Greer, SC is the perfect place to live and work. Straddled between Spartanburg and Greenville, residents of Greer have the best of both counties right at their fingertips, plus all the things Greer has to offer! Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city has a great downtown area, plus loads of unique restaurants, parks, and things to do.
You can explore Greer and walk beneath the glowing lights on Trade Street, grab some ice cream and stroll through Greer City Park in the heart of Downtown Greer, visit the surrounding area to enjoy some disc golf at local parks like Kids Planet, or travel north to enjoy some gorgeous views of the foothills. There are so many things to do in Greer, SC!
In this article, we’re taking you through Downtown Greer and beyond to show you why Greer, South Carolina is an amazing place to be!
This article includes:
Things to Do in Greer, SC
Where Are the Best Places to Eat in Greer, SC
Where to Park in Greer, SC
Where Should We Stay in Greer, SC
Seasonal Fun in Greer, SC
What’s Happening this Weekend in Greer, SC?
The Best of Greer, SC
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Things To Do In Downtown Greer, SC
If you are looking for someplace to go to enjoy the outdoors, there is no shortage of them in Greer. From downtown parks to lakes with mountain views, Greer has them all.
Toads on Trade Scavenger Hunt
While you spend the day downtown, keep your eyes on the ground. A family of 16 Toads are waiting for you to find them on (and near) Trade Street as part of the Toads on Trade activity. Information about the free Toads on Trade scavenger hunt activity can be found online.
301 East Poinsett Street
Located in the heart of Downtown Greer, this park hosts numerous free events throughout the year. Families can enjoy time on the playground or a stroll around the lake any time of the year.
- Greer Farmers Market
Saturday Mornings from 8:30 am – 12 pm, May through October
Shop from over 35 local vendors, offering everything from fresh local produce to handmade jewelry.
- Food Truck Rollout
Many Fridays from 5 pm-8 pm
Throughout the year, the city invites local food trucks out to the park for food, tailgating, games, and music.
- Moonlight Movies
Thursdays from 6 pm – 11 pm, during warmer months.
This free, family-friendly movie includes pre-show fun with free inflatables, crafts, games with prizes, and dancing. The movie starts at dusk in the park amphitheater, and seating is first-come, first-serve.
- Greer Goes Global: An International Festival
Annually in April, the city comes together to represent 40+ different cultures and countries. Experience the food, crafts, and culture of the people of the Upstate. The Festival is FREE and open to the public.
- Upstate Renaissance Faire
Join the Knights, Faire Maidens, Dragons, and Vikings in celebration of all things Renaissance in September at Greer City Park. There are lots of delicious food, various unique crafts to purchase, and sword fighting demonstrations!
- Greer Arts and Eats Festival
This FREE annual festival includes live music, kids’ activities, food vendors, local artisans, and more.
- Christmas in Greer
Enjoying all of the events around Christmas in Greer is magical. From the tree lighting ceremony that involves a story read by Santa to the Christmas parade, nothing beats the small-town charm during the holidays.
An Evening in Greer City Park
Shop and browse stores in Downtown Greer:
- Smith and James – Men’s Clothing
- Talloni – A shoe salon
- Cameroon Lounge – Premium Cigar Retailer
- Chelsea’s Ladies Apparel– Women’s clothing store
- The Galleries of Brian Brigham – Art Gallery
- Southern Sisters Boutique– Women’s clothing boutique
- Not Just Gamin’ – A Game store where you can play a wide variety of games for free, as well as browse new games and comic books for purchase.
- Southern Envy Boutique– Women’s clothing boutique
- Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co– Bicycle supply store
- Urban Petals- Plants, flowers, and home
- Dress Me Lulu- Women’s clothing boutique
- Olive’s Branch Gallery– Home decor and antiques
- Plunder- Antique store
- The Hanger Boutique– Women’s clothing boutique
- Gregory’s Boutique– Men’s formal wear
107 Cannon Street
This historic music venue hosts live music from local and national music acts. They also host markets, events for children, and a variety of events outside of musical acts.
106 S Main Street, Greer
Free museum telling the historical story of the city. Check out their amazing Greer Ghost Tours hosted throughout the month of October!
