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50 Best Things To Do in Columbia, SC (All Ages!)

Explore the top 50 activities in Columbia, SC for an unforgettable trip! From family parks, historic sites, to unique dining, there's something for everyone.

Tobi Miles
September 1, 2022
50 Best Things To Do in Columbia, SC (All Ages!)

South Carolina's capital Columbia is a city packed with exciting spots. With heartwarming hospitality from locals and easily navigable streets, this city is a great place for tourists. The city has so much to offer from family-friendly parks to historical sites and lots more.

Columbia has amazing seafood dishes to extinguish your mouth-watering seafood fantasies. With food and consumption comes the energy to explore, and the city has a lot of amazing sites to see. These include the River Bank Zoo and a free tour of the South Carolina state house. Other fun-packed sites are Craft axe throwing and the world's largest fire hydrant.

Columbia SC has more than enough activities to make your solo or family vacation a blast. Keep reading to find out all the amazing spots to visit, and make your trip a memorable one.

1. Craft Axe Throwing

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📍Map It: 700 Gervais St b2, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-281-3803 | Website | Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 PM-9 PM, Friday-Saturday 12 PM-11 PM, Sunday 2 PM-9 PM | Entrance: $25 per person for groups of 2-4, for larger groups contact to make reservations

Craft Axe Throwing is a great axe-throwing venue in Columbia, SC. They offer several packages for solo travelers and also packages and discounts for groups of up to 4, 8, and 8+ people. There’s also a package available, so you can host your bachelor and bachelorette, corporate, and birthday parties there.

2. Sesquicentennial State Park

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📍Map It:  9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223, United States | Phone: +1 803-788-2706 | Website | Hours: Open daily 8 AM-9 AM | Entrance: $6 for adults, $3.75 for seniors, $3.5 for children ages above 5, and free for kids ages below 5.

Going to the park on a day off or a vacation can be relaxing and fun-filled. Sesquicentennial State Park offers a variety of activities to ensure you enjoy your visit to the park.

Fishing on the lake is permitted, and boats are also available for rent at $5/hour or $25/day to the public. There is a 6.1 mile bike trail, 1.9 mile Sandhills hiking trail, and a 3.5 mile loop road hiking trail. Your lovely furry friends are allowed in most outdoor areas of the park and must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Related Read: Best Time To Visit South Carolina

3. Historic Columbia

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📍Map It: 1601 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-252-7742 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM, Sunday 1 PM-4 PM, closed on Mondays | Entrance: Free

Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization that preserves the historic sites and culture of the city. If learning about the historical cultures and sites of Columbia, SC. is among the list of things you want to do during your stay in the city, then Historic Columbia has got you covered.

They offer tours, educational programs, and events about the historic and cultural heritage of the city. Upcoming events in September include the Festival of black history and culture and story time in the garden. Tours to old houses, historic sites, and impactful museums will be available to make your stay more memorable.

4. Studio Cellar

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📍Map It: 912 Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-929-0709 | Website | Hours: Monday-Thursday 5 PM-10 PM, Friday 5 PM- 11 PM| Entrance: Call to make reservations

The studio cellar is located in the artistic district of the city. This amazing venue offers the opportunity to host various events like weddings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, photo shoots, and wine-gathering tastings.

The venue has a seating capacity of 100 people. Unlike some event venues that state you must use their services and drinks, Studio cellar allows you to bring food for your event. There’s an open bar that you can also fill with your drinks.

Related Read: 60 BEST Things To Do in South Carolina

5. Tunnel Vision Mural

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📍Map It1514 Marion St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Hours: Open 24/7 | Entrance: Free

Blue Sky, a South Carolina artist, created a marvelous, 50 x 75 feet large, public artwork on a wall. This work is the painting of a tunnel that is so real one might think it’s an actual tunnel.

The painting is so great and detailed that there have been constant close calls, where people nearly drove into the painted wall. Tourists are left amazed each time they see the painting, and it’s something that you have to see to truly experience the artistic genius and hard work of Blue Sky.

Whenever you are in Columbia, SC, visiting the Tunnel Vision Mural is very much recommended. Don’t forget to take memorable pictures!

