Greenville, South Carolina has undergone a serious transformation in the past few decades, transitioning from a residential city to a southeastern tourist destination. Downtown Greenville has evolved as new restaurants and businesses flock to Main Street, inviting locals and tourists alike to enjoy a day in the city. If you’re planning a visit, try to come during one of the many festivals that happen during the year, like Euphoria, a food and wine festival that happens in September, or Artisphere, an arts festival that happens in May!
Here’s my advice for a great weekend in Greenville, SC.
Where to Stay: I recommend staying in downtown Greenville at one of the hotels on (or close to) Main Street! Staying downtown puts you in walking distance of great restaurants and the beautiful Falls Park!
Where to Eat: If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, I recommend Hall’s Chophouse for amazing steaks and impeccable service! Other yummy upscale options for southern cuisine include: Soby’s, Rick Erwin’s, and Larkin’s on the River! Tupelo Honey has delicious southern food as well in a more relaxed setting. If you’re looking for something a little more chill, Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Biscuit Head have great light bites.
Tandem Creperie is located in nearby Traveler’s Rest, and the crepes and coffee are totally worth the drive. My favorite place to get coffee downtown is Coffee Underground!
What to do: Like I said before, there are so many fun events every week in Greenville! In addition to the festivals I named above, there are smaller events like Main Street Fridays (running from early spring to early fall) that feature live music and food and drinks on Main Street.
Reedy River Falls Park is another must visit when you’re in Greenville. Walk across the suspension bridge and enjoy the view of the waterfall, or grab some snacks and have a picnic by the river! If you like outdoorsy activities, it might be worth visiting Paris Mountain State Park or walking, jogging, or biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail! The Greenville Zoo, while small, is another fun afternoon activity. If you love history, the Upcountry History Museum has 400 years of Greenville and South Carolina history! If you’re looking for a unique experience, I recommend driving to LeMans Karting, an indoor karting center with really fast karts!
Main Street also has great shopping, so spend some time walking around and window shopping! While you’re walking around Main Street, keep an eye out for little bronze mice on the sidewalk! There are 9 hidden on Main Street, so keep your eyes peeled to see them all!
Have you ever been to Greenville, SC?