Mom Review: Falls Park in downtown Greenville

After exploring the fun shops, one of the cool museums or a delicious restaurant located in downtown Greenville a little trek down to Falls Park at the Reedy River sounds just about right. It is like an urban oasis amid the sidewalks filled with visitors and locals that love to take in the downtown area. Local mom, Deirdre loves the park’s wide-open spaces to play in and small sitting areas to relax. Today she shares her favorite spots in the park and tips for enjoying this Greenville favorite.

What we love about Falls Park

My son loves to get as close to the river as he can. He heads straight down the grassy incline to the edge of the shore. Getting close to the various water areas seems to draw children of all age to Falls Park. On a nice day you may even see some kids dipping their toes in the water or trying to pet one of the resident ducks.

Crossing back and forth across the Liberty Bridge is my son’s next favorite thing to do when visiting Falls Park. I don’t mind going back and forth with him – the views from the bridge of the falls are amazing! The bridge is a great place to stake out the various areas of the park and figure out where you want to go next.

The Wyche Overlook is on the east side of the Liberty Bridge and includes a fun unnamed sculpture. Kids, and sometimes adults too, will have a great time trying to come up with a name for it! We call it “Red Y’s”. I bet your kids will come up with cool names for it too.

Falls Park downtown Greenville

Back on the other side of the bridge across the open green space you will find the amphitheater. Your little singers and actors might want to check out it out . It has a stage that would be fun to sing a song or share your favorite nursery rhyme from (just be sure to respect any signage requesting visitors to stay off any sets that might be on the stage for Shakespeare in the Park). Plus the green lawn is the perfect place for a game of frisbee or a picnic!

If you head past the amphitheater towards University Street you will find a pretty sunflower themed garden called Pedrick’s Garden. It has a very cool fountain that features a sphere-like center area. Kids will think it is really neat.

Walking along the river past the amphitheater you will find the Old Mill Garden. It is a fun place to take pictures and enjoy a snack. The River Lodge is right near the garden. It is a large pavilion that’s another perfect location for a picnic lunch or supper.

If your children like to go on scavenger hunts, they will enjoy looking for the twelve brass plaques around the park. They celebrate various landmarks that used to live where the park is now located as well as various people who helped establish the park.

We love to end our time at Falls Park with snack at Spill the Beans or quick stop at the train themed splash pad behind the Hampton Inn, all just down the way from the Falls Park.

splash pad in downtown Greenville

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See our Greenville Parks page for even more reviews of local parks.

What’s your favorite thing to do at Falls Park?

About the Author
JDaniel4's Mom is a former teacher who loves to explore Greenville with her preschool son J. Daniel, IV by learning, laughing, listening, and living. She writes about parenting, educational activities, and children's books on her blog. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or Twitter.

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