Enjoy The End Of The Fall Season At This Beautiful East Coast Destination

Year after year, without fail, fall seems to disappear just as quickly as it arrived. For travelers, this makes capturing seasonal moments that much more important and meaningful. A great place to enjoy beautiful end-of-season views, activities, and attractions before winter rolls in is scenic Greenville, South Carolina. Just under 75,000 year-round residents call Greenville home, according to the World Population Review. However, that number jumps significantly in the name of tourism, with this East Coast city seeing around 7 million visitors annually. A big draw for those travelers who head to Greenville in the fall is the opportunity to savor the changing colors.

A top destination for enjoying a colorful palette of seasonal colors in Greenville is Paris Mountain State Park. This lush destination is rich in trees changing colors each fall, and a stroll around Lake Placid offers up some truly inspiring views. For a more in-depth look at the varying hues, you can always explore the 17 miles of hiking and biking trails the park hosts. If you're looking to stay closer to the center of the city while enjoying fall foliage, Falls Park is where you want to be. This park hosts trails, towering trees, and gardens, as well as waterfalls that are all within reach of exciting downtown shops and restaurants. It's a picture-perfect place for a fall family photograph, with nature working as the ultimate backdrop.

Family-friendly fall experiences in Greenville

Travelers excited for a family vacation destination that kids and parents will love will find Greenville is a place that accommodates visitors of all ages. Be sure to kick off your fall journey at the Greenville Zoo. This destination provides a wild take on an afternoon of fun, and during the fall, visitors can participate in some fun festivities. If you're visiting the zoo in mid-November, you'll be right on time for the annual Zoom Through The Zoo 5K and Kids Fun Run. This is an ideal addition to a fall itinerary for families with extra energy to burn.

Beyond the zoo, Greenville has many other options for seasonal family entertainment. The team over at Pangaea Brewing Company hosts a Fall Festival in November that you'll want to check out. The festival offers guests a free, full day of fun with pumpkin-smashing activities, coloring, seasonal food, and beverages.

If you prefer more outdoor time in the fall, let the kids participate in Greenville's Mice on Main. This scavenger hunt sends you on a quest for tiny bronze mice hidden along the length of Main Street. Clues can be downloaded ahead of time for this family challenge that's been delighting Greenville visitors since 2000.

Autumn activities you won't want to miss

If you're looking to add some retail therapy to your fall getaway, the Greenville State Farmers Market is a must-visit. The market is open Monday through Saturday and showcases seasonal produce and plants to browse. If you're searching for unique holiday gifts, there are vendors on-site selling handcrafted goods. Travelers excited to enjoy a fall performance during their visit will find the Bon Secours Wellness Arena a great place to see a seasonal show. Home to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team, the arena also welcomes world-renowned vocalists, ice shows, orchestras, and more throughout the year. While the arena can easily seat up to 15,000 guests, you'll still want to book your tickets in advance.

Fall entertainment continues in Greenville through November with the arrival of Centre Stage's New Play Festival. This annual autumn event is hosted at Centre Stage and provides guests with four (free!) nights of new play performances scripted by South Carolina writers. The festival is designed as entertainment for the public and a chance for up-and-coming local playwrights to showcase their work.

Don't leave Greenville behind this fall without taking an afternoon to discover the beauty of nearby Cedar Falls State Park. Just a 20-mile drive from downtown, Cedar Falls State Park hosts an inviting natural trail to hike and cascades to explore. The views over the Reedy River are pristine, and the towering oaks and hickories provide the colorful fall ambiance you've been looking for.