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South Carolina Gamecock Football
South Carolina Gamecock Football
There’s nothing like game days at Williams-Brice Stadium – for Gamecocks or their opposing team. Find hotel deals, get outfitted and plan your tailgating spread with our guide to game days in Columbia… more
Outdoor Hot Spots
Outdoor Hot Spots
The Columbia region is amidst three rivers, a lake and South Carolina's only national park, perfect for an afternoon of kayaking, canoeing or hiking. Find more things to do on the water or outdoors in The New Adventure Hot Spot… more
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
South Carolina’s number one gated attraction boasts 2,000 animals, two new zip line tours, a three-story ropes course, a botanical garden, and signature events. Find more attractions and things to do throughout the Columbia region... more
South Carolina State House
South Carolina State House
One of the region's many sites steeped in rich history, the South Carolina State House is a beautiful testament to survival, having withstood the Civil War and more. Find sites, museums, walking tours, and more historic attractions… more
South Carolina's Largest Metropolitan Area
South Carolina's Largest Metropolitan Area
Conveniently located by three major interstates, Columbia's revitalized downtown is situated among a region full of quintessential Southern neighborhoods, historic districts and an abundance of things to do. Find visitor information... more

Welcome to Columbia, SC

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Visitors Guide 2014
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Welcome to the official tourism website for Columbia, South Carolina. Whether you're traveling to the Columbia region for business or leisure, we hope you will make us your first stop for helpful area information. Whether you're looking to discover the perfect hotel for your next trip or you're building your itinerary with exciting things to do, you'll be happy that you decided to experience Columbia, SC.

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Want to feed a giraffe or get cozy with a flamingo? The 170-acre Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 creatures, with even more fun in a three-story ropes course, four zip-lines, nature trails, pony rides and more.
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Art, history, science and discovery collide in Columbia, SC at our many museums. Step back in time at the region’s historic museums, reflect on the finer things in life at an art museum, or find the inner child at the Southeast’s largest children’s museum.
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South Carolina’s only national park is the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeast and contains some of the nation’s tallest trees. Experience the park through many opportunities, including an elevated boardwalk, guided canoe trips and even nighttime hikes.
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The South Carolina State House overlooks downtown Columbia, SC’s Main Street and is a must-see on any trip. The copper Greek Revival dome and Corinthian columns adorn the structure, while six stars mark where Union cannonballs struck the building during the Civil War.
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Located between downtown Columbia and Lake Murray, Saluda Shoals Park offers paved and unpaved hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing on the Saluda River, trout fishing, horseback riding and a splash pad for the little ones.
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This 18,000-seat arena is your ticket to popular music and entertainment, hosting names like Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Billy Joel, performances by Cirque du Soleil, Gamecocks basketball games, the circus and even more.
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Learn how to sail, kayak or canoe, scuba dive, water ski or just cruise this watery playground. In late summer, thousands of purple martins converge on Bomb Island, the largest roosting sanctuary in North America.
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Whether you’re a Gamecock or an opponent, you’ll enjoy game day in Columbia, SC. Baseball and football fans tailgate in style before heading to the stadium for a frenzied afternoon or evening of jumping to “Sandstorm.”
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Locals agree that Columbia's barbecue, smoky pulled pork smothered in our unique mustard-based sauce, is a must-try on any trip to the region. Most “joints” will offer a wide variety of Southern food, including fried chicken, hash and rice, hush puppies and macaroni and cheese.
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Boutiques, antique stores, and large malls and shopping villages give visitors the opportunity to snag something Southern as a wearable or local product. Try Devine Street, Five Points, the Congaree Vista, Main Street, Village at Sandhill or other hot spots throughout the region.