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What's Hot This December
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 7:03AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Holiday celebrations, special events around town and a number of museum exhibits are all in store for December. Check out our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Holiday Season: Your Guide to Columbia, SC Festivities
Posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get ready to give thanks, gather with family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is officially upon us and we have everything you need to know about ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks, Treats and Terrors
Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Halloween is here, so gather up some ghosts and goblins and get witchy this weekend at a number of events and activities going on around town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Walk for Life, Bridge Dinner and Halloween Fun
Posted on October 21, 2016 at 7:39AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Gear up for an action-packed weekend full of events, concerts, food and more! Continue reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything that's going ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC State Fair, Restaurant Week and Oktoberfests
Posted on October 14, 2016 at 6:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
What do funnel cakes, frights and flying monkeys have in common? You can experience all of these and more this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Festivals, Oz and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 28, 2016 at 7:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Autumn is in the air and a weekend full of fun events and activities are in store! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's going on in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Okra, Fall Festivals and Country Music
Posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:04AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer may be over, but there's still a ton of things to do this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Jubilee, Greek Festival and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Football, festivals and fitness, oh my! This weekend has all the fixin's to get you ready for fall. Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Maroon 5, Roller Derby and Festivals
Posted on September 9, 2016 at 6:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is moving full steam ahead with a jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...

Sally Salamander Walking Tour

  • Columbia Regional Visitors Center
  • 1101 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-545-0002
  • Fax: 803-545-0050
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
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I’m Sally, Columbia’s newest ambassador! As you look for me around Columbia, be sure to notice the beautiful architecture and cultural icons of South Carolina’s “Famously Hot” capital city. We pride ourselves on maintaining our rich history as we build for the future. When you spot me along your journey, feel free to pet me. Like our residents, I too am friendly and full of Southern graciousness.

Sally Salamander is a walking tour of downtown Columbia featuring numbered, bronze statues of South Carolina's state amphibian, the spotted salamander. The tour was presented by the Leadership Columbia class of 2009, and is maintained by Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. Stop by Columbia Regional Visitors Center, the first stop on the tour, to pick up a brochure and map, visit columbiasalamander.com, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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1 Columbia Regional Visitors Center
Anything and everything you want to know about Columbia can be found here at the Visitors Center. Have friends or family coming into town and need to know how to entertain them or where to go for dinner? Here, you’ll find maps, brochures, unique Columbia items for sale, and more.
1101 Lincoln Street

2 South Carolina State House (Salamander at First Citizens Complex, 1230 Main Street)
At the corner of Main and Gervais, Sally notices the home of democracy at the State House located in the heart of Columbia, the Palmetto State’s Capital. It is an historic building with a storied past of war, struggle and accomplishment. The State House grounds are home to more than two dozen monuments. Can you find all 6 bronze stars?
1100 Gervais Street

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3 Arcade Mall
Built in 1912, the Arcade was Columbia’s first indoor mall. The architecture features terra cotta and marble detailing. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1982.
1332 Main Street

4 Palmetto Building
You are now standing next to a building nearly 100 years old. The Palmetto Building was built in 1913 and featured a bank on the first level. Notice the architecture of the building. Take a walk inside and feel the different stones. Can you tell what they are?
1400 Main Street

5 Never Bust by Blue Sky
Look up and discover a unique piece of work created by Columbia’s own famous artist, Blue Sky. His inspiration came when the wall between the two buildings was torn down. Blue Sky didn’t want Sylvan’s to “float away” from the rest of the block, so he chained it down.
1500 Main Street

6 Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia’s world-class museum features fantastic art inside and out. Now that you’ve found me, visit the Museum Shop then walk around Boyd Plaza and notice the Keenan Fountain and Apollo’s Cascade with its many waterfalls, Henry Moore’s Upright Motive, No. 8, and the large steel and fiberglass sculpture Homage to Abbot Suger.
1515 Main Street

7 Richland County Library
Look inside the 242,000 square foot building at the corner of Assembly and Hampton Streets. Notice the contemporary architecture and more than 20 pieces of original artwork. Downstairs, children go wild over the thousands of books, puppet stage, listening center, and puzzles. Characters from “Where the Wild Things Are” greet you as you enter the Children’s Room. Do you know the author of the book?
1431 Assembly Street

8 The Big Apple
Feel like dancing? You’re standing in front of the Big Apple Club. In the late 1930’s, Columbia’s young African-American teens would come here to dance the night away. This is where the Big Apple dance craze was born – not New York City.
1000 Hampton Street

9 Blue Marlin
What is now a premiere location for dining and entertainment used to be the center of growth and development of Columbia. You are now standing in what used to be Columbia’s train station. Yep, what once stood as the Seaboard Diner is now the Blue Marlin. Our city has done a great job of preserving history while looking toward the future.
1200 Lincoln Street

10 Adluh Flour Mills
You’re standing next to an icon in Columbia’s Vista district. Adluh Flour Company, built in 1900, is the only flour mill still operating in South Carolina. You can find some of their stone-milled grits as part of the main course in some of our local restaurants. Did you know their biggest customer is Domino’s Pizza?
804 Gervais Street

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