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Stay in the Heart of Historic Congaree Vista District The Hampton Inn is walking distance from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, University of South Carolina, State Capitol Building, downtown businesses, historic points of interest, and unique dining and shopping. Groups will find that our flexible meeting space is ideally suited for small business meetings and receptions. Our staff will be happy to suggest outside catering, floral or entertainment options specifically suited for your group. Whatever the size your group, our staff will happily assist in making your function a memorable one.

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you’reHERE! Every morning, I run along the Congaree River by way of our riverwalk, and it just amazes me how crisp and clean the water that flows through our city center is. As a 12-month destination, we’re able to kayak, canoe and run along our rivers. Lake Murray is also beautiful and is our area’s premier fishing and boating location.

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President & CEO Richard A. “Ric” Luber

Vice President of Sales & Marketing Kelly Barbrey

Director of Media Relations & Publications Nicole Smith

Manager Columbia Regional Visitors Center Jill Asouzu

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In Columbia, our history truly lives with us every day. Our history isn’t just confined within the walls of our many museums, it’s thriving in historic buildings that have found new purpose as restaurants or storefronts and in our historic homes, like the Robert Mills house, that are still standing. It’s such a pleasure to be able to walk or drive around and see history weaved throughout the city.

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The graciousness of our community is second to none! Everywhere you go people welcome you with smiles and hospitality. It’s like you’re a part of the family.

Jim Kinard Lexington County Council

Support and Leadership Director of Operations: Greg Hadden Creative Manager of Design: Kelly Faigin Ad Design: Allison Sowers Advertising Coordinators: Sarah Bivens, Michael Petrelli Chief Executive Officer: Peter J. Koclanes Chief Financial Officer: Dianne Gates Executive Vice President of Strategic Development: Lynne Craig Executive Vice President of Publishing: Scott Owen Cover image: Kayaking on the Congaree River ©Andrea Golod

Columbia has really become a hot spot for entertainment. From downtown city center to the suburbs, the nightlife sizzles with opportunities. My family and I enjoy live jazz bands that play in local restaurants and the spring and summer concerts in the parks, entertainment and shopping districts.

Milton Pope Richland County Administrator


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The Whitney Hotel is committed to treating each one of our guests with uncompromising courtesy and superior service.

Experience the best of Southern hospitality at The Whitney Hotel. The Whitney Hotel is Columbia’s Premier suite hotel. From the moment you enter our foyer, you’ll experience the same level of hospitality and attention to detail you would expect if you were visiting close friends

in the South.

• Minutes away from a multitude of of Columbia attractions • One- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, washer and dryer • Complimentary airport transportation, breakfast, newspaper and parking • Passes to the Hampton Hill Athletic Club • Room service by Harper’s Restaurant • Prompt and talented service staff

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Table ofContents Features 6  The Hot List A trip to Columbia means mixing the best of the city’s classics and fresh offerings 8 The best tool in your tripplanning toolbox 10  Sally Salamander Takes a downtown walking tour 12  Bank on This Explore our rivers 14  Lazy Days on Lake Murray Discover one of the city’s favorite places to play 15  Congaree’s Canopy Escape to this enchanting National Park 16  Barbecue Some like it hot 18  Columbia’s Other Favorite Meal: Brunch The creations that local chefs are providing for the Sunday crowd are standouts on any menu 20  Columbia’s Districts Choose your Hot Spot 22  Reel Time Nights at The Nick, Columbia’s indie movie theater 23  Hot Tots Best bets for families 24  Twitter Fans Tell All We asked our fans and followers on Twitter, “How would you spend one perfect day in @ColumbiaSC?”

Planning Essentials 26  Plan Must-have visitor info 28  Maps Find Yourself in Columbia 32  Hotels Where to rest your head 46  See & Do Museums, history tours, farmers markets, spas and more 57 Arts Music, theater, art and dance

Photos: Columbia Museum of Art, lunch at Nonnah’s, kayaking the Congaree River ©Weaver/Andrea Golod

60 Recreation The great outdoors 63  Shop The best places to shop


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Just because there is a whole host of history in South Carolina dating as far back as any U.S. history book will go doesn’t mean this classic Southern city is afraid of being fresh. A trip to South Carolina’s capital means mixing the best of the city’s classics and fresh offerings. Here are 10 of each to get you started:



Scoring one-of-a-kind treasures while shopping Columbia’s antique corridor along Meeting Street.

Southern cooking, from grits to barbecued pork, dots the menus at many of Columbia’s more than 450 restaurants. It’s all delicious.

Fresh Find new designs and high fashion in the many boutiques on Divine Street. Or, window shop then grab a bite or a cocktail at one of the nearby restaurants.

Classic Catching a University of South Carolina football game at Williams-Brice Stadium. With trimmed hedges in the end zone, tens of thousands of fans at each game and a lively, Southern-style tailgating scene, catching a Gamecocks game is as quintessential as it gets.

Fresh Winners of the national championship at the 2010 College World Series, the Gamecocks baseball team games will be one of the hottest tickets in town come the 2011 season.


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Fresh The new South Carolina State Farmers Market (see pg. 51) has tripled in size, and it now features a farmers market, conference center, specialty shops and more. Feast your eyes on the produce at the The Farmer’s Shed (see pg. 50), located in nearby Lexington, which also boasts a great selection of fresh produce and an eight-acre corn maze each fall.

Classic It’s warm pretty much year-round in Columbia, which makes golf (see pg. 60) a part of the city’s culture rather than a mere game or hobby. There are dozens of courses in and around the city offering some of the best golfing in the world.

Fresh Even a novice can pick up disc golf in a matter of minutes. Columbia Disc Golf is a great resource to discover the more than half-dozen courses nearby. Or, just find a park with some trees to serve as holes.

Classic The South Carolina State House (pg. 52) is a historic building that has a Civil War era past. Inside its storied halls are notable monuments and an art gallery filled with portraits of famed historical figures such as Robert E. Lee, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Fresh The historic Union Station, built in 1902, is now home to a thriving restaurant, California Dreaming, which has helped to revitalize the neighborhood around it.

Classic Columbia’s college-town status means finding a cozy independent coffee shop or bookstore is an easy task. Spend some time at places such as Higher Grounds Books & Beans to caffeinate with a book and feel as energized as a college kid.

Fresh Have Mother Nature chip in on the relaxation front with gentle kayak or canoe trip down the Congaree River (see pg. 15).

Classic Explore the talents of international artists from ancient Rome and Greece as well as American masters at the Columbia Museum of Art (see pg. 53).

Fresh Classic Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (see pg. 55) is a two-time winner of the Governor’s Cup for the state’s most outstanding tourist attraction. With a 170-acre botanical garden and an incredible selection of the world’s wildlife, it’s easy to see why.

Fresh Take an evening cruise with the Southern Patriot or the Spirit of Lake Murray (see pg. 60) for a chance to see some of the lake’s many waterfowl.

Classic Boiled peanuts are a tasty and common snack in the South, and Columbia has plenty of great options for this treat. Enough of them, actually, that local publications have a best boiled peanut category in their annual “best of” surveys.

Fresh More and more Columbia restaurants are getting on the slow-food and farm-to-table wagon that is bringing fresh produce and local products to menus all over the country. With the city’s bounty from nearby farms and producers, this is one of the best places to taste the trend.

Relax at one of Columbia’s fantastic spas (see pg. 54) that offer an out-of-this world Zen-like experience. There’s nothing better than a little pampering on vacation.

Classic The Nickelodeon Theater’s (see pg. 22) quaint Main Street digs conjure images of movie houses of yesteryear. This nonprofit theater, often called “The Nick,” has been screening some of the most interesting and diverse independent films in its 75-seat setting since 1979.

Fresh The Nick’s new home will be a state-of-the-art cultural facility just a few blocks down Main Street from the original, with two screens and some of the best film technology available. Photos (from left): South Carolina State House, barbecue sandwich, giraffes at the zoo, kayaking the Congaree River © Masterfile, © iStockphoto/adlifemarketing, © Columbia Zoo/Brett Flashnick, © Weaver/Andrea Golod

7 A vital tool in your trip-planning arsenal is the official website of Columbia — It’s packed with a robust events calendar and things to do, blog posts about exciting Columbia happenings and deals on everything from a cup of coffee to a hotel stay.


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sally SALAMANDER downtown walking tour

I’m Sally, Columbia’s newest ambassador! Follow me around Columbia, and be sure to notice the beautiful architecture of South Carolina’s capital city. We pride ourselves on maintaining the city’s history while we build for the future. When you see me along your journey, feel free to pet me. Like our residents, I too am friendly and full of Southern hospitality. Photos: South Carolina State House, Never Bust sculpture, Arcade Mall


ColumBia regional VISITORS CENTER • 1101 linColn st. Anything and everything you want to know about Columbia can be found here. Have friends or family coming into town and need to know how to entertain them or where to go for dinner? Here, you’ll find maps, brochures, unique Columbia items for sale and more.


soutH Carolina STATE HOUSE • 1100 gervais st. (Salamander at First Citizens Complex, 1230 Main St.) At the corner of Main and Gervais, Sally notices the home of democracy at the State House located in the heart of Columbia, the Palmetto State’s capital. It is a historic building with a storied past of war, struggle and accomplishment. The grounds are home to more than 24 monuments. Can you find all six bronze stars?

©Brett Flashnick, ©Brett Flashnick, ©David McNamara


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ARCADE MALL • 1332 main st. Built in 1912, the arcade was Columbia’s first indoor mall. The architecture features terra cotta and marble details. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1982.


Palmetto Building • 1400 MAIN ST. You are now standing next to a building that’s nearly 100 years old. The Palmetto Building was built in 1913 and featured a bank on the first level. Notice the architecture of the building. Take a walk inside and feel the different stones. Can you tell what they are?


never Bust By BLUE SKY • 1500 MAIN ST. Look up and discover a unique piece of work created by Columbia’s own famous artist, Blue Sky. His inspiration came when the wall between the two buildings was torn down. Blue Sky didn’t want Sylvan’s to “float away” from the rest of the block, so he chained it down.

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OF ART • 1515 MAIN ST. Columbia’s world-class museum features fantastic art inside and out. Now that you’ve found me, visit the Museum Shop then walk around Boyd Plaza and notice the Keenan Fountain and Apollo’s Cascade with its many waterfalls, Henry Moore’s “Upright Motive No. 8,” and the large steel and fiberglass sculpture “Homage to Abbot Suger.”


riCHland County PUBLIC LIBRARY • 1431 assemBly st. Look inside the 242,000-square-foot building at the corner of Assembly and Hampton streets. Notice the contemporary architecture and more than 20 pieces of original artwork. Downstairs, children go wild over the thousands of

books, puppet stage, listening center and puzzles. Characters from Where the Wild Things Are greet you as you enter the Children’s Room. Do you know the author of the book?


THE BIG APPLE • 1000 HamPton st. Feel like dancing? You’re standing in front of the Big Apple Club. In the late 1930s, Columbia’s young African-American teens would come here to dance the night away. This is where the Big Apple dance craze was born — not New York City.


BLUE MARLIN • 1200 linColn st. What is now a premier location for dining and entertainment used to be the center of growth and development of Columbia. You are now standing in what used

to be Columbia’s train station. Yep, what once stood as the Seaboard Diner is now the Blue Marlin. Our city has done a great job of preserving history while looking toward the future.


adluH Flour MILLS • 804 GERVAIS ST. You’re standing next to an icon in Columbia’s Vista district. Adluh Flour Company, built in 1900, is the only flour mill still operating in South Carolina. You can find some of their stonemilled grits as part of the main course in some of our local restaurants. Did you know their biggest customer is Domino’s Pizza?


Bank on This: Rolling rivers The swiftly flowing waters of the Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers congregate in Columbia. Along their banks lie riverfront parks, walks and gardens that beckon both visitors and locals chasing the warm afternoon breezes to the water’s edge. Near the water’s edge, you’ll find a handful of outfitters providing kayaks, canoes and inner tubes for rides down the river system, so don’t worry about having to travel far to enjoy a ride atop the water’s flow. Saluda Shoals Park, near the Lake Murray dam’s spillway, is one of the most popular put-in points. If you’d prefer a guided trip, a number of outfitters are happy to oblige and will help you hop aboard a raft with an expert at the oar.

Anglers who chance to cast in a line along the water’s banks often find themselves in a fight with a striped or black bass. Each river has its popular fishing grounds, and while locals won’t divulge each and every fishable eddy, they are in


agreement that an easily accessed and near-sure bet for catching fish is Senate St. Landing, near the Gervais St. Bridge on the Congaree River. Nearby, several marinas and fishing outfitters rent fishing equipment — visit for specifics.

Three Rivers Greenway is easily accessed along an expansive stretch of the city’s riverbanks. Abutting the perpetually flowing waters of both the Broad and Congaree rivers, this peaceful walk connects a handful of welcoming city parks. Among the most popular is Riverfront Park, near the threeriver confluence. It’s a sprawling grassy area where picnickers and people looking to dip their toes in the water congregate to enjoy the area’s inviting natural attributes. Kayak and canoe rentals are available nearby, and it’s common to see water enthusiasts conquering a small rapid or two.

