12 free things to do in Greenville


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Ever spend a weekend dining, shopping, and exploring all of GVL’s pastimes – only to look at your bank account on Monday and think maybe it’s time to chill out a little? We asked in our newsletter, Instagram stories, and on Facebook for our readers’ favorite free activities, and here are your answers. A bookmarkable list of $0 fun? Priceless.

“Moonlight movies, downtown Alive, first fridays”@zowo_wes17

“Mice on Main!”@mobryso

“Library events 📚 Currently Return to Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Book Club”@amsnelgrove

  • The Greenville County Library System hosts tons of events, from DIY bath bomb classes to film club to calming coloring sessions. View the full calendar or search by branch here.

“Spend the day walking Main Street after riding from Swamp Rabbit Cafe on trail”@parmejon213

“Walking around downtown falls park and swamp rabbit trail”@kcred01

“Swamp rabbit trail!”@kbuckless91

“Walk or bike swamp rabbit, downtown, falls park – always love it” @juliawcunningham

  • The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail is the perfect free activity for a sunny day – check out our guide for where to park, what to bring, and food + drink stops along the way.

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“Browse the downtown farmers market”@mjnesmith

“Saturday Market!”@kellercb

“Love to people watch at Saturday farmers market!”@ooosnapitsmel

  • The TD Saturday Market starts on May 4 this year, with vendors ranging from Coffee Underground and Bossy Baker to Blue Ridge Creamery and Reedy River Farms. Find an interactive map of the vendors here – but you’ll have just as good a time simply strolling through the crowds + enjoying the excitement of summer. 🥕
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“Love walking from swamp rabbit cafe to the children’s garden with my littles”@sgmackintosh

“Walk through the parks”@marcelacmo

“Walking around Reedy River and downtown. And finding new parks”@coachchrista23

  • Greenville has plenty of parks to explore. Whether you want to check out the colorful, tucked away Linky Stone Park or spend a day wandering Cleveland Park’s 122 acres, here’s an interactive map to get you started. 🌳

“Walk around downtown! I love to see all the new buildings.”@sara.youngblood

  • Turn back time to our most anticipated 2019 openings if you need proof that a ton of development is happening downtown, from pizza at Markley Station to Gather food hall in the West End. Take a Saturday stroll to see what’s new in the city.

“Run Up Paris Mountain 🏃 it’s beautiful and a challenge” @leora18

  • Even if you’re not the running type, Paris Mountain offers plenty of free ways to spend a sunny day. Pack a picnic, walk one of the mountain’s trails, complete the Wayside Wanderer scavenger hunt to learn more about the park’s history, or go swimming in the summer.

“The Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) is a great free thing to do for an hour or so (depending on how long you like to gaze at art). They frequently have live music, sketchings, and private tours.” Heidi M.

“The Greenville County Art Museum is always an excellent choice. Sundays at 2 is an excellent way to spectate or participate in events, from drawing classes to free music.” Ed W.

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“Hiking! I mean, some of the parks have a very small entry fee but there are free ones too.”@cookiepbear

“Mountain bike pleasant ridge”@pawhitmire

  • One of the best things about Greenville is our proximity to some amazing hiking spots. We worked with Girls Who Hike SC to share this ultimate hiking guide, from easy day hikes to strenuous paths that span the state. 👟 If you want to step things up a little, here are some camping protips.

“Noma square music” @winters_summer_home

“Yoga in Noma Square and in the green space beside Courtyard Marriott in spring/summer”@becca_j_fowler

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Geocaching - download the Geocaching app & get started on the adventure… pack a lunch to stop for a picnic” Tammy H.

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