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Discover Columbia, SC attractions - so much fun! Columbia and the surrounding area offer an exciting variety of year-round attractions to explore! Outdoor recreation is often built around the 3 major rivers at Columbia's doorstep as well as gorgeous 50,000-acre recreational Lake Murray. Greater Columbia is home to world-class Riverbanks Zoo and Garden as well as wonderful community, state and even national parks. including Congaree National Park, Saluda Shoals Park, and Harbison State Forest. History and culture abound. The Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum and EdVenture Children's Museum are the largest museums of their type in the state. Boutique-style shopping is available along Devine Street in Shandon, in The Congaree Vista and Five Points. The Village at Sandhill, Dutch Square Mall and Columbiana Centre Mall are fabulous places known for their specialty and department stores. Enjoy a day, a weekend or a week discovering Columbia!




Our Suggestions

 


Casey's Fireworks

  • About: Visit Jim Casey's Fireworks and experience today's world of pyrotechnics - the amazing art of fireworks! Casey's Fireworks has been celebrating memories for 65 years. They sell quality, classic fireworks from sparklers to 60g mortar shells. Weddings - Gender Reveal - Holidays - Family Reunions - Birthdays - ANY REASON TO CELEBRATE!
  • Hours: Open and Legal All Year!! Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm. Open Saturdays during season, with longer hours during July 4th and New Year's Eve.
  • Address: Located at 3830 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Phone: 803 738 9173





The Final Door Escape Game

  • About: Columbia's ultimate escape room game, The Final Door Escape Game, is the most challenging fun you'll ever have in 60 minutes! Work with your group of kids, adults or both to solve puzzles, find clues, and ultimately free yourself from one of several escape rooms. Rooms for all ages - some scary and some family-friendly. For adults, this unique alternative to bars is the only escape room in the area that offers beer and wine! Enjoy drinks at the cozy lounge before and after your game, and find them throughout your adventure!
  • Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive
  • Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 602-2433

Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Play over 100 arcade games, free fall on Drop Zone, pop in for miniature golf, race your family and friends in Go-Karts. Laser tag, Dark Ride XD, bumper boats, and more!
  • Hours: Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-Midnight; Sun 11am-10pm.
  • Address: 140 Parkridge Drive—take the Harbison Boulevard Exit (#103) off of I-26 and turn left onto Harbison. Then, turn left onto Parkridge.
  • Phone: (803) 781-2342

Saluda Shoals Park

 

  • About: Experience the treasures of the beautiful Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities at this 400 acre premier, environmentally sensitive waterfront park.
  • Hours: Open Mon.-Sun. 7am-5:30pm thru Feb 28. 7am-8:30pm March 1-Oct 31. Saluda Shoals Park is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • Address: Located at 5605 Bush River Road
  • Phone: (803) 731-5208

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

 

  • About: For over a century, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has collected and preserved the military history of this state. Columbia’s oldest museum presents the state’s martial tradition from the Revolutionary War to today’s War on Terror. Visitors explore the military campaigns in which South Carolinian soldiers have participated over the past 300+ years!
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM and the first Sun evey month 1-5PM.
  • Address: 301 Gervais Street (State Museum Building)
  • Phone: (803) 737-8095
  • About: The South Carolina State Farmers Market provides the Greater Columbia area a fresh and colorful assortment of certified SC grown fruits, vegetables, and plants! The Farmers Market also sells countless other certified SC products such as jams, pickled veggies, and baked goods! Produce and plants arrive daily at the largest produce market in the Southeast! Both visitors and buyers are welcome to experience the South Carolina State Farmers Market!
  • Address: 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 737-4664



Fun Things to Do




Casey's Fireworks

  • About: Visit Jim Casey's Fireworks and experience today's world of pyrotechnics - the amazing art of fireworks! Casey's Fireworks has been celebrating memories for 65 years. They sell quality, classic fireworks from sparklers to 60g mortar shells, perfect for ANY REASON TO CELEBRATE!
  • Hours: Open and Legal All Year!! Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm. Open Saturdays during season, with longer hours during July 4th and New Year's Eve.
  • Address: Located at 3830 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Phone: 803 738 9173



