Greenville’s Best Kept Secrets (Places to See + Things to Do)


We’ve got a pretty good thing going on here in Greenville. There is a vivacious energy overflowing from our city that is drawing people from all over the United States (and beyond) to the Upstate and natives are staying rooted and welcoming newcomers with open arms. Greenville is the fourth fastest growing city in America according to a recent census bureau report.

What do you think is drawing so many to our town and causing such a major boom in growth? As a longtime Greenville resident, I love this city of ours and I’ve got the inside scoop on some of the most interesting places to see and exciting things to do that could just be the key to why so many people are moving and staying here. Here are some of Greenville’s best kept secrets:

The MAC Gallery
The Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) is the only organization in Greenville, South Carolina, working daily to support every discipline of the arts. The MAC Gallery at 16 Augusta Street in the historic West End district hosts the work of MAC’s local artist members as well as the annual Greenville Open Studios exhibit in November, the One-Stop Open Studios retrospective in April-May and the Flat Out Under Pressure exhibit in June. The MAC Gallery is currently exhibiting works by Frank McGrath and Nathan Bertling. Want insider information on the hottest new artists and arts events in town? Join MAConnect now!

Falls Park on the Reedy
Ok, bear with me, this major city park isn’t exactly a secret, but it definitely has numerous hidden gems that make it one of the best city parks in the state (and in my opinion, the country). The more you explore Falls Park, the more enchanted you’ll become with a beautiful escape from the daily grind of Downtown. The mature foliage and the oversized waterfalls provide the most picturesque landscape and there are touches of whimsy and history the deeper you get into the park.

The Trappe Door
Hidden in what appears to be a beer cellar from the old country, The Trappe Door is a Downtown favorite—if you can find it! The Trappe Door features Belgian brews and cuisine, including specialty house-made mayonnaises for its French fries, or frites as they’re called at The Trappe Door. My personal favorite is their grilled salmon entrée—I consider it to be the best salmon dish in Greenville. The European décor and the incredible dishes have established The Trappe Door as a major, if not unique, player in the Greenville food scene. The Trappe Door is located directly under Barley’s in Downtown Greenville and you can discover more about the restaurant here.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts
Get in touch with your inner artist at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. GCCA serves the visual arts needs for people of all ages, ethnic diversities and economic circumstances in the Upstate through collaboration with local communities. It provides classes, exhibitions and opportunities to cultivate art appreciation while experiencing Greenville’s growing art community. You can develop your creative skills and discover new art forms in a six-week class, one-day or two-day workshop, or in a two to three-hour group class of your choosing. Check out their adult classes here.

Kara Spa
Kara Spa has been my little secret to staying rejuvenated and refreshed over the years and I am so excited to share it with you! Kara Spa is a full-service day spa that offers a variety of spa and chiropractic services. Alicia Moreau, co-owner, is, without a doubt, Greenville’s best esthetician. Her customized facials include a mini-massage. My favorite is the specialty facial.

Carolina Golf Club at Botany Woods
If you’re an avid golfer looking for a quick game, consider joining the Carolina Golf Club at Botany Woods. The Botany Woods neighborhood is located between Wade Hampton and Haywood and while the course is small, it certainly packs a punch when it comes to the game. The course was designed by George Cobb and opened in 1963. The course is restricted to members and their guests.

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