6. Riverbanks Zoo And Garden

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📍Map It: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, United States | Phone: +1 803-779-8717 | Website | Hours: Open daily 9 AM-5 PM| Entrance: $22 for ages 13-61, $19 for ages 2-12, Free kids ages 2 and under

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has a lot to offer if having a great time just for yourself or with family and friends is what you are looking for. Fun activities like taking a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel will have the kids smiling and laughing with joy.

There’s also an aquarium with amazing aquatic animals. There are about 2000 animals available to see and you will even be allowed to feed some. There are fast food outlets that sell foods and drinks for more energy and refresh the body and then proceed to further exploration of the zoo and garden.

It’s not all about fun and games, as they offer an adult education program on gardening. This workshop will enlighten you about the botanical garden, and some gardening techniques.

Related Read: 15 Top Treehouse Rentals in South Carolina

7. Columbia Food Tours

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Phone: +1 803-760-2618 | Website | Hours: Open only on Saturday 1:30 PM-4:45 PM | Entrance: Call to make reservation at $45 per person

Tour through Columbia, SC one bite at a time with Columbia food tours. This is a walking food tour agency that takes you around the city to experience various historic sites and taste some local dishes.

There’s a package for private tours on Thursday afternoons which is the Nibbles and Narrative Tour. During these 1.5 hours of tour, you get to learn about the rich history of this great city. The tour is a walking tour, accompanied by a few nibbles of some local dishes also.

8. EdVenture Children's Museum

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📍Map It: 211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-779-3100 | Website | Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 12 PM-5 PM | Entrance:$11 for ages above 62, $12 for adults and kids above age 2, Free for kids below age 2

The EdVenture children's museum is the largest children's museum in the southeast United States. At the EdVenture children's museum, children have the opportunity to role-play as firefighters, farmers, chefs, astronauts, and more.

There is a cafe open in the museum that offers a mouth-watering serving of Chick-fil-A from 11 AM to 2 PM. This will add to the amazing time planned for the kids.

Guests will also get a chance to have time with Eddie, the world's largest 10-year-old. Kids can climb up his vertebrae and slide down his entire digestive system, accompanied by special and realistic sound effects Eddie makes.

9. Columbia Canal And Riverfront Park

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📍Map It: 312 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-545-3100 | Website | Hours: Open daily 7 AM-9 PM | Entrance:

This is an amazing and serene park that attracts bikers, hikers, and people who just want to relax or have a picnic. With a 12-mile river walk, Walks and runs are great. You can walk down the river by the amphitheater to sit on the rocks and enjoy the beauty of the river, or skip rocks and feel like a kid again.

You can also take your family for calm evening walks and picnics for an amazing family bonding experience. If you need a relaxing day alone or with family and friends, then this location is one to visit.

Related Read: 15 Best Waterfalls Near Greenville, SC

10. Painting With A Twist

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📍Map It: 275 Harbison Blvd Suite R, Columbia, SC 29212, United States | Phone: +1 803-661-9711 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 12 PM-6 PM, Thursday 12 PM-8 PM, Friday 12 PM-9 PM, Saturday 3 PM-9 PM, Sunday 2 PM-4 PM, closed on Mondays | Entrance: per person ($35/2 hours and $45/3 hours)

Painting with a twist doesn’t just offer painting classes and an opportunity to express your inner Picasso. Aside from getting to paint, sip wine, and have fun while doing both, they offer other services.

They are the perfect party location for your group. There is a private session where you can choose from over 18,000 paintings to have a class on. The private room allocated is yours 30 minutes before and after the class.

What kind of parties can they handle? Well birthday parties, wedding showers, sweet sister parties, class reunions, and lots more. If a memorable experience is what you are after, then they have you covered.

11. The War Mouth

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📍Map It: 1209 Franklin St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-569-6144 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4 PM-10 PM, Friday-Saturday 4 PM-12 AM, Sunday 5 PM-9 PM, closed on Mondays | Entrance: Free

Among several restaurants to check out in the city of Columbia, the War mouth is one you must visit. The War Mouth is a very amazing restaurant that allows people to enjoy mouth-watering meals both inside and outside the restaurant premises.

