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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.

Attractions in Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina area attractions are easy to find lying at the confluence of three rivers just downstream from a 50,000-acre recreational lake. Enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine per year, visitors can expect Columbia and the surrounding communities to offer an exciting variety of year-round attractions to explore. You'll find fascinating historical and cultural attractions, a world-class zoo, outdoor recreation, festivals, parks and sporting events. Browse over 80 Columbia attractions below, sortable by type and location.

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South Carolina State Museum

  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-898-4921
  • Fax: (803) 898-4969
  • Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 10am - 8pm, Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
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The South Carolina State Museum is a comprehensive museum, with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop it ... More »

Columbia Food Tours

  • Location Given Upon Reservation
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-760-2618
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Columbia Food Tours offers a 2.5 hour walking food tour throughout downtown Columbia, South Carolina. A food tour is a group of 10-14 tourists and/or local food enthusiasts who want to learn more ... More »

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • 500 Wildlife Parkway
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-779-8717
  • Fax: (803) 253-6381
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For Detailed Meeting Facility information, click on "Meeting Facilities" tab.Discover the wild, wonderful world of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden where groups can enjoy meetings and events at one of ... More »

701 Center for Contemporary Art

  • 701 Whaley Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-779-4571
  • Hours: Wednesday 11 am - 8 pm, Thursday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm
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Adluh Flour Mills

  • 804 1/2 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-779-2460
  • Fax: (803) 252-0014
  • Tollfree: 800-692-3584
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5 pm; Friday 7:30 am - Noon
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African American History Monument

  • South Carolina State House Grounds at Main and Gervais Streets
  • Main & Gervais Streets
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-734-2430
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Allen University

  • 1530 Harden Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-376-5700
  • Fax: (803) 376-5792
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AMF Columbia Lanes

  • 1733 Bush River Road
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-798-1310
  • Fax: (803) 750-1591
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 11 pm; Friday 12 noon - 2 am; Saturday 9 am - 2 am; Sunday 12 noon - 11 pm
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AMF Park Lanes

  • 900 Axtell Drive
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-796-6300
  • Fax: (803) 926-1100
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 11 pm; Friday - Saturday 10 am - 2 am; Sunday 10 am - 11 pm (Hours subject to change)
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Anchor Lanes

  • 1000 Columbia Avenue
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-732-7880
  • Fax: (803) 732-6156
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 11 am - 11 pm; Tuesday 9 am - 11 pm; Friday 9 am - 1 am; Saturday 10 am - 1 am; Sunday 12 - 10 pm
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Arsenal Hill - Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • 1601 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-7742
  • Fax: (803) 929-7695
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Art Smart Academy

  • 7320 Broad River Road
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-667-9912
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm; Friday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday 12 - 5 pm
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Associated Model Railroads of Columbia

  • 1800 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Hours: Thursday evenings 7:30 - 9 pm
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Benedict College

  • 1600 Harden Street
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-253-5000
  • Fax: (803) 733-7423
  • Tollfree: 800-868-6598
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Big Apple

  • 1000 Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-7742
  • Fax: (803) 929-7695
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Booker T. Washington High School

  • Blossom, Wheat & Marion on USC Campus
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-777-0169
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Busted Plug Plaza by Blue Sky

  • AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Taylor Street
  • (Between Marion and Bull Streets)
  • Columbia, SC 29201
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Capital City Times Mural by Alcorn Midle School Students

  • N Main Street
  • on railroad trestle near Earlewood Park
  • Columbia, SC 29201

Carolina Adventure World

  • 1515 Arrowhead Road
  • Winnsboro, SC 29180
  • Phone: 803-482-3534
  • Fax: (803) 482-4511
  • Hours: Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 5 pm; friday - Sunday 8 am - 10 pm
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Carolina Carriages

  • 15 Country Girl Road
  • Blythewood, SC 29016
  • Phone: 803-754-4724
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Carolina Honda

  • 901 Buckner Road
  • Columbia, SC 29203
  • Phone: 803-252-3381
  • Tollfree: 877-284-8074
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
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Cayce Historical Museum

  • 1800 12th Street
  • Cayce, SC 29171
  • Phone: 803-739-5385
  • Fax: (803) 796-9072
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday 2 - 5 pm
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Challenger Learning Center

  • 2600-A Barhamville Road
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-929-3951
  • Fax: (803) 929-3959
  • Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4 pm
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Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast

  • 1718 Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-256-1718
  • Tollfree: 888-308-1718
  • Hours: Available for tour by appointment only.
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