Greenville blends Outdoor Recreation with Cultural Menu
By Libby McMillan
Content Manager and Greenville Local Expert
With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Greenville to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.
10 Peace Center Amphitheater
In 2012, the Peace Center built this 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. (864-467-3000)
9 Greenville County Museum of Art
A wonderful collection of art with a Southern connection. Variety of regional and national artists including works by Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Stephen Scott Young and others. Also offers traveling exhibitions, art classes and a gift shop. (864-271-7570)
8 Upcountry History Museum
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. (864-467-3100)
7 Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
Located on the campus of Bob Jones University, this museum has one of the best collections of religious art in the nation. Works by Rembrandt, Petri, Rubens, Alemanno and many others are on permanent display. In addition, the museum contains the Bowen Collection of Antiquities which features Egyptian, Roman, and ancient Hebrew artifacts. Modest dress is required and cameras are not allowed. (864-770-1331)
6 Caesar's Head State Park
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. (864-836-6115)
5 Jones Gap State Park
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. (864-836-3647)
4 Fluor Field
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. (864-240-4500)
3 Peace Center for the Performing Arts
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. An outdoor amphitheatre are frequently used for community events. (864-467-3000, 800-888-7768)
2 Greenville Zoo
Oct 2012 saw the birth of a new baby giraffe! Everyone loves the zoo, and this facility in Greenville's Cleveland Park never fails to please. With hundreds of residents, there's an attraction for everyone, whether it's farm animals or creatures from more exotic backgrounds. The habitats mimic each animal's natural environment, so kids can see how they live in the wild. The reptile collection is perfect for those fascinated by dinosaurs, and Joy the elephant is the well-loved mascot of the zoo. (864-467-4300)
1 Liberty Bridge & Falls Park on the Reedy
The Reedy River isn't huge, but it's a much-loved feature of Greenville residents, especially now that the park around it has been revamped. 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. (864-467-4350)
About Libby McMillan
A longtime travel journalist, Libby chose her beautiful city after a nationwide search for a new hometown. Greenville's amazing downtown, four mild seasons, varied terrain, friendly residents and countless nearby waterfalls made it a winner.
Libby previously spent 20 years in Florida, what she calls “the only place in the world where you drive north to reach the South.”
An avid college football fan, Libby has deep ties to the University of Oklahoma but graduated from rival Texas. She’s lived in Austin, Boston, Nashville, San Francisco and Captiva Island, Florida, including 4 happy years on a houseboat.
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