From great barbecue and a variety of drinks to amazing customer service and hospitable staff it is a must-try. The restaurant offers free wifi, a full bar, wine and beer, table service, take out and stress-free parking options. There is a Sunday special, which is a four-course family meal.

The restaurant still has an option of ordering your meals online and delivers to your doorstep. The restaurant is also dog friendly, so you can bring your furry family member too!

12. Motor Supply Company Bistro

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📍Map It: 920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-256-6687 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 AM-2 PM & 5 PM-9 PM, Friday-Saturday 11 AM-2 PM & 5 PM-10 PM, Sunday 10 AM-2 PM & 5 PM-9 PM, closed on Mondays | Entrance: Free

This restaurant located in Congaree Vista is among the go-to restaurants in this area. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere, having lunch or dinner in this exquisite restatement will always be a great choice. There’s the gifting package the restaurant offers, where you can gift a farm-to-table dining experience to someone special in your life or family.

You can also make reservations for events like weddings, birthday parties, business dinners, and lots more. All you have to do is just call and make that reservation, the rest will be handled by the restaurant.

13. Lake Murray Boat Tours

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📍Map It: 220 Jake's Landing Rd, Lexington, SC 29072, United States| Phone: +1 803-339-9550 | Website | Hours: Monday-Friday 1 PM-9 PM, Saturday-Sunday 10 AM-9 PM| Entrance: $5 parking

Lake Murray boat tours offer you the opportunity to cruise in and around lake Murray. You get the chance to cruise on the legendary Manifest Destiny, a boat with so many amazing features that will make your experience more memorable.

The boat has a giant swim platform, a relaxing lounge area, a wet bar, and lots more. They also offer hands-on boat training for interested persons. The Purple Martin tour and Ghost tour are excellent tours that have been properly planned to create a relaxing and engaging experience.

Wedding parties are common in the world today. Do you want a party on a boat? Say no more as they offer packages for wedding parties as well as weddings.

14. SC State Museum

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📍Map It: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-898-4921 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 12 PM-5 PM, closed on Mondays | Entrance: $7 for ages 3-12, $9 for ages 13-61, and $8 for ages 62 and above

South Carolina State Museum is the largest museum in the state designed to create a learning environment that inspires imagination and creativity for visitors from all parts of the world. The museum has four floors packed with history, interactive science, and South Carolina’s works of art.

There are four exhibits provided. These are the past exhibits, traveling exhibits program, changing exhibits, and permanent exhibits. These exhibits consist of history, art, natural history, science and technology, and lots more.

Some events are hosted by the museum-like Friday night laser nights, summer camps, and more. You can also rent the Museum for private events.

15. Better Boat Rental

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📍Map It: 1602 Marina Rd, Irmo, SC 29063, United States | Phone: +1 803-407-2929 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM| Entrance:

Whether it’s a boat cruise you want to go on or fishing with friends or family, a better boat rental has got you covered. Other fun activities in the magnificent lake Murray like swimming, skiing, tubing, or just enjoying the serene environment of the lake are available.

They don’t just rent boats alone. Kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats are available for rent to the public. You can also bring up to two dogs on the fishing and cruise pontoons and the double-decker pontoon.

With fun activities comes the need to refresh and re-energize. You are allowed to bring your food and drinks onto the boat, so you don’t need to worry about refreshments.

16. Cayce / West Columbia Riverwalk

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📍Map It: 109 Alexander Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169, United States | Phone: +1 803-791-1880 | Website | Hours: Open daily 8 AM-9 PM | Entrance: Free

The West Columbia Riverwalk is one to visit indeed, with well-planned and structured trails. Visitors are always welcome to go hiking, biking, running, and just sightseeing. The park provides a trail guide for visitors that come in groups, to make the experience even better.

The walkway accommodates all levels of physical access, from baby carriages to wheelchairs. The trees cover almost every inch of the path, giving it a forestry feel. You feel like you are in the wild, ready to achieve your exploration fantasies.

17. Bang Back Pinball Lounge

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📍Map It741 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC 29205, United States | Phone: +18038344462 | Website Hours: Sunday-Thursday 3 PM-12 AM, Friday 3 PM-1 AM, Saturday 11 AM-1 AM | Entrance: $10

Looking for a fresh new hangout spot, then Bang Back Pinball Lounge is your next stop. This is a large spot with a great beer selection, exceptional food, and exquisite cocktails. Accompanied by all these is their 16 professionally maintained Pinball machines.

