Saturday March 14 beginning at 12:55 PM: the Met Opera production of The Flying Dutchman starring Evgeny Nikitin and conducted by Valery Gergiev will be broadcast live at two Regal Cinema locations in the Greenville area.

Falls Park, including the pedestrian bridge pictured on the conference homepage. A five-minute walk from the hotel.

Walking or biking on the Swamp Rabbit Trail from downtown Greenville toward the mountains.

The small but excellent Greenville County Art Museum, a short walk from the hotel.

Greenville Zoo, a long walk from the hotel.

Greenville Children’s Museum, a short walk from the hotel.

Two parks with some good hikes a short drive from downtown are Paris Mountain (closer) and Jones Gap (farther).

Carl Sandburg House, a 50-minute drive from the conference, with hiking, a goat farm, and an interesting tour of the poet’s home, the interior left pretty much unchanged since his death.

Clemson University is an hour away from Greenville. The university is the former slave plantation of John C. Calhoun, whose manor house, Fort Hill, is open for visits (the university is doing a better job of acknowledging the African-American part of its history than it used to…). Also on campus is the South Carolina State Botanical Garden. And of course, you can visit Death Valley, the Clemson Tigers football stadium, if you are so inclined. Google all these places for directions.

A bit farther afield, hiking in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with hundreds of waterfalls in the region reachable by car within an hour or two. Click here for the best waterfall guide.