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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.

Visitors Centers

Columbia Regional Visitors Center 

Closed Friday, July 4, 2014 for the Fourth of July holiday

The Columbia Regional Visitors Center is located inside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center lobby. Upon entering the building, please follow any signs to find the Visitors Center. We thank you for your patience as we continue renovations on the building.

Whether visiting friends or family, conducting business or attending a meeting or event, be sure to stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is eager to assist you with area information. 
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You'll find area maps, brochures with information about restaurants, accommodations, attractions and more. 

We're located on the Upper Level of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia's Historic Congaree District, just blocks away from the Gervais Street Bridge and the South Carolina State House. 

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Located on the Upper Level of the
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

New Hours!
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Closed major holidays (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

From Greenville:
Take I-26 East to Columbia. I-126 to Huger Street Exit. Turn left at the 4th traffic light onto Gervais Street. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Lincoln Street and the Convention Center is 1 block down on the right.

From Florence:
Take I-20 West. Merge onto SC-277 S via Exit 73A toward Columbia. Continue on SC - 277, which becomes Bull Street. Pass ten lights and take a right onto Gervais Street US - 1 S/US - 378 W. Continue, passing 6 traffic lights and take a left onto Lincoln Street and the Convention Center is 1 block down on the right.

From Charleston:
Take I-26 West. Merge onto US - 176 W/ US - 21 N/ Charleston Highway via Exit 115 toward Cayce / Columbia. Turn slight right onto US - 176/US - 21/US - 321/Knox Abbott Drive. Continue to follow US - 176/US - 21/ US - 321. Stay straight onto Blossom Street. Turn left onto Lincoln Street and the Convention Center is four blocks on the left.

From Charlotte:
Take I-77 S. Merge onto SC-277 S via Exit 18 toward I-20 W/ Columbia/Augusta. Continue on 277, which becomes Bull Street. Pass ten lights and take a right onto Gervais Street US - 1 S/US - 378 W. Continue, passing 6 traffic lights and take a left onto Lincoln Street and the Convention Center is 1 block down on the right.

From Atlanta:
Take I-20 to Columbia.  Get off on Exit 64A I-26 E to Columbia.  Immediately merge into left 2 lanes and follow signs towards Downtown Columbia on 126. Turn left at the 4th traffic light onto Gervais Street. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Lincoln Street and the Convention Center is 1 block down on the right.

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Columbia Regional Visitors Center

  • 1101 Lincoln Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-545-0002
  • Fax: (803) 545-0050
  • Tollfree: 800-264-4884
  • 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

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 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

  • 1248 Lake Murray Blvd
  • 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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West Metro Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

  • 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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