Stroll Through Columbia’s Parks and Museums
Situated about 15 minutes from the University of South Carolina and downtown’s top things to do, the Country Inn & Suites, Columbia offers a great location just off I-77. Want to get outdoors? Head to Adventure Carolina to try your hand at canoeing, or make your way to Riverfront Park, where you can hike or bike the trails. If you’re going downtown, The Nickelodeon, the EdVenture children’s museum and the South Carolina State Museum are all located within a mile of each other. Gamecock fans shouldn’t miss a tour of USC’s beautiful campus and its original epicenter, The Horseshoe.
- EdVenture (6.1 miles)
Dedicated to service, honesty, innovation and joy, this nonprofit children’s museum ignites a love for learning through more than 350 hands-on exhibits.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-3100
- Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (9.4 miles)
At this zoo, you can see animals from a variety of habitats, including the ocean’s sea lions, the jungle’s gorillas, the rainforest’s elephants and the Antarctic’s penguins.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-8717
- Columbiana Centre (21.5 miles)
Spend the day shopping for new looks for your wardrobe, your home and your hair at this mall with more than 110 stores and restaurants.
Phone: +1 (803) 732-6255
- McKissick Museum (5.8 miles)
Celebrating Southern culture and retelling its rich history, this museum at USC showcases collections that date back to 1801, including a variety of folk art, fine art and political memorabilia.
Phone: +1 (803) 777-7251
- South Carolina State Museum (SCSM) (6.8 miles)
South Carolina’s largest museum features more than 70,000 exhibits. Find out more about textile manufacturing, discover a sense of wonder in the digital dome planetarium, and see a replica of the first American-built locomotive.
Phone: +1 (803) 898-4921
- Adventure Carolina (7.4 miles)
Find fun activities for every season at Adventure Carolina, where you can kayak, canoe and ski.
Phone: +1 (803) 796-4505
- Riverfront Park (7.4 miles)
Take a walk, ride a bike, or stop and find a place to fish along the Congaree River. You can also see the history of the Columbia Canal and Water Works when you wander through the park’s old pump houses.
Phone: +1 (803) 545-3100
- Congaree National Park (15.5 miles)
This park features more than 25 miles of hiking trails as well as a boardwalk loop. Enjoy the views of Weston Lake from the banks or hop in a canoe and paddle through the water.
Phone: +1 (803) 776-4396
Other Points of Interest:
- Fort Jackson (3 miles)
Attend graduation ceremonies or take a tour at this U.S. Army training facility.
Phone: +1 (803) 751-5166
- USC Horseshoe (5.3 miles)
Many students still reside in the historic buildings on USC’s original campus. The Horseshoe was founded just one block from South Carolina's statehouse in 1805.
Phone: +1 (803) 777-0161
- The Nickelodeon (6.3 miles)
Entertaining more than 50,000 moviegoers each year, the indie films at The Nick spark conversations about art and current events.
Phone: +1 (803) 254-3433
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