ust a few minutes walk from Main Street (but hardly off the beaten path), Heritage Green is Greenville’s urban arts and cultural campus. Sharing a grassy commons, this collection of museums, galleries and a theater welcome all with offerings as diverse as the city itself. Housing one of the world’s largest and most highly regarded collections of Andrew Wyeth watercolors, as well as a fabulous Jasper Johns display, the admission-free Greenville County Museum of Art is considered among the South’s premier museums. At the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, multimedia displays take guests on an engaging tour of the region’s unique textile and mill history. At the Greenville Little Theatre, live shows ranging from Shakespeare to Cole Porter are performed year-round. The child in you—or the child with you—will delight in the hands-on exhibits housed in The Children’s Museum of The Upstate. This Smithsonian-affiliated treasure trove is rated among the top ten museums of its kind in the country. If you’re traveling with the family, don’t miss this! Last but far from least, the Greenville County Library System’s Hughes Main Library houses one of South Carolina’s largest local history and genealogy collections, as well as a café, Play and Literacy Center, bookstore, and special programs for all ages.
uilt using antique bricks reclaimed from local mills and modeled after Boston’s famous Fenway Park, Fluor Field at the West End is more than just home to the Red Sox single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive. In truth, this 5,700-seat, family-friendly ballpark is a snapshot of what makes Greenville so special. Part old, part new, inviting yet pleasantly intimate and always packed with fun and excitement, Fluor Field proudly anchors the city’s revitalized West End.
icknamed “The Well,” Greenville’s downtown Bon Secours Wellness Arena is a world-class, 15,000-seat sports and entertainment venue that rocks and rolls with the best of them. From major music acts to the circus to monster truck jams and more, the hottest acts in entertainment put The Well on their calendars each year. The arena also serves as the home ice for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the local AA affiliate of the New York Rangers hockey team.
By Sherry Jackson & John McDermott