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Photo: Morning run over the Congaree River, Riverwalk ©Brett Flashnick, ©Andrea Golod

The half-mile segment alongside Granby Park’s 24 acres was the genesis of Columbia’s riverwalk system in 1998. Hike south along the greenway among trees whose boughs create a leafy canopy over the paved walkway on the Cayce side of the Riverwalk. Plenty of overlooks create optimum conditions for snapping scrapbookworthy pictures of the Congaree River and its greenery. The greenway, which is composed of a interweaving of riverwalks, is suitable for all athletic abilities. Add to the experience by renting a bike, strapping on inline skates or hopping on a moped in order to zip around Columbia’s citydefining waterways. At the end of the day, consider a respite at any of the nearby restaurants to take in the sunset colors as they reflect atop the never-ceasing river water. Visit for a list of restaurants ready to seat you.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, visit for nearby restaurants.

Enjoy your stay one bite at a time. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666 at the hilton columbia center in the historic vista district

Lazy days on lake murray

Spread like the fingers of a snowflake, Lake Murray’s innumerable coves and inlets allow for both quiet solitude and family enjoyment. Found just west of the Columbia city center, the lakeshore encompasses nearly 80 square miles. Lakeside rental homes, multiple marinas and easily accessed boat launches sit perched on its warm-water shores. Water, Water Everywhere. While the majority of Murray’s shoreline is rocky, a few prime beaches do exist if you know where to look. One of the lake’s most popular is Sandy Beach. Found in the southeast section of the lake — a few miles from the earthen Saluda Dam — this white-sand oasis is ideal for barbecues, swimming and soaking up the sun. If you’ve rented a boat at one of the lake’s fullservice marinas, you can beach it right on shore and save yourself the hassle of anchoring.

Islands in the Sun. In addition to sandy beaches, secluded coves and inviting inlets, Lake Murray also features a peppering of tiny islands. Among


the most interesting is Goat Island. Oddly enough, goats do meander around this particular island, perfect for a quirky photo opportunity. The Dreher Island State Recreation Area is composed of three islands in Lake Murray, each linked via bridge. This park system is ideal for those who want to enjoy the lake sans watercraft. Camping, hiking, fishing and picnic sites are all available.

narrated tours detailing the lake’s history and a chance to see some of its waterfowl and birds, such as the purple martins found on Dolittle Island. And on select occasions, including the Fourth of July, the lake hosts floating concerts. During these much-anticipated events, a dock is moored in the lake and bands take to the stage, with crowds cheering from their own boats and floats.

Lake Life.

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The lake itself is a self-contained tourist attraction. Shore-side vacation rentals provide easy and anytime access to Murray’s banks, while restaurants overlook its placid waters. In the summer months, the Southern Patriot and the Spirit of Lake Murray offer daytime and evening cruises that feature

The best time to take a dip is March through November, when the water is at its warmest. For anglers, consider purchasing a seven-day fresh-water fishing permit and try your luck against largemouth, striper and crappie.

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Photo: Boats on Lake Murray ©Brett Flashnick

Congaree’sCanopy If you were a dragon, fairy or gentle giant, Congaree National Park would most certainly be on your short list of desired places to live. Even those of us who are less mythical find South Carolina’s only national park and its 2.5-mile boardwalk, towering trees and the Congaree River running through it make a magical playground.

Photos: Canoeing on the Congaree River, Congaree National Park, an impressive champion tree ©National Park Service, ©Weaver/Andrea Golod, ©National Park Service

Just 30 minutes southeast of Columbia’s city center, Congaree National Park is the tallest deciduous forest on the planet and is home to several champion trees, the largest of their kind. The area is inundated with floodwaters eight–10 times per year when the river overflows its banks, typically between December and April. This frequent reinvention helps to make the park appealing to an incredibly broad array of wildlife. If you only have an afternoon to spend, a great introduction to all the wonders of the park is to walk

the elevated Boardwalk Trail using the free brochure you can pick up at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. This self-guided tour gives you some of the history and ecology of the park. For birders, canoeists and kayakers there is an enormous amount of diversity to keep you enthralled for much longer. And it’s free to everyone! To start planning your trip, visit The visitor center is open daily except for Christmas, 8:30am–5pm, 803-776-4396.



When in the South, you must eat a Southern meal: mouthwatering, taste-bud-tackling, cooked-to-perfection barbecue. Columbia offers plenty of spots where you can indulge in this age-old gastronomical tradition — an experience you’ll remember forever. Before you go any further, follow this step-by-step guide to full-stomach satisfaction.

Step 1: Start your Engines

Come hungry. You want the whole experience, so bring as much belly room as you can. Don’t be shy. We’ll make you feel right at home. Take a seat and get ready for an indoor picnic extravaganza. Rev up and step up with your paper plate and your appetite. Maybe stretch a bit, just to be safe.

Step 2:

Load Up Take a gander at the buffet or the menu and don’t feel too overwhelmed. Whatever you pick, you can’t go wrong. The main event here is the barbecue. No, not the coal cooking hood in your yard used for grilling hamburgers, we mean the meat itself, and we mean business. In South Carolina, it’s slow-cooked pulled pork, and you can usually get it in a sandwich


or a basket. In some places, hash, chicken and ribs grace the menu, as well.

Step 3:

Get Saucy and Choose Sides This is where it gets interesting. Spicy, tangy or sweet, every barbecue joint has its own recipe for success. In the Midlands area around Columbia, a lot of restaurants use a mustard-based sauce known as Carolina Gold. Now, it isn’t a meal without a little accompaniment. Dress up your plate with beans, potato salad, coleslaw or hush puppies. Try Big T Bar-B-Q, DOC’s Barbecue, Hudson’s Smokehouse, Little Pigs Barbecue and Maurice’s Gourmet Barbeque, all in the Columbia area. Photos: Barbecue spread with all the fixins ©iStockphoto/garuti, ©Doc’s BBQ, ©Doc’s BBQ

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Step 4:

Enjoy and Leave Happy Sit yourself down, lift your fork and ensure that your napkin is handy. Take a bite. Take another bite, and another, and another. Wash it all down with a sip of our famous sweet tea. Take another sip. Repeat steps two and three until all that’s left at your table is a full belly and a serving of tantalizing peach cobbler, another must-have Southern treat. Can’t get enough barbecue? Want to re-create your experience at home? Before you leave, take a minute to talk to the owner about his or her barbecue theories — everyone’s got a personal style of cooking down here, and most are eager to share. Remember, y’all come back now, you hear?



Enjoyed leisurely on a weekend morning with a cup of coffee, glass of juice or a spicy bloody Mary, brunch-time meals seem to suit Columbia’s laid-back lifestyle perfectly. There are plenty of places to enjoy brunch throughout the city, and the creations that local chefs are providing for the Sunday crowd are simply standouts on any menu. Here are four great brunches in Columbia worth sleeping in for: motor suPPly

diPrato’s deliCatessen

Biscuits taste better when they are made from scratch. So do grits, quiches and just about any other breakfast food. This is why the Motor has thrived as a bistro for more than 20 years — and its brunch is a true highlight in the Congaree Vista. The brunch menu, offered Sundays from 11am–3pm, changes weekly. Expect biscuits and grits, piping-hot pastry baskets and great entrees that favor the “unch” part of brunch, such as cornmeal-battered fried tilapia.

Diprato’s wants to make sure you don’t miss brunch this weekend (or any weekend for that matter). So, it offers it on both Saturday and Sunday for those who love the classic sweet-and-savory offerings produced by staff boasting New York accents befitting a classic deli. The griddle cooks up pancakes nonstop — buttermilk, banana pecan, chocolate chip, blueberry and peaches and cream. The rest of the menu runs the gamut from omelets to a delectable Monte Cristo French toast sandwich. Or, just order a steak — N.Y. strip, of course. On a pleasant day, grab a table on the patio and leisurely go about the weekend in style.

920 Gervais St., 803-256-6687

Cotton grill The goal of Sunday brunch at the Cotton Grill is to make sure that an empty stomach doesn’t spoil your day of rest. Their signature dish is the crab cake benedict and Southern tomato pie. Traditional breakfast fare such as pancakes, eggs and local favorite Coughman’s onion sausage are menu staples as well. Chef Nick’s unique amalgamation of American cuisine with a Southern twist means you can order up a six-ounce ribeye with scrambled eggs and cheese grits or a filet mignon omelet to start your morning off. The house bloody mary or prosecco mimosa pair perfectly with every dish. 711 E Main St.,

Lexington, 803-957-1996

342 Pickens St., 803-799-0606

CaFÉ strudel Billed as a European-style café, this West Columbia gem has a quaint patio that is perfect for sipping a café latte while enjoying simple, delicious and affordable brunch items each Sunday. Options include a scrambled-eggs quesadilla, pancakes, smoked-salmon bagels and the popular Hangover Hash Browns, filled with potato, onions, peppers, tomatoes and smothered in cheddar. It’ll right the day for anyone who stayed out a little too late on Saturday night. 118 State St., West Columbia,


Photos: Café Strudel, Motor Supply, brunch ©, ©Motor Supply ©Istockphoto


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DINING nigHtliFe IN COLUMBIA As the capital of South Carolina and home to a major university, Columbia’s dining and nightlife options are both endless and diverse. Five Points-area bars cater to the University of South Carolina crowd, bringing great drink specials and crowded bars. The Vista, meanwhile, has dozens of bars and restaurants that draw a more reserved crowd. Food options in the city’s more than 450 restaurants include everything from down-home Southern cooking to upscale New American and all points in between.

Please visit our website at restaurants to search our restaurant and nightlife listings by your preferred criteria.

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home area offers tons of antique shops, great burger joints and k ee parks, just across the lush Cr ill M Congaree River from downtown. what’s Hot: Boardwalks in Granby Park, bargains at the Old Mill Antique Mall, burgers at the Kingsman Restaurant

Points 4 Five the scene: This area has retained its character as a laid-back bohemian district since it first emerged more than 75 years ago. what’s Hot: Accessories at Wish boutique, group runs led by Strictly Running, live music at Five Points Pub, rare jazz CDs at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe

what’s Hot: Local masterpieces at ArtShack Gallery Cafe, graband-go lunches at Rosewood Market and fried chicken at Rosewood Dairy Bar

Street 6 Devine the scene: A collection of upscale specialty shops and restaurants — a place visitors can easily spend an afternoon wandering in and out of its charming storefronts. what’s Hot: Garlic mashed potatoes at Dianne’s on Devine, eco-chic kids’ wear at KD’s Treehouse, Carolina-made vases and bowls at Southern Pottery Workcenter & Gallery


7 Corridor of Decker Boulevard

the scene: Until recently an aging retail area, Decker Blvd. has begun to reinvent itself with internationally flavored momand-pop shops and restaurants. what’s Hot: Vietnamese noodles at Pho Viet Restaurant, kimchi at Sintobuli Korean Restaurant, gyros at Dinos on Decker

8 Sandhill

the scene: One of those new lifestyle communities that are popping around the country, where residents live and work amid a mix of national and locally owned shops and restaurants — all within a comfortable walking distance. what’s Hot: Sushi at Red Bowl Asian Bistro, designer jeans at Carolina Couture, tastings at Corked Wine Shop, birding in Sesquicentennial State Park

9 Harbison the scene: This bustling section of Lexington County, which includes the towns of Irmo and St. Andrews, has endless dining, hotel and shopping options. what’s Hot: Bike riding on The Dam, a full day of shopping at the Columbiana Centre, sunny days at Saluda Splash water park, artifacts at The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame

Street/Flight 10 Main Deck – Lexington

the scene: Main Street is full of historic charm, and its cobblestone lanes are lined with antique shops, delis and boutiques. Flight Deck is a modern mecca for dining, bars and shopping. what’s Hot: Alfresco dining at the Flight Deck Restaurant, Civil War-era buildings at the Lexington County Museum, the bar at the Main Street Cafe

11 Chapin the scene: This small town is the gateway to beautiful Lake Murray. The relaxed lakeside lifestyle permeates the town’s gift shops, homestyle eateries and parks — and there’s not a mega-big-box store in sight. what’s Hot: Local productions at the Chapin Community Theatre, courtyard seating at the Tipsy Toad Tavern, hanging out at the Rusty Anchor at Lighthouse Marina, watersports on the lake

5 Rosewood the scene: Six parks, historic homes and a small-town ambience make Rosewood a sweet stop for travelers.


Reel Time

It’s easy to schedule time during your trip to enjoy South Carolina’s only nonprofit art house film theater. Every day of the week, the Nickelodeon Theatre presents independent, foreign and documentary films, many not typically viewed out of major metropolitan areas. You can’t go wrong even if you don’t plan ahead, but to get in on a little something extra, consider looking for the following from the Nick’s special programming: Premiere Night @ The Nick

Indie GRITS Film Festival

Columbia Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday night is twice the fun at the Nick — you have the chance to see back-to-back screenings of two different films! At 6pm, the final screening of the previous week’s film runs, and at 8:30pm, the premiere of the new film running the following week helps pack the 77-seat theater. Along with munchies from local restaurants, the Nick’s non-trans fat popcorn, soda and spirits are available very reasonably.

In the spirit of creating exhibition opportunities for works that might not get show time at other festivals, the Indie GRITS Film Festival is dedicated to bringing people together to celebrate and share their interest in independent film production. The festival hits the Nick every April. For more information, visit

Documentaries and acclaimed films created by and about Jewish culture are celebrated at this festival in March/April 2011.

Second Saturdays at the Nick Second Saturdays, a family program to champion the shared viewing, conversation and experience of films among youth and adults, is held the second Saturday of every month at 10am. For only $1, 3 to 10-year-olds can get an early start in a life-long appreciation of cinema.

