City Orientation Walk, Greenville (Self Guided)

Greenville boasts some very beautiful and unique landmarks that feature amazing architecture, monumental buildings, parks and picturesque places with waterfalls. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most remarkable attractions in Greenville.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Greenville (See other walking tours in Greenville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: Caroline
Court Square

1) Court Square

Court Square is the historical center of Greenville. Here the original town of Pleasantburg started, which later was called Greenville. The square is surrounded by many historic buildings from the 19th century. You will see statues of famous people from the city. The square is a must-see place for all tourists to Greenville.
Downtown Greenville

2) Downtown Greenville

Greenville’s downtown has long been one of the Upstate’s most popular destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment. Livability recently ranked it one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns in the country, and The New York Times called Greenville “a national model for a pedestrian-friendly city center.” Greenville has focused on creating a vibrant downtown that is authentic, sustainable and most importantly, for people. With wide sidewalks, outdoor plazas and streetside dining, downtown Greenville offers a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that has been compared to that of a European city. Downtown is also a shopper’s paradise, with 100 retailers, including a variety of art galleries and specialty stores. You’ll also find everything from local designer boutiques to national favorites such as Anthropologie, Orvis and Brooks Brothers. With more than 120 independent restaurants in a 10-block stretch, downtown’s lively dining scene has sparked Greenville’s emerging reputation as a foodie’s paradise. Most are locally owned one-of-a-kind eateries, with cuisine for every taste and price range.
Christ Church Episcopal

3) Christ Church Episcopal (must see)

Christ Church Episcopal is a historic church in downtown Greenville that dates back to the 1850s. It is registered as a Historic Place and it is the oldest religious building that you can see today in Greenville. It is a brick church built in Gothic style with beautiful stained glass. The building is architecturally interesting as well.
Springwood Cemetery

4) Springwood Cemetery

Springwood Cemetery is located in the very old heart of Greenville and dates back to 1829, revealing the rich history of the city. It is a historic cemetery with a beautiful landscape and many monumental tombs decorated with sculptures. Many prominent residents of the town are buried there, and you will see many great memorials. You can see also the section with African American tombs in this historical cemetery.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate

5) The Children's Museum of the Upstate (must see)

The Children's Museum of the Upstate is great place for fun, especially for kids. It is new with many modern amenities and interesting things for different ages that will impress you with their creativity. The Reedy River Bend, for example, is about water flows, changing tides, and other related information. There are exhibits for space travel, race cars, and construction as well.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm;
Greenville County Museum of Art

6) Greenville County Museum of Art (must see)

Greenville County Museum of Art is one of the best American art museums. Its foundation dates back to 1930s when it was a small art gallery and now it is a large museum with permanent and temporary collections. There are many masterpieces by great American artists. You will see both old colonial and contemporary art. There is a gift shop at the museum where you can buy memorabilia, postcards, art books, and other items.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Upcountry History Museum

7) Upcountry History Museum (must see)

Upcountry History Museum is an interesting interactive museum. You will see exhibitions that depict the history of the area from the time of its foundation to the present days. There are rare and unique pottery items that reflect the history of the Catawba people. Catawba Indian pottery is considered the oldest ceramics in this part of America. There is a cool gift shop too.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm;
Pinckney Street

8) Pinckney Street

Pinckney Street is a street in the downtown area of Greenville with several beautiful and ornate mansions along it. At the end of the street you will find the Central Baptist Church, which is an old beautiful building with arched windows and entrances.
Hampton–Pinckney Historic District

9) Hampton–Pinckney Historic District

Hampton–Pinckney Historic District is a national historic district located at Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses 70 contributing buildings in a residential section of Greenville. The houses date from about 1890 to 1930, and include Italianate, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, various bungalows, and examples of Gothic Revival and Colonial Revival design, as well as vernacular forms. The oldest house in the district is the McBee House (ca. 1835). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, with a boundary increase in 1982.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Downtown Baptist Church

10) Downtown Baptist Church

Downtown Baptist Church is a large beautiful church with one high tower colored in green. An impressive stair leads to the large porch that is decorated with columns. The columns make this church look like an ancient Greek edifice. This church is a landmark church of the city.
Peace Center

11) Peace Center

The Peace Center is a performing arts center located in Greenville, South Carolina. It is composed of a concert hall, theater, and amphitheatre. It is located adjacent to Falls Park. It hosts over 300 events each year, including classical music, Broadway shows, and appearances by popular artists such as David Copperfield. With a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theatre, an amphitheatre, a sophisticated patrons’ lounge, and a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting, rehearsal, and event spaces, the Peace Center has become the hub of cultural life in Upstate South Carolina."
Sight description based on wikipedia
West End Commercial Historic District

12) West End Commercial Historic District

West End Commercial Historic District is a national historic district located at Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses 15 contributing buildings in Greenville’s second “downtown.” The commercial buildings primarily date from about 1880 to 1920, and include examples of Victorian commercial architecture. Notable buildings include the American Bank, Alliance and Mills & McBayer Cotton Warehouses, Indian River Fruit Store, Pete's Place, Bacot's West End Drug Store/Stringer's Drug, Furman Lunch, and Greer Thompson Building. West End Historic District, known as the arts and entertainment center of the city, is anchored by the West End Market and Falls Park on the Reedy. While visiting the West End, you can browse through the shops in the West End Market and surrounding streets, dine in one of the area's unique restaurants and enjoy a theater performance. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, with a boundary increase in 1998.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Falls Park

13) Falls Park (must see)

Falls Park on the Reedy is a 32-acre (130,000 m2) park adjacent to downtown Greenville, in the historic West End district. The park was founded in 1967 when the Carolina Foothills Garden Club reclaimed 26 acres (110,000 m2) of land that had been previously used for textile mills.

Renovation accelerated in the late 1990s, prompting the formation of the Falls Park Endowment, a private charity supporting ongoing development. Each summer the park is home to the Upstate Shakespeare Festival.

The park's most striking feature is a unique pedestrian bridge that curves around a waterfall on the Reedy River. Named the Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy, the 355-foot (108 m) long suspension bridge is supported by cables on only one side, giving an unobstructed view of the falls. It was awarded the Arthur G. Hayden medal for innovative design in 2005.

The park also features a collection of public gardens and a wall from the original 1776 grist mill built on the site.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: 7 am - 9 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Greenville, South Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Greenville

Create Your Own Walk in Greenville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greenville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries in Greenville

Museums and Art Galleries in Greenville

There are many interesting museums and modern art galleries in Greenville. You can contemplate the works in the city's art museum or learn about the history of the area in the history museum. There are also children's museums. Take this self-guided tour to visit the museums and art galleries of Greenville.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Greenville

Nightlife Walking Tour in Greenville

The best nightlife in Greenville is in the city's downtown and the West End districts. There are many bars along the streets that offer entertainment, good drinks and live music in many styles, from rock to folk. Take this self-guided tour to experience the best nightlife in Greenville.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Religious Walking Tour in Greenville

Religious Walking Tour in Greenville

There are many interesting religious buildings in the city of Greenville. You will see churches of different denominations; for example, there are orthodox temples and Catholic and Baptist churches. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most beautiful religious sites in Greenville.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Greenville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Greenville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Greenville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.