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Address: 930 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC
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Wlak for Life 2015

Beautiful park! It is the perfect place for the walk.Very large grounds,nice view,and family friendly.I do look forward to many more Walk For Life walks at Finlay Park.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rhonda C
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful park! It is the perfect place for the walk.Very large grounds,nice view,and family friendly.I do look forward to many more Walk For Life walks at Finlay Park.

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Thank Rhonda C
Plymouth, Wisconsin, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice looking park in downtown Columbia. But not a site to see in January, the fountain was not on, this was what we went to see. There were just a few people there . Pretty landscaping.

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2 Thank Connie M
chattanooga tn
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The beautiful park I once knew when growing up in Columbia is now a park for the homeless population in downtown Columbia. What a shame. Please avoid. We didn't realize this until after we parked and started walking towards the playground section. We came across two individual on a park bench smoking dope.

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Thank gamecoxrock
Lexington, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Photo shows a beautiful water feature. Disappointingly, there was no such thing. We saw a small handful of families using the park on Sunday, but we were far outnumbered by the homeless population. Even though no one approached us, we felt cautious, guarded, and unable to relax and enjoy the park. I would not reccommend a visit to this park.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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210 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

This park in the midst of Columbia is a gem. Not too large, not too small. Paved paths make for easy walking. I always enjoy a waterfall, and the one in Finlay Park is very nice. There were people relaxing on park benches, Mothers pushing strollers, and a few joggers. Great way to spend a few hours.

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Thank sallysue1279
Columbia, South Carolina
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you like walking, you will like Finlay Park. If you want a quiet place to sit and meditate or to have picnic, you will enjoy this nice park, especially nice if you live in a busy, noisy city situation.

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Thank Jed S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

It was ok. Pretty fountain with interesting walkways surrounding it. Other than that, there wasn't much to see. Visited during the day, though it may be a nice view of the city at night.

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Thank Adriana G
Durham, North Carolina
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168 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Finlay Park is very nice with it's water streams flowing. It's a great place to walk and picnic to relax by the water.

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Thank dpoin21
Columbia, South Carolina
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112 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The other reviews say it all. Yes, there will be homeless people. They won't bother you, but they'll be around. However, the idea of this beautiful park in downtown Columbia had the right intentions. It's not big, but there are some walking paths with really nice water features and fountains. You can snap a couple cool pictures here, and also... More 

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Thank Kristin S
West Orange, New Jersey
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Come for 2 minutes to see the view of the city from the fountain, then go. Made the mistake of walking around for a few minutes. Found a playground with so-so equipment. Was not comfortable with the crowd - too many seedy-looking folks without kids hanging around for some unknown reason. And as I was watching my daughter on the... More 

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