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers As a venue for the Southern Circuit, the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, the Nick offers a forum for film lovers to discuss films and their meanings with the filmmakers six times a year. For schedule info, check the website at

All of Us Check the website, www., for details and schedules for the All of Us film series, which includes screenings, panel discussions and receptions specially selected by representatives of the Nick’s diverse community of supporters from the African American, Native American, Latin American and GLBT communities. The Nick has plans to move to a new location downtown on Main Street. Check their website or call (www., 803-254-8234) to find out where they’re hosting their spectacular programs while you’re in town. Photo: Fire eater outside the new Nick ©Brett Flashnick


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HOT TOTS One family, a gazillion options and only a few days in Columbia. The problem isn’t the kids getting bored, it’s choosing from the vast selection of family-friendly choices Columbia has to offer. Puppet shows, miniature golf, recreational parks, reading rooms, museums, farm tours…the list goes on and on.

Photos: Riverbanks Zoo, South Carolina State Museum, Ed-Venture Children’s Museum

A great place to kick off the family-friendly fun is the EdVenture Children’s Museum (808.779.3100, www., which opened in 2003. In a few short years, the museum has become a must-see destination for children. After all, if it’s fun enough for Eddie — officially the world’s largest child at 40 feet and 17.5 tons — it’ll be entertaining enough for your kids, who will inevitably revel in the interactivity of the museum’s exhibits. They’ll have the opportunity to learn by

experience through hands-on activities: measuring their own oxygen levels, anchoring their own TV shows, recording their own music and much more. Learning has never been so cool. For the outdoor equivalent, visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (803.779.8717,, consistently voted as one of the best in the country. More than 2,000 animals give children the age-old opportunity to marvel at 20-foot giraffes, playful penguins and the slow-moving Galapagos tortoise. But the zoo isn’t just a place to watch from a distance. Kids can get up close and personal with mystery animal hunts, diving expeditions, safaris and even overnight camps. So fret not, Columbia is officially kid tested and mother approved, and the children have permission to let their adventurous spirits run wild and get their hands a little dirty. Now that’s a vacation.

©Brett Flashnick

Other Kid-Friendly Attractions

1. Carolina Children’s Garden

6. Funzone for Kids

2. Columbia Marionette Theatre

7. Columbia Fire Museum

3. Frankie’s Fun Park

8. Virginia Hylton Park

4. Saluda Shoals

9. Monkey Joe’s Party and Play Center 10. South Carolina State Museum

5. Children’s Room, Main Library


Twitter fans Tell All

We asked our fans and followers on Twitter, “How would you spend one perfect day in @ColumbiaSC?” Here are their suggestions: @justinsane98: @columbiasc feed the giraffes at the zoo, brunch at the gourmet shop, float down the saluda, dinner at @MrFriendlys, rooftop drinks.

@ConnorWatkins: Perfect day in @columbiasc: Picnic in Memorial Park followed by an afternoon at the zoo then dinner in the Vista. @vistaguild

Start early on this jam-packed itinerary by offering breakfast to the tallest animals in the Riverbanks Zoo at the new Giraffe Overlook, then get yourself a bite at The Gourmet Shop, a cheese shop and cafe in Five Points. Work up your appetite while floating the Saluda River before heading to a local favorite, Mr. Friendly’s, for dinner and drinks.

The park’s secluded groves and gentle creek provide the perfect place to unpack your picnic basket and relax. Touring the 170-acre zoo and botanical gardens make for an enchanting day. When you get hungry again, the Vista offers 60 restaurants — so no matter what you’re in the mood for, they’ve got it!

@quitecontrary0: @Cocky2001: Wlkn arnd @USCColumbia Campus thn goin 2 one of our gr8 venues 2 watch my #Gamecocks play! With part of the campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the University of South Carolina is a beautiful place for a stroll. And if you get a chance to catch a Gamecocks game, you’ll have a blast cheering along with the passionate home-team fans.


@ColumbiaSC lunch at Garden Bistro in The Vista, visit to @myRCPL Main Library and reading by the river. The soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps at this hidden gem are made with the freshest ingredients, which means they’re a deliciously healthy lunch option downtown and popular with locals. The rippling noise of the river creates a wonderful soundtrack for any book you lose yourself in from the Richland County Public Library.

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@mandiengram: @columbiasc Brunch at The Gourmet Shop, some #famouslyhot @FivePointsSC shopping, @freshcupcakes, @Riverbanks Zoo, then dinner at @TerraSC! There’s no better way to fuel a morning shopping trip than noshing on fresh-baked goods and sipping cappuccinos curbside. If your sweet tooth needs to be constantly indulged, swing by nationally renowned Cupcake for a treat on your way to visit more than 2,000 animals at the Riverbanks Zoo. Unwind with dinner and wine at Terra, given the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.

Share your experiences, and get more tips from fans at See our handy twitter lists for the latest on what’s hot at local restaurants, shops and more at

Enjoy casual fine dining in Columbia's oldest and finest Italian restaurant. Located in a historic 19th century firehouse, we invite you to enjoy our authentic Italian cuisine in an atmosphere of Old World charm and Southern Hospitality.

©Andrea Golod

PlanningEssentials MAPS AHEAD!


Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

Now that you’ve been oohhed and aahhed by the possibilities of a visit to Columbia, it’s time to get down to the nuts and bolts of planning your trip. In this section, we’ve pulled together all the must-have info you’ll need to make planning a cinch!

Getting Here

Visitor Info

By Air

Columbia, SC

Columbia Metropolitan Airport 3000 Aviation Way 803-822-5000 Just six miles southwest of Columbia’s business district, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport is served by seven airlines, including American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways. The airport offers free wireless Internet access.

The Columbia, South Carolina area consists of six counties — Richland, Lexington (including the city of Columbia), Kershaw, Calhoun, Fairfield and Saluda — and we’ve grown to approximately 800,000 people, making it South Carolina’s largest metropolitan area.

By Car Columbia has three major interstate highways serving the metropolitan area: I-26, I-77 and I-20. I-95 is only 60 miles away.

Distance & Driving Times to Columbia City

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Roadside Assistance South Carolina Department of Transportation Call *HP from your cell phone if you need basic auto repair assistance such as changing a flat tire, jump starting your car and providing fuel and water.

Packing List Columbia is a dress-to-impress city, but whether you dress up or down, you definitely want to remember we’re Famously Hot.

Climate Columbia may be famously hot, but the forecast is quite consistent with 300 days of sunshine a year! At night, plan on light breezes and comfortable temperatures. Forty-five inches of rainfall annually help cool things down, but rarely does it get cool enough to snow.

Average Highs & Lows (in Fahrenheit) Month


January February March April May June July August September October November December


57 34 60 36 68 42 77 50 84 59 89 67 92 71 91 70 85 64 76 51 67 41 58 35

Average figures from National Weather Service

Visitor Centers Columbia Regional Visitors Center 1101 Lincoln St. 803-545-0002, 800-264-4884 Mon.–Fri. 8am–6pm; Sat. 10am–4pm; Sun. 1–5pm Whether visiting friends or family, conducting business or attending a meeting or event, be sure to stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is eager to assist you with area information. You’ll find maps and

brochures with information about restaurants, accommodations, attractions and more. We’re located at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the historic Congaree Vista District, just blocks way from the Gervais Street bridge and the South Carolina State House. Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 350 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg/ Leesville, 29006 803-532-4339 Mon.–Fri. 9am–5pm Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Center 2184 N. Lake Dr. 803-781-5940, 866-SC-JEWEL Mon.–Fri. 9am–5pm; Sat. 10am–4pm; Sun. 1–5pm Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin 803-345-1100 Mon.–Fri. 10am–4pm Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo 803-749-9355, 800-749-9355 Mon.–Fri. 9am–4pm Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center 321 S. Lake Dr., Lexington 803-359-6113 Mon.–Thurs. 9am–5pm, Fri. 9am–4pm University of South Carolina Visitors Center 816 Bull St. 803.777.0169, 800.922.9755 Mon.–Fri. 8:30am–5pm; Sat. 11am–3pm West Metro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 1006 12th St., Cayce 803-794-6504, 866-720-5400 Mon.–Fri. 8:30am–5pm

©Columbia Metropolitan Airport


South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

City Center Map KEY

Purple Orange

Columbia City Center Columbia North West Columbia/Cayce & Airport Shopping districts Attractions

See listings for specific street address.


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Richland Mall

Colonial Life Arena


Columbia Regional Map KEY


Columbia City Center Columbia North Columbia S.E. & Fort Jackson Irmo-St. Andrews & Harbison Lexington County Richland N.E. & Fort Jackson West Columbia/ Cayce & Airport Attractions

See listings for specific street address.


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Riverbanks Zoo Visitors Entrance to Ft. Jackson

SC State Farmers Market



To learn more about Southern comfort, Columbia style, visit © Hilton Columbia Center

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Airport Shuttle

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Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC 803.252.7225 1425 Richland St., Columbia 29201 $$

Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Embassy Suites Columbia – Greystone • 803.256.1718 1718 Hampton St., Columbia 29201 $$

Clarion Hotel Downtown

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Extended Stay America Columbia West

Columbia Marriott Hotel 803.251.7878 450 Gracern Rd., Columbia 29210 $$$

• • 803.771.7000 1200 Hampton St., Columbia 29201 $$

Country Hearth Inn & Suites – Downtown •

Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District • 803.252.2000 621 S. Assembly St., Columbia 29201 $

official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, sC 803.231.2000 822 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 $$

Hilton Columbia Center

• • 803.744.7800 924 Senate St., Columbia 29201 $$

32 803.252.8700 200 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia 29210 $$ 803.771.8711 1615 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 $ 803.799.7800 630 Assembly St., Columbia 29201 $$

SpringHill Suites® Columbia Downtown/The Vista The newest Marriott in Columbia.

• Great location in Downtown, Vista area. • Walking distance to Convention Center, State House, University of South Carolina and great dining and shopping • Marriott® Rewards points available. • Suites are 25% larger than a comparably priced hotel room, giving you room to succeed. • Luxury bedding – crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows.

511 Lady St., Columbia, South Carolina 29201

888-236-2427 / 803-978-2333

• Suites are innovatively laid out, stylishly furnished and smartly designed. They feature pantry areas with a small refrigerator and microwave. • Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free wireless Internet access. • Complimentary continental Suite Seasons Breakfast® buffet. • Complimentary on-site parking.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown

Days Inn Columbia 803.744.4000 501 Taylor St., Columbia 29201 $$

Homewood Suites by Hilton

803.254.4770 3003 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29204 $

Parkview Inn

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803.256.2255 3301 Main St., Columbia 29203 $

Super 8 Motel – Fairfield Rd

Best Western Fort Jackson Inn • •

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel • 803.695.0666 240 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia 29209 $

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Columbia Downtown

Candlewood Suites – Columbia/ Ft. Jackson • • 803.978.2333 511 Lady St., Columbia 29201

Staybridge Suites Columbia Downtown •

Studio Plus

• • 803.771.0303 180 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia 29210 $

The Whitney Hotel

• • 803.252.0845 700 Woodrow St., Columbia 29205 $$$ 803.727.1299 921 Atlas Rd., Columbia 29209 $$

Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Jackson Maingate 803.451.5900 1913 Huger St., Columbia 29201 $$ 803.695.3485 131 Veterans Rd., Columbia 29209 $ 803.779.7790 1301 Main St., Columbia 29201 $ 803.988.1400 1400 Main St., Columbia 29201 $$

Columbia soutHeast & Ft. JaCKsoN Americas Best Value Inn 803.735.0008 5719 Fairfield Rd., Columbia 29203 $ 803.779.7000 150 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia 29210 $$

Rodeway Inn Governors House Hotel

Grand Motel 803.779.7779 1619 Pendleton St., Columbia 29201 $$

InnPlace Suites

803.754.1914 5810 N. Main St., Columbia 29203 $ 803.765.0440 2003 Greene St., Columbia 29205 $$$

Inn at USC

Glass Manor Motel 803.239.4663 230 Greystone Blvd., Columbia 29210 $$

The Inn at Claussen’s

• • 803.714.7200 133 Plumbers Rd., Columbia 29203 $

Country Inn & Suites Southeast 803.776.6660 220 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia 29209 $

Days Inn & Suites 803.783.5500 7300 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209 $


Econo Lodge 803.738.0510 4488 Fort Jackson Blvd., Columbia 29209 $

Budget Inn 803.252.5000 1601 Sunset Dr., Columbia 29203 $

Coronet Motel 803.754.1510 6320 N. Main St., Columbia 29203 $


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Indoor Pool

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Columbia’s Unique Historic Inn This stylish and historical 1928 brick building once housed a busy bakery, and today incorporates that history into its large inviting rooms and suites, themed in either a contemporary or traditional décor. All rooms include a complimentary fresh breakfast, delivered to your room each morning. Free Parking


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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Fort Jackson

Rodeway Inn & Suites 803.695.1111 7329 Garners Ferry Rd., Sumter Hwy. Columbia 29209 $$

LaQuinta Inn Maingate Fort Jackson

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Columbia SE/ Fort Jackson

Microtel Inn & Suites Maingate Fort Jackson 803.695.0062 250 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia 29209 $$ 803.776.1995 7504 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209

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Quality Inn & Suites Fort Jackson Maingate 803.738.1642 494 Beltline Blvd., Columbia 29205 $

• • 803.772.7200 200 Zimalcrest Dr., Columbia 29210 $ 803.776.1700 7251 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209 $

American Inn St. Andrews

803.731.5533 1337 Garner Ln., Columbia 29210 $

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In preparation for your next meeting, we’ve planned your every need.