Aside from quick play modes and just fun time with friends, there are tournaments arranged by the lounge. These create an avenue for friends and other visitors to compete against each other in a safe and friendly environment.

They can host events of up to 200 people at once, so if you want to plan a private pinball tournament then you can call or visit the lounge to make reservations. The lounge has a large kitchen that can prepare a variety of meals from around the world, for up to 500 people.

18. Two Gals And A Fork Food Tours

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Website Hours: Check website for availability | Entrance: $50 per person

This food tour agency, with its very creative name, brings cultural and culinary experiences to you. They will take you on a tour of the historic and cultural sites and heritage of Columbia. They allow you to introduce wonderful destinations to your friends, families, and even colleagues entertainingly and educationally.

As you go around visiting historic sites and artistic districts, you also get to feast on amazing local dishes to keep your body refreshed and energized for the next stop. There are three tours you can choose from. These are the Vista Tours, Newberry Tours, and Lexington Tours.

19. Historic Camden Cornwallis House

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📍Map It: 222  Broad St, Camden, SC 29020, United States | Phone:  +1803-432-9841 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4:30 PM, Sunday1 PM-4 PM closed on Mondays and major holidays | Entrance: $5 for adults aged 65 and under, $4 for ages above 65 and students aged 6-15, free for kids ages 5 and under

Camden was home to the Native American Cofitachequi civilization in 1732.The house provides a tour guide to take visitors around the house and the other amazing parts of the entire compound.

There are some events held at this historic house, like the Jollification at the Tavern which was on July 2, 2022. Other upcoming events have yet to be announced. They also allow private events like weddings, receptions, birthday parties, conferences, and other events.

There is a summer camp for kids aged 9-12, where they get to learn about history in engaging ways. These camps are designed to be both impactful and fun.

20. Escapology Escape Rooms

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📍Map It717 Lady Street, Suite D, Columbia SC 29201, United States | Phone: +18039004144 | Website Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 PM-9 PM, Friday 12 PM-11 PM, Saturday 10 AM-11 PM, Sunday 12 PM-8 PM | Entrance: Visit the website to book a ticket

Escapology Escape rooms have opened the doors to satisfy your movie fantasies with amazing escape room games that nearly feel real. Game modes like Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castles Adventure, Murder on the Orient Express, Antidote, and lots more are available. If you want to bring your Imagination and fantasies to reality, then Escapology Escape Rooms is the best choice.

21. Palmetto Reef

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📍Map It302 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29169, United States | Phone: +18035427447 | Website Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11 AM-6 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: Free

Palmetto Reef is always ready to deliver and showcase exotic saltwater fish and coral. You can visit them to view the amazing array of amazing reefs. If you are in town and you need to get an amazing gift for a dedicated aquatic lover then this is the best place to check out.

They offer other services like water analysis, monthly tank services, tank installations, and Tank breakdowns and relocation. They also have a fish stock that consists of beautiful and rare fishes like Latticed Butterfly, S Regal Angel, and lots more.

22. River Center At Saluda Shoals Park

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📍Map It: 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212, United States | Phone: +1 803-772-1228 | Website | Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM-4:30 AM| Entrance: visit the website or call to make reservations

The River Center at Saluda Shoals park is a venue ready to host whatever event you have in mind. The center is so flexible you can subdivide it into up to 5 rooms so you can pick the exact size you want for your event.

The center is readily equipped with projection screens, a projector, a sound system, and internet access. They have a variety of catering services for you to choose from if you don’t want to go through the stress of getting yours.

They also have special wedding packages, if you want them to properly decorate and arrange the space you rented for your wedding. There is the Three room package, Four room package, and Entire facility package.

23. Columbia Greek Festival

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📍Map It: 1931 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-461-0248 | Website | Hours: | Entrance:

Columbia’s Greek Festival brings many Greek traditions, arts, and local dishes to you in Columbia. Some events like live Greek music from Nick Trivelas Band and The Aegean Duo will keep you in the Greek spirit as the festival continues to amaze you. There is also a Greek shop where you can get Greek artifacts, artworks, and cultural pieces.

