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Greenville is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area, commonly referred to as the Upstate, includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Cherokee counties and the cities of Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer and Spartanburg.  The city represents 56,000 residents of the roughly 350,000 who make up the region.  Greenville's moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual temperature is 59 degrees F with an average rainfall of 50.45 inches and an average snowfall of 1.20 inches per year.

 

One of the city’s main attractions of Greenville is its award winning downtown.  Falls Park on the Reedy is a must visit in downtown. This city park showcases the scenic Reedy River Falls. The feature attraction is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian suspension bridge, offering beautiful view of the Falls and surrounding park.  Downtown is also the arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South with live entertainment ranging from ballet and symphony to hockey and indoor football. Local theater companies provide intimate settings for performances, while the Peace Center for the Performing Arts hosts major productions on three performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater. The Bi-Lo seats 17,000 and hosts athletic events as well as major concerts and family entertainment. The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery offers one of the most recognized collections of religious artwork in the nation, including works by such artists as Dolci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titan and Van Dyck. The nationally recognized Greenville County Art Museum has an exquisite collection as well.

 

Greenville also holds the honor of being the home of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Homegrown legend Joe Jackson began his baseball career in the local textile league at the age of thirteen.  He earned his nickname by playing gin one game without his shoes that were hurting his feet.   After getting a hit and rounding the bases in his stocking feet, a fan of the opposing team shouted, “You shoeless son-of-a-gun!”  A local sportswriter heard the remark and tagged Jackson with the nickname “Shoeless Joe”.  In his honor, visitors can enjoy a visit to Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park as well as visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza Statue & Fountain in the historic West End of the city. 

 

For a little outdoor adventure as well as a beautiful experience, visitors should plan on spending time exploring some of the magnificent areas.  Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, located on the border of North and South Carolina offers a breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Another beautiful site is the Campbell Covered Bridge. Built in 1909, this is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.

 

For a taste of Civil War History, the South Carolina Confederate Museum shouldn’t be missed.
It is operated & owned by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 36, in memory of the 250,000 gallant Confederate soldiers who answered the call of duty. The museum features a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the war.

 

Also located in Greenville is the Palmetto Expo Center, one of the largest exposition facilities in the southeast with 368,000 square feet of exhibit space in four halls. The Palmetto Expo Center is a popular regional destination for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets, and many special events held throughout the year.  The city is also known for its outdoor entertainment which includes Jazz Concerts, Farmer’s Markets, and Moonlight Movies along the River.

 

Within the City of Greenville are 39 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers which include bike/jogging trails, miniature golf course, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, playground structures, picnic shelters and ball fields for a total of 452 acres of park space, making any day a day of fun.  And, after a day of fun in the city, there is nothing better than a meal at one of the city’s many fine restaurants.

 

This remarkable, historic city, so conveniently located to major interstate highways truly offers its visitors year-round entertainment.  No matter what the reason for a visit or the time of year, this tranquil South Carolina city has something for everyone. 

 

 



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