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Address: Columbia, SC
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Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: Historic riverfront area.

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Make sure to bring your camera. There are plenty of photo ops. The only complaint is the amount of homeless people sitting in all of the benches and swings. They don't bother... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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131 reviews 131 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure to bring your camera. There are plenty of photo ops. The only complaint is the amount of homeless people sitting in all of the benches and swings. They don't bother you, but it is a little intimidating. The park is beautiful and worth the time to walk all of the grounds. We had to park on the street... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is where Columbia is hot. It is bustling business by day and then it has nightlife on all levels. It has plenty of paid and public parking. Well lit unlike Main Street or Five Points. And with the crowds it is way safer. So, shop, dine, party!

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Lexington, South Carolina
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274 reviews 274 reviews
162 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I mark my calendar every year in November for the evening Vista Lights event. It is so much fun with free food, samples, lighting of the Christmas Tree by Blue Marlin, singers, dancers and even a fire barrel in middle of road for free s'mores ! Gervais St is closed and blocked off for traffic at 6:00 pm so you... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So much to do. Restaurants and so much more. Tsunami is a wonderful sushi spot and even if you don't like sushi you can still get hibachi.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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507 reviews 507 reviews
270 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Over the past four decades, the Congaree Vista has been transformed from a seedy warehouse-transportion-industrial district into a vibrant urban neighborhood with a good mix of restaurants, bars and clubs, retail shops, hotels, convention and trade show facilities, a major sports arena and concert venue, a baseball stadium, University buildings, museums, parks and walkways, live theater, arts and crafts galleries... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had so much fun just walking around this area and finding restaurants and shopping. Near the river with a nice breeze even on the hottest of summer days

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Not ADA friendly because of parking. I don't feel safe going alone from parking garages on back streets. If you cannot afford an expensive dinner or want alcohol, there's nor much there for you. CPD does not keep the public safe.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place to bar hop. Lots of nice places to eat. Well lit. Most have happy hour specials and some have live music.

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Columbia, SC
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146 reviews 146 reviews
38 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Vista is in the heart of Columbia. If you stay in a hotel there, you can walk to historic sites, the riverfront, the State Museum, lots of great bars and restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, etc. Many of the restaurants are amazing! Try it out!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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252 reviews 252 reviews
84 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The Vista encompasses a fairly large swath of the downtown region. Basically it is described at the area heading west from Assembly St to the river. The north end is probably about Elmwood and the southern edge would be Blossom or even a few blocks north of there. Highlights of the vista for us include Finley Park which we absolutely... More 

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