The Greek cuisines that are available include boiled Greek chicken, pastitsio, peasant shrimp, keftedes (meatballs), and roast lamb. Also available are Greek salad, dolmades, and spanakopita.

24. African American History Monument

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📍Map It: House St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +18032527742 | Website | Hours: Open 24/7 | Entrance: $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-12

Learning about the history of Black Americans can be very impactful and enlightening. The African American History Monument talks about black South Carolinians from 1619 to the present day.

On the walls in front of the building is a wall sculpture of slaves back then who had been subjected to so many horrific things and later given freedom. With a tour guide, you get to learn about how the black Americans of South Carolina gained freedom and the process they passed through to get that.

25. SC Military Museum

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📍Map It: 1 National Guard Rd, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-299-4440 | Website | Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM| Entrance: Free

Through public outreach, the South Carolina Military Museum has preserved the Palmetto State’s rich history by cultivating community interest in inspiring future and shared heritage. They offer close-up tours of military items like firearms, uniforms, vehicles, and lots more.

The items in the museum include weapons that date back 1600s, and old wheeled and tracked military vehicles that were used to conquer their enemies. Items like artillery have always been a very important tool in war to date down to radios boots and flashlights used back then.

26. Worlds Largest Fire Hydrant

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📍Map ItBusted Plug, 1404 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Hours: Open 24/7| Entrance: Free

Created by the great artist Blue Sky is the world's largest Fire Hydrant. It was unveiled back on February 18, 2001, although the date also marked the anniversary of Columbia's destruction by fire during the civil war.

This 40 feet, 675,000 pounds beauty has left both locals and tourists stunned in amazement. The design is so unique and realistic, looking tilted and broken as if it had been knocked by a truck.

Due to this design, some tourists feel it was knocked and is about to undergo repairs. Taking pictures and videos are a must when in contact with this beauty of an artwork.

27. Clinton Sease Farms

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📍Map It382 Olde Farm Rd, Lexington, SC 29072, United States | Website Hours: Fridays 5 PM-8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM-1 PM and 5 PM-8 PM, Sundays 5 PM-8 PM | Entrance: $14 at door, $12 online, Free for ages 2 and under

The Clinton Sease Farm is owned by the Sease family. This farm is known for its Greens, Green Onions, and Corn Maze, but each year new attractions are added to the farm.

The farm makes available tours and school tours, to showcase the farm and some farm produce processes. This is a very amazing experience to have as you get to learn a lot about farming processes and lots more.

They allow the public to book the farm ground for birthday parties. Accompanied by this opportunity is the birthday cake package. The farm provides birthday cakes like a tractor cake, and others that look like farm produce.

There is also the Corn Maze Birthday Party package, which includes all playgrounds, obstacle courses, and the chance for the kids to feed farm animals. They offer this package and other amazing birthday packages too.

28. SC State Fair

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📍Map It1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +18037993387 | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-4 PM, closed Saturday and Sunday | Entrance: $20 for ages 6-54, $15 for ages 55 and older, Free for ages 5 and under

A State fair is always impactful, engaging, and fun, so there is no excuse not to attend the South Carolina State Fair. The fair is always packed with amazing activities and lots more. There are competitions, Commercial Exhibits, Partnership Opportunities, and not to mention, lots of food!

Over 60 rides are available to choose from to create a special and memorable experience. There are sky-high thrillers that will blow your mind, as well as family-friendly rides.

There is an art and crafts exhibition, where various artists showcase their works and allow people to engage in the creation of new work from scratch. There is also going to be a variety of musical entertainment during the fair, from blues to rock and lots more. All these and lots more will be available during the fair so be sure to attend.

29. Escape Plan Columbia

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📍Map It151 Riverchase Way b, Lexington, SC 29072, United States | Phone:+18037281555  | Website Hours: | Entrance: Call or visit the website to make a reservation

Love challenging tasks and Mystery just like in the movies? Then Escape Plan Columbia can bring your fantasies to life. They offer four unique rooms that will satisfy your desire for adventure and challenge.

