John and I took our nephew, Elijah away for our weekend trip that we do with him every year for his birthday. This year we took him to Greenville SC for his 8th birthday.
We started out our day at the Greenville Zoo . The zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. While not as big as Columbia or Asheboro, it will still bring fun to the whole family.
From there we head out to the Falls Park at the Reedy . This unique entertainment area in downtown Greenville includes shops, restaurants, and hotels that sit alongside several greenways. There are several beautiful bridges and smaller waterfalls. But the main attraction is the pedestrian Liberty Bridge that connects both sides of the greenways and overlooks a waterfall.
After resting at our hotel, we walked down toward the baseball stadium, which was only 15 minutes from our hotel by foot. Since my nephew plays baseball, we took him to see the Greenville Drive . This time we had a much nicer evening for a game.
The next morning we had a few things still on our agenda before we headed home. We first stopped by to see the Gabrielle-Austin house which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. But since the gates were closed, all I got to see was the roof.
Trying to find an easy trail for my nephew, we found a ranger at the station at Caesar Head state park. He sent us to nearby DuPont Forest where we would be able to find several waterfalls that were just off the pathways. The first was Hooker Falls . Just a short and easy ¼ mile hike from the parking lot and a flat pathway to follow. Can’t get an easier. Once you go back out to the parking lot and across the bridge, you can take the stairs down and hit the ½ mile trail to the Triple Falls .
Our hotel could not have been more perfect. We stayed at the wonderful Courtyard by Marriott Downtown . They are right across from the Peace Center and around the corner from Falls Park. They are only about a 15 minute walk to the Drive stadium.
We followed in Guy Fieri and his Dinners, Drive Ins and Dives and went to the Beacon Drive In . Just step up and make sure you know ‘what you gonna have" before you order.
For some great food with spectacular views, stop downtown at the Overlook Park which is right the Falls Park and you can get lovely views of the falls and the bridge.
After the game, we stopped in the Mellow Mushroom in Greenville. Seems like baseball and the Mellow Mushroom go together. Since this was twice in a month we have ate at the restaurant at baseball time.
After visiting the falls, we were starving. We had a time finding food. We finally found dining in Columbus and tried the Peruvian Cowboy . Unfortunately it was overpriced and not worth the money.
You know where I always start..go to the CVB and order one of their visitors guides. Their website is www.greenvillecvb.com and look around.
Trying staying in the downtown area, everything here is within walking distance.
You are only 30 minutes away from the NC Mountains and just about 15 minutes down the road and you are in the SC Upcountry. So this is a popular place to stay during the fall months and advanced hotel reservations are highly suggested.
Don’t discount this as a weekend get away. This is one amazing town offering plenty to do.
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is about 20 minutes away (www.gspairport.com) and soon SouthWest Airlines is calling this place home.
If you are staying within the downtown area, you will be ok without a car. Everything is within walking distance and there are plenty of restaurants and entertainment to be found. If you want to go out to the upcountry and further, you will need to rent a car,
Once you’re here you can get around by foot, trolley, or horse drawn carriage,