As the snow melts and winter fades away, Springtime begins to blossom, and there is no better time to enjoy Greenville, SC than in the Spring. In and around Greenville, guests can not only enjoy the Downtown city vibes with shopping, dining, and entertainment but also enjoy the State Parks & other outdoor activities with greenspaces, gardens, and historic charm.
We want to assist you in making the most of your trip to Greenville. So we have created a list of nearly 20 things to do in Greenville, SC, specifically during the Spring. Most of these activities are outdoors, but all of them can be practiced safely and while social distancing.
Greenville Zoo is home to over 90 species of animals including lions, tigers, and bears – oh my! It typically takes 1-2 hours to leisurely make your way through the Zoo. During the Spring, the Zoo is open 9am – 5pm with pre-purchased tickets required for entry. Tickets may be purchased and all other information about the Zoo may be found on the website.
Greenville Zoo also hosts numerous events throughout the year including Boo in the Zoo, International Red Panda Day, & Breakfast with Santa. Check out the calendar events for the most up-to-date event details.
The Liberty Bridge, which overlooks Falls Park and the Reedy River Falls, is 345 feet long and twelve feet wide. This unique bridge is made of a concrete reinforced deck that is supported by a single suspension cable. It was completed in 2004 and took twelve months to construct.
Falls Park is 20 acres of natural beauty combined with human creativity. The park is a beautiful combination of gardens, walkways, art, and greenspaces where visitors can enjoy live music performances, see movies in the Summer, and so much more. Before you leave, be sure to swing by Spill the Beans, a delicious coffee and ice cream shop located next to the Park.
Another great way to get outdoors and enjoy the Spring weather in Greenville is a visit to Paris Mountain State Park. Within the Park, there are over 15 miles of trails, 4 lakes, a swimming area, picnic shelters, and over 1500 acres of parkland to be explored.
Visitors to the park can go fishing for bass, bream, or catfish, see the historical exhibits at the Park Center, rent a pedal boat, kayak, or canoe, and explore the hiking and biking trails throughout the park. Entry is $6 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Park hours are Wed. – Mon. 8am – 6pm and Tues. 8am – 8pm.
A visit to Greenville isn’t complete without a trip to Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn. This delectable snack shop was opened in 2012 and has quickly become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Poppington’s doesn’t just sell popcorn. They sell popcorn in the most creative and unique flavors along with gift sets and Vegan-friendly snacks. A few of the flavors you will find, beyond the classics, are Bacon Ale Cheddar, Birthday Cake Chocolate Caramel, Bloody Mary, and Spicy Dill Pickle. Poppington’s is currently open Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am – 9pm, and Sun. noon – 7pm. Check their website for more flavor options.
The Peace Center in Greenville, SC is the hub of culture and the arts in the Upstate. This 6-acre campus houses an amphitheater, a patrons lounge, a 400-seat theater, a 2,100-seat concert hall, and a collection of indoor and outdoor event spaces. Performances range from live music (jazz, classical, folk, bluegrass, and more), comedians, Broadway tours, ballets, orchestras, and theatrical performances. See all of their upcoming shows and events online.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile paved trail that runs through Greenville County in the cities of Fountain Inn, Greenville, and Travelers Rest. The trail opened in 2009, and it has multiple access points and parking locations along the way. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is great for walking, running, or biking for fitness or fun. Remember your trail etiquette to stay to the right side of the trails and always pick up after yourself and your animals. Here is a full map of the trail.
Considered the premier American art museum in the South, the Greenville County Museum of Art has the largest collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, a grand collection of paintings and prints by Jasper Johns, and numerous other works of art. The GCMA is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the only museum to have this accreditation in the Upstate. Admission to the museum is free.
**Feb. 2021 Update** The museum is currently closed due to construction and maintenance. Please check the website for the re-opening date announcement.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate opened its doors in 2009 with these goals in mind: creating a consistent local resource for families and providing an environment of learning and fun for kids with engaging exhibits and inspirational programs.
This museum is the 7th largest of its kind in the US. Museum hours are Tues. – Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 11am – 5pm, and closed Mondays. General admission is $10 for adults and $9 for kids ages 1-15. Guests are asked to purchase their time-entry tickets in advance.
The Museum & Gallery of Bob Jones University opened in 1951 and houses the largest collection of old master paintings in the US. The Museum features art from the 14th – 19th centuries including almost 200 pieces of Gothic furniture, 100 sculptures, 60 textiles, over 1000 ancient artifacts, and around 130 architectural elements (like stained glass windows and fireplace mantels). The museum hosts regular events to help educate and inspire creativity in younger generations.
**Feb. 2021 Update** The Museum & Gallery is currently in a transitional stage. The old museum home on BJU’s campus was constructed in 1947. To ensure the continued safety of the art collection and its guests, BJU is currently building a new location for the Museum in Downtown Greenville along the Reedy River.
Currently, guests may book a private tour to see many of the pieces in the collection that have been placed around campus in public spaces. Tours are $5 for adults and free for students. The tours last around 45 minutes and must be scheduled two weeks in advance. Learn all about the Museum & Gallery’s collection and the new building construction on their website.
Runway Park at GMU is a playground for kids next to the Greenville Downtown Airport. Kids can watch planes take off and land, learn about aviation at the educational displays, and climb on the multiple play structures. There is a picnic area on-site that may be rented or used on a first-come, first-served basis. Runway Park is free to the public and open from dawn until dusk.
