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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.

Day Trips in Columbia, SC

Being easily accessible and in the center of the state means there are several options for day trips from the Columbia area. If you're planning a multi-day visit to the Columbia area, taking a day trip to a neighboring city can easily be on the agenda. As a visitors bureau, we appreciate the unique experience a destination offers, including our own! 

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Winnsboro, SC

  • Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce
  • 100 Congress Street
  • Winnsboro, SC 29180
  • Phone: 803-635-4242
  • Fax: (803) 635-7995
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Often referred to as the “Charleston of the Upcountry”, Winnsboro, located in the upper Piedmont region of South Carolina, is the Fairfield County seat. The town was named in honor of the Winn ... More »

Aiken, SC

  • Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
  • 121 Richland Avenue East
  • Aiken, SC 29801
  • Phone: 803-641-1111
  • Fax: (803) 643-1992
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Camden, SC

  • Kershaw County Chamber Of Commerce & Visitor Center
  • 607 Broad Street
  • Camden, SC 29020
  • Phone: 803-432-2525
  • Fax: (803) 432-4181
  • Tollfree: 800-262-1842
  • Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 1:30pm - 5pm
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Darlington, SC

  • Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce
  • 38 Public Square
  • Darlington, SC 29532
  • Phone: 843-393-2641
  • Fax: (843) 393-8059
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Newberry, SC

  • Newberry County Chamber of Commerce
  • 1109 Main Street
  • Newberry, SC 29108
  • Phone: 803-276-4274
  • Fax: (803) 276-4373
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Saluda, SC

  • Saluda County Chamber of Commerce
  • 120 South Main Street
  • Saluda, SC 29138
  • Phone: 864-445-4100
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Sumter, SC

  • Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 822 W Liberty Street
  • Sumter, SC 29150
  • Phone: 803-436-2640
  • Fax: (803) 436-2652
  • Tollfree: 800-688-4748
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