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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 Visitor Information

The Columbia, South Carolina area encompasses six counties, including Richland (including the city of Columbia), Lexington, Kershaw, Calhoun, Fairfield, and Saluda. With approximately 650,000 people, it is South Carolina's largest metropolitan area.


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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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Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

  • 350 East Columbia Avenue
  • Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
  • Phone: 803-532-4339
  • Fax: (803) 532-3978
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
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Blythewood Visitor Center at Blythewood Art Center

  • 152 B Blythewood Road
  • Blythewood, SC 29216
  • Phone: 803-550-9323
  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Camden, SC

  • Camden: Classically Carolina
  • 724 Broad St.
  • P.O. Box 7002
  • Camden, SC 29021
  • Phone: 803-432-6448
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Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Center

  • 2184 North Lake Drive
  • Columbia, SC 29212
  • Phone: 803-781-5940
  • 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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Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce

  • 1006 12th Street
  • Cayce, SC 29033
  • Phone: 803-794-6504
  • Fax: (803) 794-6505
  • Tollfree: 866-720-5400
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm
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Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

  • 302 Columbia Avenue
  • Chapin, SC 29036
  • Phone: 803-345-1100
  • Fax: (803) 345-0266
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
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Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

  • 1235 Columbia Avenue
  • Irmo, SC 29063
  • Phone: 803-749-9355
  • Fax: (803) 732-7986
  • Tollfree: 800-749-9355
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
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Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center

  • 311 West Main Street
  • Lexington, SC 29072
  • Phone: 803-359-6113
  • Fax: (803) 359-0634
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 5 pm; Friday 9 am - 4 pm
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University of South Carolina Visitor Center

  • Located in the McKissick Museum on the Historic Horseshoe
  • Columbia, SC 29208
  • Phone: 803-777-0169
  • Fax: (803) 777-0687
  • Tollfree: 800-922-9755
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm; Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
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