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Columbia
Columbia is South Carolina's capital and home to the University of South Carolina. Along Columbia's wide avenues are historic sites ranging from an antebellum mansion to the former home of a slave who bought her freedom, plus museums, galleries, music venues, theaters and shops. Columbia's three rivers, lake, canal, national park and several city parks offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Among the kid-pleasing destinations are a zoo and the largest children's museum in the south.

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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
Owner description: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild... more Owner description: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. The Botanical Garden boasts 70-acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of the America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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South Carolina State House
South Carolina State House
A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites
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South Carolina State Museum
South Carolina State Museum
Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an... more Owner description: The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina.
Attraction type: Educational sites
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Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Alodia's
Alodia's
Ranked #1 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Ranked #2 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Price: $18 - $35
Cuisines: American, International
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cola's Restaurant
Cola's Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mr Friendly's New Southern
Mr Friendly's New Southern
Ranked #4 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin
Ranked #5 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Comfort Inn Blythewood
3.0 of 5
Comfort Inn Blythewood
$72 - $132
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Blythewood
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Holiday Inn Express Blythewood
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Blythewood
$90 - $154
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Blythewood
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia / Northeast
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Columbia / Northeast
$111 - $218
Ranked #1 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
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Hampton Inn Columbia Northeast-Fort Jackson Area
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Columbia Northeast-Fort Jackson Area
$98 - $215
Ranked #8 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
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Best Western Plus Columbia North East
2.5 of 5
Best Western Plus Columbia North East
$91 - $201
Ranked #12 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.