Guide to Downtown Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for things to do in Downtown Greenville, SC? Here at Kidding Around Greenville, our goal is to make sure people in Greenville can always find something to do whether they are looking for a free activity, an experience of a lifetime, or a way to spend a fun weekend. This guide has everything you need to enjoy time in Downtown Greenville, SC.

Falls Park, Liberty Bridge and gardens

This article includes:
Falls Park and Liberty Bridge
Main Street, Greenville
The Swamp Rabbit Trail
The Greenville Zoo
Museums in Downtown Greenville
Free Things to Do in Downtown Greenville
Event Venues: Shows, Concerts, and Sporting Events in Greenville
Restaurants in Downtown Greenville
Downtown Greenville Parks
Downtown Greenville During the Holidays
Parking in Downtown Greenville
Events in Downtown Greenville

Falls Park and Liberty Bridge

Everyone in Greenville needs to be sure to visit the iconic Liberty Bridge that suspends over the Reedy River Falls. During the warmer months, you may find free outdoor movies, plays and other events happening in the park. Don’t forget to take a photo by Greenville’s famous Medusa Tree.

Main Street

Don’t miss a stroll down Main Street in downtown Greenville. Grab a coffee at one of our local coffee shops such as Coffee Underground, eat gelato at Luna Rosa, browse books at M. Judson Bookstore, and find an assortment of candy bins at the Mast General Store.

Don’t forget to find the Mice on Main.

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Start in Cleveland Park and follow the Swamp Rabbit Trail from Cleveland Park, beside the Rock Quarry Garden, through Cancer Survivor Park, to Falls Park, and over to the Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park (approximately 40 minutes walking or 15 minutes biking, one way).

This path will take you past some of Greenville’s most popular parks, interesting art installations, and even a free splash pad for children.

Greenville Zoo

Greenville Zoo is located right in the heart of the city of Greenville. The zoo is full of shade and has play spaces for children.

Museums in Downtown Greenville

Four notable Greenville museums are located at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville.

  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate: Families with children will want to plan at least 4 or more hours for their children to explore the 3 floors of exhibits at TCMU. Be aware that the bottom floor is full of water exhibits so you may want to save that floor for last.
  • The Upcountry History Museum is a great place to explore local history and has seasonal exhibits for children.
  • The Sigal Music Museum has an extensive collection of historic pianos and harpsichords including a piano played by Chopin.
  • The Greenville County Museum of Art is free to visit and focuses on American art. It has a large collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth.

Free Things to Do in Downtown Greenville, SC

We like free things to do, and there are a lot of them right in Downtown Greenville! You could spend a whole day and not spend a dime. Here’s a list of free things to do in Downtown Greenville.

Hughes Main Library

The Greenville County Library System’s headquarters is Hughes Main Library and it’s located on Heritage Green in Downtown Greenville. The large library is a great place to spend some time reading books, using the computer, playing with friends or taking in part in one of the library’s free programs for children, families and adults.

Watch a Show, Concert or Sporting Event

During non-pandemic times, Greenville offers plenty of high-quality theatre and opportunities to experience the performing arts including full Broadway performances at the Peace Center.

Here’s a list of the popular event venues in Greenville, SC that includes nearby dining and parking options.

  • Peace Center – The Peace Center hosts classical and professional musicians, ensembles, and orchestras in addition to a full slate of Broadway performances.
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena – At the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, you can purchase tickets to hear famous pop musicians, attend large shows such as Monster Jam, and even catch an ice hockey game.
  • Greenville Theatre – The Greenville Theatre showcases local talent with a wide selection of dramas and musicals each year.
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre – The South Carolina Children’s Theatre performs five mainstage performances each year at their brand new Bell Mainstage located downtown at 153 Augusta Street (across from Gather GVL).
  • Alchemy Comedy offers weekly improv comedy shows at Coffee Underground.
  • Glow Lyric Theatre performs opera, operetta, and musical theatre.

Restaurants in Downtown Greenville

Downtown Greenville has great dining options. Here’s a restaurant guide for Downtown Greenville, SC to help you find exactly the meal and experience you’d like.

If you’re heading out with your significant other, check this list of great choices for date night restaurants in Downtown Greenville, SC.

Downtown Greenville During the Holidays

Greenville is magical during the holiday season and there are lots of unique things to do. Ride on Santa’s sleigh, go ice skating, or check out professionally decorated trees while sipping cocoa.

Parks in Downtown Greenville, SC

  • Falls Park: Liberty Bridge, waterfall on the Reedy, many paths for walking along the river and gardens, right in the heart of Downtown Greenville along Main Street
  • Cleveland Park: Two large playgrounds, access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, home of the Greenville Zoo
  • Linky Stone Park Children’s Garden: Sweet little park hidden away in Downtown Greenville with pretty gardens and whimsical fairytale features for children
  • Paris Mountain State Park: Just north of downtown Greenville and near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this park offers great hiking trails and even swimming in Lake Placid in the summer.

Where to Park in Downtown Greenville

You’re headed downtown with a long list of fun things to do, but where should you park? Fortunately, Greenville has tons of affordable garages and plenty of street parking. Here’s a guide to where to park in downtown Greenville.

Events Happening in Downtown Greenville, SC

january, 2023

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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