At the Hilton Garden Inn — near the Columbiana Center Mall and just 2 miles from Lake Murray — you’ll find 3,500 sq. ft. of divisible meeting and banquet space, a private boardroom and full-service in-house catering. Well-appointed guest rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, fridge, microwave and coffeemaker. Plus, an indoor pool, workout facility and more — all for less money than you’d think. ®

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Best Western Executive Inn & Suites

Days Inn 803.561.9027 1720 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Comfort Inn – Bush River Road

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Econo Lodge & Conference Center • 803.798.5101 911 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Comfort Suites Harbison 803.731.2300 347 Zimalcrest Dr., Columbia 29210 $$

• • 803.772.0270 1029 Briargate Circle, Columbia 29210 $

Extended Stay Deluxe – Irmo

• • 803.781.8590 1170 Kinley Rd., Irmo 29063 $ 803.391.4100 414 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia NW 803.772.7275 773 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Economy Inn I-20 803.407.4444 750 Saturn Pkwy., Columbia 29212 $$

Country Inn & Suites Columbia Harbison

• • 803.750.7550 1144 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Fairfield Inn by Marriott – Columbia Northwest/Harbison 803.732.4436 320 Columbiana Dr., Columbia 29212 $

Hampton Inn Harbison 803.749.6999 101 Woodcross Dr., Columbia 29212 $


Hilton Garden Inn Harbison

Knights Inn Columbia NW

• • 803.407.6640 434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia 29212 $$ 803.772.0022 1803 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Harbison

Microtel Inn & Suites 803.732.2229 211 Lanneau Court, Columbia 29212 $

Hyatt Place Columbia/Harbison 803.407.1560 1130 Kinley Rd., Irmo 29063 $$

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Palmetto Inn

803.772.5833 127 Morninghill Dr., Columbia 29210 $ 803.732.7377 330 Columbiana Dr., Columbia 29212

Quality Inn Harbison Area

• • 803.798.0500 499 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia 29210 $

InTown Suites Columbia West 803.216.9092 1633 BRd. River Rd., Columbia 29210

Quality Inn St. Andrews

• • 803.451.2400 1335 Garner Lane, Columbia 29210 $

Pets Allowed

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InTown Suites Columbia Northwest

38 803.772.1914 411 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia 29210 $

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Radisson Hotel Columbia & Conference Center

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Columbia Northwest/Harbison • • 803.731.0300 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $$

Ramada Limited I-20 803.731.9997 1315 Garner Lane, Columbia 29210 $

Red Roof Inn Columbia West

Travelodge Columbia West

Western Inn & Suites

803.772.9672 827 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $

803.750.5060 1323 Garner Lane, Columbia 29210 $

Sleep Inn NW 803.798.9665 2210 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210 $ 803.798.9220 10 Berryhill Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Royal Inn – St. Andrews 803.781.9391 350 Columbiana Dr., Columbia 29212 $$ 803.731.9999 1901 Rockland Rd., Columbia 29210 $

Wingate by Wyndham – Columbia Harbison 803.407.6166 217 Lanneau Court, Columbia 29212 $

LEXINGTON COUNTY Able House Inn Bed & Breakfast

• • 803.532.2763 244 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville 29070 $

- 93 Spacious Studios : One-Bedroom & - Two-Bedroom Suites w/Full Kitchens & 42” LCD TVs - Complimentary Full Breakfast Buffet - Complimentary Evening Reception (Mon.-Thur.) - Business Center - Complimentary Guest Laundry - Indoor Pool - Fitness Center - Complimentary High Speed Internet

(803) 451-5900 1913 Huger Street Columbia, SC 29201 email:


Comfort Suites Lexington

Ramada Limited Lexington 803.996.2000 325 W. Main St., Lexington 29072 $$

Hampton Inn Lexington

Value Place – Lexington 803.356.8300 601 Columbia Ave., Lexington 29072 $ 803.356.1303 4920 Augusta Rd., Lexington 29073

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Lexington

Wingate by Wyndham – Lexington/Columbia 803.808.0800 131 Innkeeper Dr., Lexington 29072 $

Leesville Lodge 803.957.5000 108 Saluda Point Court, Lexington 29072 $$

riCHlaND NortHeast & Ft. JaCKsoN 803.532.1082 605 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville 29070 $

Quality Inn & Suites Lexington • • 803.356.6533 1015 S. Lake Dr., Lexington 29073 $

Comfort Inn Blythewood

• • 803.754.1441 436 McNulty Rd., Blythewood 29016 $ 803.359.3099 328 W. Main St., Lexington 29072 $

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Featuring... • 238 Exquisitely appointed • Columbo’s Italian Eatery & Prime Steaks - a truly guest rooms, including 35 unique dining suites experience • Complimentary high• Over 20,000 square feet speed wireless internet of meeting space • Expanded fitness center • Outdoor pool and sundeck • Complimentary Airport Shuttle

803.731.0300 2100 Bush River Rd. at I-20 Columbia SC 29210


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Hotel Columbia & Conference Center

Outdoor Pool Free Hot Breakfast Free High Speed Internet Free Pass to Gold’s Gym Meeting Room Business Center Conveniently located to many restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

(803)356-8300 601 Columbia Ave. Lexington, SC 29072 email:

101 Spacious Rooms Free Hot Breakfast Free High Speed Internet Business Center

Conveniently located to many restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

(803) 407-6166 217 Lanneau Court Jct. I-26 & Harbison Blvd. (Exit 103) Columbia, SC 29212 email:

82 Luxurious Rooms Free Hot Smart Start® Breakfast Free High Speed Internet Microfridge available in every room

Fitness Center Outdoor Pool Indoor Spa Meeting Rooms

Complimentary Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment Business Center Meeting Room

Conveniently located to many restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

(803) 732-2229 211 Lanneau Court Jct. I-26 & Harbison Blvd. (Exit 103) Columbia, SC 29212 email:


Comfort Suites Northeast

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Clemson Road 803.678.4266 1540 Daulton Dr., Columbia 29223 $$

Courtyard by Marriott NE

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Blythewood 803.736.3600 111 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia 29203 $

Days Inn Columbia/ Fort Jackson

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Jameson Suites Columbia

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Marlboro Inn Fort Jackson 803.736.3237 1520 Barbara Dr., Columbia 29223 $

• • 803.736.3900 7541 Nates Rd., Columbia 29223 $ 803.736.0822 8104 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $

Red Roof Inn Columbia East 803.736.0850 7580 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $

Residence Inn Columbia NE

• • 803.788.8850 2320 LeGrand Rd., Columbia 29223 $$ 803.736.5600 8105 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $$


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LaQuinta Inn Columbia Northeast Fort Jackson

Quality Inn Fort Jackson

8910 Farrow Rd. Columbia 29203 $$

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia North

Motel 6 Columbia East 803.865.8000 1551 Barbara Dr., Columbia 29223 $$

Hilton Garden Inn NE – Opening Fall 2010

803.787.1504 5133 Forest Dr., Columbia 29206 $ 803.788.4901 1021 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia 29229 $$

Hampton Inn Columbia Northeast 803.736.6400 1538 Horseshoe Dr., Columbia 29223 $ 803.760.1700 120 Blarney Dr., Columbia 29223 $

Hampton Inn Columbia I-20/ Clemson Frontage Road

Microtel Inn NE • • 803.736.6666 7525 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $ 803.782.2025 5430 Forest Dr., Columbia 29206 $

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast 803.419.0330 8310 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 803.788.5544 7700 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $$

Extended Stay America Ft. Jackson •

InTown Suites Columbia East 803.691.1200 114 Blythewood Rd., Blythewood 29016 $

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Fort Jackson 803.333.0315 120 Creech Rd., Blythewood 29016 $ 803.736.0000 7128 Parklane Rd., Columbia 29223 $

Days Inn NE Fort Jackson 803.419.3558 1011 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia 29229 $

Super 8 Motel Fort Jackson

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official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, sC 803.790.1133 5321 Forest Dr., Columbia 29206 $

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Columbia’s first eco-friendly hotel that leaves an impression not a carbon footprint At the Holiday Inn® Hotel & Suites Columbia-Airport, we’re passionate about green lodging. Designed to meet LEED silver certification, our hotel is built from eco-friendly materials and operates with the focus of better health for you and the environment. Our location in West Columbia, SC is near everything, conserving your time and gas. • Sporting News Grill Restaurant

• 24 Hour Sundry Shop

• Saltwater filtered pool

• Business Center & Board Room

• Cardio Fitness Center

• Meeting & Banquet Facility

• Wired & Wireless Internet

• Free Airport Shuttle

Located just off I-26 at exit 110 (Hwy 378) 110 McSwain Drive West Columbia, SC 29169 Tel: 803.391.4000 Fax: 803.391.4001

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Executive Inn I-26 & Hwy 378 803.699.1413 931 Spears Creek Court, Elgin 29045

Wingate by Wyndham – Fort Jackson Northeast

Hampton Inn Columbia I-26 Airport 803.699.9333 8300 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 $ 803.791.8940 1094 Chris Dr., West Columbia 29169 $$

West Columbia/CayCe/airport

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport

Airport Inn

803.936.0015 1935 Airport Blvd., Cayce 29033 $

Masters Inn Columbia I-26 803.796.2700 114 McSwain Dr., West Columbia 29169 $

Cambridge Plaza Hotel Columbia West • •

Carolina Lodge

Masters Inn Knox Abbott

Quality Inn West Columbia

Riverside Inn 803.794.7500 3020 Charleston Hwy., Cayce 29033 $

Country Inn & Suites Columbia Airport

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Sleep Inn Airport

Travelers Inn

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803.796.9900 2200 Airport Blvd., West Columbia 29170 $ 803.794.6200 2245 Airport Blvd., Cayce 29033 $

Days Inn West Columbia 803.791.5160 2516 Augusta Rd., West Columbia 29169 $ 803.794.9440 500 Chris Dr., West Columbia 29169 $

Country Hearth Inn & Suites – Cayce • • 803.796.4300 613 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce 29033 $

803.796.9905 2204 Airport Rd., West Columbia 29169 $ 803.791.5850 2125 Commerce Dr., Cayce 29033 $ 803.796.9400 650 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia 29169 $

Clarion Inn Airport 803.794.0222 1987 Airport Blvd., Cayce 29033 $

803.796.3714 1617 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia 29169 $ 803.391.4000 110 McSwain Dr., West Columbia 29169 $$

Knights Inn Columbia Airport

American Inn West Columbia

Americas Value Inn & Suites

803.796.4934 1107 Harbor Rd., West Columbia 29169 $

West Columbia Extended Stay 803.796.0044 110 Branch Rd., West Columbia 29169 $

803.794.1800 114 McSwain Dr., Building A, West Columbia 29169

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Education, entertainment and easy living. Visit for more attractions. Garden at the Robert Mills House ©Weaver/Andrea Golod

African-American Heritage African American History Monument products/3783.aspx • First of its kind

on any of the nation’s statehouse grounds, the monument recaptures the rich history of African Americans and their contributions to South Carolina from arrival in Charleston to the 21st century. Modeled after an African village. 803.734.2430 • South Carolina State House Grounds, Main and Gervais Sts., Columbia 29201

Big Apple • Built

as the House of Peace synagogue around 1907, the building was located originally at 1318 Park St. After its congregation outgrew the building, the structure was sold with the stipulation that it never be used as a synagogue again. In 1936, the building indeed took on a far different use, as it became an African-American dance hall called the Big Apple Club. It was there that the Big Apple dance craze was born before it became a national phenomenon. After remaining vacant for several years, the building was moved to its present location on Hampton St. and subsequently renovated by the city of Columbia. 803.252.7742 • 1000 Hampton St., Columbia 29201


Booker T. Washington High School •

Opened in 1916 as the second public school for African Americans, this building was a cultural and social center. The property is now part of the University of South Carolina. Blossom, Wheat and Marion on USC Campus, Columbia 29201

Harriet Barber House •

Significant for its association during the late 19th century with the South Carolina Land Commission, a unique attempt by a Southern state to give freedmen the opportunity to own land, the Barber House has remained in the same family since 1872. 803.695.7669 • 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins 29061

Ladson Presbyterian Church The oldest African-American church in the city (1838) began as a mission of the First Presbyterian Church. Under the leadership of Rev. Mark G. Johnson from 1876–1921, Ladson became a center for religion, education and community service. 803.765.9192 • 1720 Sumter St., Columbia 29201

Mann-Simons Cottage •

Formerly owned by Celia Mann in 1850, this house marked the beginning of her life after she bought her freedom in Charleston and walked to sovereignty. Tickets available in the Museum Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House. 803.252.1770 • 1403 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House • Second home of the social activist and community leader who died at the age of 92. Founding member and secretary for the South Carolina conference of NAACP chapters; an unflinching challenger of the social order during this country’s period of segregation; helped draft the Briggs Petition, part of the historic case, Brown v. Board of Education, that reached the United States Supreme Court. Visitors to this house have included Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young and other Civil Rights leaders. 803.252.1770 • 2025 Marion St., Columbia 29201

Randolph Cemetery www.discoversouthcarolina. com/products/4010.aspx • Founded

by 19 African Americans in 1871, the cemetery is a memorial to Benjamin A. Randolph, a member of the Reconstruction General Assembly, who was assassinated in Abbeville in 1868. Randolph and eight other African-American legislators are buried here. • Adjacent to Elmwood Cemetery, off Elmwood Ave. at I-126, Columbia 29201

