Spring in Greenville
The calendar may say February but don’t tell Mother Nature that here in the south, she apparently thinks it’s already spring.
Those that have lived in South Carolina most of their lives will tell you just because the weather feels like spring doesn’t mean winter isn’t lurking nearby. I still have not forgotten 8 years ago this month, Feb 28th it was warm, humid and I was in a sleeveless dress for my brother’s wedding. Fast forward to the next morning, it was snowing! That’s right, I said SNOW!
So while we enjoy this spring like weather in winter, here is a list of 10 things to do in Greenville when the weather is wonderful. (A special thanks to my Facebook friends for helping me compile this list of their favorite things.)
1. Falls Park – www.fallspark.com – plenty of green space, lots of trails, the Liberty Bridge – what’s not to love about this place. During the summer you can catch a movie outdoors or even a play!
2. Greenville Drive – www.greenvilledrive.com – the stadium is finishing up a $13 million dollar renovation which includes seats in the outfield, a new Drive Team Store, a new Main Street Plaza and much more! They will be unveiling the renovations on March 4th with Opening Day on April 6th.
3. Greenville Zoo – www.greenvillezoo.com – who doesn’t LOVE animals? While we may not have the largest zoo, it brings a lot to our community with Conservation Lecture Series, home school programs and the Adopt an Animal programs. And you can’t forget the babies that are born at the zoo, from Kiko the first baby giraffe to the newest addition, the baby siamang that was born on January 6th.
4. Artisphere – www.artisphere.org – May 12-14th, 2017 - this is one of the last outdoor events you can attend before summer arrives, the streets of downtown are closed and local artists come out to display/sell their work. The event also focuses on Greenville’s international and multicultural flair. And it wouldn’t be a fabulous Greenville festival without the local food and beverages. And music!
5. Play Disc Golf - looking for something outdoors, athletic and FREE – well head out to one of the many disc golf courses located in the Greenville area. From Timmons Park in the Furman University area to Century Park in the Bushy Creek area of Greer, and many more throughout the upstate. There is even an Upstate Disc Golf Club for fanatics to join!
6. Swamp Rabbit Trail – www. http://greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit/ - over 19 miles of trails built for walkers, runners, bicyclist in mind. The Swamp Rabbit is also home to several road races ranging from 5K to Half Marathon. If you prefer bicycling but are missing the bike portion, you can rent bicycle from several bike shops on the trail. (Check out the Swamp Rabbit website for details). The trail itself is free and a great way to enjoy some fresh air and get in a few hours of exercise as well.
7. Lake Conestee Nature Park - www.lakeconesteenaturepark.com – located in Mauldin, SC, is the Lake Conestee Nature Park with several trails as well as nature walks; some of the trails even link up to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The trails consist of pavement, natural surface and boardwalks. Take the kids out for an afternoon walk on one of the Learning Loops which consist of 10 Learning stations that talk about the ecosystem, nature, and environment that surrounds the park. Best part – the park is FREE!
8. FOOD – Greenville is known for its food obsession, it’s a foodie’s dream. Step out an enjoy one of our many restaurants that offer outdoor seating. Visit Trio – A Brick Oven Café located in Downtown Greenville and sit outside and watch the world go around or head over to the Runway Café and sit outside and watch the small planes take off and land. There is even a playground at the Runway Café for the kids to play on! While Trio and Runway are my personal favorites with outdoor seating, there are MANY to pick from in this great town.
9. Beer, Wine and Liquor – Greenville loves its craft beers and the many breweries proves just that. From the Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Travelers Rest to the Carolina Bauernhaus in Anderson, there are plenty of craft beers to choose from. Did you know Greenville has its own winery? Head over to City Scape Winery in Pelzer and enjoy a glass of locally grown and made wine. Maybe beer or wine isn’t your thing, that’s ok because we even have distilleries! Visit Six & Twenty Distillery in Powdersville or Dark Corner Distillery in Downtown Greenville.
10. And my personal favorite – RACES – Greenville is home to several road races ranging from 5K to Marathons. There is a race or two every month in the Upstate starting with the Greenville News Downtown 5K in January and finishing up with the Santa Run in December. There is something for everyone of all speeds and distance. So grab your running shoes and meet me out on the course!
So folks, here are some ideas straight from the locals (and few transplants too). Enjoy!!
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Hope to see you around Greenville! #yeahthatGreenville