Atlanta to Greenville is a little more than a to-hour drive, and it opens a world of adventure and fun for the whole family. “Don’t visit unless you intend to move there,” I read online while planning this trip. A smart traveler will take this to heart. Sadly, I can’t move to Greenville, South Carolina, but there is a rather large place in my heart for this bohemian city in the Blue Ridge foothills. Outside magazine named it one of the Best Towns of 2013, and I could not agree more.
Rent a Bike with Reedy Rides – Greenville is for outdoor connoisseurs. It is a pedestrian city, with gorgeous waterfalls and streets dotted with sculptures. My boys and I walked the city for all of our meals and entertainment. However, with little legs (the boys, not me) it was difficult to see as much of the city as I wanted. Reedy Rides to the rescue! I took a ride down the Swamp Rabbit Trail, pulling the boys in a bike trailer behind. This adventure was my most memorable during this Greenville trip; don’t skip this!
Greenville Zoo – My two young boys and I walked from our hotel to the Greenville Zoo along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We were able to get closer to the animals here than we are used to, much to my boys’ delight. What stood out for me repeatedly is the cleanliness of the zoo. The animals we well taken care of; the cages were exceptionally clean and the animals were obviously loved. This zoo is smaller than our hometown zoo, but the intimacy with the animals and the painstaking care of their habitats made this a winner for both mom and kids.
Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown – Courtyard Greenville Downtown is in the perfect location to take in the best of Greenville. The staff are kind and helpful. The rooms are exceptionally large and spacious. Skip the hotel breakfast; you are going to want to explore the culinary delights of this area anyway. I highly recommend this hotel!
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – I travel with my boys a lot (13 road trips over 10 states in 2013, and I’ll beat that number this year.) My oldest is five-years, and I would call him an expert in Children’s Museums. He loves them (and I love that he loves them.) He told me that this was one of his favorites. I would have to agree, it is in the top five of all Children’s Museums we have visited.
Falls Park on the Reedy – The boys and I spent hours and hours of our time in Greenville playing in this park. Nope – there are no slides or swings. But there is a waterfall, a suspension bridge, ducks, trails, and large open spaces to run around. It’s perfect for “down time” during your vacation. We visited in winter, but I imagine spring and summer are even more beautiful.
The Nose Dive – Greenville is a place for foodies. We ate at some AMAZING restaurants, but my favorite by far was The Nose Dive. We loved the sweet potato fries with honey, and I still dream about the lobster roll. There are also tons of gluten-free options. Sit inside, sit outside…but don’t skip the candies bacon brownie!
Much More To Do – There is much more to do in Greenville than I have listed here, including more dining options, popcorn fun, and the BMW Museum. Click through to see highlights from our trip last winter. And this article about Outdoor Activities in Greenville with Kids will get you excited about trekking there this summer!