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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.

Historic Attractions in Columbia, SC

Dating back more than 250 years, South Carolina’s capital city has a rich history you can see woven into sites and things to do throughout the region. Here, delve into national and state history at museums, explore historic homes and sites like the South Carolina State House, take walking tours and step back in time as you stroll streets marked with history on almost every corner. Particularly rich in civil rights and military history, there’s much for the history buff in Columbia, SC

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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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Arsenal Hill - Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • 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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Benedict College

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

  • 1800 Laurel Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-545-3701
  • Fax: (803) 733-8311
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm
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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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Congaree Vista: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • 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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Ebenezer Lutheran Church

  • 1301 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-765-9430
  • Fax: (803) 253-0471
  • Hours: Church Office open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens

  • 501 Elmwood Avenue
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-2133
  • Fax: (803) 779-8229

Ensor Keenan House

  • 801 Wildwood Avenue
  • Columbia, SC 29203
  • Phone: 803-733-8510
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Equitable Arcade Building

  • 1332 Main Street/1216 Washington Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201

First Baptist Church

  • 1306 Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-256-4251
  • Hours: Church office open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm
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First Presbyterian Church

  • 1324 Marion Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-799-9062
  • Fax: (803) 799-9172
  • Hours: Church office open Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
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First Responders Remembrance Memorial

  • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
  • 1101 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
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Fort Jackson National Cemetery

  • 4170 Percival Road
  • Columbia, SC 29229
  • Phone: 803-699-2246
  • Fax: (803) 699-3086
  • Tollfree: 866-577-5248
  • Hours: The cemetery grounds are open for visitation sunrise to sunset every day. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, closed on federal holidays.
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Governor's Green

  • 800 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-737-1710
  • Fax: (803) 737-3860
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Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

  • 1615 Blanding Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
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Harriet Barber House

  • 116 Barberville Loop
  • Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Phone: 803-695-7669
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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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Historic Leitner House

  • 7302 Woodrow St.
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-960-7551
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