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Finley Park

930 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC
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Ranked #29 of 51 attractions in Columbia
Type: Parks
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Columbia, South Carolina
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198 reviews 198 reviews
110 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Named in honor of former mayor Kirkman Finlay (commonly misspelled “Finley”), this 14-acre oasis in downtown Columbia is the city’s flagship urban park. During my recent visit on a very hot June afternoon I spent most of my time on the walking path close to the little lake, which is the park's functional epicenter and visual centerpiece. The other water... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I went to the Gospel Fest in Finley Park during the Memorial Day weekend. It consisted of local church groups and choirs. There were Awesome singers with amazing voices at the Gospel Fest. There was so many people there. Marcus D.Wiley mingled and entertained the audience. He and the staff took selfies with people out of the audience. VBM (Victorius... More

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Hopkins, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I visit this park often, and always take family and friends from out of town here. There are two parking lots, one off Taylor Street and one off Laural Street. Plenty of things to do for people of all ages. There is a homeless shelter not too far and occasionally you will see them sitting on the stairs near the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It is april 24th 2014. My husband and I just left there and it was awful! The nice pics are not accurate. No fountains, bad parking, numerous people warned us not to be there after dark. There is nothing to do there.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

not safe after dark. poor parking so ride with a friend. good sunset concerts with dance area. my fave is the Shakespeare Theatre plays for donations on the amphitheatre steps. Awful restrooms with no toilet seats. poor outdoor lighting, take a chair and flashlight

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Columbia, SC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Love the skyline from the top of the park- definitely bring your camera. The swings are nice to enjoy the beautiful weather. On a busy day there might not be enough parking at the top in the parking lot. On a good many occasions to this park, I have been hit up for money by homeless, so be prepared for... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is without a doubt one place anyone visiting Columbia should see. No matter how busy it is you can still find a quiet spot to reflect and enjoy and it seems there is always some type of even going on in which you can get involved. Just a beautiful and enjoyable place for sure.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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34 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The park is the only thing that we saw in Columbia. It is a neat example of what an urban green space could be. Although beware of the many steps that you will take up and down strolling through. But nevertheless, a great spot to unwind, all in the middle of downtown Columbia.

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Myrtle Beach, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I went with 2 teens and a 10 yr old. The older 2 were bored stiff, but did enjoy briefly climbing up the small waterfall. Great backdrop for photos. There was a terrible odor by the concert stage. There were crews working on landscaping the grounds there, as they had a ton of rain and some places were holding water...hence... More

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Seven Mile Ford, Virginia, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband and I visited the park while on a trip to Columbia to see our Son graduate from Fort Jackson, we arrived 2 days early due to a snow storm back in Virginia, (we had to leave out early, or miss the graduation) so here we were 2 days early and needed to find something to pass our time... More

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