Things To Do In Columbia


Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina has so much to offer. Whether you are in the heart of Columbia or just outside in the suburbs, Columbia is a small but booming city! Here are some of the things that the Columbia area has to offer!

Historical Landmarks

Columbia is rich in history. To learn more about your new home take a walk around the State House grounds. It has beautiful gardens, a bold outer dome made of copper and columns both interior and exterior that are larger than life! Another great way to learn more about your new city is the Sally the Salamander tour. This tour will take you to the hot spots in Columbia that are landmarks in the city but also hold a piece of history in their past life.

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University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is located right in the heart of Columbia. You do not have to be a student to enjoy all the University has to offer. Taking a walk around the historic Horseshoe will give you a glimpse into the spirit of the University. It has several gardens to enjoy, president’s residence, historic McKesson library and Rutledge Chapel. Throughout the year, Carolina offers different sporting events of all sorts for the community to come out and support the Gamecocks. Whether it is a fall afternoon at Williams Brice for a football game or a beautiful sunny day at Founders Park for baseball, the University gives Columbia so much life and pride.

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Soda City Market

Another Columbia favorite located right in the heart of the city on Main Street is the Soda City Market. This event takes place weekly year round from 9am-1pm.  Here you can “nourish your brain, body and belly” which is the theme of Soda City Market. The market offers several vendors of arts, crafts, local fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, and food trucks.  The Soda City Market is a warm and inviting experience for Columbia locals and visitors alike.

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The Koger Center & Colonial Life Area

If you enjoy live entertainment then these will be the spots for you!

The Koger Center For The Arts is the home of several fun events throughout the year. The University of South Carolina Symphony plays throughout the year to entertain the community. This is also the spot for several big name comedians to bring laughter to Columbia. Throughout the year you can also catch a Broadway show! Broadway in Columbia brings the stage to life at The Koger Center For the Arts.  

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The Colonial Life Arena is not only the home of The University of South Carolina basketball teams but also a top spot for concert stops in the country. Several live acts of Billboard topping artists entertain Columbia concert-goers every year. Tours making their way to Columbia in 2019 feature artists like Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Alabama, and Hootie & The Blowfish as well as Columbia R&B Fest and MercyMe. Another major attraction that makes a stop in Columbia is Cirque Du Soleil

There is something for all tastes in live entertainment at these venues!

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Columbia Fireflies

In the months of April-September you can now enjoy Minor League baseball in Columbia! An affiliate of the New York Mets, Columbia is home to the Columbia Fireflies who play at Segra Park located in the Bull Street district of downtown. Much like everything else in Columbia, this location holds a lot of history and has helped in revamping the Bull Street community.  Each game consists of in-between inning entertainment for kids with fun contests and also an area for kids to play. Throughout the season some games will have a ‘kids eat free’ night and $1 beer night on Thursdays for Mom and Dad. It’s a perfect night out for the family and dinner!

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Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens

If you have purchased a new home in the Columbia area, lucky for you one of the nation’s top zoos is right in your back yard! Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens is the home to animals from all over the world. Take a walk through the Birdhouse to hang out with the penguins or the Ndoki Forest which is a sanctuary to elephants, gorillas and meerkats. Enjoy the state of the art 20,000 square foot aquarium featuring a 55,000 gallon Pacific Coral Reef tank which is the home to sharks, eels, fish of all sorts and colorful coral! After enjoying the thousands of animals that call Riverbanks Zoo their home you can also check out the Botanical Gardens. It is a gorgeous area filled with plants, flowers, and fountains. On your way across the bridge from the zoo to the gardens you can also check out historical landmarks located in the zoo. You can see the remains of a covered bridge from the Civil War era, the ruins of the Saluda River Factory, and enjoy a serene half mile river trail. After walking the trail you and the kids can cool down at the new Waterfall Junction so make sure to bring your swimwear! The Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens is a great adventure for the family!

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Lake Murray

If you love the water and outdoors, Lake Murray will be the spot for you. Located just outside of Columbia, Lake Murray has become a major recreation destination in central South Carolina. Bordering Lexington, Irmo and Chapin communities, Lake Murray is only a short drive from Columbia and is home to many. With dozens of marinas along the shoreline, it is easy to find a location for your boat. If you do not own a boat there are also rental options to get out on the water.  You don’t need a boat to enjoy the water and embrace the beauty of the lake. There are several parks and recreational areas where you and your family can enjoy the outdoors and all the lake has to offer with swimming, camping, grilling areas and fishing! Speaking of fishing, Lake Murray is a hot spot in the south for fishing and hosts national fishing tournaments each year. Lake Murray has something for everyone!

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If you are looking for a new home in the Columbia area, visit essexhomes.net or call Hillary Jones at 844-456-2020.