As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the travel industry has a measurable and purposeful impact on our lives, businesses and the nation's economy as a whole. For the Columbia region, the tourism industry brings in 4 million visitors for a $1 billion impact on the local economy.

As a part of National Travel & Tourism Week, we'd like you to be a "tourist in your own town" and explore all of Columbia, SC's hot spots this next week! We'll be highlighting things to do and places to go, so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook or Twitter pages for more details.

Today, make new family memories in Columbia, SC - The New Kid-Friendly Hot Spot!

visit EdVenture
Take advantage of having the largest children's museum in the Southeast in such close proximity and bring your kids to EdVenture Children's Museum for a day of fun and exploration. Guests can interact with EDDIE, The World's Largest Child, by journeying through his 40-foot tall frame and learning the inner workings of the human body, drive a real fire truck and play on oversized board games!

walk on the wild side
With a menagerie of more than 2,000 magnificent animals to see, feed or take a walk with and one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the nation, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers a number of activities to keep the family entertained all day long. The Sky High Safari's vertical ropes course challenge and Zip the Zoo's zipline options allow for a pinch of adventure to be added to the day.

jump for joy
The Columbia region is now home to one of the largest jumping fields in America. HiWire Trampoline Park, located inside Plex Indoor Sports, has a sprawling 12,000 sq. ft. expanse of more than 60 different types of trampolines that parents and children of all ages can bounce the day away on.

share a sweet treat
Cap off this fun-filled family day by going out for some dessert together! Cupcake, Paradise Ice, Silver Spoon Bake Shop and Yoghut are just a few of Columbia, SC's dessert shops that whip up tasty confections to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Be sure to check back in tomorrow for some suggestions on how to celebrate being in The New Southern Hot Spot!

Share your hometown tourist moments by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #nttw14, #famouslyhot and #traveleffect. We might just show off your pictures on our social media!