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Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Attractions in Columbia, South Carolina


  • Carolina Carriages 803-754-4724
    1 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Since 1994, Carolina Carriages, a family owned and operated horse carriage service, has been adding romance and elegance to weddings and other special occasions... more info  map

  • Chuck E. Cheese's 803-772-0435
    1775 Burning Tree, Columbia, SC 29210
    Visit Chuck E. Cheese's for a day of fun. Kids of all ages will enjoy the assortment of games, rides, prizes and entertainment. Freshly baked pizzas and a fresh salad... more info  map

  • EdVenture Children's Museum 803-779-3100
    211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    EdVenture is the southeast's largest children's museum that houses eight world-class exhibit galleries. Geared towards children 0 to 12, EdVenture is a 67,000 square... more info  map

  • Frankie's Fun Park 803-781-2342
    140 Parkridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
    Located in the Harbison Area
    A wonderful 14-acre family oriented amusement center, Frankie's Fun Park includes three go-cart tracks, three 18-hole miniature golf courses, a 5,000 square foot... more info  map

  • Studio Cellar 803-929-0709
    912 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    The Vista
    Studio Cellar is a paint and drink studio open to the public. Come mix and mingle with the "I can't even draw a stick figure", the self-proclaimed, and professionaly... more info

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Big Apple, The 803-252-7742
    1000 Hamton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    Originally built as a Jewish synagogue, this Columbia landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once housed a nightclub in the 1930's that... more info  map

  • Ensor Keenan House 803-733-8510
    801 Wildwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    Built by Dr. Joshua Fulton Ensor, a major in the Union Army during the Civil War who was sent to Columbia to treat wounded Union soldiers and who served as... more info  map

  • First Baptist Church 803-256-4251
    1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this church was the site of the first Secession Convention in 1860, one year after it was built. The church was... more info  map

  • First Presbyterian Church 803-799-9062
    1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    Beautiful historic church that features a 188 foot steeple that was once the tallest structure in Columbia and a churchyard cemetery where many notable figures in the... more info  map

  • Governor's Mansion, The 803-737-1710
    800 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Historic District
    Built as a residence for officers of the Arsenal Military Academy and spared during the burning of Columbia in the Civil War, the Mansion was selected as the official... more info  map

  • Kensington Mansion 803-353-4050
    Located in Eastover on Highway 601, Columbia, SC 29044
    Six Miles South of Highway 378
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this magnificent Italianate Revival-style mansion is owned by International Paper and is furnished with the... more info  map

  • Mann-Simmons Cottage 803-252-1770
    1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Preserved as a historic house museum, the Mann-Simmons Cottages has the distinction of being one of only a few houses in South Carolina once owned by free blacks in... more info  map

  • Robert Mills House & Gardens 803-252-7742
    1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House is a restored stylish Classical Revival townhouse that was designed by Robert Mills... more info  map

  • South Carolina State House 803-734-2430
    1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Construction began in 1855 on this building that is one of the most historic buildings in Columbia and South Carolina. The building withstood Sherman's March in 1865... more info  map

  • St. Peter's Catholic Church 803-779-0036
    1529 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    Founded as an outreach to Irish canal workers in 1821, this historic church is the oldest South Carolina parish outside of Charleston. It was originally built in 1824,... more info  map

  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 803-771-7300
    1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    A beautiful example of English Gothic architecture, this historic church features original closed rental pews, a baptismal font created by sculptor Hiram Powers, Carrara... more info  map

  • USC Horseshoe 803-777-0169
    900 Block of Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    The original campus of the University of South Carolina, this four block area contains ten historic buildings that provide a wonderful glimpse of early 19th century... more info  map

  • Woodrow Wilson Family Home 803-252-1770
    1705 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    This Tuscan Villa-style cottage was the only house the Wilson family ever owned. The boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, is... more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • African-American History Monument 803-734-2430
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Grounds of the South Carolina State House
    Sculptured by Ed Dwight of Denver, Colorado, this monument displays images, including the Jim Crow era, an auction block and sports and political pioneers, that depict... more info  map

Libraries & Research Centers

  • Archives & History Center 803-896-6104
    8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
    Corner of Parklane & Farrow Roads
    A huge collection of South Carolina governmental records dating back to 1671 is housed at this research center with records including legislative records, court records,... more info  map

  • Richland County Public Library 803-799-9084
    1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    This 242,000 square foot library contains a huge selection of books and reference materials plus features programming activities that include storytimes for children,... more info  map

  • SC Department of Archives & History 803-896-6196
    8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
    Entrusted with more than 300 years of government records and historic documents, the SC Department of Archives & History's mission is "to preserve and promote the... more info

