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Address: 930 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201-2313

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Nice and peaceful

Very peaceful setting. While traveling I had all my days free. Great place to just visit and relax if the heat was not so bad would have stayed longer

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
Anna E
Maryville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While preparing for our trip to Columbia, I researched different places to visit. Of course, Finlay Park on was our list. We went to see the beautiful fountain, but instead, found the fountain not on, and it didn't seem very safe.

Thank Angela P
Oviedo, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fountains and waterfalls were not on. Huge disappointment for the kids. Difficult to navigate with a stroller. Hangout for the local homeless. Nice swinging benches but most had a homeless person on them so we couldn't use them as we needed two side by side, The view of the city was nice from the park. Good picture opportunities.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Very peaceful setting. While traveling I had all my days free. Great place to just visit and relax if the heat was not so bad would have stayed longer

Thank Anna E
North Miami, Florida
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13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We were unable to see the beauty of the whole park because the locals, I believe, who spend the night there are occupying most of the benches. We just arrived and my wife and son backed out because the locals were staring at us! Don't go if you are not ready to protect yourself!

Thank Luis S
New York City, New York, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

The park is a mess - grass not well maintained, playground broken and beaten up. It's a great space - plenty of it with water and playgrounds. But really not worth a visit. Some trees and shade would be nice! Maybe it was nicer 30 years ago or whenever it was last fixed up.

Thank L H
Lafayette, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

After paying the parking meter, we were approached by what appeared to be a homeless man asking for money. Since we aren't from around the area, my husband graciously gave him the 50 cents he requested. He also asked for a smoke. Lol. I walked around what looks like it used to be a pretty place only to walk back... More 

Thank Angel H
Memphis, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Wanted a quick run through the park. When I entered the park on foot, I immediately saw a group of homeless men and turned around and left. I would not recommend this park. Looks beautiful, but unfortunately feels very unsafe.

Thank luv2fly5em
S Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

My family and I have been to Finlay Park many times for various occasions. We've done everything from picnics with the family, to free community concerts with friends joining us. My favorite times there are the free summer concert series held every year. Years ago my husband and I used to go to the top of the park at night... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

The fountain that drew us here is off and the plants around it dried up and the park is overrun with homeless people

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This park has homeless ppl living in every corner of it. Taxpayers can not enjoy this park @all like we used to. The homeless has taken over this park. The politicians aren't doing anything to resolve this issue. Don't take your family or out of town visitors here I promise you that you will be embarresed.

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