There is the option of making reservations for a private party. When it comes to private parties they are available all days of the week. Whether it is a birthday party or bachelorette party, they will handle it with detailed design to the rooms and games for the kind of party you want.

The private party package allows bringing outside food or catering, as well as having multiple games start at the same time.Ever dreamed of being on a live show? There is a 60-minute live game show where you and your team will battle for glory.

There is a 7-foot wheel you spin to solve puzzles and guess top answers. This is a very fun experience for families, friends, and even coworkers.

30. Columbia Marionette Theatre

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📍Map It: 401 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +18032527366 | Website Hours: Saturday 11 AM-3 PM, Every third Monday at 10 AM | Entrance: $7

The Columbia Marionette Theatre was founded in 1988 by famous puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son John. This theatre is among the well-renowned children's theatres in South Carolina.

There is a puppet shop at the theatre that sells unique puppets for all ages and skill levels. They offer a variety of finger puppets, wind-up toys, hand puppets, and marionettes. The prices of the puppets range from $2 to $10.

Field trips are arranged for children where they engage in Question and Answer sessions with puppeteers, hands-on experiences with marionettes, and lots more. They can also help host a birthday party for kids. With various puppet shows and engaging activities, the children will always remember the occasion.

31. Columbia International Festival

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📍Map It: 610 Pickens St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +18037993452 | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM, closed Saturday and Sunday | Entrance: $7 for ages 19 and above, free for ages 18 and under

The Columbia International Festival brings your desire for entertainment, art, food, and culture to life. This is a festival that brings cultures from various parts of the world to Columbia SC. This is the largest indoor event in South Carolina and neighboring states, attended by over 17,000 - 22,000 people each year.

Cultural performers like singers, dancers, and more from all over the world come to this festival to contribute to its greatness. Food vendors offering dishes from different countries around the world also come to this great festival, so be sure to have a taste of local dishes from various places.

32. SC Railroad Museum

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📍Map It: 110 Industrial Park Rd, Winnsboro, SC 29180, United States | Phone: +1 803-712-4135 | Website | Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM| Entrance: $15 for ages 3 and above, $13 for seniors, Free for ages 2 and under

Established in 1973, the South Carolina Railroad Museum has preserved and interpreted the history of railroads in South Carolina. Ever dined in a historic monument? You will get to dine in their 1924 dining car, and experience eating in a new dimension.

There are several different train rides you can go on. These are BBQ dinner train, Blue Granite Express, Pumpkin patch 10, 12, and 3, pumpkin patch 11 and 12, Valentine’s Dinner Train, Easter Bunny Eggspress, Steam Train, and lots more.

You can also make reservations for private rides and or events like birthday parties and school field trips. These activities and events will make your visit to the museum a memorable one indeed.

33. State Of The Art Gallery And Pottery Studio

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📍Map It: 2007 State St, Cayce, SC 29033, United States | Phone: +1 803-807-9944 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM | Entrance: call or visit the website to make a reservation

Are you an art lover? State Of The Art Gallery And Pottery Studio offers homegrown art to both locals and tourists. They showcase South Carolina’s creative works in a casual, friendly, and relatable way.

They offer a pottery beginner class called the wheel class for people who want to try pottery for the first time. This class is only available by appointment.

There are also event packages made available to the public. There is the Bride & Her Beauties, where the bride gets two hours to have a bonding experience with her bridesmaid.

Couples Retreat is also among the event packages available. This involves dinner, and a private pottery lesson together. During the private couples lesson, couples get to design and work on a piece together to reflect on their romantic journey together.

34. Flight Adventure Park

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📍Map It: 1019 Broad Stone Rd, Irmo, SC 29063, United States | Phone: +1 803-732-1900 | Website | Hours: Open daily 11 AM-8 PM| Entrance: Depends on the program you want to pay for

Flight Adventure Park is a place that screams “Family fun time!”. They focus on fun family, fitness, parties, events, and exciting sports.

Let’s talk about a few attractions in the park. First is the foam zone, where you can practice twisting and jumping after launching into the air. There is also an exclusive launch pad to boost the fun experience. There are other Tina attractions like the Battle Beam, Face-Off, Bounce House, Lazer Race, And lots more.