  • South Caroliniana Library 803-777-3131
    910 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
    Located on the Horseshoe at USC
    The first free-standing academic library building in the United States, completed in 1840, the South Caroliniana Library served as the main library of the University of... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Cayce Historical Museum 803-739-5385
    1800 12th Street, Columbia, SC 29033
    Located at the City of Cayce Municipal Complex
    The Cayce Historical Museum chronicles the history of the first European settlement in the early 1700's in the South Carolina Midlands by interpreting the agricultural,... more info  map

  • Columbia Museum of Art, The 803-799-2810
    1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in Downtown Columbia
    The Columbia Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. more info  map

  • Criminal Justice Hall of Fame 803-896-8199
    6400 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
    Focusing on historical and contemporary aspects of law enforcement in South Carolina, this museum contains numerous exhibits on South Carolina law enforcement and stands... more info  map

  • Fort Jackson Museum 803-751-7419
    Building 4442 Jackson Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located at Fort Jackson
    Depicting the history of the post and training of American soldiers, the Fort Jackson Museum features large military equipment displayed outdoors, as well as over 3,800... more info  map

  • McKissick Museum 803-777-7251
    816 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29208
    Located in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, the McKissick Museum offers a variety of permanent collections that focus on Southern... more info  map

  • SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum 803-898-8095
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Organized in 1896, by the Wade Hampton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the oldest museum in the Columbia area is dedicated to preserving all eras of... more info  map

  • South Carolina Confederate Relic Room 803-737-8095
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    The mission of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum is to collect and preserve the military history of South Carolina from the Revolutionary War... more info

  • South Carolina Military Museum 803-299-4440
    1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201
    One of the largest National Guard museums in the United States, the South Carolina Military Museum's mission is "to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen... more info

  • South Carolina State Museum 803-898-4921
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29202
    Located next to the historic Gervais Street Bridge in downtown Columbia, this museum is one of the major tourist attractions in Columbia. It contains four floors of... more info  map

  • U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps Museum 803-751-1747
    Strom Thurmond Boulevard & McGruder Street, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located in Fort Jackson
    One of over 60 Army museums located across the country and around the world, this museum depicts this history of the Adjutant General Corps from 1775 to present and... more info  map

  • U.S. Army Chaplain Museum 803-751-8079
    10100 Lee Road, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located in Fort Jackson
    The U.S. Army Chaplain Museum, located at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, tells the history of the U.S. Army Chaplaincy, which was implemented in 1775. ... more info  map

National Parks & Natural Wonders

  • Congaree National Park 803-776-4396
    100 National Park Road (Mailing Address), Columbia, SC 29061
    Located in Hopkins
    "The largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent," Congaree National Park is a 27,000-acre National Natural Landmark that is home to... more info  map

  • Sumter National Forest 803-562-4000
    4931 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    Wildlife and green space, hiking and biking trails, and tranquil solitude are available in this 118,529 acre woodland that borders the scenic Thurmond Lake. A number of... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal 803-545-3100
    Located off Laurel Street
    Centering on Columbia's original waterworks and hydroelectric plant, the world’s first electrically operated textile mill; this 167-acre park features a jogging and... more info  map

  • Finlay Park 803-545-3100
    930 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in Downtown Columbia
    The 18-acre Finlay Park includes the Watermark Cafe, a waterfall, lake, playground, and a walking track. Several summer events are held each year. more info  map

  • Granby Park 803-545-3100
    1 Catawba Circle, Columbia, SC 29201
    Part of the Three Rivers Greenway, Granby Park is a 24-acre linear park which was opened as a gateway to the rivers of Columbia. Overlooking the Congaree River, Granby... more info  map

  • Memorial Park 803-545-3100
    Located One Block South of Finlay Park
    Bordered by Hampton, Gadsden, Washington and Wayne Streets, Memorial Park is a four-acre tract of land in the Congaree Vista which serves as a memorial to those who... more info

  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 803-779-8717
    500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Riverbanks features more than 2,000 animals, Waterfall Junction, a three-acre interactive children's garden within... more info  map

  • Saluda Shoals Park 803-731-5208
    5605 Old Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
    Along the banks of the lower Saluda River, this 300-acre riverfront park includes an environmental education center, a state-of-the-art conference facility, seasonal... more info

  • Seven Oaks Park 803-772-3336
    200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210
    A community recreation center and many athletic fields are located inside this popular park where you can find a fitness center, baseball and softball fields, walking... more info  map

Science & Technology

  • Challenger Learning Center 803-929-3951
    2600-A Barhamvile Road, Columbia, SC 29204
    Downtown Business District
    A unique hands-on learning center that features full space missions and high-tech space flight simulators that provide visitors a variety of learning opportunities in... more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • Historic Columbia Foundation 803-252-7742
    1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Learn about the unique history of Columbia by exploring the historic neighborhoods, houses, churches, and landmarks throughout the city. This foundation offers a... more info  map


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