Colonial Life Arena

  • About: Largest arena in South Carolina with 18,000 seats, and the tenth largest on-campus basketball facility in the nation. Features 41 suites, four Entertainment Suites, and the Frank McGuire Club, a full-service hospitality room that has a capacity of 300. Plush seating, a technologically advanced sound system, a four-sided video scoreboard, and a one-of-a-kind selection of unique concession foods that will delight fans of all ages.
  • Address: 801 Lincoln Street
  • Phone: 803.576.9200


Columbia Marionette Theatre

  • About: Theatre for children
  • Hours: Open Saturdays 11AM & 3PM
  • Address: 401 Laurel St

Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Play over 100 arcade games, free fall on Drop Zone, pop in for miniature golf, race your family and friends in Go-Karts. Laser tag, Dark Ride XD, bumper boats, and more!
  • Hours: Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-Midnight; Sun 11am-10pm.
  • Address: 140 Parkridge Drive—take the Harbison Boulevard Exit (#103) off of I-26 and turn left onto Harbison. Then, turn left onto Parkridge.
  • Phone: (803) 781-2342

    EXPERIENCE FRANKIE'S DARK RIDE XD!
The Dark Ride XD is an interactive movie experience featuring intense motion, stunning 3D graphics and amazing special effects. Up to eight riders at a time compete against each other for the highest score using their laser blasters to battle on-screen enemies. You’ll literally feel like you’re inside the action!

 

 

 

Final Door

  • About: Columbia's ultimate escape room game, The Final Door, is the most challenging fun you'll ever have in 60 minutes! Work with your group of kids, adults or both to solve puzzles, find clues, and ultimately free yourself from one of several escape rooms. Rooms for all ages - some scary and some family-friendly. For adults, this unique alternative to bars is the only escape room in the area that offers beer and wine! Enjoy drinks at the cozy lounge before and after your game, and find them throughout your adventure!
  • Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 602-2433


Five Points

  • About: Located near the University of South Carolina, Five Points is home to retail, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs! Appealing to the younger crowd, Five Points offers places to buy hip clothes, art, gourmet foods, wine and jewelry. Come take a stroll around Five Points, enjoy the beautiful fountain located in the heart of Five Points and discover wonderful restaurants and great things to do!
  • Address: Harden and Devine Streets
  • Phone: (803) 748-7373

Koger Center for the Arts

  • About: Performing Arts Center
  • Address: 1051 Greene St
  • Phone: (803) 777-7500

The Congaree Vista

  • About: An electric mix of businesses line Gervais Street and form the Congaree Vista! Located near the heart of the city, the Vista offers an array of things to do that visitors will enjoy and locals already love! Here you'll find galleries, boutiques and shops offering local crafts, antiques, and more! Hungry? From fine-dining to a places to grab a quick bite to eat the Vista offers a delicious assortment of both casual and up-scale restaurants.With nearly 60 restaurants and nightclubs, the Vista is the place to eat and be in Columbia!
  • Address: Gervais Street
  • Phone: (803)269-5946

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • About: One of the best ways to spend a day in Columbia is at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden! Rated a Top 10 Zoo in the United States and number 4 by TripAdvisor, Riverbanks is home to more than 2,000 animals, with more than 350 species originating all over the world! Visit the Kangaroo Walkabout, experience the African Plains, and sneak an exotic peek at Lemur Island! Get even closer with Adventure Tours or brave the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge!
  • Hours: Daily park hours 9 AM-5 PM.
  • Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway
  • Phone: (803) 779-8717

Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf

  • About: Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf is a modern miniature golf facility that mimics the challenges and features of real golf. Surrounded by a lush, botanical garden setting with meandering streams and waterfalls, beautiful fountain displays and realistic rock sculpturing, Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf makes an ideal setting for a fun outing!
  • Hours: Open Weds, Thurs & Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat & Sun 12PM-6PM Closed Mon, Tues,& Holidays
  • Address: Located at Strom Thurmond Blvd & Marion Ave.
  • Phone: (803)751-7351

