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Fun Places to Visit in Columbia, SC

Fun Places to Visit in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC, is a city of innovation, enthusiasm, and potential. The Soda City has numerous attractions for history fans, art enthusiasts, and others! Our city invites all foodies to the table, serving everything from traditional Southern cooking to contemporary fusion cuisine. Important city landmarks include the South Carolina State Museum, Soda City Market, and Columbia Museum of Art. There is plenty to enjoy and explore in our wonderful city.


Sesquicentennial State Park is a state park in South Carolina's Sandhills area. Locals call the park Sesqui. The park spans over 1,400 acres and is 12 miles from Columbia’s downtown.

The park has a 30-acre lake with rental fishing boats, paddle boats, standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and fishing, as well as four paths with over 12 miles of recreational access. The Sandhills Trail is a two-mile circle around the park lake that is ADA accessible. The bike trail has 6.5 miles of moderately sanded ground with a few elevation variations.

 9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

Village at Sandhill is a fantastic shopping mall in Northeast Columbia. It is Columbia's top shopping mall, including restaurants, fashion, gaming, special events, fitness, and a broad selection of retailers. Sandhill is Columbia's largest shopping mall. The anchors at Sandhill include Belk, Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenney, Sam’s Club, and The Home Depot.

 481 Town Center Pl, Columbia, SC 29229

The Columbia Fireflies are the Minor League baseball team in Columbia, SC. They play at Segra Park, a modern stadium built in 2016. The entertainment between the innings and the food is excellent (check out the pimento cheese hamburgers)!

Since 2020, the Fireflies are an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Fireflies are the only professional baseball team in the city. Part of the team’s jerseys glow in the dark as a reference to the name Fireflies. Slide over to Segra Park for a fun night with the Columbia Fireflies!

 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Trustus Theater offers a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience in Columbia, SC. The professional theatre group was founded in 1985. It has a new home in a historic building on Lady Street in the Congaree Vista neighborhood.

The theater shows everything from Broadway to bold new scripts. They also have a bar with beer and wine. Plus, you are allowed to bring your beverages to your seats. Get a drink from the bar, enjoy free popcorn, and relax at Trustus Theater!

 520 Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201

What could be more interesting than visiting the Columbia Museum of Art to see art? The museum included ten Old Master paintings when it first opened in 1950. The museum also has modern artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Norman Rockwell, and Jackson Pollack.

Take advantage of the painting courses or the Arts & Draughts events! Arts & Draughts is a block party at the museum with beer and music! The Columbia Museum of Art is fun to visit alone or with a friend.

  1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201


Our city’s dining combines local tradition, international flavor, and fusion. These five must-try eateries define Columbia's culinary scene, from pubs and pizza places to Cajun-Creole food. Check out some of the best places in the city.



Pizza, Pub

Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria and Pub has fantastic beer and stone-fired pizza. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio! It has some of the best pizzas in the city! The pub is open late, so swing by Thirsty Fellow for beer or wine.


Restaurant, Bar

Bourbon is a whiskey bar and restaurant in the historic Brennen Building. They specialize in bourbon, whiskey, specialty cocktails, and the taste of Louisiana Bayou. With everything from Angels Envy to Van Winkle and Irish, Scotch, Canadian, Indian, and Japanese Whiskies, they boast the most extensive whiskey list in South Carolina!


Southern, Seafood

Blue Marlin is a Southern seafood restaurant on Lincoln Street. They also feature many dishes with the Cajun and Creole influence, including Charleston Crab Cake and Southern Caviar. Blue Marlin is a great restaurant for any occasion in the Congaree Vista District!


Bar, American

Tin Roof Columbia is a bar with live music in a traditional shotgun house. The lively, eclectic environment is excellent for having fun and listening to music. They serve many delicious plates, such as the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich or wings.


American, Mediterranean

Pontiac House of Pizza is a family-owned and run restaurant in Pontiac, SC. The restaurant is owned and run by Saki and Maria Mergianos and has served the neighborhood for 18 years. The pizza dough and pasta are freshly made each morning. If you visit, you must try the souvlaki or pizza!