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Mouse Hunting in Greenville

Kerry Egan Kerry Egan
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Bronze mouse on Main Street downtown Greenville
Downtown Greenville's Mice on Main is a favorite activity of parents and kids.

"Mice on Main" in downtown Greenville is as much fun as an Easter egg hunt and just as whimsical. It is wildly popular with families as it combines something kids love (a scavenger hunt) with something parents love (exploring downtown).

You won't find a more lovely and lively place to wander through than Greenville's Main Street, which is rich with great shopping and dining. The mouse hunt is so beloved that many parents consider Mice on Main's creator, Jimmy Ryan (who started work on this project as a high school student!) to be a genius.

Beginning the Hunt

Young girl pointing at bronze mouse in downtown Greenville
Mice on Main in Greenville lets children go on a mouse hunt in lovely downtown Greenville.

Start with a list of hints to send you off in the right direction. A list really is essential, because these little bronze mice are tiny! You can download one here or pick up a copy at the Greenville Downtown Visitors Center located at 206 S. Main St. 

Nine tiny bronze statues of mice are scattered along the leafy Main Street of Greenville. The hunt starts by the Hyatt Regency hotel and winds its way down seven blocks past restaurants, shops, cafes, street performers, secret gardens and hidden alleyways.

Stops Along the Way

Old fashioned candies in bin at Mast General Store in Greenville
Indulge in candies from the past at downtown Greenville's Mast General Store.

Finding all the Mice on Main takes a little time so give yourself a full afternoon, especially if you plan to explore some of the shops along the way (and you should.) Kids especially love the giant, old fashioned candy aisle at Mast General Store, though parents may lean more toward the "something for everyone" offerings of coffee and ice cream at Spill the Beans.

No child can resist the pull of the amazing toys at O.P. Taylor's, so plan to spend some time there. And for the perfect finish to a day of rodent tracking, don't miss the made-to-order rolled ice cream at Creme Shack at 120 N. Main St. 

Kerry Egan
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.