Adjacent to the park you will find the Runway Cafe which serves classic American cuisine.
A great way to explore the city on a beautiful Spring day is on a Greenville Sightseeing Segway Tour. Tours start at $60 for a guided tour of the city ranging from 1.5 – 2 hours. Guests will first receive training on using the segway and be provided a helmet. Weight restrictions for segway use are 100-300lbs. Masks must be worn during the training but may be removed during the tour. Participants will explore the historic West End of the city cruising along the Swamp Rabbit Trail through Falls Park. You are asked to please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. Tours may be scheduled online.
Foothills Foodie Tours was created to introduce guests and re-introduce locals to the amazing cuisine found in Greenville, SC. Participants will be led on a walking tour through Downtown Greenville exploring delicious cocktails, appetizers, and more from local restaurants. There are several tour options running Thursday – Saturday, each of which allows guests to taste creations from 3-4 different restaurants. Tours are currently running at 50% capacity to match restaurants operating at 50% capacity. A mask must be worn at all times except when eating. Tours start at $50 with 5 tour options to choose from. Read more about each of the tours available and book your next tour online.
Another great way to see the city safely this Spring is going on a Greenville Adventure. Follow this app-led outdoor scavenger hunt around Downtown Greenville solving riddles and photographing your completed tasks while earning points to be the top team in the city. Participants will spend 1.5 – 2 hours completing the hunt walking a little less than 2 miles. Greenville Adventure also has custom hunts for date nights, birthdays, bachelorette parties, and team-building with occasion-specific questions and challenges. Pricing varies depending on the number of players you have and the number of hunts you participate in. Find all the details online.
A great way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon in Greenville is searching for Mice on Main. Conceived by a high school student’s senior project and brought to life by local sculptor Zan Wells, Mice on Main has become a beloved Greenville attraction. Using the clues, kids and adults will have a blast searching for nine bronze mice who make their homes on Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and Westin Poinsett.
Located about one hour north of InTown Suites’ two Greenville locations, Caesars Head State Park is another great outdoor Spring adventure. Caesars Head is home to over 30 miles of trails, multiple fishing spots, great birdwatching, and more. What makes Caesars Head unique is the natural landmarks including Caesars Head Overlook (a mountain top 3,208 ft above sea level) and Raven Cliff Falls (a 420-foot mountain cascade with waterfall). There are also numerous other viewpoints and waterfalls throughout the park and along the trails.
Park hours are 9am – 9pm daily during daylight savings time and 9am – 6pm the rest of the year. Trails will close one hour before dark year-round. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. Find out more about park events and see a full map of the park online.
Climb obstacles and soar down zip-lines at Greenville’s outdoor aerial adventure park. There are over 60 courses at Treetop Quest divided into age-appropriate levels for 4-year-olds and up. Each guest is fitted with a harness and gloves which are sterilized and sanitized between uses.
Pricing varies by age but discounts are given for online ticket purchases. To ensure availability, purchase your tickets at least 10 hours in advance. Season Passes for 2021 are available, and pass holders receive a 25% discount.
Located approximately 20 minutes from Downtown Greenville in the city of Greer, the BMW Group offers guided plant tours of the BMW manufacturing facility and self-guided tours through the Zentrum Museum.
The current guided plant tour is the “Glimpse” Tour where guests will get to see the Metal Finish area (watching rear hatches, doors, and hoods being attached by high-precision robots) and the Paint Shop area (seeing associates working and painting vehicles). Tour pricing is $8 for students 20 and under, and $10 for persons 21 and up. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. Close-toed shoes are required, and a mask must be worn during the tour. Reserve your spot online.
At the Zentrum Museum, guests will learn about the past, present, and future of BMW manufacturing. Exhibits along this self-guided tour include BMW’s beginnings in aviation and motorsports, milestones in racing and touring vehicles, and a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art technologies used by BMW. Admission to the Zentrum Museum is free, and museum hours are Mon. – Fri. 9:30am – 5:30pm.
Artisphere is an annual arts festival held in Downtown Greenville. The 2021 festival is scheduled for May 7th – 9th and will include Artist’s Row (the main four-block strip featuring over 100 artists), Kidsphere, live art demonstrations, and street chalk art. Guests will see art mediums including ceramics, fibers, jewelry, glass, metalworks, and much more.
For 2021, the event has been reworked to safely accommodate guests and artists. There will be three entrance gates into the festival with all guests requiring tickets. Tickets will allow guests to reserve a 2.5-hour time slot on one of the three days of the festival. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 15, 2021. A $5 reservation fee will be required then refunded to the guest at the gate in the form of “Artisphere credit” for the purchase of art at the festival.
Greenville, SC is known for its artsy culture, and one of the best ways to experience this culture to go on a Public Art Tour around town. Most pieces are found Downtown along Main Street, but don’t be afraid to jump in the car and do some exploring. Art pieces include sculptures and giant murals with a few other surprises along the way.
There are a map and photo gallery of all the art pieces of the tour online. This tour is free, self-guided, and completely safe for you and your family.
We hope this list of Spring things to do in Greenville, SC has been helpful for you in planning your vacation adventures. We encourage everyone to stay safe and socially distance themselves while in public places.
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