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21 Exciting Things to do in Greenville (NC BBQ, Outdoor Adventures, and More!)

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on January 12, 2023.

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Home of the East Carolina University Pirates, Greenville, at first glance, is a college town, but look a little closer, and you’ll see there’s much more beyond campus.

Of course, there are plenty of enticing things to do in Greenville right around ECU, but we want to show you how to explore Uptown, the Tar River, and more spots beyond the school.

From hitting the Brews and Cue Trail to soaking up local art and all in between, there are plenty of ways to explore Greenville regardless of what brings you.

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We’ve also included a visit to Greenville among our favorite day trips from Raleigh and also, from Durham.

Things to Do in Greenville NC

Our map displays the location of all these things to do in Greenville and around Pitt County. For more info about each one, continue reading.

If you need to find something specific in our Greenville guide, we’ve organized it into the following sections:

  • Seasonal Events in Greenville
  • Where to Stay
  • Things to Do in Greenville ALL Year
  • Brews and Cue Trail (Food and Drink in Greenville)
  • Outdoor Things to Do in Greenville
  • Arts and History Attractions in Greenville
  • Arts in Farmville
  • Farm Fun in Winterville

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Seasonal Events in Greenville

  • PirateFest (April): PirateFest is Greenville’s largest and most popular festival, typically closing down eight city blocks. Don your peg-leg and enjoy free music, street food, carnival rides, and plenty of Pirate-themed events!
  • Farmville Dogwood Festival (April): For over 32 years, the Farmville Dogwood Festival has brought family and friends together in this downtown Farmville celebration. Concerts, artisans, craft making for kids, and amusement rides make this a family fun event.
  • Oktoberfest (October): German food, crafts, entertainment, and beer from Greenville breweries make this annual event a lot of fun!
  • Festival of Trees (December): With support from local businesses, the Festival of Trees brings Christmas spirit to the Greenville Convention Center! 100 beautifully decorated trees are on display and children can even read a story with Santa.

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Where to Stay in Greenville

The Music House Where to Stay in Greenville NC

If you are looking for a unique experience, we recommend checking into The Music House in Uptown Greenville. Built in 1901 and owned by an ECU Music Professor, this Victorian home is beautiful both outside and inside.

The Music House in Greenville NC

Each room is filled with quirky yet nostalgic memorabilia as well as plenty of music themed items. You’ll find yourself looking around throughout your stay and finding something new to discover. Take your coffee out on the porch and enjoy the ease of being able to walk downtown. On top of it, John is a gracious host!

If The Music House isn’t available, there are several other great rental options! Stay right in the heart of Dickinson Avenue at this modern apartment or at this two-bedroom condo just outside of Uptown.

Things to Do in Greenville NC ALL Year

Brews and Cues Trail

Did you know that Greenville and its Pitt County neighbors host some of the best North Carolina barbecue? With legendary historic pits like B’s in Greenville and Skylight Inn and Bum’s in Ayden eating up barbecue should be the first thing you do in Greenville.

But what goes great with barbecue? Beer. And Greenville has plenty of incredible breweries to keep you thirsty!

Check out the cool vibe at Pitt Street Brewing or head into Winterville for Local Oak Brewing. There is a pint glass waiting for you at either place you choose—or both!

Starlight Cafe where to eat in Greenville NC

If you’ve had your fill of barbecue, there are plenty of delicious restaurants in Greenville waiting to take your order. A nice mix of farm-fresh and upscale dishes at Starlight Cafe and good simple food at Molly’s Community Cafe await.

True foodies flock to Greenville and after sampling some of these menus, we can see why! Our guide shares a few more places to eat in the area, in case you’re hungry!

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Outdoor Things to Do in Greenville

Kayak with Knee Deep Adventures

Knee Deep Adventures outdoor things to do in Greenville NC 1

Experience a one of a kind adventure when you paddle with Knee Deep Adventures. The Tar River is filled with beautiful views and wildlife that can only be experienced from the water.

Rent a boat or schedule a guided tour, Kelsey and her team at Knee Deep Adventures will make sure you are all set to have a memorable experience!

KDA also hosts cool events like Paddle and Pints, Dog Paddle, and SUP Yoga! Kesley even offers guided night paddles, where you see unexpected wildlife under the moonlight!

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Jaycee Park

2000 Cedar Lane, Greenville

There have been more X-Game medals earned by BMX riders who live in this area than anywhere else, so naturally, Greenville is going to have an amazing bike park.

Extreme Park has everything from the pro ramps to beginner. Whether you’re ready to jump the ramps yourself or catch some of the action, stopping by Jaycee Park is among the most thrilling things to do in Greenville!

