Greenville SC is Fun, Affordable Destination for Budget Travelers

Greenville South Carolina is all about the outdoors, which means it's a great choice for a destination when you're looking for free things to do.  From free outdoor concerts and movies to some of America's most award-winning parks, Greenville has many things to explore without your having to spend a dime.  

Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

Kids find endless, free fun at the Children's Garden in Linky Stone Park. A six-foot tall Winnie the Pooh greets visitors as they enter the garden, which is filled with sculpted and painted storybook characters. Following the letters of the...  Read More

Beginning in late March and lasting until early September, Downtown Alive supplies free entertainment each Thursday evening. Hosted by the Metropolitan Arts Council at the Hyatt Plaza, this event focuses on bringing local artists and musicians...  Read More

North Pleasantburg
Paris Mountain State Park

Just a short drive from downtown, this 1,275-acre park offers a variety of hiking trails, both easy and strenuous. Swimming is permitted at the quiet lake, and camping and picnic areas let you immerse yourself in the surroundings. From I-385,...  Read More

Mice on Main
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

Strategically placed along Main Street to provide a tour of downtown, Mice on Main is a free attraction that appeals to even the youngest of visitors. Grab a Hints Sheet from the Visitors Center, and then head up to Hyatt Plaza to discover the...  Read More

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...  Read More

Fluor Field is home to Greenville Drive baseball games, which are affordable in their own right. But for totally free fun without spending a penny, get anywhere near the ballfield on a Friday night when there's a home game. At the end of the...  Read More

Cleveland Park
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

With over 126 acres of trails, playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts and plenty of field space for pickup soccer and flag football, Cleveland Park is one of the most diverse free attractions in the city. Vary a workout routine by visiting...  Read More

Swamp Rabbit Trail
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

Linking the charming town of Travelers Rest to the City of Greenville, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a fun way to explore these flourishing communities. Currently, the trail is over 13 miles long and is equipped for walkers, runners and bikers. In...  Read More

Liberty Bridge & Falls Park on the Reedy
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

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...  Read More

Downtown Trolley
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

Enjoy an absolutely free tour of downtown Greenville when you hop on the Downtown Trolley. Owned by the Greenville Drive, the two 35-passenger trolleys stop at intersections whenever flagged by patrons and provide complimentary transportation...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Libby

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