With a rich history dating back more than 300 years, Greenville embraces its distinct Carolina culture. More than $661 million of private and public money has been invested in the Uptown Greenville District since 2010. Area businesses, breweries, theaters, entertainment venues, cool new restaurants, and much more have also been popping up.
Food is the heart and soul of eastern North Carolina. Greenville is home to a variety of award-winning restaurants and chefs. From the legendary BBQ joints and craft breweries along the Pitt County Brew & ‘Cue Trail to the food trucks and local farmers at the annual Umbrella Market series. There are fun seasonal pop-up bars and trendy cafes too that will satisfy your coffee, eggnog, cupcake, and waffle cravings.
Residents and visitors alike revel in everything from the annual Pirate Fest, which draws swashbucklers of all ages to several municipality events including the annual Collard Festival in Ayden and Dogwood Festival in Farmville. There are top-notch dance and stage performances at ECU; a lively art and music scene in the Uptown and Dickinson Avenue Arts District; antique shops and boutiques for browsing; historic sites for history buffs; and pick-your-own farms aplenty.
Located close to the coast, there are plenty of public beach access points within an easy 90-minute to two-hour drive from Greenville, from the famed Outer Banks and enchanted Ocracoke Island to the stunning Crystal Coast and relaxing Topsail Island. For boaters, there are dozens of boat ramps to launch into waters such as the Tar River, Pamlico River, Neuse River, and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.