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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden - One of America's TOP Zoos and located on the scenic Saluda River! Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. Riverbanks Botanical Garden boasts 70 acres of unparalleled beauty.

Saluda Shoals Park - A 300 acre regional park along the banks of the Saluda River offering fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, nature hiking and more.

EdVenture Children's Museum - The South's Largest Children's Museum with a mission to inspire children to experience the joy of learning.

Dreher Island State Recreation Area - The only state park at beautiful Lake Murray, the park consists of three islands linked to shore by a causeway and two bridges. In addition to woodsy hiking trails and lots of places to fish from shore, Dreher Island offers picnicking, camping, lakeside villas, tackle shop and a boat ramp.

South Carolina State Museum - Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, our "biggest artifact," the South Carolina State Museum tells the story of South Carolina through our many exhibits and programs. Come and enjoy art, cultural history, natural history, science and technology. The museum is located beside the historic Gervais St. Bridge (and EdVenture Children's Museum) and just a few blocks west of the State Capitol in downtown Columbia.

Congaree National Park Congaree National Park - Congaree, the only national park in South Carolina, is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience national and state champion trees, towering to record size amidst astonishing biodiversity. Walk, paddle or just relax within this dynamic floodplain ecosystem.

Columbia Museum of Art - South Carolina's premier international art museum seeks to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of the community, South Carolinians, tourists and visitors by collecting and preserving fine and decorative art from around the world. The collections include masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque from the Samuel H. Kress Collection as well as modern and contemporary art from the present time.

Sesquicentennial State Park - Sesqui, as itís affectionately known, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. Located on over 1400 acres just miles from downtown Columbia.

Harbison State Forest - Harbison Environmental Education Forest encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia. Its unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public greenspaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States. Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River.

Historic Columbia Foundation - Historic Columbia manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts. The historic homes include Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Cottage, Robert Mills House & Park and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.


Lake Murray - South Carolina's Water Playground! A beautiful lake of over 50,000 acres for fishing, sailing, boating and water recreation.
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South Carolina State House - The South Carolina State House is the state capitol building of the state of South Carolina. The building Houses the South Carolina General Assembly and the offices of the Governor. Initial construction began in 1851 and was suspended in 1865 as Sherman's Union Army swept through Columbia on February 17th, burning much of the city. The State House was not finished until 1907.

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum - Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia area. The Museum collects and preserves artifacts relating to, or associated with, all eras of South Carolina military history.

McKissick Museum - McKissick Museum is located at the heart of the historic Horseshoe on the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina. The Museum was established to serve as a general University museum and to engage in education, research, and collections development as well as campus and public service.

Kensington Mansion - Kensington Mansion was completed in 1854 and placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Located in lower Richland County, South Carolina, it is an architectural and historical treasure. The mansion, with 29 rooms and over 12,000 square feet of floor space, is an Italianate Revival structure. It is furnished with the Scarborough-Hamer Collection of decorative arts from the Victorian Period.

Tunnelvision Tunnelvision - Painted by local artist Blue Sky on the wall of the Federal Lank Bank Building. The mural portrays a highway disappearing through a tunnel. Located at the corner of Taylor and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia. FREE!

Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve - is off SC Highway 6 near Edmund in Lexington County. It features a curiously diverse set of ecosytems on a 305-acre tract of land ranging from desert to mountain. Contact the South Carolina Nature Conservancy at (803) 254-9049 for information and directions. FREE!

Columbia State Farmers Market - Fresh fruits, vegetables, and plants arrive daily at the largest produce market in the Southeast. Visitors and buyers are welcome. NEW location on U.S. Highway 321 near intersection of Interstates 26 and 77. FREE!

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