Copperhead Mountain Distillery's owner can trace his bloodlines back to Germany, Italy, and Ireland, which he describes as three of the greatest drinking cultures in the world. He, too, celebrates the joys of alcohol with a purely American beverage: moonshine. Using small, all-copper stills, he produces whiskey, spiced rum, and moonshine a mere quart at a time. Pretty much every bottle he sticks a cork in has a unique character that can't quite be duplicated. When guests show up at his distillery, he pairs tastings of his unique beverages with a side of history, telling tales of the Moonshine era and South Carolina's infamously conflicted relationship with the beverage.
The Pavilion cultivates every species of physical activity within its 66,000-square-foot indoor complex and adjacent outdoor fields. The eclectic indoor space hosts soccer, volleyball, and curling face-offs, as well as a year-round ice-skating facility, bounce house, and inline-skating space. Fledgling ice skaters slip and slide during public skating sessions or take part in the U.S. Figure Skating Association's basic skills program to grease their triple axels. As the temperature rises, members make a mad dash outdoors to one of six tennis courts and three soccer fields, or hail a ride on George, The Pavilion's historic miniature passenger train. The complex's Boundless Playground offers a space where children with disabilities can be included in play thanks to accessible slides, swings, and climbing structures.
What began as fewer than 30 paintings hanging in two rooms has since grown into the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, a collection of more than 400 baroque paintings displayed in 30 galleries. The paintings—works by Rubens, van Dyck, and Murillo that date from the 14th through 19th centuries—are thoughtfully displayed in context, surrounded by furniture, sculptures, tapestries, and popular emoticons from their respective time periods. Architectural elements also add texture to the various galleries, flooding them in colorful light from stained-glass windows or framing their walls with the carved corners of fireplace mantels.
At Heritage Green, a satellite location boasts special exhibits of works pulled from the main galleries or on loan from private and public collections. Up on the second floor, interactive exhibits educate visitors of all ages on works by the old masters.
Falls Park Golf & Games beckons to putt-putt protégés with an 18-hole mini golf course that runs through the center of its cozy, family-friendly space. With topsy-turvy slopes that make for perplexing breaking putts, the course promotes lively competition between siblings, friends, or rival dentists. A stationary golf cart sits in the middle of the course, surrounded by walls decorated with golf-themed festoons—including a caddyshack facade—that help set the scene. Along with more subtle undulations, the course requires players to putt through a tricky loopty-loop and explain the principles of centripetal force to any toddlers within a five-mile radius. After their round, guests can decompress in one of the space's various booths or tables, enjoy a refreshment, and tune in to the flickering images on a flat-panel TV.
In 2010, former WASV host Sabrina Baxter launched the Great Greenville Race, a recurring scavenger hunt event that combines physical and mental exercise and gives participants a deeper glimpse into the landscape of downtown Greenville. Preregistered teams make their way through town, simultaneously cracking codes and solving puzzles. While some participants move as quickly as possible, others take their time, sometimes even taking a break to enjoy food and drinks at local restaurants. In addition to bragging rights, winners get prizes and gift bags, often from participating business in the downtown Greenville area.
Pump It Up's bounce houses, cushy slides, and large rock-climbing wall entertain large groups of children during birthday parties and pop-in playtimes. From speedy slides to the air- and love-filled bounce castles and houses, the bounce wonderland plies children with a multitude of ways to work up a hunger for the pizza, drinks, and goodie bags in Pump It Up's party packages. Pump It Up also hosts Jump-N-Art camps, which pair fitness-boosting bounce sessions with art lessons.