The Renaissance Foundation Bethel Cultural Arts Center www.renaissancefoundationsc. org • Bethel AME Church was built in 1921

by James Anderson Lankford, the first registered African-American architect in the United States, and will reopen as a cultural arts center and museum. 803.733.5634 • 1247 Sumter St., Suite 303, Columbia 29201

Waverly Historic District Columbia’s first suburb, Waverly evolved into a community of black artisans, professionals and social reformers. The district’s concentration of educational facilities (Benedict College and Allen University) served the South’s African Americans when racial discrimination denied them the opportunities for higher education. Roughly bounded by Hampton, Heidt, Gervais and Harden Sts., Columbia 29201

Zion Baptist Church •

Oldest Black Baptist church in Columbia. Originally founded in the basement of a house on the corner of Hampton and Gadsden Sts. (now the site of the Vietnam Memorial Park) in 1861. Organized by the Rev. Frank Dobbins. 803.779.2809 • 801 Washington St., Columbia 29201

Amusements AMF Columbia Lanes • Looking for late-night or weekend

bowling fun? Ask about Xtreme Bowling. 803.798.1310 • 1733 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210

AMF Park Lanes • Come

experience the fun of bowling at AMF, where good friends meet good times. 803.796.6300 • 900 Axtell Dr., Cayce 29033

Anchor Lanes • Have

a great time with family and friends at prices that won’t break your family’s budget. 803.732.7880 • 1000 Columbia Ave., Irmo 29063

Associated Model Railroads of Columbia • Our mission is to

promote the great hobby of model railroading. We are open to the public on Thurs. evenings. • 1800 Lincoln St., Columbia 29201

Frankie’s Fun Park columbia • A 14-acre family fun center

located in the Harbison area. Attractions include go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bumper boats, rock climbing wall, air bungee, batting cages, arcade, laser tag arena and Frankie’s Grill featuring burgers, sandwiches, pizza and other munchies. 803.781.2342 • 140 Parkridge Dr., Columbia 29212

Funzone Irmo • 8,000

square feet of fun and excitement. Three separate play areas — one for toddlers, one for medium age and one for the big kids. 803.732.8900 • 105 Ministry Dr., Irmo 29063

Harmon’s Tree Farm & Christmas House •

Harmon’s is a 75-acre working farm with Christmas House, working grits mill, hayrides, Farm Museum, apple orchard, peach orchard, animal farm and Fun Land to include miniature golf, spray pool, jumping pillows and the Blackhole Vortex. 803.359.4454 • 3152 Augusta Hwy., Gilbert 29054

J C’s Lexington Bowl • We

have been dedicated to serving Lexington with bowling fun for almost 20 years! 803.359.2695 • 5380 Augusta Rd., Lexington 29072

Monkey Joe’s lexington • An indoor inflatable-filled

fun and exciting party and play center. 803.808.5637 • 4586 Sunset Blvd., Lexington 29072

It's "South Carolina Under One Roof!" Come and enjoy four large floors covering art, history, natural history and science/technology, plus changing exhibits, hands-on learning and seasonal festivals and events with art, re-enactors, music, food and more. PLUS: Add in some of the best and most unique shopping in the area at the Museum store and scrumptious treats at the Crescent Café! • 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC • 803.898.4921


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SOUTH CAROLINA CONFEDERATE RELIC ROOM & MILITARY MUSEUM Visit the oldest history museum in the state to discover and explore South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. With evolving permanent exhibits and changing exhibit galleries, each visit is a new experience. The museum offers a unique opportunity to learn about the state’s distinguished martial tradition!

The State’s Military History Museum 301 Gervais Street


Owens Field Park • 803.545.3100 • 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia 29205 Palmetto Falls Mini Golf A beautiful and natural environment for the whole family with 18 holes of championship miniature golf. 803.807.9135 • 3209 Charleston Hwy., Cayce 29033

Plex Indoor Sports – Sandhills • Lo-

cated at the Village at Sandhill Plex. Features two indoor turf fields, an inline hockey rink, volleyball courts, indoor skate park and wellness center that includes Healthtouch Rehabilitation and Xcelerated Athletics. 803.360.7300 • 741 Fashion Dr., Columbia 29229

Plex Indoor Sports & Ice – Irmo • Plex

Indoor Sports is adding ice hockey and skating to the growing list of indoor sports they offer to the midlands. this location features a nHL-sized ice rink for hockey games and figure skating and Learn to Play hockey classes. 803.732.1900 • 1019 Broad Stone Rd., Irmo 29063

Royal Z Lanes • Have

a great time with family and friends at prices that won’t break your family’s budget. 803.788.9208 • 8512 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223

Skate Station USA family roller skating. 803.356.3500 • 290 Oak Dr. at Hwy. 1, Lexington 29073 Three Fountains Recreation www.threefountainsrecreation. com • Roller skating, video games and

an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course. 803.359.1123 • 2724 Emanuel Church Rd., West Columbia 29073

COLLEGES & UnIVERSITIES Allen University • Probably

the first private black school in the state. Established in 1870 primarily to educate clergy for the African methodist episcopal church. Five buildings situated around a camp green are listed on the national register of Historic Places. Allen University offers liberal arts and teacher education. 803.376.5700 • 1530 Harden St., Columbia 29204

Benedict College • founded in 1870

on an 80-acre plantation in columbia by the American Baptist Home Mission Society. This new school was established for the recently emancipated people of African descent. A branch of the nAACP was founded at Benedict in 1937. Five buildings on the campus are listed on the national register of Historic Places. the college also offers an array of performing arts programs and sports teams. 803.253.5000 • 1600 Harden St., Columbia 29204

Columbia College •

Columbia College is a private liberal arts women’s college with a coeducational Evening College and Graduate School. Founded in 1854, the college is the 11tholdest women’s college in the United States. columbia college is regarded as one of the leading liberal arts colleges for women in the South. The college also offers an array of performing arts programs. 800.277.1301 • 1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia 29203

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Columbia International University • In a 1948 publication

celebrating CIU’s (then called Columbia Bible College) 25th anniversary, McQuilkin wrote: “Neither a Bible institute nor a liberal arts college, CBC offers a curriculum with the spiritual advantages of the former, cultural advantages of the latter.” In other words, what our founder was describing is a biblical university. 803.807.5058 • 7435 Monticello Rd., Columbia 29230

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary • A seminary of the Evan-

gelical Lutheran Church in America. One of the oldest Lutheran seminaries in North America, Southern is a fully accredited graduate school of theology preparing women and men for the ordained and lay ministries of the church. The beautiful wooded17-acre campus is situated atop Seminary Ridge in Columbia, the highest point in the midstate area, near the center of South Carolina’s capital city. 803.786.5150 • 4201 N. Main St., Columbia 29203


Midlands Technical College • In 1974,

three separate career-oriented institutions merged to form Midlands Technical College (MTC), a comprehensive two-year college providing career and transfer education. One of South Carolina’s largest two-year colleges, Midlands Technical College is comprised of five campuses, including the Beltline, Airport, Harbison, Batesburg-Leesville and the Northeast Campus located adjacent to the Carolina Research Park. 803.738.8324 • P.O. Box 2408, Columbia 29202

University of South Carolina • Chartered in 1801 as

South Carolina College, the university has grown from one building on the historic horseshoe to more than 155 facilities on more than 358 acres. USC Columbia offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Programs range from liberal arts and sciences to business, law, medicine and other professional studies. USC is a member of the Southeastern Conference and the home of the Fighting Gamecocks. USC also offers an array of performing arts programs and sports teams. 803.777.7000 • 911 Sumter St., Columbia 29201

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Farmers Markets All Local Farmers Market • Operates every

Sat. 8am–noon at 711 Whaley St. in the Olympia neighborhood. Come by for the season’s best produce, meat, dairy, flowers and baked items from all-local producers. • 711 Whaley St., Columbia 29201

Cayce Farmers Market Open from March to the first week of Jan. with seasonal fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, honey and decorations from local farmers. 803.791.1009 • 2329 Charleston Hwy., Cayce 29033

Cottle Strawberry Farm •

Our family has provided great tasting strawberries to the public for three generations. 803.695.1714 • 1129 Whitehouse Rd., Columbia 29209

The Farmers Shed • Open year-

round. Mon.–Fri. 10am–7pm, Sat. 10am– 6pm. Fruits, vegetables, jams, flowers, pickles, cheese, gift baskets, grits, homestyle meals, corn maze (seasonal), school tours, South Carolina specialty products. 803.996.9122 • 2514 Augusta Hwy., Lexington 29072

James R. Sease Farms Inc. April–May. U-pick/we-pick fresh strawberries. Call ahead for daily picking and availability of strawberries. Peaches and mixed vegetables available June to mid-August. Mon.–Fri. 9am–6:30pm, Sat 9am–5pm April–Aug. 803.359.3276 • Hwy. 1, Gilbert 29054

Kershaw County Farmers Market • Open

Sat. 8am–noon from the second Sat. in April to the second Sat. in Dec. Fresh fruits, vegetables, free-range meats, flowers/plants, baked goods, honey, organics, farm-fresh eggs, cheese and more. 803.432.0150 • Corner of DeKalb and Church Sts., Camden 29020

Lexington Farmer’s Market at The Shoppes at Flight Deck Open to the public every first and third Thurs. 10am–2pm. Local produce, South Carolina foods, dairy, meats, plants, candles, bakery, lotions and soaps. 803.957.3602 • 109 Old Chapin Rd., Behind Flight Deck Restaurant, Lexington 29072

Northeast Farmers Market dar.aspx?EventID=7 • Open Thurs.

2:30–7pm from the first Thurs. in April until the last Thurs. before Thanksgiving at Lake Carolina Town Center. Fresh fruits, vegetables, free-range meats, flowers/plants, baked goods, honey, organics, farm-fresh eggs, cheese and more. 803.565.6676 • Lake Carolina Town Center, 300 Long Point Ln., Columbia 29229

Rikard’s Country Market April–Labor Day. Local fruits and vegetables, pine straw, boiled peanuts, potting soil, bedding plants, hanging baskets, etc. 803.359.4438 • 2165 Hwy. 378, Gilbert 29054

Ringo’s Produce Market Mon.–Sat. 9am–7:30pm, Sun. 10am–6pm. Fruits, vegetables, honey, cider, hot boiled peanuts, ornamental plants. 803.783.0108 • 10545 Garners Ferry Rd., Eastover 29044

Sandhill Farmers Market • Open

each Tues. afternoon from 2:30-7pm starting in May and continuing through the first week of Nov. Items available include fresh local produce, meat, poultry, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, flowers, shrubs and baked goods. Many products are organic. 803.699.3190 • 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia 29229

South Carolina State Farmers Market The new South Carolina State Farmers Market is a state-of-the-art facility that provides the agricultural community of South Carolina with a one-of-a-kind venue in which to showcase South Carolina products. • 803.419.4020 • 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia 29172

Historic Sites Adluh Flour Mills • Adluh’s plant opened

in 1900 and is the only flour mill still operating in South Carolina. The plant grinds white and yellow corn meals, white-to-yellow stone-ground grits and packages a variety of seafood, chicken and all-purpose breaders as well as biscuit, hushpuppy, corn meal and corn muffin mixes. 803.779.2460 • 804 ½ Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast • Chesnut

Cottage was the war-time home of Confederate General James Chesnut and his wife, Mary Boykin Chesnut, author of Diary from Dixie. President Jefferson Davis visited in Oct. of 1864 and gave a speech to the citizens of Columbia from the front porch of the cottage. Now a bed and breakfast with tours by appointment only. 803.256.1718 • 1718 Hampton St., Columbia 29201

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Ebenezer Lutheran Church • Dedicated as Columbia’s first Lutheran church in 1830, the original church burned in 1865. Call for tour information. 803.765.9430 • 1301 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens Founded in 1854, Elmwood Cemetery has been the metropolitan area’s most prestigious cemetery. Encompassed in miles of newly paved roadways, you will also find two veterans gardens, two additional bronze marker sections and numerous family monument sections. Historical walking tour maps available in the office. Mon.–Fri. 9am– 5pm. 803.252.2133 • 501 Elmwood Ave., Columbia 29201

Ensor Keenan House andrec/212 • Dr. Joshua Fulton Ensor

built this house in 1868 for his family as he served as superintendent for what was then the South Carolina State Hospital. Call for tour information. 803.733.8510 • 801 Wildwood Ave., Columbia 29203

Equitable Arcade Building The Arcade Mall was Columbia’s first indoor shopping center. At the time it was built, the Arcade Mall was strategically situated within a very popular section of this main commercial district. The structure’s proximity to the Barringer Building, Columbia’s first skyscraper, undoubtedly ensured its tenants exposure to large numbers of pedestrians conducting business downtown. • 1332 Main St./1216 Washington St., Columbia 29201

First Baptist Church • Site of the first Secession Convention

in Dec. 1860. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by the office for tours. 803.256.4251 • 1306 Hampton St., Columbia 29201

First Presbyterian Church • Pres-

byterians organized their first congregation in Columbia in 1795. The 188-foot steeple was once Columbia’s tallest structure. Churchyard tours available. Call for reservations. 803.799.9062 • 1324 Marion St., Columbia 29201

