With a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities, there is always something to see and do in Greenville — one of the fastest growing cities in the Upstate — any time of year. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best activities in Greenville, no matter what the weather may hold:
1. BMW Zentrum Center. Since the mid-‘90s, BMW has made its mark on the Upstate, building more than two million cars in the past 20 years. At the BMW Zentrum Center, tour options include both guided and self–guided; reservations are required and certain safety guidelines must be followed. There’s also a BMW museum, gift shop and café located within the center.
2. Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery. While most people are familiar with Bob Jones University as a conservative Christian college, there is a hidden treasure located inside the beautiful 200-acre campus situated on the east side of Greenville. Admire world-class European Old Master paintings along with icons, paintings and artifacts from the Russian Icon Collection, the Benjamin West Collection and the Bowen Collection of Antiquities.
3. Falls Park at Reedy River. What made Greenville such a leader in the textile world in the early 1800s was the Reedy River, a convenient source of water and power streaming through the main part of the city. Redevelopment of the 26-acre park began in 1967 and now includes nature trails, picnic areas and a curved suspension bridge overlooking the falls, along with numerous cafés, shops and restaurants. Many of the original mill ruins are still visible, including a 1776 gristmill freestanding wall.
4. Furman University. Heading out of Greenville on Highway 25, you’ll pass the immaculately manicured grounds of Furman University. A private liberal arts college founded in 1826, Furman is one of the oldest institutions in South Carolina. Stop and stroll around the beautiful rose gardens or tour Southern Living’s first eco-friendly Showcase Home. You’ll also find an 18-hole golf course, a replica of the cabin Henry David Thoreau lived in while writing Walden and a Buddhist Temple overlooking the Asian Gardens.
5. Upcountry History Museum. Dedicated to maintaining and preserving the history of the South, the Upcountry History Museum also houses Textile Hall, reflecting the Upcountry’s textile-producing past, and includes interactive displays featuring the story of some of Greenville’s most prominent citizens.
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