Things To Do

What are your favorite things to do in the Columbia, South Carolina region?

It’s no secret that we love where we live. The Midlands region offers something for everyone, from outdoor adventures and beautiful sights to historical landmarks and an exciting culinary scene. No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something new to discover. 

#FHNY may be taking a hiatus in Dec. 2021 to be famously safe, but destinations across the Columbia, S.C., region are open for business, offering an authentic, manageable urban getaway that all can enjoy.

We collected your favorite Famously Hot spots and activities to visit and explore. Below are the top 10. Check them out and discover why the Columbia, South Carolina area is the Real Southern Hot Spot!

  • Exhibitions and art classes at the Columbia Museum of Art
  • Visit Riverbanks Zoo & Garden's incredible animals, interactive farm and Botanical Garden
  • Take a walk at Riverfront Park, the Cayce Riverwalk, the West Columbia Riverwalk, Timmerman Trail or Saluda Shoals Park
  • Float down the Saluda and Congaree Rivers
  • Walk, hike, camp, canoe or kayak at Congaree National Park (where the fireflies synchronize in early summer each year)
  • Stroll Soda City Market on Saturday mornings for fresh produce and local finds
  • Visit the planetarium, major exhibits and 4-D theater at the South Carolina State Museum
  • Hit NoMa dog park with your furry best friend
  • Shred at the Owens Field skate park and pump track in the Rosewood neighborhood
  • Take a pontoon boat out on Lake Murray

Want more ideas? Discover South Carolina is our state's destination marketing organization, and their website is filled with cool itineraries for fabulous places to dine out in the Midlands, hidden gems for your visit to Columbia, where to find the hottest sporting events in the region, shopping districts in the capital city and more!

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For even more options, Experience Columbia SC is our region’s tourism authority, with fresh, curated info for visitors and locals alike, featuring everything from attractions, hotels and event listings to round-up articles like “Outdoor Dining in Columbia, S.C.” and “Pup-Friendly” places.

Note: The tourism attractions and other hospitality destinations listed above are not all-inclusive. 

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