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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.

Columbia, SC Concert Venues

Columbia, SC concert venues let you experience the big names of music and entertainment. Headliners like Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kenny Chesney come to town, while blues legends and comedy kings visit too. Find upcoming concerts on our calendar of events or search through entertainment venues below where you’ll find performances.

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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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Colonial Life Arena

  • 801 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29208
  • Phone: 803-576-9200
  • Fax: (803) 576-9299
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Jamil Shrine Center

  • 206 Jamil Road
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-772-9380
  • Fax: 803-772-9382
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Koger Center for the Arts

  • 1051 Greene Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-777-7500
  • Fax: (803) 777-9774
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Le Cafe Jazz

  • 930 Laurel Street (edge of Finlay Park)
  • Columbia, SC 29202
  • Phone: 803-400-1879
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Music Farm Columbia

  • 1022 Senate St.
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-9392
  • Hours: box office hours Tues-Fri 2pm-6pm, individual show times posted at www.musicfarm.com
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New Brookland Tavern

  • 122 State St
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-791-4413
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Newberry Opera House

  • 1201 McKibben Street
  • Newberry, SC 29108
  • Phone: 803-276-5179
  • Fax: (803) 276-9993
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The Comedy House

  • 2768 Decker Boulevard
  • Unit D, Suite 100
  • Columbia, SC 29206
  • Phone: 803-798-9898
  • Fax: (803) 454-8085
  • Hours: Show Times: Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 pm; Friday - Saturday 8 and 10:30 pm; Sunday 8 pm. Doors open one hour before the first show each night.
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The Renaissance Cultural Arts Center at Historic Bethel

  • 1538 Sumter Street
  • Suite 303
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-733-5634
  • Fax: (803) 779-4540
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Township Auditorium

  • 1703 Taylor Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-576-2350
  • Fax: (803) 576-2359
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USC School of Music

  • 813 Assembly Street
  • Columbia, SC 29208
  • Phone: 803-777-4280
  • Fax: (803) 777-6508
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Vista Keys

  • 700 Gervais St.
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-563-5279
  • Hours: Fridays 6pm until, Saturday 6pm - 2am
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