Greenville Glides' experienced guides shuttle sightseers through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods on a fleet of smooth segway riders. Tour leaders toss out pearls of local history to guests as they traverse the city's booming industrial areas, lush parks, and red-brick warehouses. Groups can take a quiet, contemplative moment in front of a local waterfalls or honor their visit to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza by intentionally losing the race back to the parking lot.
In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance to the workout, toning muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.
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.
Called the No. 1 reason to visit Greenville by the Huffington Post, euphoria showcases the culinary and artistic heritage of singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and local restaurateur Carl Sobocinski during a long weekend filled with wine, music, and food in Greenville’s vibrant downtown. At the 2011 Tasting Showcase, an assembly of experienced chefs and skilled sommeliers educates the public during live culinary demonstrations and potato-based theater while epicures sample gourmet eats and sip on a plethora of beverages, including beers from a variety of breweries, and wine from more than 50 different grape purveyors. Later, trumpeter and composer Mark Rapp and Jazz Journalists’ Association “Trombonist of the Year” Wycliffe Gordon join the Clemson University Gospel Choir at the 2011 Jazz Brunch, which evokes the Louisiana bayou with food from over 20 local restaurants. Proceeds from the highly anticipated festival benefit local nonprofit organizations
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.