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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.

Arts & Entertainment in Columbia, SC


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AMC Dutch Square 14

  • 421 Bush River Road
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-750-3576
  • Fax: (803) 750-0036
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday 12:30 - 6 pm
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Art Studios in the Arcade

  • 1332 Main Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-360-6794

Benedict College

  • 1600 Harden Street
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-253-5000
  • Fax: (803) 733-7423
  • Tollfree: 800-868-6598
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Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor

  • 710 Meeting Street
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-796-6477
  • Fax: (803) 796-0300
  • Hours: Tuesday 10 am - 7 pm; Wednesday 10 am - 5:30 pm; Thursday 10 am - 7 pm; Friday 10 am - 12 am(Midnight); Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
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Broadway in Columbia

  • The Carolina Coliseum Box Office
  • 701 Assembly Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-251-2222
  • Fax: (803) 777-9578
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Carmike Cinemas

  • 122 Afton Court
  • Across from Columbiana Centre
  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-781-3067
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Carolina Ballet

  • 914 Pulaski Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-771-6303
  • Fax: (803) 771-2625
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Chapin Community Theatre

  • NA
  • Chapin, SC 29036
  • Phone: 803-240-8544
  • Fax: (803) 345-6112
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City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Arts Center

  • 1932 Calhoun Street
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-545-3100
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Classy Canvas

  • 300 Long Pointe Lane
  • Columbia, SC 29229
  • Phone: 334-315-1220
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Colonial Life Arena

  • 801 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29208
  • Phone: 803-576-9200
  • Fax: (803) 576-9299
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Columbia Children's Theatre

  • 3400 Forest Drive
  • 2nd Level, Richland Mall
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-691-4548
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Columbia Choral Society

  • P.O. Box 5563
  • Columbia, SC 29250
  • Phone: 803-933-9060
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Columbia City Ballet

  • 1545 Main Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-799-7605
  • Fax: (803) 799-7928
  • Tollfree: 800-899-7408
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Columbia City Jazz Dance Company & School

  • 550 Rivermont Drive
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-252-0252
  • Fax: (803) 779-6291
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Columbia Classical Ballet

  • 2418 Devine Street
  • Columbia, SC 29205
  • Phone: 803-252-9112
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Columbia College

  • 1301 Columbia College Drive
  • Columbia, SC 29203
  • Phone: 800-277-1301
  • Tollfree: 800-277-1301
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Columbia Community Concert Band

  • PO Box 210293
  • Columbia, SC 29221
  • Phone: 803-781-9781
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Columbia Dinner Theatre

  • 3400 Forest Drive, Suite 2038
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-200-2012
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Columbia Marionette Theatre

  • 401 Laurel Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-7366
  • Fax: (803) 252-7669
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Columbia Museum of Art

  • 1515 Main Street
  • Main at Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-799-2810
  • Fax: (803) 343-2150
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; First Friday of every month 11 am - 8 pm (until 5 pm in December); Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday Noon - 5 pm
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Columbia Music Festival Association

  • 914 Pulaski Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-771-6303
  • Fax: 803-771-2625
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Conundrum Music Hall

  • 626 Meeting Street
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-250-1295
  • Hours: Fri - Sat: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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