Fort Jackson National Cemetery ftjackson.asp • The 585-acre national

cemetery in Richland County will serve veterans’ needs well into the next century. The cemetery is located about a quarter of a mile off Interstate 20 on property formerly held by Fort Jackson. 803.699.2246 • 4170 Percival Rd., Columbia 29229

Governor’s Green • A nine-acre complex consisting of the

South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, built in 1855; the Lace House, built in 1854 and the Caldwell-Boyleston House, built in 1830. 803.737.1710 • 800 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens •

Built in 1818, this restored antebellum mansion is furnished with Hampton and Preston family pieces. Tickets available in the Museum Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street. 803.252.1770 • 1615 Blanding St., Columbia 29201 • $

Kensington Mansion •

An Italianate Revival mansion completed in 1854 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. $ 803.353.0456 • Hwy. 601 S., Eastover 29044 • $

Robert Mills House & Gardens • This

restored mansion was built in 1823 and designed by South Carolina’s most famous architect, Robert Mills. Tickets available in the Museum Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House. 803.252.1770 • 1616 Blanding St., Columbia 29201 • $

SC Governor’s Mansion • Built in 1855 as a residence for the of-

ficers of the Arsenal Military Academy, the mansion has served as home of the governor since 1868. Also located on the grounds are the Lace House, circa 1855 and the Caldwell-Boylston House, circa 1830. Reservations required. Free. 803.737.1710 • 800 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Seibels House and Garden •

Possibly the oldest house in Columbia, the Seibels House dates from approximately 1796. Due to a succession of owners throughout the centuries, the Seibels House today is a pleasing blend of several architectural styles. The interior is accentuated by Colonial Revival details including molding and medallions that enhance the building’s rooms and foyer. The house was donated to the Historic Columbia Foundation in 1984 and converted into office and rental space. 803.252.7742 • 1601 Richland St., Columbia 29201

South Carolina State House Tour Service & Gift Shop page/tour.htm • The State House is one

of Columbia’s and South Carolina’s most historic buildings. Construction began in 1855 and withstood Sherman’s march on Columbia in 1865. Today, six bronze stars mark the impact of shells from Union cannons. The building was completed in 1907. Free. 803.734.2430 • 1100 Gervais St., Columbia 29201


Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

St. Peter’s Catholic Church • The oldest

church for Catholics in the Midlands, dating to 1824. The current church structure dates to 1906 and has unique, original art by Christian Thee as well as Art Nouveau Tiffany stained glass windows. Its recent renovation won a Southeastern Regional Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects. Call in advance to arrange group tours of the Church. Free. 803.779.0036 • 1529 Assembly St., Columbia 29201

The Supreme Court of South Carolina preme/index.cfm • Guided 20- to

45-minute tours appropriate for the seventh grade and above by appointment only. The tour includes the large courtroom downstairs where the seal of the Supreme Court is displayed, the portrait gallery and the library. The courtrooms are not shown when court is in session. 803.734.1080 • 1231 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral • Built in 1846,

Trinity was spared in 1865 when General Sherman’s troops burned much of Columbia. Six former governors are buried in the churchyard. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Music is a vital part of the life of Trinity Cathedral. Through their music programs and events, visitors and parishioners of all ages learn about liturgy and explore the rich heritage of sacred music. Free. 803.771.7300 • 1100 Sumter St., Columbia 29201

Washington Street United Methodist Church www.washingtonstreetumcsc. org • Built in 1872, the current structure

replaced the church which was destroyed in Sherman’s burning of Columbia on February 17, 1865. Please call for tour information. 803.256.2417 • 1401 Washington St., Columbia 29201

Woodrow Wilson Family Home • Wood-

row Wilson, the nation’s 28th president, spent four years of his youth in Columbia. He and his family lived in this home built by his parents in 1872. (This site is currently closed due to renovation.) 803.252.1770 • 1705 Hampton St., Columbia 29201

Learning Centers Challenger Learning Center •

A simulated space science environment where students and educators work in teams to solve real-life math, science and technology problems during a space flight. $ 803.929.3951 • 2600-A Barhamville Rd., Columbia 29204

South Carolina Archives and History Center • A great resource

for genealogical research. Building houses public records of the state of South Carolina, including reference room, exhibit gallery and gift shop. Free. Meeting facilities available. 803.896.6100 • 8301 Parklane Rd., Columbia 29223

USC Melton Memorial Observatory •

Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina, the observatory offers views of many of the night sky’s wonders. Public viewing sessions are held most clear Mon. nights Nov.–March 8:30–10:30pm, April– Oct. 9:30–11pm. Free. 803.777.4180 • 1429 Greene St., Columbia 29208

Libraries Lexington County Public Library • Designed to

meet the needs of the growing population of Lexington County, the main library is a 48,000-square-foot building located on a five-acre site on Augusta Rd. (US Hwy. 1) in Lexington. 803.785.2600 • 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington 29072

Richland County Public Library • Spectacular

242,000-square-foot main library serves as the nucleus of the library system. Contemporary architecture features bold, piano curves, garden atriums and more than 20 pieces of original artwork. The Children’s Room is highlighted by a whimsical, 46-foot mural and two freestanding figures from Maurice Sendak’s picture book classic, Where the Wild Things Are. This is the only time Sendak has authorized such use of his art. Free. 803.799.9084 • 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201

South Carolina State Library • The

South Carolina State Library provides library services to all South Carolina citizens through the public libraries in each county. 803.734.8666 • 1500 Senate St., Columbia 29201

South Caroliniana Library • Com-

pleted in 1840, this structure, designed by Robert Mills, marked the first use of a freestanding academic library building in the United States. 803.777.3131 • USC Horseshoe, 910 Sumter St., Columbia 29208

Thomas Cooper Library • The major

research library for the University of South Carolina holds more than 3 million books and sponsors several rare books exhibits each year. 803.777.3142 • 1322 Greene St., Columbia 29208

Museums Cayce Historical Museum • The museum

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum • Founded in 1896, the

interprets the architectural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe-Gotha, Granby, Cayce and West Columbia areas. Exhibits depict periods of Colonial trade, Indians, agricultural development and transportation from the 18th century to the present. 803.739.5385 • 1800 12th St., Cayce 29171 • $

SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in Columbia. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present, and offers visitors the opportunity to discover the state’s military heritage through unique and informative exhibitions.803.737.8095 • 301 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 $

Columbia Fire Department Museum php?pageid=65 • Museum highlights

South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame • Exhibits on

the importance of the Columbia Fire Department with exhibits of historical data, photos, equipment and other items of interest to enlighten the public about the heroic traditions and the men and women within its service. Free. 803.545.3701 • 1800 Laurel St., Columbia 29201

Columbia Museum of Art • Larg-

est international fine art museum in South Carolina with a world-class collection of American and European fine and decorative art from early Renaissance through contemporary. Permanent collection includes works by Monet, Botticelli, Canaletto and Remington. Changing international exhibitions, concerts, gallery talks and family and children’s programs are scheduled throughout the year. 803.799.2810 • Main at Hampton St., Columbia 29201 $

EdVenture Children’s Museum • Largest

children’s museum in the South. The 67,000-square-foot facility houses eight spectacular galleries, a 200-seat community theater, a library, two unique resource centers and the world’s largest child, Eddie! Designed for children 12 and younger, this high-tech and high-touch educational facility boasts 450 individual exhibits. 803.779.3100 • 211 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 $

Lexington County Museum • A sevenacre complex of 30 restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings depicting everyday life in Lexington County in the colonial and antebellum periods. Collections include locally made furniture, decorative arts, quilts, firearms and household artifacts. Costumed guides give tours lasting about one hour. 803.359.8369 • 231 Fox St., Lexington 29071 $

McKissick Museum • Located

at the head of the university’s historic horseshoe, featuring changing exhibitions of art, science and regional history and folk art. Permanent exhibits: the Baruch Silver Collection and the Mineral Library. The Folklife Resource Center contains material on South Carolina traditional arts. Free. 803.777.7251 • USC Horseshoe, 816 Bull St., Columbia 29208

historical and contemporary aspects of law enforcement. Special student programs. Free. 803.896.8199 • 5400 Broad River Rd., Columbia 29212

South Carolina Military Museum index.html • The rich history of the

South Carolina National Guard is captured in the South Carolina Military Museum’s many exhibits. From the guard’s early days during the Colonial Wars to its current efforts in the Middle East, each time period is included and weapons and artifacts from each era are displayed. The museum has four of the most important collections in the country. 803.806.4440 • 1 National Guard Rd., Columbia 29201

South Carolina Railroad Museum • Home of the Rockton,

Rion & Western Railroad. Please check website for schedule. 803.635.9893 • 110 Industrial Park Rd., Winnsboro 29180 • $

South Carolina State Museum www.southcarolinastatemuseum. org • A comprehensive museum, with

extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop it encompasses all that South Carolina was, is and can be. South Carolina’s largest museum and one of the largest in the Southeast. 803.898.4921 • 301 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 $

US Army Adjutant General Corps Museum • Dedi-

cated to the history of the Army’s Adjutant General’s Corps from 1775 to present. The diverse history of the corps includes recruiting, band, postal, moral and personnel operations of the Army. Free. 803.751.1747 • Building 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd., Fort Jackson 29207

US Army Basic Combat Training Museum • The museum covers the history of basic

combat training from 1917 to present and Fort Jackson. Currently closed for renovation. 803.751.7419 • Building 4442, Jackson Blvd., Fort Jackson 29207


US Army Chaplain Museum •

Established in 1957, this museum chronicles the men and women who have aided and served the Army both spiritually and militarily. exhibits span from the establishment of the Chaplain Corps in 1775 to a piece of the destroyed Pentagon wall from 9/11. Free. 803.751.8079 • US Army Chaplain Center and School, 10100 Lee Rd., Fort Jackson 29207-7090

US Army Finance Corps Museum • traces the

221-year history of the Finance Corps, one of the Army’s oldest branches. exhibits cover military pay and how it affects military life from the American Revolution to the present. free. 803.751.3771 • Building 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd., Fort Jackson 29207

SPAS Bamboo Day Spa • 803.606.5793 • 7534 Woodrow St., Irmo 29063

Bella-Riley’s Fine Salon and Spa • 803.808.0420 • 711 E. Main St. in the Old Mill, Lexington 29072

OCCO Skin Studio • 803.787.7546 • 1281 Pulaski St., Columbia 29201

Divine Massage Therapy • 803.445.4442 • 725 Crosshill Rd., Columbia 29205

The Retreat Salon & Day Spa • 803.732.0360 • 800 Columbiana Dr., Suite 112, Irmo 29063

Elante Day Spa and Salon • 803.808.7747 • 200 Caughman Farm Lane, Lexington 29072

South Carolina Massage & Esthetics Institute • 803.939.9600 • 1905 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 29169

European Skin and Hair Clinic • 803.738.0903 • 4700 Forest Dr., Suite 103, Columbia 29206 Keefer Salon & Spa • 803.781.2562 • 1100 Dutch Fork Rd., Bldg. A, Suite 1, Irmo 29063 Logan Raye Luxury Spa & Salon • 803.929.1130 • 801 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Tonic Day Spa & Salon • 803.776.9734 • 5910 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209 Tranquil Moments Day Spa www.tranquilmomentsdayspa. com • 803.254.4055 • 715 Queen St., Columbia 29205 Urban Nirvana • 803.727.1010 • 4840 Forest Dr., Columbia 29206

Discovering People, Places & Progress

istoric Columbia showcases the rich cultural heritage of South Carolina’s capital city. With house museums and historic properties as our centerpiece, Historic Columbia offers educational activities, garden tours, lectures and workshops as well as walking tours and group tours of historic sites throughout the city. Well suited for tourists, family reunions, school groups and individuals interested in topics ranging from historic gardens and neighborhoods to architecture and restoration, we invite you to discover Historic Columbia Foundation. For more information, please contact Historic Columbia at (803) 252.1770 1616 Blanding Street Columbia, SC 29201


Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

Urban Nirvana – Lexington • 803.356.0119 • 920 North Lake Dr., Lexington 29072

Historic Columbia Foundation • Bus


and walking tours of greater Columbia, heritage education programs and complete heritage packages are offered through Historic columbia’s historic area tours. 803.252.7742 • 1601 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Carolina Carriages • A

History with Hunt

ride in one of our horse-drawn carriages provides more than just transportation; it creates a lasting memory. 803.754.4724 • 15 Country Girl Rd., Blythewood 29016

Columbia Carriage Works www.columbiacarriageworks. com • A local company providing carriage

rides downtown and in the historic district. Also available for tours, weddings and other special events. Reservations only. 803.227.3833 • 105 Burmaster Dr., Columbia 29229

D’Tours Provides both driving and walking historic tours of Columbia; step-on guide/receptive operator service; family and military reunions for both large and small groups. Costumed guide available. 803.939.8382 • P.O. Box 246, Lexington 29071

Professional history tours with Lexington, South Carolina native Dean Hunt. • 1123 Hunt Rd., Lexington 29073

Olde Columbia Tours Tour guide specializing in the Civil War time period. 803.749.4241 • 110 Tawny Branch Rd., Columbia 29212

Palmetto Tours & Convention Services Full-service agency that is ready to make your next convention, meeting or tour an exceptional experience. 803.754.0525 • 950 Rosedale Arch, Columbia 29203

Spirits and Spectres of Columbia www.discoversouthcarolina. com/products/26564.aspx • A

story-oriented evening walking tour, departing from the george Washington monument on the north side of the State House. Call for times and reservations. 803.600.1328 • North steps of the State House at Gervais and Main streets, Columbia 29212

ZOO Riverbanks Zoo & Garden • A 170-acre park featuring two distinctly unique areas along the scenic Lower Saluda River. Riverbanks Zoo houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitat exhibits. A short walk or tram ride takes visitors across the Saluda River to the Botanical Garden, 70 acres devoted to woodlands, gardens, historic ruins, plant collections and visitor facilities. Riverbanks also offers gift shops, indoor restaurants and other food and refreshment stands, rides on the Endangered Species carousel and a picnic area. $ 803.779.8717 • 500 Wildlife Pkwy., Columbia 29210

Did you know? We’ve been named Community of the Year nine times in the last decade for good reason. Situated around a 200-acre lake, our vibrant community features over 36 distinct neighborhoods with homes ranging from the $130s to $1 million... something for every life stage! 30+ miles of nature, biking and walking trails connect neighborhoods with our lake, parks, Town Center and YMCA. Plus a calendar bursting with things to do!