There’s no better place to have birthday parties for kids than Flight Adventure park, as they throw the best parties for kids. They also host school parties, graduation parties, and other private fun parties.

35. SC State House

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📍Map It: 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29208, United States | Phone: +1 803-734-5049 | Website | Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-4 PM| Entrance: Free

The South Carolina house built in 1855 and renovated in 1998 is a house that seats the South Carolina state government. It gives visitors a chance to tour the house at their own pace. These tours can be guided or self-guided. Aside from its amazing golf course and participation in the revolution, it is known for its plantations, tourist attractions, and produce.

The area around the house is a haven for adventures and nature lovers. With the amazing greenery and serene environment, you can relax and learn about the history of the great house.

36. SC Riot Room

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📍Map It2243 Leaphart Rd # C, West Columbia, SC 29169, United States | Phone: +18035866387 | Website Hours: Monday-Friday 4 PM-10 PM, Saturday 10 AM-10 PM, Sunday 12 PM-10 PM | Entrance: between $30 and $120

Get a chance to relieve stress through bashing and smashing objects and experience entertaining activities at the South Carolina Riot Room. The entry ranges between $30 to $120 and this includes safety apparel. Each person is required to wear a protective vest, riot helmet, and protective gloves.

Objets like televisions, radios, stereo speakers, etc will be provided for visitors to express their various emotions and relief them selfs of those emotions. Those under the age of 16 are not allowed to engage in riot room activities without a parent or legal guardian present during the session.

37. Congaree National Park

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📍Map It100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061, United States | Phone: +18037764396 | Website Hours: Open daily 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Free

The Congaree National Park is a park where visitors can freely explore by foot, kayak, or canoe. Activities you can enjoy around the park include Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Ranger LED Programs, and Camping.

You can stay overnight at the park in a tent camping style. There are food services within the Park. Fishing is permitted in all areas of the park, so have a fun fishing experience with family and friends, or on your own. Hiking allows you properly feel and experience the beautiful sites the park has to offer.

There are some upcoming events like the Junior Ranger Wildlife that are on the 28th of August, 2022. Your furry friends are also allowed in the park but must be on a leash 6 feet long or less. This is a relaxing and broad park to spend quality time alone or with friends and family.

38. Tapp’s Art Center

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📍Map It: 713 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC 29205, United States | Phone: +18039880013 | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-6 PM | Entrance: $25 per person and $200 per squad

Tapp’s Art Center is a multifunction performance/ event center. With a seating capacity of up to 200, a variety of events can be held at this beautiful venue. For information on special packages and discounts, call their phone line.

39. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

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📍Map It: 1450 Greene St #400, Augusta, GA 30901, United States | Phone: +1 706-823-0440 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, closed on Mondays and Sundays | Entrance: Free

The Augusta Canal National gives a cool breezy feel as you hike, bike, or just stroll around along the trails close to it. There’s a boat tour of the canal available to the public. On this tour, well-informed tour guides are provided to educate you on historic and cultural topics.

Canal day discovery is an event to look forward to. With activities like music performances, food trucks, boat tours, and lots more, your experience will be a memorable one indeed.

40. Columbia Civil Rights Sit-Ins Historical Marker

📍Map It: Charleston, SC 29414, United States

Among several Historical Markers is the Columbia Civil Rights Sit-ins. Erected in 2017 by Columbia SC 63, this particular marker has to do with Black American civil rights. Its writing is in reference to the five Black American students who were arrested because they refused to leave the lunch counter. This historical site pays tribute to the massive movement that came as a result of that day.

41. Segra Park

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📍Map It: 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201, United States | Phone: +1 803-726-4487 | Website | Hours: | Entrance: prices vary with events

Segra Park is home to the Fireflies, a minor league baseball team. The park is not only used as home turf for the Fireflies but also for various events.

The park hosts several events from concerts to parties and also business seminars. Asides from the big open playing area, there are other designated spaces in the park for smaller events.

42. Lake Murray Yacht Tours

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📍Map It: 220 Jake's Landing Rd, Lexington, SC 29072, United States | Phone: +1 803-339-9550 | Website | Hours: Monday-Friday 1 PM-9 PM | Entrance: call to make reservations

Lake Murray Yacht Tours offers several services like yacht tours, hosting of private events, and lots more around lake Murray. Sunset tours give you the opportunity of experiencing an amazing view of the sunrise and sunset on lake Murray while having a relaxing time alone or with loved ones.