Palmetto Falls Water Park

  • About: The Palmetto Falls Water Park is located at Fort Jackson and features two water slides, a huge family pool, a splashdown pool, a kiddy pool, a lazy river and even a snack bar for tasty treats! To enter Fort Jackson a valid driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance is required.
  • Hours: Open during the summer months Open to the General Public: Tues - Fri: 11AM-7PM (Sat & Sun Military & Military Families Only: Saturday: 11AM - 7PM / Sunday: 1-7PM)
  • Address: 3381 Marion Avenue, Fort Jackson, SC
  • Phone: (803) 751-4056

Richland County Library

  • About: Main City Library
  • Hours: Open Daily
  • Address: 1431 Assembly St
  • Phone: (803) 799-9084

South Carolina State Fair

  • About: Every October the South Carolina State Fair serves up fun, food, and entertainment for all! Rated one of the top 50 fairs in the United States, the South Carolina State Fair offers something for everyone to enjoy. Come ride the Ferris wheel and take in the enticing smell of corn dogs and cotton candy! Listen to one of music's hottest performers or explore countless agricultural exhibits! The South Carolina state fair provides not only fun but education and great competitive exhibit opportunities for all! Find your happy at the South Carolina State Fair!
  • Hours: Every October, Dates Vary
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia SC
  • Phone: (803) 799-3387

Township Auditorium

  • About: Performing Arts venue
  • Address: 1703 Taylor St
  • Phone: (803) 576-2350




Find Your History




First Baptist Church

  • About: Civil War Site. Signage in front.

Hampton Preston Mansion

  • About: Built in 1818.
  • Hours: Tours are Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1615 Blanding Street

Kensington Mansion

  • About: Kensington Mansion is an architectural and historical treasure! Completed in 1854 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Italianate Revival structure boasts 29 beautiful rooms and over 12,000 square feet of floor space! Kensington mansion is gracefully furnished with the Scarborough-Hamer Collection of decorative arts from the Victorian Period, making it a site to see for visitors and locals alike!
  • Hours: Open for tours on Thurs, Fri, and Sat - Closed on major holiday Tour times vary
  • Address: Located in Lower Richland County 4101 McCords Ferry Road (Highway 601) Eastover, SC
  • Phone: (803) 353-0456

Manns-Simons Site

  • About: African-American historic site
  • Hours: Tours are Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1403 Richland Street

Memorial Park

  • About: Monuments to fallen soldiers
  • Address: 700 Hampton Street

Robert Mills House

  • About: Circa 1823
  • Hours: Tours: Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1616 Blanding Street

South Carolina Governor's Mansion

  • About: The Governor’s Mansion Complex has housed the state’s governors since 1868. A tour includes the state dining room, two drawing rooms, the library, and the smaller Palmetto Dining Room—all furnished with period antiques. Two additional homes grace this lovely 9-acre complex.
  • Address: 800 Richland Street.
  • Phone: Call 803-737-1710 for more info.

South Carolina State House

  • About: The South Carolina State House is one of Columbia's beautiful historical sites! Take a stroll through the grounds that surround the State House and take in the statues and native flora that make for a beautiful scenic walk or take a tour inside the State House and see the Governor's offices firsthand and witness the House and Senate in action! Guided tours are available Monday through Friday, free-of-charge.
  • Hours: The building is open Mon-Fri 9AM to PM, closed on weekends
  • Address: Located at 1100 Gervais Street, at the intersection of Gervais and Main Streets
  • Phone: (803) 734-2430

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

  • About: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, modeled after the York Minster in England, was one of the first churches built in Columbia. Located in downtown Columbia, across from the State House, this cathedral is a unique historic landmark and both church and cemetery are a site to see! Several famous South Carolinians, including six SC governors, are buried in the churchyard which makes for a grand historical visit.
  • Address: 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 771-7300

University of South Carolina

  • About: Nestled in the middle of downtown Columbia, is the University of South Carolina. Explore the beautiful campus and stroll the Horseshoe that frames a lush lawn and makes for an ideal picnic stop. While there visit the McKissick Museum which is conveniently located on the historic Horseshoe and provides insight into the long and illustrious history of the University. Also located on the Horseshoe is the historic South Carolina Library. The University is surrounded by countless restaurants and other attraction such as the Longstreet Theatre. The University of South Carolina also boast exciting sporting events such as football. Tailgate at Williams-Brice Stadium and cheer on the Carolina Gamecocks!
  • Address: 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 777-7700

Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home

  • About: Circa 1872
  • Hours: Opens on February 15, 2014 after renovatiosn
  • Address: 1705 Hampton Street




Go Visit a Museum




South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

 

  • About: For over a century, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has collected and preserved the military history of this state. Columbia’s oldest museum presents the state’s martial tradition from the Revolutionary War to today’s War on Terror. Visitors explore the military campaigns in which South Carolinian soldiers have participated over the past 300+ years!
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM and the first Sun evey month 1-5PM.
  • Address: 301 Gervais Street (State Museum Building)
  • Phone: (803) 737-8095


EdVenture Children's Museum

  • About: EdVenture’s proudly boasts eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits. The most prominent of EdVenutre's features is Eddie - the world's largest child and the signature exhibit within the museum! Their vision is to create new generations of lifelong learners.
  • Hours: Open Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 5PM | Sunday: Noon - 5PM
  • Address: 211 Gervais Street Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 779-3100

 

Cayce Historical Museum

  • About: The Cayce Historical Museum is a replica of the old Cayce House, a trading post of the 1700's and features an uthentic kitchen and smokehouse. Walk through the history of the early eighteenth century SC Midlands’ “back country” at the Cayce Historical Museum. Museum exhibits highlight colonial trade, agricultural development, and transportation and as well as Native American exhibits dating back thousands of years!
  • Hours: Open Tues-Fri 9 AM-5 PM and Sat-Sun 2-5 PM
  • Address: 1800 12th Street, Cayce
  • Phone: (803) 739-5385

Columbia Fire Department Museum

  • About: The Columbia Fire Department Museum is dedicated to preserving Columbia Fire Department memorabilia. Located within the front portion of The Columbia Fire Department Headquarters, the museum educates the public on the importance of the Columbia Fire Department and the professional men and women within its service. Museum attractions date back as far as the mid 1800's and include a 1929 American LaFrance fire engine and 1903 horse-drawn steamer, other equipment from days gone by, a photo history of firefighting in Columbia and pictures of the six fire chiefs that have served Columbia since the early 1900's.
  • Hours: Open weekdays 8:30AM - 5PM and on weekends by appointment.
  • Address: The museum is at the entrance of the Columbia Fire Department Headquarters at 1800 Laurel Street.
  • Phone: (803) 733-8350

The Columbia Museum of Art

  • About: A cultural gem! The museum is a captivating architectural conversion, transformed from an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries. The permanent collection includes world-class examples of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque Art, Impressionism, and Modern Art. The museum recently opened Modern & Contemporary Art from the Collection which features over 30 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures including works by Jasper Johns, Howard Thomas, Sally Mann and Edward Ruscha. The museum also offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums and educational programs that include group and public tours, lectures, films and concerts.
  • Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 11 AM-5 PM, first Fridays 11 AM-8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM-5 PM, and Sundays noon-5 PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
  • Address: 1515 Main Street
  • Phone: (803) 799-2810

Criminal Justice Hall of Fame

  • About: The South Carolina Criminal Justice Hall of Fame was dedicated as a memorial to all South Carolina law enforcement officers. Exhibits feature the FBI, Secret Service, South Carolina jails, the State Highway Patrol, gun exhibits and more.
  • Hours: Open Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 5PM
  • Address: Located at 5400 Broad River Road (Highway 176).
  • Phone: (803) 896-8755

Historic Columbia Foundation

  • About: Follow the people, places, and progress of Columbia over three centuries within five downtown Historic Columbia Foundation sites, including house museums open for guided tours Tuesday-Sunday. Discover how communities are connected through history with a series of self-guided walking tours, web-based tours, even an app!
  • Address: 1616 Blanding Street
  • Phone: (803) 252-7742

The Lexington County Historical Museum

  • About: Offers the chance to see and touch a way of life gone forever. 36 historic structures and furnishings interpret the everyday lives of early Lexington County residents from ca. 1770 until the Civil War. Admission.
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10 AM-4 PM and Sun 1-4 PM
  • Address: 231 Fox Street, Lexington
  • Phone: (803) 359-8369