Come visit - it will be easy to see that this is the place to be for a lifetime.




Learn more about our scene-stealing arts scene and hot new shows at Columbia Children’s Theatre ©Meg Richards/Columbia Children’s Theatre

Art House Nickelodeon Theatre • The Colum-

bia Film Society’s 77-seat theater provides an intimate setting for international and independent cinema and shows more than 125 films each year. 803.254.8234

Arts Associations/ Organizations Columbia Music Festival Association • An organiza-

tion of people as diverse as the community itself. Volunteers and professionals who bring the arts opportunity and experience to the community. 803.771.6303

Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties • A centralized

resource for the arts community, providing leadership, funding and business expertise to artists and arts organizations and offering a single source of arts-related information to patrons and media. 803.799.3115

Choral, Orchestra, Concert Bands The Arpad Darazs Singers • The Árpád

Darázs Singers is a unique choral ensemble in the Midlands, a group of talented musicians who create a superior blend of mixed voices performing a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works. 803.926.7306

Columbia Choral Society • Known originally as the Shandon Choral

The Palmetto Opera • The

Columbia Community Concert Band • The

Sandlapper Singers • The

Society, the purpose of the organization then, as it is now, was to stimulate and broaden interest in musical activities and to actively engage in the rehearsal and rendition of choral music. 803.933.9060

Columbia Community Concert Band, founded in 1981, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with more than 80 musicians that presents an average of five concerts each season. Sept.–June. 803.781.9781

The Greater Columbia Children’s Choirs • Since 1987, The

GCCC has sung to the glory of God and served the community by offering quality music instruction, significant music making and numerous performing opportunities. 803.776.0544

Lexington County Choral Society • A com-

munity choral group that specializes in not just major choral works, but on the vast repertoire of choral anthems that exist. 803.359.8794

mission of the Palmetto Opera is to present professional opera to the Midlands and South Carolina, so that there is an entertainment, educational and economic impact on the community and state. 803.776.0526

Sandlapper Singers give you the best in American music with performances that are filled with music to engage your mind, energize your body and inspire your spirit. 803.381.5481

South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra • One

of the leading orchestras in the Southeast, the philharmonic performs and promotes high-quality professional symphonic music. 803.254.PHIL (7445)

Dance Companies Borenya West African Drum and Dance • Borenya West

African Drum and Dance honors the authentic integrity of West African musical arts and brings the music and dance of Africa to people of all ages. 937.287.6044

Palmetto Mastersingers • A premier 90-member all-men’s choir

founded in 1981. It continues its mission as South Carolina’s Musical Ambassadors of entertaining around the world. 803.765.0777


Carolina Ballet • An

educational outreach civic ballet company. Participants are encouraged not only to be exceptional performers, but also to develop skills for organization, time management and civic responsibility. 803.771.6303

Columbia City Ballet •

Ranks as Columbia’s largest and mostattended performing arts organization. Founded in 1961, the company has grown from a civic company doing only two performances a year to a full professional company of more than 30 dancers with five full-length productions and more than 90 performances a season. 803.799.7605

Columbia City Jazz Dance Company •

An internationally known not-for-profit pre-professional jazz dance troupe named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies in the United States. 803.252.0252

Columbia Classical Ballet • Dedicated to providing South Carolina

audiences with the experience of classical ballet while actively supporting the community through an extensive outreach program. The hallmark of this outreach program is the annual production of LifeChance. 803.252.9112

The Power Company • A

professional dance company in residence at Columbia College. 803.786.3825

Unbound • A new

professional contemporary-jazz company. 803.386.8608

Vibrations Dance Company www.vibrationsdancecompany. org • Repertoire includes traditional,

experimental and avant-garde approaches to dance expression. 803.361.5262

Colonial Life Arena • The

Colonial Life Arena, managed by Global Spectrum, is the largest arena in South Carolina with 18,000 seats and is the home of USC men’s and women’s Gamecock basketball and entertainment events. 803.576.9200

The Comedy House • Since 1993 The Comedy House has been providing a variety of extraordinary entertainers from all ends of the comedy spectrum: magicians to monologist, hypnotist to ventriloquist, we provide something for everyone. 803.798.9898

South Carolina Shakespeare Company • Com-

prised of classically trained actors who have honed their talents on a worldwide stage, the company wants the citizens of Columbia and the entire state of South Carolina to benefit directly from their talent. 803.787.2273

Town Theatre • The oldest

numerous events throughout the year, the Jamil Shrine Center is a nonprofit fraternal organization that supports the 22 Shriner’s hospitals for crippled and burned children. 803.772.9380

continuously operating community theater in a building architecturally designed as such in the United States. It’s mission is to provide quality, live family-oriented musicals, comedies and dramas to the Midlands and visitors to South Carolina. 803.799.2510

Koger Center for the Arts • The Koger Center

Trustus Theatre • Trustus, lo-

Newberry Opera House •

USC Department of Theatre & Dance • Productions

presents a varied season of cultural events each year including Broadway in Columbia. 803.777.7500

A renovated 1881 opera house that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The opera company seeks to serve the community by bringing in a variety of cultural experiences. 803.276.5179

Township Auditorium • 80-year-old

3,122-seat auditorium/arena renovated and reopened in June 2010. 803.576.2350

Theater Broadway in Columbia •

Broadway series with performances at the Koger Center for the Arts. 803.251.2222

Chapin Community Theatre • Presents

comedies, classics, thrillers and original works. 803.240.8544

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor • Special-

Columbia Children’s Theatre www.columbiachildrenstheatre. com • Founded to serve a need in the


tional and entertaining puppetry center. 803.252.7366

Jamil Shrine Center • Home of

Entertainment Venues izing in acoustic stringed instruments with Open Stage and Bluegrass Jam Sessions every Fri. night. 803.796.6477

Columbia Marionette Theatre www.columbiamarionettetheatre. org • South Carolina’s leading educa-

Midlands and surrounding areas of Columbia for professional live theater for young audiences. 803.691.4548

Official ºColumbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

cated in the historic Vista, is the Midlands award-winning professional theater. 803.254.9732

of The University of South Carolina, featuring performances by professional actors in training, backed by professional direction and design, in two modern theaters: Drayton Hall, a remodeled proscenium theater, and Longstreet Theatre, a theater-in-theround, Greek Revival structure built in 1855. 803.777.4288

Village Square Theatre • Founded in August of 1960 to encourage

and stimulate practice and appreciation for the arts. 803.359.1436

Workshop Theatre • For 40 years, the creative domain of many of the area’s most talented actors, directors and technicians. 803.799.4876



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Boat Rentals & Tours Better Boat Rental • Lake

Murray’s only source to rent deck boats and double-deck pontoon boats with a water slide off the back. 803.407.2929 • Lake Murray Marina, Irmo 29063

Brown Marine •

Lake Tours, Inc. The Southern Patriot •

Wet & Wild Jet Ski Rentals • We

Lanier Sailing Academy htm • We offer sunset sails or other

Charwood Country Club, 222 Clubhouse Dr., West Columbia, 803.755.2000

Welcome aboard! The Southern Patriot is a 65-foot double-deck cruise boat located on beautiful Lake Murray just a few miles northwest of Columbia. 803.749.8594 • P.O. Box 526, Ballentine 29002

Enjoy Lake Murray for the day. Pontoon rentals daily 10am–6pm. Boats are located at Putnam’s Landing. 803.345.6222 • 126 Hilton Run Ct., Chapin 29036

skippered cruises for special events. Rentals are available for qualified sailors. 803.317.9070 • 3072 Hwy. 378 (Southshore Marina), Leesville 29070

D P Marine/Crystal Point Boat Rentals boat_rentals • Renting is a breeze with

Lighthouse Marina •

24-foot Bentley pontoon boats conveniently located at Lake Murray Marina with the best rates on the lake. 803.345.0155 • 2150 Wessinger Rd., Chapin 29036

Lake Murray Boat Rentals www.lakemurrayboatrentals. com • High-quality pontoon boats (115

horsepower min.) and Jet Skis available on Lake Murray. 803.798.8559 • 2727 Hwy. 378, Gilbert 29054

Lake Murray Pontoon Rentals & Tours www.pontoonrentalsandtours. com • Lake Murray sightseeing or fishing

tours. Boat rentals also available. Pickup available at many Lake Murray locations. 803.413.1693 • 301 Harbor Heights Dr., Lexington 29072


Want to get out and enjoy the lake life but don’t have a boat? Lighthouse Marina offers completely new pontoon boats available for weekend, daily and even hourly rentals. 803.749.1554 • 1925 Johnson’s Marina Rd., Chapin 29036

SouthShore Marina • Specializ-

ing in renting 20- to 26-foot pontoon boats that can carry eight-16 people comfortably. All you need is a driver’s license and a credit card. 803.532.4231 • 3072 Hwy. 378, Leesville 29070

Spirit of Lake Murray • Lake Murray’s newest and largest air-

conditioned charter passenger yacht! 803.730.3044 • 1600 Marina Rd., Irmo 29063

Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

are Lake Murray’s No. 1 watercraft rental source. 803.354.1581 • 344 Crocket Rd., Columbia 29212

Golf Courses

Club at Rawls Creek, 803.781.0114, 2121 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo Cooper’s Creek Golf Club 700 Wagner Hwy., Leesville, 803.894.3666 Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, 100 Scotland Dr., Lexington, 803.957.3355 Golf Course of SC @ Crickentree, 1084 Langford Rd., Blythewood, 803.754.8600 Green Hill Golf Club 1608 Ridgeway Rd., Lugoff, 803.438.1917 Hidden Valley Golf Club, 147 Excaliber Ct., Gaston, 803.794.8087

Indian River Golf Club, 200 Congaree Hunt Dr., West Columbia, 803.955.0050 Indian Trail Golf Course, 1304 Willis St., BatesburgLeesville, 803.532.9010 LinRick Golf Course www.richlandcountyrecreation. com/linrick.php, 356 Campground Rd., 803.754.6331 Northwoods Golf Course, 201 Powell Rd., 803.786.9242 Oak Hills Golf Club, 7629 Fairfield Rd., 803.735.9830 Persimmon Hill Golf Club Route 3, Box 364, Saluda, 803.275.3522 Riverside Golf Center, 1600 Garner Ln., 803.750.1015 Sedgewood Country Club 9560 Garners Ferry Rd., Hopkins, 803.776.2177 Timberlake Golf Club, 222 Timberlake Dr., Chapin, 803.345.9909 White Pines Golf Club 614 Mary Ln., Camden, 803.432.7442

Fishing Frank’s Fly Arts • Fly fish

with the pros in the three scenic rivers that run through South Carolina’s capitol region. Relax as you kayak the cool waters of the lower Saluda and Broad rivers to their confluence at the headwaters of the Congaree; stop along the way to enjoy some of the best fishing the Southeast has to offer. 803.673.0238 • 2822 B Lincoln St., Columbia 29201

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources • Fishing licenses

may be purchased: (1) from an authorized DNR license vendor such as local bait and tackle shops, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.; (2) online; (3) by calling the toll-free license number 866.714.3611; (4) downloading the license application and mailing it in. 803.734.3833 • Rembert C. Dennis Building, Columbia 29201

Taylor Outdoors, LLC • We can

plan a custom lake excursion for you and your family or a fishing trip with guide service from a US Coast Guard-certified guide. 803.331.1354 • 151 Dogwood Shores Rd., Batesburg 29006

Local Outfitters Adventure Carolina •

Enjoy our guided canoe and kayak trips. Named one of the top 10 canoeing outfitters by Paddler Magazine. 803.796.4505 • 1107 State St., Cayce 29033

The Backpacker Quality Gear www.backpackerqualitygear. com • Complete backpacking, fly-fishing,

travel and rock-climbing departments with brand names like The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, Gregory, Vasque, Merrell, Oris, Sage, Simms, Eagle Creek and many more. 803.779.7571 • 1215 Wayne St., Columbia 29201

Big Rock Outfitters • Our

mission is to be an outreach to the community, providing services to individuals and families so they can enjoy creation as it was intended to be. 803.358.0336 • 711 E. Main St., Suite A-5, Lexington 29072

Get Your Gear On • Our

mission: keep the outdoors affordable. Along with our consignment inventory, we also carry some new gear and equipment. 803.799.0999 • 208 Candi Ln., Suite A, Columbia 29210

Half-Moon Outfitters •

Offers clothing and gear for adventure and travel from Patagonia, The North Face and Columbia Sportswear, along with footware from Vasque and Salomon. 803.929.0771 • 2930 Devine St., Columbia 29205

