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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.


Nearby Airport

Catching an early flight? There are several cool and comfortable hotels in close proximity to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport --so you can snag that extra 30 minutes of sleep and still have time to eat a Southern-style breakfast.

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Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport

  • 110 McSwain Drive
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-391-4000
  • Fax: (803) 391-4001
  • Tollfree: 1-888-HOLIDAY
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Airport Inn

  • 1935 Airport Boulevard
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-936-0015
  • Fax: (803) 936-0015

Barnyard RV Park

  • 201 Oak Drive
  • Lexington, SC 29073
  • Phone: 803-957-1238
  • Fax: (803) 957-0366
  • Tollfree: 800-633-6351
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Country Hearth Inn & Suites - Cayce

  • 3020 Charleston Highway
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-794-7500
  • Fax: (803) 794-7500
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Country Inn & Suites Columbia Airport

  • 2245 Airport Blvd
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-794-6200
  • Fax: (803) 794-6270
  • Tollfree: 800-456-4000
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Courtyard by Marriott Cayce

  • 1125 Fort Congaree Trail
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Tollfree: 888-236-2427
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Hampton Inn Columbia I-26 Airport

  • 1094 Chris Drive
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-791-8940
  • Fax: (803) 739-2291
  • Tollfree: 800-HAMPTON
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Knights Inn Columbia Airport

  • 1987 Airport Blvd
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-794-0222
  • Fax: (803) 794-7798
  • Tollfree: 800-235-8339
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Masters Inn Columbia I-26

  • 2125 Commerce Drive
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-791-5850
  • Fax: (803) 796-5882
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Quality Inn West Columbia

  • 2516 Augusta Road
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-791-5160
  • Fax: (803) 791-5378
  • Tollfree: 800-4CHOICE
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Rodeway Inn

  • 500 Chris Drive
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-794-9440
  • Fax: (803) 794-9449
  • Tollfree: 800-4CHOICE
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Super 8 Columbia

  • 650 Cherokee Lane
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-791-1000
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Travelers Inn

  • 2200 Airport Blvd
  • West Columbia, SC 29170
  • Phone: 803-796-9900
  • Fax: (803) 926-7843


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