Stroll Through Columbia’s Parks and Museums
Situated about 15 minutes from downtown and the University of South Carolina, the Country Inn & Suites in Columbia offers a great location just off I-77. If you’re looking for things to do away from the city, head to Adventure Carolina, where you can try your hand at canoeing, or Riverfront Park, where you can hike or bike the trails. Going downtown? The Nickelodeon theater, EdVenture children’s museum and South Carolina State Museum are all within a mile of each other. Be sure to also tour USC and its original campus, The Horseshoe, while you’re in Gamecock land. Family Fun
- Columbiana Centre Mall (21.5 miles)
Spend the day shopping for new looks for your wardrobe, your home and hair at this mall with more than 110 stores and restaurants.
Phone: +1 (803) 732-6255
- EdVenture (6.1 miles)
Dedicated to service, honesty, innovation and joy, this non-profit children’s museum ignites a love for learning through more than 350 hands-on exhibits.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-3100
- McKissick Museum (5.8 miles)
Celebrating Southern culture and retelling its rich history, this museum at USC showcases collections that date back to 1801.
Phone: +1 (803) 777-7251
- The Nickelodeon (6.3 miles)
Entertaining more than 50,000 movie-goers each year, the indie films at the Nick spark conversation about today’s social issues and cultural challenges.
Phone: +1 (803) 254-3433
- South Carolina State Museum (SCSM) (6.8 miles)
South Carolina’s largest museum features more than 70,000 exhibits that honor the state’s past, present and future. From art and cultural history to science and technology, each collection offers insight and information worth exploring.
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
- 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
- Fort Jackson (3 miles)
Attend graduation ceremonies or take a tour at this U.S. Army training facility.
- 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 South Pole’s penguins.
Phone: +1 (803) 779-8717
- 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
- USC Horseshoe (5.3 miles)
Many students still reside in the historic buildings on USC’s original campus. The Horseshoe was founded in 1805 just one block from South Carolina's statehouse.
Phone: +1 (803) 777-0161
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