More Fun in the Greater Greer Area
2000 South 101 Highway
The Barnyard Flea Market is only open on weekends, offers free parking at an easy-to-find location, has wide aisles for strollers, and hundreds of vendors. Plus, you can grab some really yummy tacos inside!
1400 Highway 101 South
Visitors will learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout the car maker’s history. Guided plant tours are available for visitors 12 and up.
2770 East Phillips Road
This truly unique park is a fun place to explore. The ruins of what was once a cotton mill provide visitors with a history lesson in a beautiful setting, along with a dog park if you have your four-legged friends in tow.
2544 Mays Bridge Road
Lake Robinson offers beautiful views of the North Greenville mountains, perfect for a quiet afternoon on the lake. There are shelters to rent, sidewalks to roam, boats to watch and even a fishing dock.
Century Park: Kids Planet and Disc Golf
3605 Brushy Creek Road
Century Park in Greer offers visitors an 18-hole disc golf course that weaves in and out of trees and over a stream. Century Park also has an amazing imaginative playground with zip lines, picnic areas, and other facilities.
556 Memorial Drive Extension, Suite D, Greer
If you’re looking for an indoor adventure, then head to Trapped in the Upstate. The only escape room in Greer, SC has multiple rooms to explore and attempt to beat the clock. Check out Kidding Around review of Trapped in the Upstate to see what to expect.
Where To Eat In Greer, SC
There are so many great restaurants in Greer, SC that we actually have a full guide just to dining out in Greer, SC. With all the things to do in Greer, SC, eating excellent food is absolutely one of them!
So, if you’re looking for all your best options, start there. However, here are a few favorites.
Downtown Greer Restaurants
Cartwright Food Hall
Providing options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a tap room with beer and wine, Cartwright Food Hall is Greer’s newest restaurant establishment. You’ll find a multitude of local eateries all in one spot, which means everyone can find something they want to eat.
Breakfast in Downtown
Lunch or Dinner in Downtown
- Wild Ace Pizza & Pub
- The Mason Jar – Burgers
- Los Portales – Mexican Restaurant
- The Great Bay Oyster House – Seafood
- L’Incanto – Italian Cuisine
- Crate Restaurant & Wine Bar – Small Plate Southern Cuisine
- Harvest Kitchen– Sustainable kitchen, smoothie bowls, and more.
- SELECT restaurant– New American cuisine
- Pour Sports Pub and Grille
- Ollie’s Tavern
- The Blue Ridge Brewing Company
If you have room left for dessert, don’t miss Abbott’s Frozen Custard.
If you are looking for an experience that also includes delicious downtown Greer dining, check out Dine on Trade. There are three events (Spring, Summer, and Fall) each year, where tables line down Trade Street so guests can enjoy delicious food and live music under the lights!
If you’re cool driving just a tiny bit further, Scandi Tiny Coffee Shop is a great place to grab coffee!
Where to Park in Downtown Greer, SC
The addition of so many attractive things to the downtown area raises the question of where people will park? Downtown Greer has lots of parking options; you just need to know where to go. Parking is always free downtown, and below is a list of places to safely park, in addition to the streetside parallel parking available on Trade Street and Poinsett Street.
There is also a parking garage beside the Hampton Inn.
Where to Stay in Greer, SC
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Hampton Inn in Downtown
Hampton Inn Greer is Downtown Greer’s brand-new hotel. It’s located on Main Street in Greer making it an easy walk to all the shops and restaurants on historic Trade Street, as well as Greer City Park.
No matter the season, there’s something special going on in Greer.
Christmas in downtown Greer
This annual holiday celebration offers visitors free activities for kids and the lighting of the Greer Christmas tree.
Buck and Ann’s Strawberry Patch
139 Pearson Road, Greer | 864.879.461
This small berry patch is located just off of I85 and is a popular stop with Kidding Around readers.
650 Fisher Road
Nothing says summer like a fresh juicy peach! Pick your own, or have somebody else do the work for you. Fisher’s Peach Orchard will offer only a few pick-your-own days in 2023. However, their peaches are available for sale at the farm, as well as their farm stores.
What’s Happening this Weekend in Greer, SC?
The Best of Greer
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