Explore USC and Downtown Columbia
The Country Inn & Suites, Columbia Airport, SC lies only five minutes from Columbia Metropolitan Airport and less than six miles from the University of South Carolina’s campus
. Take a 15-minute drive into downtown Columbia to visit the award-winning EdVenture children’s museum, the thought-provoking City Art gallery and the charming Columbia Marionette Theatre. If you’re looking for outdoor activities, plan a kayaking trip with Adventure Carolina or stroll through Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens. Are you a history buff? Explore the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion or the South Carolina State House.
Arts and Culture:
- Columbia Marionette Theatre (5.4 miles)
Puppets bring famous stories to life at this educational and entertaining children’s theater.
Phone: +1 (803) 252-7366
- Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (5.4 miles)
Vista Studios presents up to 25 different exhibitions a year in Gallery 80808 and provides studio space to 10 local artists.
Phone: +1 (803) 252-6134
- City Art (5.5 miles)
This multipurpose venue offers art classes, an artist supply store, a gallery and a framing shop.
Phone: +1 (803) 252-3613
- EdVenture (5.2 miles)
This massive, award-winning children’s museum is known for its exhibits on the human body, pet care, cooking, inventions and work. You can’t miss EDDIE, the world’s largest child, who is 40 feet tall and weighs 35,000 pounds. You must be accompanied by a child under 15 to enter this museum.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-3100
- South Carolina State Museum (5.2 miles)
This museum’s permanent collection includes traditional artwork and more than 45,000 historical objects. Spend an afternoon at the planetarium, the 4-D theater and the observatory.
Phone: +1 (803) 898-4921
- University of South Carolina (5.5 miles)
Stroll through this beautiful campus where more than 33,000 students are earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. If you’re a sports fan, you can also catch the Gamecocks in action.
Phone: +1 (803) 777-7000
- 763 Antique Mall (3.6 miles)
Antique lovers can browse 11,000 square feet of vintage fishing items, books, collectibles, furniture, glassware and pottery at this complex.
Phone: +1 (803) 796-1516
- Spirits and Spectres of Columbia (5.8 miles)
Entertaining and chilling, this year-round tour takes you through what are supposedly Columbia’s most haunted areas while also offering colorful stories about the city’s past.
Phone: +1 (803) 600-1328
- Woodrow Wilson Family Home (6.5 miles)
The teenage Woodrow Wilson, who would be America's 28th president, lived here from 1871 to 1874. The house contains authentic Wilson family artifacts and exhibits on the Reconstruction era.
Phone: +1 (803) 252-1770
- South Carolina State House (6.6 miles)
Learn about the history and Greek Revival-style architecture of the State House on a guided tour. You may even catch the SC House or Senate in session.
Phone: +1 (803) 734-2430
- South Carolina Governor's Mansion (9.6 miles)
Schedule a tour of this nine-acre estate filled with breathtaking gardens. The historic mansion provides a permanent home for artifacts like china, silver, furniture, paintings and documents that tell the story of South Carolina.
Phone: +1 (803) 737-1710
- Fort Jackson (10 miles)
Opened in 1917, this historical U.S. Army facility still operates as an active base and offers Basic Combat Training (BCT).
Phone: +1 (803) 751-5166
- Adventure Carolina (3.6 miles)
Looking for outdoor excitement? Kayak or canoe down the Congaree, Saluda or Broad rivers with Adventure Carolina.
Phone: +1 (803) 796-4505
- Riverfront Park (5.5 miles)
Located near USC and the Congaree River, this 167-acre dog-friendly park is open to walkers, cyclists and joggers. The park also hosts concerts and annual events such as Riverfest.
Phone: +1 (803) 545-3100
- Charwood Golf Club (7.7 miles)
Pack up your irons and putter and head over to this expansive country club. Play 18 holes of championship golf, and take advantage of full practice facilities, a pro shop, a restaurant and meeting rooms.
Phone: +1 (803) 755-2000
- Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (8 miles)
This well-maintained, attractive and interactive zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, including giraffes, tigers, apes and elephants. You can also explore the 70-acre botanical garden or zip-line on an obstacle course.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-8717
- Frankie's Fun Park (11 miles)
Take your family to Frankie’s to enjoy go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, amusement rides, laser tag, batting cages and arcade games.
Phone: +1 (803) 781-2342
- Peake's Auto & Tire (0.7 miles)
Phone: +1 (803) 791-1822
- Xpress Zone (1.3 miles)
Phone: +1 (803) 794-2687
- CVS Pharmacy (1.8 miles)
Phone: +1 (803) 796-2586
- Wells Fargo ATM (2.8 miles)
- Lexington Medical Center (4.2 miles)
Phone: +1 (803) 791-2000
- Columbiana Centre (10 miles)
Phone: +1 (803) 781-1000