McKissick Museum - USC

  • About: The McKissick Museum, located in the historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, features permanent collections including the ʺBaruch Silver Galleryʺ and ʺNatural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural Worldʺ. The McKissick Museum provides insight into the long and illustrious history of the University of South Carolina.
  • Hours: Open Mon-Fri 8:30 AM-5 PM and Sat 11AM-3PM.
  • Address: 816 Bull Street
  • Phone: (803) 777-7251

Museum of Education - USC

  • About: The Museum of Education features an archive of educational materials which are presented through exhibitions, publications, and programs. The museum wished to portray the perennial issues of education as a means to generate thoughtful discussion among members of the university community and general public.
  • Hours: Open Monday-Friday; 9AM -4PM
  • Address: The Museum of Education is located on Greene St. between S. Main and Sumter streets.
  • Phone: (803) 777-5741

South Carolina Govenor's Mansion Complex

 

  • About: The Governor’s Mansion Complex has housed the state’s governors since 1868. A tour includes the state dining room, two drawing rooms, the library, and the smaller Palmetto Dining Room—all furnished with period antiques. Two additional homes grace this lovely 9-acre complex. Governor’s Mansion.
  • Address: 800 Richland Street
  • Phone: Call 803-737-1710 for more info


South Carolina State Museum

  • About: The South Carolina State Museum is housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, which itself is one of Columbia's biggest artifacts. The museum features four large floors filled with fascinating exhibits, many of them hands-on, telling the story of South Carolina through the disciplines of art, history, natural history, and science/technology. Come and enjoy art, cultural history, natural history, science and technology! The museum is located beside the historic Gervais St. Bridge (and EdVenture Children's Museum) and just a few blocks west of the State Capitol in downtown Columbia.
  • Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10 AM-5 PM and Sun 1-5 PM
  • Address: 301 Gervais Street
  • Phone: Call 803-898-4921 for more information.

US Army Basic Combat Training Museum

  • About: The US Army Basic Combat Training Museum on Fort Jackson details the progress of US Army training since then- Camp Jackson opened in 1917.
  • Hours: Open Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM, closed weekends and federal holidays
  • Address: Building 4442, Jackson Boulevard, Fort Jackson
  • Phone: (803) 751-7419




Have Fun at the Park


Saluda Shoals Park

 

  • About: Experience the treasures of the beautiful Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities at this 400 acre premier, environmentally sensitive waterfront park.
  • Hours: Open Mon.-Sun. 7am-5:30pm thru Feb 28. 7am-8:30pm March 1-Oct 31. Saluda Shoals Park is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • Address: Located at 5605 Bush River Road
  • Phone: (803) 731-5208

Congaree National Park

  • About: South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree National Park preserves one of the largest and oldest original hardwood bottom-land forests in the United States. Enjoy some fresh air and experience hiking and paddling. Ranger-guided hikes and canoe trips can be reserved, or take a quiet walk on the 2.5 mile boardwalk loop.
  • Address: 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC
  • Phone: (803) 776-4396

Finlay Park

  • About: Finlay Park hosts a dramatic waterfall and stream cascading down landscaped terraces to the park lake. Relax in porch-style swings or take a walk/jog/bike around the lake. An extensive play area is also available for kids.
  • Address: 930 Laurel Street
  • Phone: (803) 545-3100

Granby Park

  • About: Riverside trail.
  • Address: 100 Catawba Street

Harbison State Forest

  • About: Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River. The Forest boasts almost twenty miles of trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes.
  • Address: Located off Broad River Road in Harbison
  • Phone: (803) 896-8890

Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal

  • About: The flat, easy-walking, 2 1/2-mile Park and Canal path follows the old towpath of the Columbia Canal, which was used to tow cargo barges during the 19th century. Benches for resting make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Broad River. In the Spring, you can see the rare spider lilies blooming out among the rocky shoals.
  • Hours: Daily 7AM-9PM
  • Address: 312 Laurel Street
  • Phone: (803) 545-3100

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • About: Situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, Sesqui features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. Paddling and fishing by Sesqui's scenic lake are also popular. Sesqui also offers visitors a dog park, a low-ropes Challenge Course, and 12 miles of hiking and biking trails!
  • Hours: Open 8AM-6PM Daily extended from 7AM to 9PM during Daylight Saving Time
  • Address: 9564 Two Notch Road
  • Phone: (803) 788-2706