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Photo of Greenville's West End at NightVisitors to Greater Greenville will have no problem filling the days and evenings with every kind of leisure activity. Greenville's international community has created sophisticated dining and entertainment options that may surprise first-time visitors. Click on the links below to learn more about Greenville.


From scenic overlooks and waterfalls to the finest museums and galleries, here's a listing of Greenville's beautiful spaces and places.

Area Attractions: Go to VisitGreenvilleSC’s website for a listing of attractions in and around Greenville County.

Falls Park on the Reedy : This downtown public garden features the only curved, cantilevered pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States.

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The Carillon: Located at RiverPlace, the 25 bells of the carillon float within a simple structure of three painted steel columns, the tallest of which is 54 feet. At the foot of the tower is a continuously flowing water feature. The open structure of the bell tower preserves the direct view through the RiverPlace courtyard to the river and to the city beyond. The Carillon schedule is:

  • Monday through Thursday:
    • Chiming the hour from 10 AM to 6 PM.
    • 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM - Two songs played.
    • All other hours between 12 PM and 6 PM will play one song.
  • Friday and Saturday:
    • Chiming the hour from 10 AM to 8 PM.
    • 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM - Two songs played.
    • All other hours between 12 PM and 8 PM will play one song.
  • Sunday:
    • Chiming the hour from 12 PM to 6 PM.
    • 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM - Two songs played.
    • All other hours between 12 PM and 6 PM will play one song.

View videos of the Carillon.

Heritage Green: Visit Greenville's arts and cultural complex, located a few blocks from downtown and home to the three art museums, The Children's Museum, a classical theater company and the Hughes Library.

Museums and Galleries: Find a comprehensive listing of Greenville's area museums and galleries, from African-American history to baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson to Riverwalk, a gathering place for local artists' collections.

The Greenville Zoo: Home to the endangered Bornean orangutan and Amur leopard, the Greenville Zoo is recognized as one of the finest smaller zoos in the nation.

Greenville Parks and Recreation: The City abounds with recreational opportunities for you and your family. Go here to find out more!

Arts and Entertainment

From live music to performance to area nightlife, Greenville can fill your days and nights with excitement. Check the locations below for more information.

Outdoor Entertainment: From April through October, Greenville is alive with entertainment at a variety of outdoor venues.

Photo of child with tiger face painting at a downtown event Greenville Drive Baseball: This Red Sox affiliated team plays at Fluor Field in Greenville's West End.

Greenville Road Warriors Hockey: This East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) team is affiliated with the NHL's New York Rangers and the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack. Games are played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC): MAC supports the arts in Greenville via grants, its cultural planning process, marketing and advocacy. They also maintain a comprehensive listing of more than 500 area visual artists.

Kids: Go here to find fun, family-friendly activities in the City of Greenville.

The TD Convention Center:  This state-of-the art conference center and exhibition hall accommodates groups from 25 to 25,000, just minutes from downtown Greenville.

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena: This state-of-the-art 15,000 seat sports and entertainment arena is located in downtown Greenville, and has been consistently recognized as one of the top entertainment venues in the United States.

Artisphere: Held annually in downtown Greenville, this celebration of the arts draws thousands to the city.

Fall for Greenville:  Held annually every October, this celebration of food offers visitors a true "Taste of Our Town."

Performing Arts: Greenville is home to a wide variety of performance, theater and dance organizations. Go here for a comprehensive listing.

Upstate Visual Arts:  This organization of Upstate artists hosts exhibitions and exhibits for the public and conducts education and professional workshops for its members.

Calendar of Events: View a listing of all city-sponsored special events.

Shopping and Dining

Photo of people dining outdoorsFrom downtown to Woodruff Road and beyond, Greenville is home to hundreds of restaurants and thousands of shops. Here's some links to get you started.

Shopping and Dining Districts: Whether you find yourself downtown, on Augusta Road or at Haywood Mall, Greenville has it all when it comes to shopping and dining locales. Read this quick guide to the city's shopping neighborhoods.

VisitGreenvilleSC’s Shopping Guide: VisitGreenvilleSC’s guide guide to Greenville-area shopping opportunities. This searchable guide allows users to browse by shop name or subject.

VisitGreenvilleSC’s Dining Guide: VisitGreenvilleSC’s searchable dining guide is an indispensible resource for area restaurants.


Greenville's downtown is unique in the region. A successful 30-year redevelopment process has created a vibrant, thriving downtown - filled with shops, restaurants and attractive green spaces. Learn more by visiting the links below:

The Downtown Trolley: Operated by the City, enjoy free transportation throughout downtown.
2009 Downtown Visitors Guide: Download the annual guide to downtown.

The Children's Garden: This interactive multi-themed garden designed to enrich children's intelligence, creativity and well-being through exploration and discovery is located at Linky Stone Park, a 1.7-acre greenspace along the Reedy River, between downtown Greenville and the revitalized West End.

Historic Districts: Walk through history with this guide to Greenville's seven historic districts.

Downtown Event Road Closures: Stay on top of traffic with this listing of street closures for downtown special events. Photo of girl painting a picture in Falls Park

Wireless Downtown: Find free wifi connections are located throughout downtown Greenville.

Calendar of Events: View a listing of all city-sponsored special events.

Maps: Find useful maps of downtown, parks, council districts and much more.

Free Things to Do

Having fun in Greenville doesn't have to be expensive. The city regularly hosts free events, and there are many ongoing activities from which to choose.

Mice on Main: Hidden downtown are nine bronze mice for you to find! Start at the NOMA Square, and use the hints for a fun afternoon in downtown Greenville. Get the Mice Hints to enjoy a fun, family afternoon in downtown Greenville.

Art in Public Places: Take a walking or scenic driving tour through the City of Greenville and discover a diverse collection of artwork. The City's Art in Public Places guide provides a great resource for discovering the unique artwork that has complemented the city's continued growth. Each tour provides scenic maps of the city, photographs of all the city's artwork and detailed descriptions and historical information.