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Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Attractions in Columbia, South Carolina


  • Carolina Carriages
    1 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-754-4724, 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
    1775 Burning Tree, Columbia, SC 29210
    803-772-0435, 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
    211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-779-3100, 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
    140 Parkridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
    Located in the Harbison Area
    803-781-2342, 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
    912 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    The Vista
    803-929-0709, 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
    1000 Hamton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    803-252-7742, 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
    801 Wildwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    803-733-8510, 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
    1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    803-256-4251, 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
    1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    803-799-9062, 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
    800 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Historic District
    803-737-1710, 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
    Located in Eastover on Highway 601, Columbia, SC 29044
    Six Miles South of Highway 378
    803-353-4050, 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
    1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-252-1770, 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
    1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-252-7742, 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
    1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-734-2430, 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
    1529 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    803-779-0036, 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
    1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    803-771-7300, 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
    900 Block of Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-777-0169, 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
    1705 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-252-1770, 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
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Grounds of the South Carolina State House
    803-734-2430, 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

  • Millwood Plantation Ruins
    Off Garners Ferry Road
    803-252-1770, The former plantation home of General Wade Hampton, this mansion was burned during the Civil War. Tours of the plantation ruins are held by appointment only the last... more info  map

Libraries & Research Centers

  • Archives & History Center
    8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
    Corner of Parklane & Farrow Roads
    803-896-6104, 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
    1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Downtown Business District
    803-799-9084, 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
    8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
    803-896-6196, 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
    910 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
    Located on the Horseshoe at USC
    803-777-3131, 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
    1800 12th Street, Columbia, SC 29033
    Located at the City of Cayce Municipal Complex
    803-739-5385, 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
    1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in Downtown Columbia
    803-799-2810, The Columbia Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. more info  map

  • Criminal Justice Hall of Fame
    6400 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
    803-896-8199, 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
    Building 4442 Jackson Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located at Fort Jackson
    803-751-7419, 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
    816 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29208
    803-777-7251, 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
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-898-8095, 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
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-737-8095, 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
    1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-299-4440, 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
    301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29202
    803-898-4921, 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
    Strom Thurmond Boulevard & McGruder Street, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located in Fort Jackson
    803-751-1747, 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
    10100 Lee Road, Columbia, SC 29207
    Located in Fort Jackson
    803-751-8079, 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
    100 National Park Road (Mailing Address), Columbia, SC 29061
    Located in Hopkins
    803-776-4396, "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
    4931 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
    803-562-4000, 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
    Located off Laurel Street
    803-545-3100, 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
    930 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Located in Downtown Columbia
    803-545-3100, 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
    1 Catawba Circle, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-545-3100, 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
    Located One Block South of Finlay Park
    803-545-3100, 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
    500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210
    Located in the Downtown Business District
    803-779-8717, 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
    5605 Old Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
    803-731-5208, 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
    200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210
    803-772-3336, 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
    2600-A Barhamvile Road, Columbia, SC 29204
    Downtown Business District
    803-929-3951, 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
    1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    803-252-7742, 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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