Columbia, the capital of South Carolina is home to the University of South Carolina and boasts
of various historic sites, museums, music venues, galleries, theatres, parks and more. On your visit to the city, visit Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, learn all about the story of South Carolina at the South Carolina State Museum. Take a tour to Kensington Museum, enjoy the lush greenery at Congaree National Park, explore Riverbank Zoo and Garden, and go hiking and and biking at Harbison State Forest.Best Attractions to Visit in Columbia
Top Day Trips around Columbia
- Visit South Carolina State Museum to learn about the story of South Carolina through various exhibits and programmes. The museum abounds in history and offer visitors a glimpse into art, cultural history, natural history, science and technology.
- Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, located on a panoramic site along the beautiful Saluda River is one of the Columbia's most popular attractions featuring 2,000 animals representing more than 350 species from around the world.
- A 22,200-acre park, located just 20 miles from downtown Columbia is a must to visit place for all the nature lovers. Get enamored by the giant hardwoods, lofty pines, and bald cypresses that form beautiful natural canopies. The park also offers backwoods hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and more.
- Make a day trip to Kensington Museum, located about 30 miles away from the downtown Columbia. Completed in 1854, the mansion is an architectural and historic treasure.