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Five Free Things to Do in Greenville

The Swamp Rabbit Trail

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the Swamp Rabbit Trail extends more than 22 miles and connects downtown Greenville to the city of Travelers Rest and beyond. With several entrances across Greenville, you can easily hop on and off. Favorite stops along the trail include Cleveland Park, Cancer Survivors Park, Falls Park on the Reedy, RiverPlace, Furman University’s Swan Lake, downtown Travelers Rest, and more.

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Located just a short drive away in Clemson, SC, the South Carolina Botanical Garden is a 295-acre group of gardens, trails, and a distinctive and nationally recognized Earth-based sculpture collection. While there, you may also want to visit the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (seriously, it rocks). Admission to the museum is free.

Runway Park at GMU & Military History Center of the Carolinas

Take your kids for a fun aviation-themed outing to the playground at Runway Park. The playground includes “runways” and “taxiways” for play as well as other plane-themed structures. One of the most thrilling parts of the experience are the park’s views of the planes at the Greenville Downtown Airport taking off and landing.

BMW Zentrum Museum

Visit the only BMW museum in North America where you can experience the past, present and future of the famed auto brand. You will get to see rare and important vehicles in BMW history including one known as the “Bubblecar.

Poinsett Bridge 

In northern Greenville County, step back in time at these two historic bridges. The Poinsett Bridge is believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in the state. It is a 14-foot Gothic arch stone structure and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek. Historians believe that it was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument. Campbell’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in the state.


Bonus: In the Upstate of South Carolina, you can find tons of different hiking and outdoor activities. Many of the trails will take you to the top of a cliff for a scenic overview of the breathtaking mountain landscape. Other trails will take you to some exciting waterfalls. Most of the time, parking for these amazing hiking adventures is free in any event.

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