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.
Pack for the outdoors, and check the Peace Center calendar.
Greenville’s best lodging choices are found in its vibrant downtown area, near Falls Park. From any of the downtown hotels, you can walk to tons of restaurants, nightlife and unique shopping options. There’s also a free trolley and parking garages. The airport has other brand-name hotels clustered near it and BMW/Michelin/GE, but you’ll definitely need a car, as you will if you choose golf-friendly Embassy Suites on Verdae. All are no more than 15 minutes apart.
Book downtown hotels ASAP.
Greenville restaurant districts are downtown, Augusta Road (adjacent to downtown), Haywood Road (5-10 minutes from downtown or airport), and busy Woodruff Road (5 min from airport, 10-15 min from downtown). Downtown is where you’ll find the most one-of-a-kind choices and many of the best.
Woodruff Road and downtown restaurants are challenging at 7pm, when most of Greenville prefers to dine.
Be Sure to Sample:
pimento cheese, deviled eggs, BBQ, moonshine . . . or all four.
National touring shows, regional bands, comedy, theater and improv are all options for a night out in downtown Greenville. During spring and fall, Greenville offers free outdoor concerts downtown and there’s no more appealing setting than the Peace Center amphitheater in nice weather. You may want to take in a baseball or hockey game, then hit a downtown sports bar. A few late-night dance venues can also be found downtown. Woodruff Road, on the city’s east side, offers movies, bars and tons of late-night restaurants.
Take It or Leave It:
Residents lean toward dresses and collared shirts in the evenings.
Bustling Woodruff Road (accessible from I-385, I-85, or Laurens Road) is Greenville’s shopping mecca. You’ll find every big box store you love, plus Whole Foods, REI, Trader Joe’s and unique stores. Haywood Road is home to a popular indoor mall, and several well-known chains. Downtown’s Main Street and nearby Augusta Road offer more unique shops and easy in-and-out. Greenville has an abundance of outfitters, bike shops, galleries and food-related shops.
Woodruff Road on a Saturday if you're in a hurry . . . traffic is bad.