Covid-19 has changed the way that people enjoy recreational activities. Movie theaters have been replaced with Netflix on the couch, malls with online shopping. However, while the change in recreational activities may be helping peoples’ physical health, not going anywhere can take a toll on mental health. It’s great that Greenville offers plenty of safe activities that people can do alone or socially distanced with friends that provide them with an outlet while allowing them to stay safe and protected from the virus.
Also, we started working on this piece before the great folks at GVLToday did their wonderful article Thursday.
- Spend time at Falls Park. While it might not be safe to spend lots of time in all the restaurants and stores Downtown Greenville has to offer, Falls Park allows for plenty of space to socially distance. It’s hard to enjoy the outdoors during the South Carolina summer, but packing a picnic (or getting carry-out from a restaurant) and enjoying dinner under some shade might be a good way to get out without risking your physical health.
- Go to one of the state parks. If you prefer doing physical activity outside, visit one of South Carolina’s state parks. Paris Mountain is close to Greenville and offers plenty of hiking trails for those who are tired of binge watching Netflix and are ready to get up and move. Additionally, Lake Conestee is offering guided hikes for groups of 4-8. The hikes are not free, but are a good way to safely socially distance or get outdoors with the family.
- Visit the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. If hiking isn’t your style and you prefer walking or biking, the Swamp Rabbit Trail might be the perfect place for you to get out of the house and into nature. The 22 mile trail is the perfect place to go for a walk or bike ride with a friend or family member while still maintaining social distancing.
- Visit a drive-in cinema. Movie theaters are one of the few things in South Carolina that have remained closed during the spread of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to get a movie-theater fix. There are multiple drive-in theaters in South Carolina, and while there is not one in Greenville, there is one in Greenwood. This allows people to watch movies from the comfort of their cars, rather than in a crowded, indoor space. Get your favorite movie theater candy from the grocery story during your next trip for the full experience.
- Complete the Public Art Tour. Although the Greenville Art Museum might not be the safest place to spend time, the city has put together a tour of all the public art around Greenville. The tour can be completed by driving or walking and is a great way to see the art completed by Greenville artists without having to be exposed to other people. For a map of the tour, visit citygis.greenvillesc.gov/publicarttour/index.html