Looking for some fun things to do when you visit Greenville, SC? There are so many opportunities for memories to be made… from visiting museums to hiking to chasing waterfalls to bike riding to letting your inner foodie enjoy bites throughout town to taking a stroll down Main Street… you are bound to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. To make planning your trip to Greenville a little easier, we’ve rounded up a list of things for you to do while you’re here.
Greenville, SC: Things to Do That Visitors Should Not Miss
Things to Do Outside in Greenville
Greenville is known for many things, but one of the biggest things it’s known for is the number of activities you can enjoy outside. From hiking to swimming to apple-picking, there’s an incredible amount of outdoor activities for you to do in Greenville and its surrounding areas. We’ve highlighted some of the best below, but do be sure to check out our full Things to Do Outside in Greenville, SC guide!
The Swamp Rabbit Trail
Another thing that is well-known and popular in Greenville is the Swamp Rabbit Trail. A 22-mile paved trail that used to be the railroad tracks for part of the Greenville and Northern Railway, this trail is enjoyed by walkers, runners, bikers, roller-bladers, and your four-legged friends. So whether you want to walk or rent bikes and enjoy trail with your family, we have a Family Guide to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and a Simple Day Itinerary for you to check out.
Along the trail is Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. This is a great local spot to enjoy farm-fresh sandwiches, soups, and treats, as well as to shop local.
Falls Park and Liberty Bridge
Every visitor to Greenville needs to be sure to visit the iconic Liberty Bridge that suspends over the Reedy River Falls. During the warmer months, you might even be lucky enough to catch a free outdoor movie or Shakespeare production. Don’t forget to take a photo by the famous Medusa Tree, one of Greenville’s top Instagrammed locations.
Hiking Near Greenville
If you’re an avid hiker (or an amateur looking for a simple hike), there are so many opportunities for you to enjoy the scenery near Greenville. Our Ultimate Guide to Hiking will show you many of the trails you can enjoy with your family, and if you have little kids, we rounded up the Best Hiking Spots Near Greenville for Families with Toddlers and Young Children. And if you’re newer to hiking, be sure to read our Newbie Hiking Guide for some tips before you go!
Greenville also has a lot of waterfalls! If you’re an outdoorsy person visiting Greenville you should definitely check out some of these waterfalls near Greenville, SC.
The Greenville Zoo
We also highly recommend a visit to The Greenville Zoo while you’re in town! While it’s not a large zoo, it’s a quick and easy zoo to visit with your kids. You’ll be able to see the giraffes, orangutans, amur leopards, farm animals, and so much more. We’ve got you covered with Everything You Need to Know When Visiting the Greenville Zoo.
Don’t miss the amazing 19-hole aviation-themed mini-golf course, Takeoff Mini-Golf in Greenville, SC. It sits beside an aviation-themed playground, Runway Cafe, and the Downtown Greenville airport. You’ll get a great view of small aircraft taking off and landing.
Things to Do Inside in Greenville, SC
Of course, there are still so many things to do indoors in Greenville, as well. Whether it’s a rainy or cold day, or just one of those days you want to stay indoors, we have a full guide on Things to Do Inside in Greenville for you. We’ve also highlighted some of Greenville’s favorites below.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
If you have kids and are looking for a fun, educational activity to enjoy together, we love The Children’s Museum of the Upstate! They have truly thought of everything a parent could need when visiting the museum: bottle warmer available, nursing rooms, quiet spaces, enrichment programs, a cafe, and so many adventures for your kids to enjoy. We have a full guide to help you plan your trip to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate if you need it. There’s also a Spartanburg location if you’re going to be in that area.
The Children’s Museum is located on Heritage Green. There are a number of other museums on Heritage Green that visitors may enjoy.
- 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.
Event Venues in Greenville
Greenville also has several Broadway shows, sporting events, concerts, and other event activities throughout the year, so be sure to check out our Guide to Event Venues in Greenville to see what’s going on when you are visiting.
Calendar of Upstate, SC Events
Wondering what special events are happening in Greenville this weekend or during your visit? Check out our event calendar. It is always full of fun, family events, and things to do for locals and visitors!
What are you most looking forward to during your visit?