Free Things to Do
Greenville is also one of the Southeast’s favorite tourist destinations, attracting more than 3.9 million visitors each year. Greenville’s residents and visitors can enjoy a host of outdoor offerings, including 39 city parks, an expansive trail system and a year-round series of award-winning special events ranging from weekly outdoor concerts and events, to food and art festivals and national sporting competitions.
Bell Tower & Carillon at RiverPlace
The 25 bells of the carillon float within a simple structure of 3 painted steel columns, the tallest of which is 54 feet. The bells were cast in The Netherlands and were donated by Harry van Bergen, the last of 6 generations of an acclaimed Dutch bell founding family. View Video
Cleveland Park is the city’s largest park and features tennis and volleyball courts, a softball field, playground areas, a fitness trail and both small-group and large-group picnic shelters. It is also the site of the Rock Quarry Garden, the Fernwood Nature Trail, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Greenville Zoo. More about Cleveland Park
Children playing in the railroad-themed splash fountain at Riverplace
Located at RiverPlace, this railroad-themed splash fountain is a popular spot to cool off in the summer months. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from April 1 to October 31.
Downtown’s red and blue open-air trolleys are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bicycle racks. The free trolleys make a continuous loop from the West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District, with approximately 20 stops along the route. More about the trolley
FALLS PARK ON THE REEDY
Falls Park weaves through the heart of downtown and includes public gardens, scenic overlooks, nature trails, picnic areas and the Reedy River with its impressive series of falls. Here is where you will find the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge over the falls. Visit Falls Park
GREENVILLE COUNTY LIBRARY System
There are lots of fun things to do at the Hughes Main Library, including story time, reading clubs, puppet shows and music programs. Visit the library online
Take a walk through history with this guide to Greenville’s seven historic districts.
MICE ON MAIN
On the hunt for a fun, kid-friendly activity? See if you can find all 9 of the small bronze mice hidden along the 5 blocks of Main Street, between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett hotels. Use the Mice on Main Hints for additional help on your scavenger hunt. Let the chase begin!
MINIATURE GOLF AT MCPHERSON PARK
McPherson Park, located off North Main on Park Avenue, features tennis courts, a playground and a 9-hole miniature golf course. Bring your own equipment.
PUBLIC ART WALKING TOUR
Take a walking or scenic driving tour through the city and discover a diverse collection of artwork. The tour can be viewed on a tablet or mobile device and includes a map of the city, photographs of the artwork and detailed descriptions.
RUNWAY PARK AT THE GREENVILLE DOWNTOWN AIRPORT
Free and open to the public, this aviation-themed playground is located on the grounds of the Greenville Downtown Airport, 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville. It’s the perfect place to watch aviation in action, and children will love the aviation-themed playground!
SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL
This popular 22-mile trail is perfect for a run, a bike ride with the family or a walk with your dog. Amenities along the trail include picnic areas, water fountains and bicycle racks. An interactive map features useful trip planning information like parking and restroom locations and is accessible from all types of mobile devices and operating systems.