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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! 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: As Columbia's ultimate escape room game, this 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.
  • 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. The fun never ends with 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. 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: Enjoy 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. Both visitors and buyers are welcome!
  • Address: 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 737-4664



Fun Things to Do




Casey's Fireworks

  • About:Casey's fireworks has been celebrating memories for 65 years, and their amazing fireworks will take your celebration to the next level. Shop for fireworks ranging from 60g mortar shells to sparklers for the kids to play with on a summer night.
  • 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 SC, featuring private suites, advanced technology, and a one-of-a-kind selection of concession foods that will delight fans.
  • Address: 801 Lincoln Street
  • Phone: 803.576.9200


Columbia Marionette Theatre

  • About: Delve into the enchanting world of puppetry at the premiere children's theatre in South Carolina!
  • Hours: Open Saturdays 11AM & 3PM
  • Address: 401 Laurel St

Frankie's Fun Park

  • About: Frankie's Fun Park features tons of options for family fun from the variety of new and classic arcade games to mini golf where you can play your family and friends. Drop Zone, laser tag, bumper boats, and much 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!
Get inside the action with this 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.

 

 

 

Final Door

  • About: The Final Door Escape Game features challenging escape rooms for all ages--some scary and some family friendly so that everyone can get in on the fun! For adults, this unique alternative to bars is the only escape room in the area that offers beer and wine!
  • 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!
  • Address: Harden and Devine Streets
  • Phone: (803) 748-7373

The Congaree Vista

  • About: An electric mix of businesses line Gervais Street and form the Vista, featuring both casual & up-scale restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, boutiques offering local crafts, and antiques!
  • Address: Gervais Street
  • Phone: (803)269-5946

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • About:Home to more than 2,000 animals of more than 350 species, Riverbanks is rated a Top 10 Zoo in the US!
  • Hours: Daily park hours 9 AM-5 PM.
  • Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway
  • Phone: (803) 779-8717

Richland County Library

  • About: Offering a variety of classes and events, the Richland County Library allows guests to learn, create, and share together.
  • Hours: Open Daily
  • Address: 1431 Assembly St
  • Phone: (803) 799-9084

South Carolina State Fair

  • About: Rated one of the top 50 fairs in the US, the SC State Fair serves up fun, food, and entertainment for all!
  • Hours: Every October, Dates Vary
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia SC
  • Phone: (803) 799-3387



Find Your History




First Baptist Church

  • About: Columbia's First Baptist Church is a fascinating Civil War site, with signage out front detailing its historic past.

Hampton Preston Mansion

  • About: Built in 1818, the Hampton Preston Mansion is one of Columbia's oldest historic houses.
  • Hours: Tours are Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1615 Blanding Street

Kensington Mansion

  • About: This architectural and historical treasure was completed in 1854 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 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

Mann-Simons Site

  • About: This beautiful property was once home & work place for members of the same African American family from 1843 through 1970.
  • Hours: Tours are Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1403 Richland Street

Memorial Park

  • About: The largest monument of its type outside of Washington D.C., the park is a memorial to South Carolinians who died in Vietnam, as well as victims of the Holocaust & Korean War.
  • Address: 700 Hampton Street

Robert Mills House

  • About: One of five National Historic Landmarks in Columbia, the Robert Mills House demonstrates the skill of this historic & prominent architect.
  • Hours: Tours: Tues-Sun
  • Address: 1616 Blanding Street

South Carolina Governor's Mansion

  • About: TThe 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.
  • Address: 800 Richland Street.
  • Phone: Call 803-737-1710 for more info.

South Carolina State House

  • About: One of Columbia's most beautiful historical sites! Take a stroll through the grounds or take a tour inside the State House.
  • 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: As one of the first church built in Columbia, this cathedral is a unique historic landmark and both church and cemetary are a site to see!
  • Address: 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 771-7300

University of South Carolina

  • About: Explore the beatiful campus nestled in downtown Columbia, visit McKissick Museum & the Horseshoe, and cheer on the Gamecocks at an exciting sporting event!
  • Address: 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 777-7700

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

  • About: The sole presidential site in South Carolina & the only Reconstruction museum in the nation!
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday tours at 11:30am and 2:30pm | Sunday tours at 2:30 pm
  • Address: 1705 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC




Go Visit a Museum




South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

 

  • About: As Columbia's oldest museum, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum presents the state's martial tradition from the Revolutionary War to today's War on Terror. Explore the history of the military campaigns in which South Carolinian soldiers have participated!
  • 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: Creating new generations of lifelong learners, EdVenture features more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits.
  • Hours: Open Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 5PM | Sunday: Noon - 5PM
  • Address: 211 Gervais Street Columbia, SC
  • Phone: (803) 779-3100

 

Cayce Historical Museum

  • About: Walk through the history of the early eighteenth century SC Midlands’ “back country”, with exhibits highlighting colonial trade, agricultural development, transportation, and more!
  • 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 museum educates the public on the importance & history of the Columbia Fire Department and the professional men and women within its service.
  • 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: The Museum's permanent collection includes world-class examples of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque Art, Impressionism, and Modern Art, in addition to several changing exhibitions.
  • 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: Dedicated as a memorial to all South Carolina law enforcement officers. Exhibits feature the FBI, Secret Service, South Carolina jails, the State Highway Patrol, guns 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.
  • Address: 1616 Blanding Street
  • Phone: (803) 252-7742

The Lexington County Historical Museum

  • About: 36 historic structures and furnishings interpret the everyday lives of early Lexington County residents from ca. 1770 until the Civil War.
  • 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: Providing insight into the long and illustrious history of USC, the McKissick Museum is located in the historic Horseshoe.
  • 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.
  • 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: Fascinating tours of The Governor’s Mansion Complex include 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 Museum

  • About: The museum features four large floors filled with fascinating exhibits, many of them hands-on, telling the story of SC through art, history, natural history, and science/technology.
  • 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: Details the progress of US Army training since 1917 when Fort Jackson, then known as Camp Jackson, first opened.
  • 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: Enjoy the beauty of the Saluda River wiith Saluda Shoal's trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, canoe & kayak launch, playground, Saluda Splash Pad, and many picnic shelters.
  • 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: Enjoy some fresh air, walking on the boardwalk, hiking, & paddling at South Carolina’s only national park.
  • Address: 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC
  • Phone: (803) 776-4396

Finlay Park

  • About:Walk, jog, or bike while enjoying the park's dramatic waterfall and stream cascading to the lake. Porch-style swings and extensive child play area available.
  • Address: 930 Laurel Street
  • Phone: (803) 545-3100

Granby Park

  • About: This riverside trail features scenic views of the Congaree River & runs by historic ruins.
  • Address: 100 Catawba Street

Harbison State Forest

  • About: Almost twenty miles of trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling ranging from easy to difficult. A landing located near the Broad River provides water access.
  • Address: Located off Broad River Road in Harbison
  • Phone: (803) 896-8890

Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal

  • About: Benches along the flat, easy-walking, 2 1/2-mile Park and Canal path make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Broad River.
  • Hours: Daily 7AM-9PM
  • Address: 312 Laurel Street
  • Phone: (803) 545-3100

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • About: Features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas, in addition to a dog park, low-ropes Challenge Course, & 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

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