The Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau and Columbia Regional Visitors Center join hundreds of cities, states and travel-related businesses nationwide in recognition of National Tourism Week, May 4-12, 2013. In celebrating the industry and its impact on the community, we have scheduled many exciting events and promotions throughout the week. We invite you to discover 'The Travel Effect' and then explore all there is to see and do in Columbia, SC.
National Tourism Week Events:
This year, join in celebrating the attributes visitors love. Each day, we'll spotlight one attribute that makes our region 'famously hot'
Saturday, May 4 - Experience The New Historic Hot Spot
Take a free tour of the South Carolina State House, walk back in time on one of Historic Columbia Foundation's walking tours or historic house tours or visit one of the many museums and historic landmarks throughout the region. Steeped in rich history, the region has much for the history buff -- find more historic things to do in Columbia, SC on our website.
Read more: Five Historic Things to Do in Columbia, SC
Sunday, May 5 - Experience The New Game Day Hot Spot
Meet us at Carolina Stadium for South Carolina Gamecocks baseball! No matter who you're cheering on, we'll help you keep surprisingly cool with fans and some famously hot swag.
Read more: South Carolina Baseball Gets #FamouslyHot Sunday, May 5
Monday, May 6 - Experience The New Culinary Hot Spot
Dig in! Kick off your week by dining at one of the Columbia region's many restaurants. Try American/Southern bistros to get classic yet sophisticated fare, sample the region's unique BBQ for a down-home meal, or cap off your evening with dessert. Find more restaurants in Columbia, SC on our website.
Read more: Six Things to Do in Columbia, SC for the Foodie
Tuesday, May 7 - Experience The New Kid-Friendly Hot Spot
Kids can have fun in Columbia, SC too at many of the region's world-class attractions. Hang out with giraffes, kangaroos and koalas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. EdVenture Children's Museum features EDDIE®, the world's largest child, and interactive exhibits. Browse Columbia, SC's attraction listings to find kid-friendly things to do.
Read more: Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Columbia, SC
Wednesday, May 8 - Experience The New Southern Hot Spot
We're getting to the heart and soul of our region today, celebrating all things Southern - from front porches to pimento cheese. Sip on sweet tea at Columbia, SC's restaurants. Shop for a bow-tie or seersucker at one of Columbia, SC's boutiques and shops. Today's your day to enjoy everything that makes Columbia, SC The New Southern Hot Spot.
Read more: Southern Things We Love in Columbia, SC
Thursday, May 9 - Experience The New Military Hot Spot
Did you know that there are many opportunities in Columbia, SC to explore South Carolina's military history? Not only is Columbia home to Ft. Jackson, the largest Initial Entry Training Center in the United States, and its US Army Basic Training Museum but also other military museums, such as South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and South Carolina Military Museum.
Read more: Five Things to Do in Columbia, SC for the Military Buff
Friday, May 10 - Experience The New Romantic Hot Spot
Enjoy a romantic evening in Columbia, SC. Stay the night at one of Columbia's hotels, then take in the many restaurant, entertainment and nightlife options across the region. "
Read more: Nine Ideas for Romantic Dates in Columbia, SC
Saturday, May 11 - Experience The New Adventure Hot Spot
Columbia, SC offers plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy. Spend your Saturday at South Carolina's only national park, Congaree National Park, or visit Saluda Shoals Park or one of our state parks. You can also take a leisurely walk along Columbia's beautiful river at Riverfront Park or West Columbia Riverwalk.
Read more: Outdoor Hot Spots in Columbia, SC
Sunday, May 12 - Experience The New Artistic Hot Spot
You can visit Columbia Museum of Art today for free. Each Sunday, Columbia Museum of Art opens its doors with free admission for the general public. You can also find public art along Main Street and downtown or take the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center's Self-Guided Art Tour.
Read more: Things to Do in The New Artistic Hot Spot
Columbia offers low to no-cost family fun, cool adventures, historic explorations, hot nightlife, and unique local shopping districts.
Be sure to take advantage of hot deals, discounts, and free events submitted by our community partners during National Tourism Week and year-round.
Browse our listings for attractions or and public art displays that are free of charge or have special free admission days.
Experience our natural resources and explore parks and gardens, outdoor adventures or free, self-guided walking tours.
View upcoming events on the Official Columbia, SC Calendar.