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5 Ways to Experience Greenville, South Carolina From the Comfort of Your Couch

1. Find Out If Giraffes Really CAN Dance with the Giraffe Cam.

Why the long face? 🦒

The Greenville Zoo may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean all of the amazing animals are off-limits. The Zoo’s most popular residents are the three Masai giraffes: Mom Autumn, Dad Miles, and Baby Kellan. Kellan was born June 30, 2019, measuring in at 6’1” and a whopping 165 pounds. His name is African and means “powerful.”  (His big sister, Kiden, is actually moving to the Oregon Zoo in Portland soon and she has been moved into a separate stall to prepare her for her journey.) 

Greenville's Giraffe Cam that you can watch at any point during the day or night includes 2 options:

1) The Barn with 3 different views, a live feed, and the past 24-hour stream feed
2) The Paddock with one live view as well as the past 24-hour stream feed

Did you know that the Masai Giraffe is the tallest land animal on Earth? They can reach up to 19 feet tall! Be sure to visit the Greenville Zoo when they open back up again. Located in downtown Greenville, the 14-acre facility features wildlife from around the world and includes more than 200 endangered animals.

2. See Us for Yourself.

Check out our photo galleries (created by people just like you!) and videos that show off our town and really give you a sense of what it’s like to be here. 🤳

DON'T MISS Falls Park on the Reedy & The Liberty Bridge: Considered to be the crown jewel of downtown, Falls Park is considered a “Top 10 Park in America” by TripAdvisor. Now you can see why.

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DON'T MISS The Great Outdoors: View area waterfalls, lakes, state parks, sunsets, and other outdoor natural attractions.

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DON'T MISS The Food Scene: Greenville is known as a foodie paradise and while you may not be able to eat inside restaurant’s dining rooms right now, you can go ahead and salivate over your future options; or, if you’re a local, plan a curbside pickup or delivery to your house.

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DON'T MISS Festivals & Events: Under normal circumstances, there just aren't enough days in the year to enjoy everything Greenville has to offer. No matter what day of the week it is, something is always going on. Get a picture of what you can expect for your future plans (or visit) this summer or fall!

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3. Enjoy Art Like a Pro ... in Pajamas. 

Go on a public art tour of the City of Greenville’s 95+ pieces of public art, without ever having to step one foot outside. 🎨

Learn the history, see the art itself, and find out more about each artist. Then, whenever everyone is out and about again, you’ll know exactly which pieces you want to see in person. With over 20 murals, a myriad of sculptures and statues, water features, sidewalk plaques, and memorials, please allow 30 minutes for your computer tour. In the future, should you choose to visit all of the artwork in person, please allow anywhere from a half to a full day.
If you’re one of those people who believe you need a glass of wine in hand to enjoy said art, no one is happier to ship it to you than local City Scape Winery (South Carolinians only due to state border restrictions). They are selling wine by the bottle or case for you to take home and enjoy with either your personalized art tour or your Netflix addiction. For free shipping on a case (12 bottles) AND 10% off, use coupon code FORGETCORONA at checkout.

Want More? Watch Greenville Artist Douglas Piper Show Off His Process.

4. Become a Bookworm. 

After all, a comfortable chair (or couch) is of no use to anyone without a good book (or two, or three…). 📚

Browse the shelves of M. Judson Booksellers Literally! This Greenville institution is known for being the literary hub of Greenville, with a commitment to local artists and authors, funky gifts and vintage housewares, author signings, book and wine pairings, and more. And, during our current situation, they actually photographed their shelves (#shelfie) so you can still see yourself within the calming and relaxing ambiance of a bookstore. Currently, local delivery is available by calling 864-603-2412 or emailing info@mjudsonbooks.com; they are also offering free shipping.

Obviously, you want to read about Greenville. Not sure what to buy? M. Judson has “Staff Recommends” to choose from, or you can check out these newer releases from local authors:

  • Lost Restaurants of Greenville: Historian John Nolan; releases April 13, 2020

  • Reimagining Greenville: Building the Best Downtown in America: John Boyanoski and Greenville Mayor Knox White

  • Round About Greenville and the Carolina Blue Ridge: Pam Burgess Shucker & Bill Robertson

  • Dinner at My Place: Written by chef, Food Network television host, and cookbook author Tyler Florence who was born in Greenville, SC.; Kindle edition released February 2020

Even better, if you live in the local area, The Chocolate Moose Bakery & Café is located inside of M. Judson and is offering curbside pickup for all of their baked goods. Grabbing an order of the Take & Bake Cinnamon Rolls is highly recommended. And just like Lay’s Potato Chips, we bet you can’t eat just one!

5. Laugh. It Really is the Best Medicine.

Many notable TV shows and movies have been filmed in the Greenville area, but two of the most high-profile productions are comedies that will put you in good spirits. 🎥

Leatherheads, a 2008 sports comedy film focusing on the early years of professional American football stars George Clooney (who also directed the film), Renée Zellweger, and John Krasinski. It was filmed in Greenville, Greer, Travelers Rest, and other surrounding areas. The Westin Poinsett hotel in downtown Greenville is just one of the illustrious filming locations. (1 hr, 54 min.)

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life is a 2018 Netflix Special starring none other than comedians and writers Steve Martin and Martin Short. They perform a live comedy set with music by The Steep Canyon Rangers and jazz pianist, Jeff Babko, at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville. (1 hr, 14 min.)

If that’s not enough to make you want to visit Greenville, SC—Yeah, THAT Greenville—in the future, maybe this will. And, if you happen to call Greenville home, you sure have a lot of which to be proud.