Brimming with works from up-and-coming artists across South Carolina, Southern Galleries treats aesthetes to an exclusive selection of paintings and custom frames. The gallery is overseen by an experienced team of curators and artists in residence, who also use the studio for fun, informative painting classes for adults and children. Located across from the clock tower in historical downtown Simpsonville, the gallery fosters a creative environment with ceiling-high bay windows, rustic exposed brick walls, and a catcher-free environment where dreams can roam unhindered.:m]]
Hollywild Animal Park's family of animal lovers care for a stable of four-legged, photogenic stars. Dozens of resident critters include lions, a white tiger, and Tank, the white rhino best known for giving its spots to an outcast cow in an act of zoological altruism. Trips on the Outback Safari ride breeze past 70 acres of rolling terrain, and visitors can purchase feed to bestow upon hungry quadrupeds including fallow deer, zebras, and Scottish Highlanders. A specialized feeding area provides additional opportunities to bottle feed the next generation of mammalian stars, and a picnic area gives humans chances to gloat about opposable thumbs as they nosh nimbly on sandwiches.
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.
Run by local painter Jackie Humphries, Tag it Art instructs aspiring aesthetes in the art of art. Adult night courses offer hands-on instruction paired with the muse-summoning powers of bringing your own beverage. During class, students sip and paint to produce pompous peacocks and enchanting Eiffel Towers, bringing home 16” x 20” masterpieces. Tag it Art's relaxing atmosphere is ideal for a night out with friends, book club buddies, or fellow kitten-lovers. Adult classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7–10 p.m.
Having swept up such discriminating celebrities as Kurt Russell, John Hurley, and Kevin Costner, experienced copter operators at Shadowhawk Aviation cast Greenville’s scenic vistas in the starring role of their sight-packed helicopter tours. Passengers strap in to either a Robinson R-44 or a Eurocopter A-Star 350 before adjusting camera angles for upcoming photos, cooling off in the copter’s air-conditioned environs, or coaxing a souvenir poem out of the aircraft’s in-flight bard. After lifting off from Greenville Downtown Airport, whirligigs wend their way through the enchantingly verdant environs of Paris Mountain State Park as passengers snap sky-high shots of the park’s namesake peak. Soaring onward, spectators take in the stately charms of Furman University’s clock tower before peering through the crystal depths of Furman Lake in search of dynamic pictures and the university’s replica of Atlantis’ library. Captivating sites and architecture of downtown Greenville strut their superstructural stuff for photo-documentarians, bringing tours to a close with a panoramic mélange of skyline sights.
Gallery at Grove's framing artisans handcraft custom borders with mats, fillets, and mouldings to expertly preserve valuable items through museum-quality conservation framing. Color-coordinate an 8”x10” mat and frame (around $69+) to elegantly display a family portrait or poignant horoscope clipping. The tailored edges of larger projects (around $129+ for a 16”x20” item; around $199+ for a 22”x28”) flaunt impeccable craftsmanship from their wall-mounted abodes. Like photoshopping a celebrity into your wedding album, Gallery at Grove proffers myriad attractive options to enhance precious memories, and pricing varies considerably based on framing materials used.
Set on 14 acres within Cleveland Park, the Greenville Zoo houses more than 350 animals in recreated terrestrial habitats. The walking trails typically take between 60 and 90 minutes to tour, guiding guests to creatures such as lions, orangutans, and elephants. Giant tortoises lumber along to the delight of kids watching, and just down the path, giraffes curl their black tongues around clusters of leaves.
Through their accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, zookeepers uphold high standards in animal care, from maintaining realistic habitats to ensuring animals eat what they would in the wild. These AZA standards extend through other parts of the zoo's operations as well, including its educational programming and conservation efforts—the Quarters for Conservation initiative raises funds for local and global conservation programs.
To ensure that visits are relaxing and convenient, the zoo grounds include two playgrounds and several picnic facilities. The surrounding Cleveland Park affords further recreation such as walking paths and tennis courts.