Adults $5, 6 – 12 years old $4, 5 and under free On the 2nd Sat. of each month from 9am – 1pm, the center is open to the public, nature hikes, arboretum and butterfly garden. The Observatory offers a “Starry Nights” Program which is open to the public on Friday nights from 7 – 10 pm except during December. South Carolina Children’s Theatre 153 Augusta St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-235-2885 Adults $25, kids $16 Thomas Creek Brewery Tour 2054 Piedmont Hwy Greenville, SC 29605 864-605-1166 Call for hours Tours available and they have a home brew shop. Timmons Park Mountain Bike Trail & Disc Golf Course 864-467-4350 864-907-7265 Compact single track bike trail with tight turns, rocks and a series of switch backs. Good 1.8 mile loop practice trail. 18 hole disc golf course. Free Directions from Exit 42 on I385 drive north on Laurens Road (US276) and turn right onto East North Street, drive approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Blackburn Street, Timmons Park is the end of the street. The Twisted Bean 3527-B Hwy 153 (near Hwy 81) (exit 40 off of I-85) Greenville, SC 29611 864-295-5933 Coffee, ice cream and separate kids play area in a modern atmosphere that is cool for adults and fun for kids. Free WI-FI Upcountry History Museum 540 Buncombe St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-467-3100 Adults $5, 4 – 12 years old $3, kids under 4 free Open Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm and Sun. 1pm – 5 pm, closed on major holidays Interactive exhibits that depict upcountry life from early settlers to current times, one area lets visitors stroll through Greenville in the 1850s, civil right movement and textile industry also featured The Warehouse Theatre 37 Augusta Street In Historic Westend Greenville, SC 29601 864-235-6948 Adults $25, students $15 Westside Aquatic Center 2700 West Blue Ridge Dr. Greenville, SC 29611 Hwy 253 near White Horse Rd 864-288-6470/295-0032 Adults $4, 17 and under $3 Indoor pool that is open year round, call for seasonal hours Western Carolina Radio Control Home of the Skyhawks 4081 Hwy 417 Woodruff, GA 29388 (between Greenville and Woodruff) From Greenville, take Hwy 85 to exit 51, turn right on Woodruff Rd (Hwy 146), go about 9 miles bear left on Hwy 417, the airfield is 3/10 of a mile on your right. If you like to watch model airplanes fly you may want to check out this airfield where spectators are always welcome. Places to eat All restaurants in Greenville’s downtown are smoke free and they can sell alcohol on Sunday. Addys Dutch Café & Restaurant 17 E. Coffee St (1 block off Main St.) Greenville, SC 29601 Downtown 864-232-2339 Open Sunday, Closed Monday Rustic European Dining, great atmosphere for a meal or just a drink at the really cool bar, many imported beers and wine, a nice place and not really for children. Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria 25 W. Washington St. (1 block off Main St.) Downtown Greenville, SC 29601 864-232-3706 Hand-tossed New York style pizza, pasta and sandwiches, 200 types of beer (70 taps), casual dining in a 19th century hardware store. Downstairs is okay for kids. Upstairs they have pool tables, dart boards and more taps! Blockhouse Restaurant and Oyster Bar 1619 Augusta Rd Greenville, SC 29605 Close to downtown 864-232-4280 Steaks and Seafood in a relaxed atmosphere The Blue Ridge Brewing Company 217 N. Main St. (downtown) Greenville, SC 864-232-hops Food and great beer to have there at the wooden bar, with a meal, or to go in the form of a “growler”, a half gallon glass jug. You pay for the jug once and then you can bring it back to exchange for a full one, then you just pay for the beer. Okay for kids. Chicora Alley 608 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-232-4100 This “hidden” upstairs restaurant and bar has a cozy atmosphere. It was recommended to us or we never would have found it. It’s easy to find with the street address. It is close to Falls Park where N. Main becomes S. Main. Older kids okay. Trio 22 N. Main Street (At Coffee St.) Greenville, SC 29601 864-467-1000 Closed Sunday A brick oven café with a very nice atmosphere that is popular for its gourmet pasta and pizza. Okay for kids. Wild Wing Café 15 W. Washington St. Downtown Greenville, SC 29601 864-242-9453 Chain restaurant with large beer selection, wings are a favorite here, okay for kids Nightlife Blu Martini Downtown at College & Main Greenville, SC 29601 864-242-5743 Hip, basement level night club popular for its martinis. Not for kids. Places to stay Hampton Inn at River Place 171 Riverplace Greenville, SC 29601 864-271-8700 Fairly new, central downtown location Holiday Inn 407 N. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-678-8000 Outdoor pool, close to BI-LO Complex, central downtown location Hyatt Regency 220 N. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-235-1234 Outdoor pool, close to BI-LO Complex, central downtown location Pettigru Place B & B 302 Pettigru St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-242-4529/877-362-4644 $99 - $195 Located in a historical neighborhood near downtown Phoenix Inn Within walking distance of GMU 800-257-3529/864-233-4651 Westin Poinsett Hotel 120 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 800-937-8461/864-421-9700 4 diamond hotel, Built in 1925, reopened in 2000, right in the middle of downtown For more information on Greenville: Get a self-guided tour map of Greenville at Resources to find dates of festivals and events Greenville’s Visitors Center City Hall Office Bldg 1st Floor 206 S. Main St. Downtown Greenville, SC 29601 800-717-0023/864-233-0461 Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30am - 5pm
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