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5 Places to Celebrate National Doughnut Day in Columbia SC
Posted on June 2, 2017 at 6:16AM by Columbia, South Carolina
Today is National Doughnut Day (yes, it's a thing). We've rounded up five local spots with unforgettable sweet-and-stickies, so you can celebrate the #RealColumbiaSC way. Oh, and you should ...
What's Hot This June
Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer is on its way and that means there's more time to experience Columbia, SC through a line-up of seasonal events, concerts, exhibits and more! Keep reading for a roundup of things to ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Lee Snelgrove with One Columbia for Arts and History
Posted on May 11, 2017 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Abby Naas with the Columbia Fireflies
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 10:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Chef Mike Davis with Terra
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Rita Patel with Hotel Trundle
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 1:20PM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Trae Judy with Music Farm
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, ...
What's Hot This May
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Between the weather, sports, concerts and festivals, there's no reason not to be out and about in the streets of Columbia, SC this May. Read on for a roundup of things to do below, then ...
  
Top 10 Visitor Favorites
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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.
  

Group Tours

If you're looking to get your group out and about around town, there's no shortage of group tours that are offered throughout the region. From food and brewery tours to history and the outdoors, we're happy to point you and your group in the right direction. Arrangements can be set up with local tour companies and can be geared to suit your group needs. Happy touring!

Camden, SC

  • Camden: Classically Carolina
  • 724 Broad St.
  • P.O. Box 7002
  • Camden, SC 29021
  • Phone: 803-432-6448
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Columbia Brew Bus

  • Tours start with a Bus pick-up at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista
  • Phone: 757-871-8150
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Copper Horse Distilling

  • 929 Huger St.
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-779-2993
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Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

  • 1615 Blanding Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday Tours: 11:30am and 2:30pm, Sunday Tours 2:30pm
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Historic Columbia

  • 1601 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-7742
  • Fax: (803) 929-7695
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
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Hollow Creek Distillery

  • 112 Rocky Ridge Road
  • Leesville, SC 29070
  • Phone: 803-470-6010
  • Hours: Friday 1pm - 7pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm
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Mercer House Estate Winery

  • 397 Walter Rawl Road
  • Lexington, SC 29072
  • Phone: 803-957-7102
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Robert Mills House & Gardens

  • 1616 Blanding Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday Tours: 10am and 1pm, Sunday Tours:1pm and 4pm
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SC Pedal Parlor

SE Rural Community Outreach

  • P.O. Box 332
  • Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Phone: 803-261-5596
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South Carolina State House Tour Service & Gift Shop

  • 1100 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-734-2430
  • Hours: Building Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Gift Shop Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm, First Sat. of each month, 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Spirit of Lake Murray

  • 3337 US 378
  • Leesville, SC 29070
  • Phone: 803-730-3044
  • Fax: (803) 749-0417
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Two Gals and a Fork

 

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