South Tar River Greenway

Greenville NC Greenway things to do

Stretching three paved miles along the water, the South Tar River Greenway is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors in Greenville! Several access points include parking, but we recommend starting at Town Commons, checking out the playground, and crossing the historic bridge.

Arts and History Attractions in Greenville

Dickinson Avenue Antique Market

701 Dickinson Ave

Dickinson Avenue Antique Market things to do in Greenville NC

The historic 10,000 square foot building itself is reason enough to visit the Dickinson Avenue Antique Market, but the merchants inside make it a must-see, too!

With over 20 specialized antique dealers, there is always something unique and interesting to find. Whether it’s a rare baseball card or collectibles from yesteryear, there is a treasure waiting to be found here!

Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum

4570 Country Home Rd

Travel back in time and experience North Carolina circa 1840 to 1940 at the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum. Touring this 5.6-acre farm takes you to a one-room schoolhouse, a country store, and a milk house. Tours must be arranged in advance but totally worth it!

If you aren’t able to attend a tour, the museum hosts monthly “History Speaks” events on the second Saturday of every month.

404 Evans St

With a mission to make art accessible to the entire community, Emerge Gallery features three main galleries to enjoy, along with a number of workshops and classes for all ages. Stop in and enjoy the rotating exhibits!

Greenville Museum of Art

802 South Evans St

Greenville Museum of Art things to do in Greenville

The FREE-to-visit Greenville Museum of Art is truly a masterpiece. With an impressive display of local creations, the Greenville Museum of Art is a great activity for families, a date night, or if you are looking for unique things to do in Greenville.

They also hold some really great events that can elevate your experience at the museum!

A Time for Science (Greenville Science Center)

729 Dickinson Ave (Currently Closed for Renovations)

Located in Uptown Greenville, the Greenville Science Center offers hands-on educational learning in a fun and engaging way. Not only are the exhibits a lot of fun, but they also hold camps and e-mentoring programs to support STEAM education in Pitt County.

Extend your learning experience and head 30 minutes south to their Grifton Nature and Science Center, which features 380 acres of nature preserve, kayaking, and the Chia-yu Li Planetarium!

Arts in Farmville

Farmville things to do in greenville nc

As far as North Carolina small towns go, Farmville is probably one of the cutest. With beautiful murals and a community of warm smiles, it’s worth taking the 15 minutes drive from Greenville to check out!

The GlasStation

3732 W Wilson St, Farmville

The GlasStation Greenville NC

Only 15 miles away from ECU’s main campus is The GlasStation. Developed by grassroots efforts from volunteers of The Farmville Group, this facility is a glass studio for both college students and the general public.

Guided by ECU professor and glass artist, Mike Tracy, class participants will spend three hours making their own hand-blown piece of art.

3764 South Main St, Farmville

Wonderbox art in Greenville NC

Ready to browse more art? Check out the Wonderbox Gallery in Farmville! The space is dedicated to installation pieces by ECU students and is always filled with fun and though-provoking pieces!

Dapper Dan’s Antiques

3743 S Main St, Farmville

Dapper Dans Antiques things to do in Greenville NC

With 5,000 square feet of antiques, furniture, vintage clothes, and more there is something fun and unique waiting for you at Dapper Dan’s Antiques.

The store is filled with a great selection of vintage items and is an absolute wonderland where you could spend hours exploring their treasures.

Farmville Furniture Company

3757 S Main St, Farmville

Farmville Furniture Company

North Carolina has always had a long legacy with furniture making. Farmville Furniture Company has been in Eastern North Carolina for over 110 years! Browse their selection and take something home, but we don’t have to tell you to do that.

Farm Fun in Winterville

Strawberries on 903

4084 NC-903

Strawberries on 903 things to do in greenville nc

Strawberries on 903 is a roadside produce stand in southern Pitt County, part of 1600 acres that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The stand itself is part of a 100-year-old tobacco barn that is absolutely stunning to see.

In addition to picking up fresh produce, Strawberries on 903 also offers u-pick strawberries and vegetables during the spring and summer months. You can also join a farm tour, enjoy the farm animals, and catch a hayride!

Brock’s Farm

886 Laurie Ellis Rd, Winterville

Pick strawberries and pick up tasty produce at Brock’s Farm! This Pitt County farm is a beautiful way to connect with rural life outside of the city. Stock up on their fresh produce from the farm stand or enjoy one of the seasonal events they hold!

Ready for These Things to Do in Greenville?

Whether you are coming to cheer on the Pirates or searching for some legendary NC barbecue, you’ll find that there are so many fun and exciting things to do in Greenville. Go antiquing, paddle down the Toe River, and of course, grab a pint and cue, this place has plenty to discover.

Have you ever spent time in Greenville? If so, we’d love to know your favorite things to do here. If you’ve never been, let us know what you’re going to do first!

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