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Things to See and Do

Arts and Culture

If you're looking for arts and culture, Columbia has it all. Numerous art and history museums house internationally recognized collections. A variety of theatrical, dance and musical offerings can be experienced at The Koger Center for the Arts, the Carolina Coliseum, Township Auditorium and the nearby Newberry Opera House. For the cultural calendar of events, click here

Sports fans can take in any number of spectator sports in Columbia. Williams-Brice Stadium is home to the University of South Carolina Gamecock football team. For a complete listing of sporting events, click here:

Parks with tennis courts and playgrounds, public and private clubs, and a dozen or so golf courses are available throughout the community. Hunting and fishing are popular in the outlying areas of the city. Weekend afternoons find families taking in the sounds of outdoor concerts in downtown 17-acre Finlay Park or jogging, biking or walking on paths that stretch through nearby Riverfront Park. Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, popular among locals and out-of-towners alike, is ranked in the Top 10 in the nation and rests upon the banks of the Saluda River. 

The Water is Fine!
Only 10 minutes northwest of our city is the spectacular 50,000-acre man-made Lake Murray Recognized as one of the nation's top large-mouth bass fishing spots, Lake Murray delights residents and visitors along nearly 526 miles of shoreline. There are several parks and restaurants on the lake. In the summer months, the lake is alive with boating, skiing, sailing, jet-skiing, and sunbathing. This popular attraction just can't be beat for a quick and inexpensive afternoon or weekend!

Faith and Devotion
Almost every religious denomination is represented in Columbia. Large and small congregations offer worship opportunities and sponsor a diverse variety of benevolent services for our community's well-being. Search All South Carolina Churches

Nearby Destinations

Historic Charleston (2 hour drive)

Myrtle Beach (2–3 hour drive)

Blue Ridge Mountains & Parkway (2–3 hour drive)

Congaree Swamp (40 minute drive)