10 Fun Activities in Greenville, SC
From a vibrant arts and music scene to endless opportunities for outdoor activities, Greenville, SC, has fun things to do for every taste. Here are 10 things to do in Greenville that currently top our best-of-Greenville list and celebrate our sweet little corner of the Upstate.
1. Coffee Underground
With a warm, laid-back atmosphere, Coffee Underground has been a Greenville staple since it first opened in 1995. Alongside serving house-roasted coffee and signature desserts, this below-street-level coffeehouse and cafe is also the home of Theater Underground, which hosts comedy, slam poetry, and open mic nights all throughout the year.
2. Jack n’ Diane’s
If you’re looking for an energetic night of live music, dancing and hilarious entertainment, you won’t regret spending the evening at Jack n’ Diane’s. The only dueling pianos bar in Greenville, SC, Jack n’ Diane’s specializes in creative cocktails, a menu of pub favorites, and a one-of-a-kind crowd experience. A night of drinking is definitely one of the fun things to do in Greenville.
3. Café And Then Some
You’ve probably gathered by now that Greenville LOVES to laugh. At Café And Then Some—a comedy dinner theater that’s been taking the stage since 1978—local humor is paired with a delicious menu Wednesday through Saturday nights. Many actors have been gracing the And Then Some stage from the very beginning, embodying iconic characters that represent and poke a little fun at the quirky things that make Greenville the special place that it is.
4. Falls Park on the Reedy
At Monroe Family Dentistry, we love our laughs as much as we love the waterfalls, gardens, and public art found at Falls Park on the Reedy. A nod to Greenville’s pedestrian-friendly downtown and the historical significance of the Reedy River, Falls Park on the Reedy features a 345-foot pedestrian bridge over the falls and is the perfect place to enjoy an art and nature break while you walk, jog, cycle, picnic, or make your way to downtown Greenville’s shopping and restaurant scene.
5. The Village of West Greenville
The Village of West Greenville is an immersive experience into Greenville’s diverse and thriving arts and entrepreneurial district. While the Greenville Center for Creative Arts displays local and regional artwork, the FlatIron Building at 1211 Pendleton Street is home to some of Greenville’s rising artists and artisans. On any given day, you can enjoy the Village’s unique eateries and boutiques, and on the first Friday of the month from 6pm to 9pm, you can meet local artists as you meander through the Village’s art galleries. This should be part of the your list of things to do in Greenville!
6. Greenville Theatre
The longest running theater in the Upstate, Greenville Theatre has been dedicated to art, culture, and live performances since 1926. Alongside the main stage dramas and comedies performed by their resident acting company, the Greenville Theatre also offers a concert series and theatrical performances for young audiences.
7. The Upstate Shakespeare Festival
Since 1995, The Warehouse Theatre has brought Shakespeare to the park in the Upstate Shakespeare Festival. A free summer festival that typically runs from May to July, the Upstate Shakespeare Festival is the perfect opportunity to delve into Shakespeare’s timeless classics while enjoying the serenity of Falls Park on the Reedy. With the opportunity to pack your own picnic and settle onto a blanket or lawn chair for a high quality performance, the Upstate Shakespeare Festival is a delightfully relaxing and enriching way to spend an evening with friends, a date, or the whole family.
8. Cedar Falls Park
Greenville is centrally located to several parks and natural areas, including Cedar Falls Park in Fountain Inn. In this 90-acre regional park just half an hour from the city, the Reedy River becomes a 200-foot wide waterfall that cascades over a rocky dam. Alongside soothing scenic views, Cedar Falls Park also offers picnic areas, a playground, and wooded walking, hiking, and mountain bike trails.
9. Caesars Head State Park
With stunning views that extend into North Carolina and Georgia, Caesars Head State Park is one of South Carolina’s most popular destinations for locals and sight-seers alike. While a granite outcropping on the Blue Ridge Escarpment offers visitors easy access to breathtaking panoramic views in every season, a 4-mile hike on the Raven Cliff Falls trail takes you to a gorgeous overlook of the 420-foot waterfall. From September through November, you can also enjoy vibrant fall colors and view thousands of hawks soaring through Cedars Head during their annual migration. This is one of the things to do in Greenville for people who enjoy nature and wildlife.
10. Jones Gap State Park
Like Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park offers the opportunity to step out of the bustling city and into the 13,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. With over 60 miles of trails that traverse through the mountain woodlands, Jones Gap State Park connects to the Foothills Trail, Palmetto Trail, and Caesars Head State Park. While a hike through the park rewards with gorgeous views of the Middle Saluda Scenic River and two waterfalls, a day spent fishing may just reward with you some of the best trout fishing South Carolina has to offer. Yes — fishing is one of the most relaxing things to do in Greenville, so don’t miss out.
In between Saturdays going fishing and evenings of art and laughter, our favorite thing to do in Greenville is (surprise, surprise!) family and cosmetic dentistry. Your smile, after all, is part of what makes Greenville the amazing place it is to work, play, and live. To schedule your next dental visit and keep your smile healthy and beautiful for all the ways you enjoy the Upstate, contact our office at Monroe Family Dentistry today.