Palmetto Outdoor •

Kayak, canoe, tube and raft rentals and trips. 803.360.4697 • 731 Meeting St., West Columbia 29169

River Runner Outdoor Center • Retail paddle-

sports store. Rental equipment and guided trips available. Outfitter for Saluda Shoals Park. 803.771.0353 • 905 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Parks & Gardens Carolina Children’s Garden www.carolinachildrensgarden. org • Located at the Clemson Institute for

Economic & Community Development at the Sandhill Research & Education Center, the garden is open daylight to dusk daily. Within approximately two acres of land are many theme gardens designed for children. 803.788.5700 • 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia 29229

Congaree National Park • Just 20 miles

from Columbia, the park encompasses almost 27,000 acres of floodplain forest. Escape the city life amid towering trees and astonishing biodiversity in this ancient wilderness. 2.1-mile boardwalk loop, 20-plus miles of hiking trails, paddling trails, campsites and the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Many free programs are regularly scheduled, reservations required. 803.776.4396 • 100 National Park Rd., Hopkins 29061

Crooked Creek Park • Community recre-

ation center and athletic fields including gymnasiums, fitness center, aerobics room, meeting rooms, indoor walking track, racquetball courts, art studio, lighted tennis courts, soccer, basketball and softball fields, walking trails, picnic shelters and playgrounds. 803.345.6181 • 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin 29036

Dreher Island State Recreation Area park-finder/state-park/1371.aspx • Located on Lake Murray; 348 acres and 12

miles of shoreline make this an ideal place for water recreation and family outings. 803.364.4152 • 3677 State Park Rd., Prosperity 29127

Drew Park Splash Pad and Fountain rec • Playground, gazebo, walking track, spray pad and LED-lighted fountain. 803.545.3100 • 2101 Walker Soloman Way, Columbia 29204

Earlewood Park rec • Located in the historic Earlewood

neighborhood just north of downtown Columbia, this 48-acre park offers a walking trail, playground, water spray, tennis courts, ball fields and a disc golf course. 803.733.8444 • 1111 Parkside Dr., Columbia 29203

Edisto Discovery Park and Neighborhood Center rec • Neighborhood center, playground, spray pool, gemstone dig area, outdoor basketball court, walking/jogging trail. 803.733.8444 • 1914 Wiley St., Columbia 29205

Finlay Park andrec • One of the most popular parks

in Columbia. A wonderful waterfall acts as the background for festivals, concerts or picnics. 803.545.3100 • 930 Laurel St., Columbia 29201

Guignard Park • A wooded park, located in the heart of Cayce, providing a relaxing getaway for adults and children. Visitors will find a stream running through the middle of the park, picnic tables and a play area. 803.796.9020 • 199 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce 29033


Harbison State Forest htm • Bounded by the Broad River, the

state forest encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland nine miles from downtown Columbia. Unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern U.S. 803.896.8890 • 5600 Broad River Rd., Columbia 29212

Hopkins Park www.richlandcountyrecreation. com • A 30-acre facility that includes a

recreation building, gymnasium, game room, clubroom, kitchen, ball fields, playground, swimming pool and picnic facilities. 803.783.6559 • 150 Hopkins Park Rd., Hopkins 29061

Lexington Family YMCA • Beautiful

160-acre facility with lake, trails, covered pavilion and boating or swimming in lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fishing year-round. Walking track and nature trails. Outdoor basketball and tennis courts and soccer fields. 803.359.3376 • 401 YMCA Rd., Lexington 29073

Martin Luther King Park rec • Community Center, softball field, indoor court, picnic tables, playground. 803.733.8452 • 2300 Greene St., Columbia 29205

Maxcy Gregg Park • Location of the Cancer Survivor’s Garden. 803.545.3100 • 1806 Blossom St., Columbia 29205 Memorial Park • Seven-acre park dedicated to those who

have fought and died in service to their country. The Vietnam Memorial Monument features two freestanding granite walls inscribed with the names of South Carolinians killed or lost in action in Vietnam. 803.545.3100 • 700 Hampton St., Columbia 29201

The Nature Conservancy, Peachtree Rock Preserve hiking/midlands/peachtreerock. html • Named for the large sandstone

formation (shaped like an upside-down pyramid) seen upon entering the preserve. The rock’s strange configuration is a result of the erosion of lower layers of rock and sand, with the upper layers of hard, coarsegrained sandstone eroding at a slower rate. Located in Lexington County near Edmund. 803.254.9049 • 2231 Devine St., Suite 100, Columbia 29205

Polo Road Park www.richlandcountyrecreation. com • Amenities include a recreation

building with gymnasium, game room, fitness room, classrooms and kitchen, and several ball fields. 803.736.1657 • 730 Polo Rd., Columbia 29223

Saluda Shoals Park • Discover an escape

from the hustle and bustle with 300 acres of pristine forest along the banks of the Saluda River. Recreation, education and cultural opportunities and a feeling of seclusion minutes from downtown Columbia. 803.772.1228 • 5605 Old Bush River Rd., Columbia 29212

SC Governor’s Mansion Gardens •

Home to some of the largest trees in the state — magnolia and crepe myrtle. The garden is true to history, complete with paths of unique crushed stone and is a few impressive fountains. Mon.–Fri. 9am–5pm. 803.737.1710 • 800 Richland St., Columbia 29201

Sesquicentennial State Park park-finder/state-park/469.aspx • This 1,419-acre park in the middle of the

in downtown Lexington, amenities include a paved 1,980-foot path, playground, special needs playground, koi pond, brook, daylily garden and three covered gazebos with grills. 803.359.4164 • 111 Maiden Ln., Lexington 29073

Woodland Park • Community center, softball field, indoor

courts, eight tennis courts, picnic tables. 803.776.1096 • 6500 Old Knight Pkwy., Columbia 29209

Trails Cayce Riverwalk • On the

west bank of the Congaree River between Knox Abbott Dr. and State St. in Cayce. The main entrance to this section of the Three Rivers Greenway is off Axtell Dr. Bicycle and pedestrian access from Knox Abbott Dr. as well as State St. 803.765.2200 • Axtell Dr. at Namples Ave., Cayce 29033

Granby Park • At the end

sandhills region features a beautiful 30acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. The park’s proximity to downtown Columbia and three major interstate highways attracts both local residents and travelers. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. 803.788.2706 • 9564 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29233

of Catawba St., this is the southernmost segment of the Three Rivers Greenway. 803.545.3100 • 100 Catawba St., Columbia 29201

Seven Oaks Park • Community recreation

largest bicycle and pedestrian project and will run from the mountains to the sea. 803.771.0870 • 1314 Lincoln St., Suite 305, Columbia 29201

center and athletic fields including gymnasiums, fitness center, aerobics room, meeting rooms, art studio, lighted tennis courts, football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, walking trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds. 803.772.3336 • 200 Leisure Ln., Columbia 29210

South East Park & Tennis Center • A 62-acre wilderness/nature site, four

soft and 12 hard tennis courts, primitive campground. 803.730.8507 • 951 Hazelwood Rd., Columbia 29209

Trenholm Road Park www.richlandcountyrecreation. com • A 10.7-acre facility that includes a

recreation building with new gymnasium, game and club rooms; eight lighted tennis courts; playground; swimming pool; a lighted Dixie Youth baseball field; lighted Pony League field; football/soccer field; picnic facilities with shelter. 803.787.0216 • 3900 Covenant Rd., Columbia 29204

Owens Field Park andrec • Soccer, skateboard and in-line

hockey rink, Little League baseball field, walking trails, disc golf. 803.545.3100 • 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia 29205


Virginia Hylton Park hylton.htm • Located behind Town Hall

Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

Palmetto Conservation Foundation • Conceived in 1994, this trail is the state’s

River Alliance • Regional

community development of the Saluda, Broad and Congaree rivers. Currently constructing the 12-mile Three Rivers Greenway on the Cayce, Columbia and West Columbia riverfronts to provide boardwalks, overlooks, bank fishing and lighted central paths that accommodate all levels of physical access including baby carriages and wheelchairs. 803.765.2200 • 420 C Rivermont Dr., Columbia 29210

Riverfront Park andrec • Opened in 1983. This section

of the Three Rivers Greenway offers a popular jogging/walking trail, wonderful views of the river, a brick amphitheater and walkway by the old parts of the water plant. 803.545.3100 • 312 Laurel St., Columbia 29201

West Columbia Riverwalk • Between

Gervais St. and Knox Abbott Dr., this section of the Three Rivers Greenway has an amphitheater that is a wonderful gathering place for concerts and events. A canoe landing is available at the New Orleans Restaurant. 803.765.2200 • Gervais St., West Columbia 29169


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Shopping Districts City Center Partnership • Enjoy

live jazz and blues music nightly at Mac’s On Main as well as talented musicians playing at The White Mule. Have a nice dinner, visit the art museum and listen to live blues and jazz music...all in one evening! 803.233.0620 • 1201 Main St., Columbia 29201

Congaree Vista • Once

a vital warehouse, the Vista played a central role in the growth and development of Columbia. Today, it’s again the center of activity as a premier location for commercial, residential, shopping, dining and cultural offerings. 803.269.5946 • 1004 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Five Points •

The heart of Columbia culture for college students, young professionals, families and senior citizens. Five Points offers eclectic boutiques, casual bistros, fine dining and active night spots. 803.748.7373 • 2002 Blossom St., Columbia 29205

Rosewood Merchants Growing and diversified, the Rosewood corridor offers a mix of shops and services. • 2803 Rosewood Dr., Columbia 29205

West Vista Browse through shops offering a variety of wares ranging from antiques, stain glass and flowers to outdoor wood furniture and mattresses. 803.796.4229 • P.O. Box 1882, Cayce 29033

Decker Boulevard International Corridor


Features countless Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese and Mexican restaurants, as well as several international bakeries and shops. 803.782.1104 • 1700 D Decker Blvd., Columbia 29206

763 Meeting Street Antique Mall • 803.796.1516 • 763 Meeting St., West Columbia 29169

Doors of Devine • Stroll

Almost Antiques 803.781.6830 • 1709 Lake Murray Blvd., Columbia 29212

along this shady street for unique upscale shopping and dining which features clothing, home furnishings, restaurants and gift shops. • 2828 Devine St., Columbia 29205

Armory Auction House 803.600.4200 • 1101 Augusta St., West Columbia 29169

Attic Treasures Antiques & Gifts 803.939.9225 • 1516 Augusta Rd., West Columbia 29169 Carolina Imports www.carolinaimportsfurniture. com • 803.748.9889 • 847 S. Stadium Rd., Columbia 29201 Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc. • 803.779.5678 • 7 Lexington Dr., West Columbia 29170 City Market Antiques Mall 803.252.1589 • 705–709 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 Columbia Antique Mall 803.765.1584 • 602 Huger St., Columbia 29201 Marketplace on Meeting 803.794.1000 • 550 Meeting St., West Columbia 29169 Meeting Street Interiors 803.791.0008 • 614 Meeting St., West Columbia 29169 Old Mill Antique Mall 803.796.4229 • 310 State St., West Columbia 29169 Ole Town Antique Mall, Inc 803.772.9335 • 2956 Broad River Rd., Columbia 29210


Outdoorwood Furniture & Gifts • 803.794.9921 • 718 Meeting St., West Columbia 29169 Parks Furniture Antiques LTD 803.791.4071 • 3131 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 29169 Safran’s Antiques • 803.254.8448 • 1015 Whaley St., Columbia 29201 Spring Valley Antique Mall 803.736.7575 • 8808 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223 Vista on the West Antiques & Gifts 803.939.9738 • 602 A Meeting St., West Columbia 29169

Columbiana Centre •

Anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears; large food court and operational antique carousel. 803.781.1000 • 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia 29212

Dutch Square Center • The mall

features Belk, Burlington Coat Factory, Office Depot, AMC Dutch Square 14, Dress Barn and more than 40 specialty stores. 803.772.3864 • 421 Bush River Rd., Columbia 29210

Richland Mall •

Featuring Belk, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, T.G.I. Friday’s, S&S Cafeteria, Regal Cinema plus unique specialty shops and services. 803.782.7575 • 3400 Forest Dr., Columbia 29204

Indoor Malls

Open-air Malls

Columbia Place •

Columbiana Station • Columbia Grand Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels 704.714.3026 • 234 Harbison Blvd., Columbia 29212

Rich’s, Macy’s, Sears, American Eagle, Limited, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, Structure, The Disney Store, The Gap and Victoria’s Secret. 803.788.4678 • 7201 Two Notch Rd., Columbia 29223-7584


Official Columbia Visitors Guide • Columbia, SC

Shoppes at Flight Deck •

A unique shopping experience in historic Lexington. 803.957.0303 • 109 Old Chapin Rd., Lexington 29072

Shoppes at Woodhill center_detail.asp?cid=942 • Target,

Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, Cost Plus/World Market • 6000 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209

Trenholm Plaza center_detail.asp?cid=162 • Books-

A-Million, SteinMart, Starbucks, The Fresh Market, Rosso Trattoria Italian • 4840 Forest Dr., Columbia 29206

Village at Sandhill • We

welcome you to South Carolina’s newest lifestyle venue offering the very best in shopping, dining, entertainment, working, living and more — all in one exceptionally beautiful and convenient location. 803.419.0235 • 481-2 Town Center Pl., Columbia 29229-7972

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2011 Official Columbia Visitors Guide  
2011 Official Columbia Visitors Guide  

2011 Official Columbia Visitors Guide