Treat your dad to a special experience in Columbia, SC to celebrate Father's Day this year. Here's our round up of unique ways to spend the day:

EdVenture Children's Museum
Relax and let your kids entertain themselves during Father's Day at EdVenture! Fathers receive free admission on Sunday, June 19. Regular admission applies to additional guests.  While visiting EdVenture, you will be able to explore EDDIE®, The World's Largest Child, BodyWorks, World of Work, Mission Imagination, The Great Outdoors, Critter Garden, My Backyard, Aha Factory, and Kangaroo Crossing Exhibits. What a great way to learn, relax, and have fun!

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Once again, Riverbanks Zoo has teamed up with Operation Military Kids for Father's Day at the zoo. Kids who have military dads (and moms) deployed overseas must bring a copy of their parent's deployment to receive free children admission on June 19th. In addition, all fathers with their children in tow receive free admission to the Zoo on Father's Day.  Don't miss out on seeing the elephants, penguins, sharks, formal gardens, and all Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has to offer!

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South Carolina State Museum
Fathers would love to visit the South Carolina State Museum on Father's Day.  There will be free general admission for fathers accompanied by their children of any age. Does not apply to the blockbuster exhibit "Animal Grossology" which carries an extra charge. Four floors of fun - it's South Carolina Under One Roof!

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Two Lake Murray Cruises

Spirit of Lake Murray Cruises is offering a Father's Day Special on June 19th.  You and your father can board the boat at 6:00 pm and sail around the beautiful Lake Murray from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Father's love a good meal - the menu for the night includes fried chicken and pulled BBQ pork, hash and rice, cheesy mac and cheese, fresh green beans, cole slaw, banana pudding, and sweet tea and sodas will be included. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine. The cost of the cruise, including dinner, is $43.00. Each father in attendance will receive a special gift from Spirit of Lake Murray Cruises.

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The Southern Patriot will help make Father's Day a day to remember with a scenic cruise on Lake Murray, complete with a delicious Southern fare by Dupre Catering. On the menu: light hors d'oeuvres, shrimp capped grit cakes with sausage, tomato gravy, grilled skirt steak carved on-site with horse radish sauce, served on fresh yeast rolls, three cheese spinach casserole, marinated Mediterranean vegetable salad, strawberry shortcake and iced tea. The cost is $39.50 per adult, $29.50 for children under 13, and FREE for children under the age of five. Call 803-749- 8594 to reserve your space.

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Historic Columbia Foundation
This month Historic Columbia Foundation's Dollar Sunday $1 admission happens to fall on Father's Day. Take Dad on a tour of one of the historic house museums for just $1. Visit the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Cottage. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum Shop at Robert Mills House.

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For the traditional, try Brittons on Devine Street or Granger Owings on Main Street. Maybe you'll even get to meet Lucky Levinson, star of our top "How to Tie a Bow Tie" instructional video on YouTube. If Dad is into the outdoors, try one of our local outdoor outfitters -- or how about a cool fly fishing experience with Frank's Fly Arts? Check out this recent guest post about our world-class fly fishing and some great Father's Day deals!

Have something cool we should add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know!