By Mary Ashton Mills

 

Yeah, THAT Greenville.” Not sure of the meaning behind Greenville’s catchy new ad campaign that has successfully blanketed the Southeast? It’s time to make a trip to find out! The city of Greenville has invested in attractive streetscapes, sidewalks, parks and bridges making this a perfect place to safely explore by foot or bicycle. Main Street can serve as your walking-tour headquarters. Falls Park on the Reedy is a must-see natural wonderland with waterfalls, a curved suspension bridge and pockets of gardens and natural beauty. Restaurants, craft brew pubs and shopping are all very close by so you can satisfy everyone seeking diverse activities.  

Honored with a Bicycle Friendly Community award, Greenville has bikes available for rent all over downtown through the city’s bike sharing program, B-Cycle. Grab a bike from the park and ride two miles to the Greenville Zoo, home to animals from around the world. Take advantage of October’s “Boo in the Zoo” promotion featuring special events held regularly. Don’t miss Orangutan training Fridays at 3:30 p.m.  

Try your luck at a scavenger hunt for the mice from the popular book Mice on Main. Nine bronze mice statues are hidden along Main Street for the kid in everyone to find. Wrap up the afternoon at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, the 10th largest children’s museum in the world, located about a mile off of Main Street. To satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the day, visit Funneldelicious for some fried Kool-Aid balls and by then you’ll probably be saying “yeah, THAT Greenville!”

Distance: 2 hours 26 minutes, 123 miles.

Budget: With so many parks and natural attractions, this trip can easily satisfy a shoestring budget, but plan to bring spending money for admission to the attractions, the fabulous food, drinks and shops. For unique accommodations, The Aloft Greenville is a pet-friendly loft hotel that allows four legged furry friends to tag along. Rates range from $189-$289 per night.  http://www.aloftgreenvilledowntown.com

What to See: Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville Zoo, waterfalls, gardens, mice statues, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Funneldelicious.

If you go: Fall for Greenville is October 14-16, 2016 along Main Street.  Festival goers can eat from a selection of over 40 of Greenville’s finest restaurants, watch cooking demonstrations and catch free concerts of all genres. (www.fallforgreenville.net)

This article appears in the October 2016 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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