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South Carolina State House

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Address: 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-734-2430
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.
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Great history and architecture

Didn't get to take the tour (timing didn't work out) but the guides were very friendly and helpful - we did see the video, which was informative and we enjoyed looking for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
Nancy S
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Didn't get to take the tour (timing didn't work out) but the guides were very friendly and helpful - we did see the video, which was informative and we enjoyed looking for the stars on the exterior that pointed out cannonball damage. Beautiful woodwork and glass inside, plus portraits of notable South Carolinians. Quite amazing that the exterior columns are... More 

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Bennettsville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Beautiful place and really nice love the sites and trees all around the State House we enjoyed it!!!

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very pretty architecture and surrounding grounds make for a nice walk either before or after you tour the building. Be sure to look for the stars on the outside of the building which are where cannon fire from Sherman's guns hit the building on his march to the sea. The building itself is not all that big but is well... More 

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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

They offer free tour of the State House every hour. The place is beautiful. The tour was very informative and full of history. After the tour, you can walk around on your own unlike the State House in Harrisburg where you had to leave and not allowed to walk on the white marble staircase. The ground connecting the building is... More 

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Bronx, New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
48 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The State Capitol's grounds are beautifully maintained, there are a lot of statues, markers and other items that inform visitors of South Carolina's history The building's architecture is great as well. Inside and out, although small, there is a lot of craftsmanship and art that are to be appreciated. The only negative was after the sun went down, the bugs... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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116 reviews 116 reviews
100 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I enjoyed my time at the South Carolina State House. Parking was easily accessible. I parked at a metered space on a street right next to the building. Parking was reasonably priced at 75 cents per hour, but the meters have a maximum 2 hour visit. And, the meters only accept coins. So, be prepared with a lot of quarters--and... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great pictures of prior heroes and legislators. Free tours are available, but we did not have enough time.

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new england
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76 reviews 76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We liked seeing the architecture and decoration of the state house, but you can see what there is to see in perhaps less than an hour. The limited parking around the state house is meters and we saw lots of cars with tickets, so beware.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Decided to tour the State House when I had a few hours of free time. The grounds are well manicured and full of history. The building itself is an architectural experience. Beautiful stained glass, paintings and furniture are in all the rooms. Unfortunately, both Houses were not in session. Well worth taking the time to explore the history of the... More 

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Pascagoula
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Beautiful paintings and statues, so much history, The story behind this building is very interesting hear from one of the knowledgeable guides that is there.

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