43. Quinine Hill Park

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📍Map It:  Groggy Lane and North Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29204, USA | Website | Entrance: Free

Looking for a place to experience sublime peace and tranquility? Then Quinine Hill Park is the place to be. The walking trail has a subtle rubber surface which increases comfort during walks and runs.

There are covered picnic tables for relaxing lunchtime and small gatherings or events. It is also ideal for people who just want to sit, enjoy the environment, and maybe read a good book.

44. Columbia Shrimp And Grits Festival

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📍Map It: Seawell’s 1125 Rosewood Drive Columbia, SC 29201, USA | Website | Entrance: $40 for persons aged 21 and above, $25 for ages 20 and under

A festival that brings the finest shrimps and grits restaurants to the world is the Columbia Shrimp And Grits Festival. There is a competition among all the finest shrimp and grits restaurants to see who will emerge as the best. There is also a winner in the people's choice division.

45. Friars Gate Park

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📍Map It: 1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo, SC 29063, United States | Phone: +1 803-732-3220 | Website | Hours: Monday-Thursday 2 PM-9 PM, Friday 6 PM-9 PM, Saturday 9 AM-8 PM, Sunday 1 PM-6 PM| Entrance: Free

Friars Gate Park offers a variety of quality activities to enrich the lives of visitors. There are various activities for persons of all ages and abilities.

Among several programs available is adaptive recreation. This is a six-week program for people with physical, intellectual, and developmental challenges to enjoy a summer camp experience. Only those between ages 5 to 21 are allowed in this program.

There are also sporting activities for both youths and adults. From swimming to basketball and lots more, the park has got you covered.

46. Surge Adventure Park

Credit: Surge Adventure Park – Columbia (Columbia, SC) | Facebook

📍Map It: 230 Business Park Blvd, Columbia, SC 29203, United States | Phone: +1 803-400-6974 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 AM-11 PM, Saturday 9 AM-11 PM, Sunday 12 PM-8 PM, closed on Monday | Entrance: visit the website or call to book tickets

Surge Adventure Park is simply letting your imaginations run freely, with a variety of fun activities to engage in. They provide fun and engaging activities for both kids and adults.

Need to host an unforgettable birthday? They have special birthday party packages that will make your birthday a blast!

47. Carolina Indoor Track and Field

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📍Map It: Field House, 1401 Whaley St, Columbia, SC 29205, United States | Phone: | Website | Entrance: Ticket prices vary with events

The Carolina Indoor Track and Field complex is a state-of-the-art indoor sporting facility for track and field events. It was officially opened in 2019. Indoor sporting events are held here every season, and locals and tourists alike come and watch their favorite athletes compete.

48. Kilo Charlie Shooting Range

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📍Map It: 146 Litton Dr D, Lexington, SC 29073, United States | Phone: +1 803-358-0305 | Website | Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday 1:30 PM-6 PM, closed on Monday and Tuesday | Entrance: check website for the price for each class

Want to know how to properly hold and shoot a gun? Then Kilo Charlie Shooting Range is the place to go. They offer several general classes as well as private specialized classes.

Among several options they offer, there is the Intro To Shooting class, Defensive Shooting, Firearm cleaning, and lots more. If you want to learn the inner workings of a gun and other things about it,  they can help!

49. Site Of The Surrender

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📍Map It2811 River Dr, Columbia, SC 29201, USA

This is a monument and a marker serving as a huge reminder of Civil War history. It has been preserved by the state and also the church right beside it. It is an excellent educational experience to check off your list while visiting Columbia.

50. SC Food Truck Craft Beer Festival

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📍Map It: Charleston, SC 29414, United States | Entrance: Free

This festival is all about food and drinks. A day where people from all over the world come to experience and taste the amazing and mouth-watering dishes South Carolina has to offer.

Over thirty popular food trucks in South Carolina will be out to satisfy the salivating mouths of thousands. Also over 50 National, regional, and local craft beers will be available.

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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