Columbia, SC is not only the capital of its state, it is also “The Capital of Southern Hospitality.” Come feel her warm embrace and see why! The entire area brims with history, culture, entertainment and outdoor activities. It is a destination that can keep anyone busy for days! Book with Choice Hotels in Columbia, SC for the accommodations you need for a memorable stay. While you are here, check out all of the local hotspots within reach, including:
The University of South Carolina has been an important part of Columbia for more than 200 years, growing from a single building in 1805 into a flagship institution with one of the most vibrant college communities in the South. And you don’t have to be enrolled to experience the excitement on campus! See what is happening during your visit, whether it is a concert or community event at the Colonial Life Arena or a football game at Williams-Brice Stadium!
Although Columbia is situated deeper inland, there is no need to rule out a day of fun by the water! Just a short drive away is the 78-square mile Lake Murray and its 500 miles of shoreline. This is your chance to enjoy all the boating, swimming and fishing you desire. But if you would rather stick on land there is plenty of hiking, biking and picnicking on the shore.
Visit the Columbia Museum of Art if you are looking for a quieter time indoors. See if you can browse the entirety of its 25 galleries, featuring an eclectic collection of fine and decorative art spanning several centuries. The museum also hosts a great selection of programs for all ages, including Family Fun Day, an art school, gallery lectures and much more. Stop by on a Saturday if you can, since admission is free.
For more good times with the family, head to the Riverbanks Zoo for the ultimate showcase of nature. Enjoy close encounters with more than 2,000 animals across more than 350 species from around the world. Watch as they live freely in unique exhibits including Koala Knockabout, the African Plains and a 20,000-square-foot Aquarium and Reptile Complex. Before you leave, take a stroll through the botanical garden, one of the most beautiful displays of flora in the nation featuring more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants.
Being in the Capital of Southern Hospitality, a visit to the South Carolina State Museum is a must for your itinerary. Not only is it the largest museum in the region, it is widely recognized as an icon of Southern heritage. Step inside to find a lineup of exhibits ranging from cultural and natural history to art, science and technology. The little ones will not be left out of the fun, either – the hands-on gallery at the Stringer Discovery Center is sure to keep them busy!
Start putting your South Carolina trip together by making a reservation with Choice Hotels in Columbia. The city is full of new adventures and family fun waiting to be discovered. Make sure to secure the cozy bed and all the amenities you need to relax and regain the energy for everything coming the next day. Book with Choice Hotels now!
Columbia, SC, US, 29209
Columbia, SC, US, 29209-2110
Columbia, SC, US, 29212
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