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{February 27, 2012}   7 Whimsical Ways to Tour Downtown Greenville

Are you a visitor to our beautiful Downtown? Or maybe you’re a local, looking to “play tourist” and catch a special glimpse of Greenville. No matter who you are or where you’re from, Downtown Greenville offers many ways to acquaint yourself with our gracious city.

When most people picture a historic Southern city, they imagine taking a tour in an ornate carriage pulled by a well-mannered horse. Whispering Winds Carriage Company (http://downtowncarriage.com) offers just that! In operation for over a decade, this female-owned carriage company provides visitors ands locals alike with an elegant way to take a trip down historic Main Street. Servicing customers at 2 locations at the Westin Poinsett and the Courtyard Marriott, this half-hour tour will take you back to a time that was

If your budget is a little tight, or you want a truly unique way to see Main Street, take a Rickshaw ride! If it’s too far to walk, too close to drive (or you don’t want to lose that parking space you fought for), let Reedy River Rickshaw (http://rrrickshaw.com) take you there! Powered by eco-friendly, “pedal-power”, these strong, friendly rickshaw drivers work for tips only (really…tips only!) One of the best deals in the DTGVL!

If you’re looking for some tour options that are more on the free side, Downtown has something for you too! The Downtown Trolley runs from North Main all the way down to the West Endand to many points in between…and it’s FREE! Kids love this “big-city” way of seeing the sites and grown-ups enjoy a chance to see the beauty of Downtown at a leisurely pace. The trolley runs Thursdays and Fridays from 6PM – 11PM and all day Saturday (10AM – 11PM) and Sunday (1PM – 8PM). Although the main trolley stop is located on North Main at Horizon Records, the trolley will stop along the route to pick up passengers – just wave them down! For a map of the Trolley Route, visit: http://downtowncarriage.com/index.html.

Art lovers and history buffs alike will love the city’s “Art in Public Places”. This walking tour through Downtown features a diverse collection of artwork, created to reflect the city’s beauty, growth and history. Scattered throughout Main Street and the West End, visitors can discover sculptures depicting prominent Greenvillians, Upstate landmarks and fanciful designs that will make you go “hmmm…”. The tour is divided into seven different walking tours covering Main Street, The Children’s Garden, FallsPark,  ClevelandPark, SpringwoodCemetery, Stone Avenueand the Central District. Details of this tour can be found at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/Culture/ArtinPublicPlaces.

No, your eyes don’t deceive you, that is a mouse you see peeking out from under the greenery on Main Street. But don’t worry, these little mice are friendly. Kids will love exploring Downtown Greenville, searching for the “Mice on Main”. One of Downtown’s most beloved attractions, these whimsical rodents are part of what began as a senior project by a local high school student. From their starting point at the HyattPlaza, these little bronze sculptures are scattered throughout Main Street. For a list of hints to their locations, visit their website: www.miceonmain.com.

If you prefer a professional tour, conducted by one of the most knowledge guides on Greenville history and culture, look no further than Greenville History Tours (www.greenvillehistorytours.com). Led by local historian, John M. Nolan, these fun-filled tours cater to a variety of interests. Discover all the history and mystery that is Downtown Greenville in a walking tour of Main Street or theWest End. Too tired to walk? Mr. Nolan offers driving tours of Downtown as well. Ther is even a delicious culinary tour for foodies! Space is limited and rates vary, so reservations are required.

If you’d rather investigate the “spookier” side of  Downtown, then Greenville Ghosts Tours (http://greenvilleghost) is right up your cold, scary alley! Led by paranormal researcher, Jason Profit, this spin-tingling tour gives you a peek into Greenville’s supernatural side. Cameras are encouraged for this hour and a half long tour – you never know what your photo might capture! Tours are by appointment only and tickets can be purchased through their website.

So there you have it…7 unique ways to tour our gorgeous Downtown! Or, you may just want to pull on a pair of comfy shoes, grab your camera and explore on your own!  From historic sites, to beautiful artwork and incredible restaurants – Downtown Greenville has a little something for everyone! Enjoy!

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