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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 Boat, Kayak & Canoe Rental

Rent a boat, kayak or canoe, and explore Columbia’s three rivers or Lake Murray . Try one of the river outfitters or park locations to find where to rent boat and gear up for a day on the water in The New Adventure Hot Spot.

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Adventure Carolina

  • 1107 State Street
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-796-4505
  • Fax: (803) 796-9194
  • Hours: Sunday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
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AquaFun Boat Rentals and Tours

  • 220 Jakes Landing Road
  • Lexington, SC 29072
  • Phone: 803-413-1693
  • Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
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Better Boat Rental

  • Lake Murray Marina
  • 1600 Marina Road
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-407-2929
  • Fax: (803) 407-2877
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Brown Marine

  • 126 Hilton Run Court
  • Chapin, SC 29036
  • Phone: 803-345-6222
  • Fax: (803) 345-6200
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Buffalo Creek Marina

  • 849 Marina Way
  • Prosperity, SC 29127
  • Phone: 803-364-9353
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Congaree National Park

  • 100 National Park Road
  • Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Phone: 803-776-4396
  • Fax: (803) 783-4241
  • Hours: Harry Hampton Visitor Center Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, 7 days per week, year-round (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
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Dreher Island State Park

  • 3677 State Park Road
  • Prosperity, SC 29127
  • Phone: 803-364-4152
  • Fax: (803) 364-0756
  • Tollfree: 866-345-7275
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Fifty-Fifty Watersports

  • 101 Sandalwood Road
  • Leesville, SC 29070
  • Phone: 803-731-4000
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Broad River Blue Way at Harbison State Forest

  • 5600 Broad River Road
  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-896-8890
  • Fax: (803) 896-8896
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Lake Murray

  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-781-5940
  • Fax: (803) 781-6197
  • Tollfree: 866-SC-JEWEL
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm; Friday 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday 10 am - 3 pm; Sunday 12 - 3 pm
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Lake Murray Marina at Marina Bay

  • 1600 Marina Road, Suite A
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-781-1585
  • Fax: (803) 781-7225
  • Hours: Summer: Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 8 pm; Fall & Winter: 9 am - 5 pm; Spring: 9 am - 6:30 pm
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Lake Murray Vacation Rentals

  • 2727 Hwy 378
  • Gilbert, SC 29054
  • Phone: 803-798-8559
  • Tollfree: 866-491-9771
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Lanier Sailing Academy

  • 3072 Hwy 378 (Southshore Marina)
  • Leesville, SC 29070
  • Phone: 803-317-9070
  • Tollfree: 800-684-9463
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Lexington Family YMCA

  • 401 YMCA Road
  • Lexington, SC 29073
  • Phone: 803-359-3376
  • Fax: (803) 356-5844
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Lighthouse Marina

  • 1925 Johnson's Marina Road
  • Chapin, SC 29036
  • Phone: 803-749-1554
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Palmetto Outdoor Center

  • 731 Meeting Street
  • West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Phone: 803-360-4697
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 11 am - 7 pm; Saturday 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday 12 - 7 pm
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River Alliance

  • 400 Rivermont Drive
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-765-2200
  • Fax: (803) 765-9600
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River Runner Outdoor Center

  • 905 Gervais Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-771-0353
  • Fax: (803) 771-0359
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Saluda Shoals Park

  • 5605 Old Bush River Road
  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-772-1228
  • Fax: (803) 772-6865
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SCE&G North Recreation Site

  • 2068 North Lake Drive
  • Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone: 803-217-9221

SCE&G South Recreation Site

  • 1832 North Lake Drive
  • Lexington, SC 29072
  • Phone: 803-217-9221

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • 9564 Two Notch Road
  • Columbia, SC 29223
  • Phone: 803-788-2706
  • Fax: (803) 788-4414
  • Hours: Park Office Hours: 11 am - 12 noon & 4 - 5 pm everyday (including weekends)
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Siesta Cove Marina and Campground

  • 256 John Long Road
  • Gilbert, SC 29054
  • Phone: 803-892-2978
  • Fax: (803) 892-5764
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