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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.

Museums in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC museums let you explore history, art, science and more, whether you’re on a family vacation or a romantic weekend away. Featuring the Southeast’s largest children’s museum, a groundbreaking art museum and multiple historic museums, Columbia, SC gives you the chance to step back in time, reflect on the finer things in life or find the inner child.

Add one of the following museums to your next visit to Columbia, SC and purchase attractions tickets online, including Columbia’s only combination attractions ticket.

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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 state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The ... More »

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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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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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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EdVenture Children's Museum

  • 211 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-779-3100
  • Fax: (803) 779-3144
  • Hours: Open Everyday 9am - 5pm
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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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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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Lexington County Museum

  • 231 Fox Street
  • Lexington, SC 29071
  • Phone: 803-359-8369
  • Fax: (803) 808-2160
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 4 pm
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McKissick Museum

  • USC Horseshoe
  • 945 Bull Street
  • Columbia, SC 29208
  • Phone: 803-777-7251
  • Fax: (803) 777-2829
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm; Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
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Robert Mills House & Gardens

  • 1616 Blanding Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
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SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame

  • 5400 Broad River Road
  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-896-8199
  • Fax: (803) 896-8067
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm
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South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-737-8095
  • Fax: (803) 737-8099
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; First Sunday 1 -5 pm
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South Carolina Military Museum

  • 1225 Bluff Road
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-299-4440
  • Fax: (803) 299-2103
  • Hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday through Saturday
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South Carolina Railroad Museum

  • 110 Industrial Park Road
  • Winnsboro, SC 29180
  • Phone: 803-635-9893
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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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US Army Adjutant General Corps Museum

  • Building 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd
  • Fort Jackson, SC 29207
  • Phone: 803-751-1747
  • Fax: (803) 751-1749
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
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US Army Basic Combat Training Museum

  • Building 4442 Jackson Blvd
  • Fort Jackson, SC 29207
  • Phone: 803-751-7419
  • Fax: (803) 751-4435
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm; Extended Hours on Family Day 9 am - 6 pm
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US Army Chaplain Corps Museum

  • US Army Chaplain Center and School
  • 10100 Lee Road
  • Fort Jackson, SC 29207-7090
  • Phone: 803-751-8079
  • Fax: (603) 751-8890
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm. Closed Weekends and Federal Holidays.
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US Army Finance Corps Museum

  • Building 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd.
  • Fort Jackson, SC 29207
  • Phone: 803-751-3771
  • Fax: (803) 751-1749
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
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Woodrow Wilson Family Home

  • 1705 Hampton Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
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