Greenville, North Carolina, is easily explored in a few days and features several places for outdoor fun, arts and culture, dining and evening entertainment. Visitors often look for things to do while touring East Carolina University or attending a conference in town. No matter your own circumstance, you should discover a number of attractions in Greenville to suit your needs while visiting the Eastern North Carolina Region.
Rise early, grab your sneakers and head to one of Greenville’s public recreation centers, trails or parks. Begin your day at River Park North (greenvillenc.gov) and enjoy pedal boating, hiking, fishing or a walk through the nature center. Complete your morning with a bike ride along the Green Mill Run or South Tar greenways, a tennis match at the River Birch Tennis Center or a game of disc golf at West Meadowbrook Park. If you have teens, check out the town’s Extreme Park with facilities for BMX bike freestyle riding, in-line skating and skateboarding or visit BlackjackMx (blackjackmx.com), a family motocross track. Greenville manages a total of 31 other parks and facilities. If you enjoy plants and flowers, don’t leave without visiting the seven-acre Pitt County Arboretum (pitt.ces.ncsu.edu).
Visit Greenville’s wide range of arts and culture establishments, including those located at East Carolina University (ecu.edu), Uptown District and the Town Commons. ECU offers a number of venues to choose from, including A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, The Wellington B. Gray Gallery and Loessin Playhouse. In other parts of town, the popular, non-profit Magnolia Arts Center (magnoliaartscenter.com) does not have a physical location but does provide numerous, quality arts events. If you are a history buff, check out Greenville’s period architecture, ranging from the common colonial, Queen Anne and Victorian-style homes to the rare, Florentine Renaissance revival federal building. On a rainy day, visit the other municipal and commercial buildings, including the Pitt County Courthouse and James L. Fleming House.
Dining and Night Life
Indulge your taste for good food and entertainment with a visit to one of the town’s restaurants or lounges. A variety of restaurants are available, including several with foreign cuisines ranging from Greek to Mongolian. Greenville also has many downtown bars and nightclubs with live entertainment, mostly due to the proximity of ECU's campus. A favorite with Greenville residents, The Tipsy Teapot (tipsy-teapot.com) offers healthy, vegetarian food and weekly programming of music, comedy, poetry nights and lectures.
Located approximately 85 miles east of Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, Greenville is accessible by Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 17. Regional and national bus service is provided by Greyhound (greyhound.com) and connects to the Greenville Area Transit System. USAir Express (usairways.com) services Pitt/Greenville Airport (flypgv.com) with flights to Charlotte. Raleigh/Durham International Airport (rdu.com) offers a wider selection of airlines, flights and destinations.
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