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Best things to do in Columbia

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Zoo
“This is one of the best Zoo's in the country. Also, includes a water park.”
49 locals recommend
Museum
“This Museum has one of the country's largest telescopes. A 4D theatre and a planetarium.”
27 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A wonderful museum that has just had a major reworking. The Galleries are arranged by themes with some really amazing works from the collection and great Temporary exhibits as well. A beautiful courtyard. ”
24 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The State House sits at the head of Main Street. Construction began in 1855 and was interrupted by the Civil War and not completed until 1907. Its grounds are filled with monuments to many [notorious] South Carolinians who forged slave society, secession and Jim Crow. Tours are available. https://southcarolinaparks.com/education-and-history/state-house”
24 locals recommend
Food
“Hopping Sat morning market on Main Street. Food, crafts, music, people watching!”
40 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A little of everything including international cuisine and a lovely large Merry-go-round!”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“Edventure is the South's largest children's museum which offers a number of exhibits however your children will be thrill with Eddie the museum's signature interactive exhibit. They will be able to climb through the 40-foot-tall child to learn a few anatomy lessons. Taste Buds a cooking lab combining kid friendly culinary skills with nutrition education among many other exhibits will capture their attention.”
14 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“College bar scene, gets crowded at night but a nice spot to go before midnight. ”
24 locals recommend
Cinema
“Art house theater on Main Street. Have a beer or glass of wine and catch the latest flicks!”
19 locals recommend
College Football Field
“If you're in town during football season and there is a home game and you enjoy watching football or just want to experience Columbia's MOST iconic event, check out Williams Brice Stadium home of the USC GAMECOCKS! GO COCKS! You are certain to find someone selling tickets if you want to watch the game and there are a ton of places that you are able to tailgate at for a small parking fee (most places are 10-15 to park all day) if you just want to experience an authentic Columbia pastime. You're also guaranteed to meet someone new while you're there and maybe even make a friend! Everyone is always really friendly (as long as you're rooting for the Gamecocks!)”
13 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great place to go while in town. Has everything from nightlife, to shopping, to restaurants, to movie theaters. Has the best theater in Columbia. ”
8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$$
“Motor Supply never disappoints. The food is amazing. They typically have complimentary valet. On busy days/nights it's a great place go because you don't have to fight for parking. Although from our house it's only .6 miles away.”
20 locals recommend
Café
$
“This local gem has fun touches, like a machine that squeezes oranges for fresh OJ, and a coffee bar with a random collection of coffee cups to choose from - it's a great brunch spot. But the entire menu is delicious. On my last visit, I ordered a beautiful bowl of shrimp & grits.”
22 locals recommend
University
“Our Lady Gamecocks are World Champions and breath-taking to watch! https://gamecocksonline.com/index.aspx?path=wbball”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Historic Sesquicentennial State Park, affectionately known to locals as "Sesqui," is a spacious, green getaway in the heart of the Sandhills region.”
8 locals recommend
Park
“Close to the SC State Museum and Edventure for children, visit this park to see a turn of the century hydro-electric turbine, get to the river bank and bike, run or walk a distance marked trail.”
18 locals recommend