Guidebook for Columbia

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Guidebook for Columbia

Parks & Nature

The largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States is only a 30-minute drive from our neighborhood. At Congaree, you can enjoy a raised boardwalk trail, backwoods camping, canoeing and more. Just be sure to check their Facebook page for the mosquito index for the day!
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Национальный парк Конгари
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The largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States is only a 30-minute drive from our neighborhood. At Congaree, you can enjoy a raised boardwalk trail, backwoods camping, canoeing and more. Just be sure to check their Facebook page for the mosquito index for the day!
Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Historic Sesquicentennial State Park, affectionately known to locals as "Sesqui," is a spacious, green getaway in the heart of the Sandhills region.
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Парк штата Сескисентенниал
9564 Two Notch Road
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Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Historic Sesquicentennial State Park, affectionately known to locals as "Sesqui," is a spacious, green getaway in the heart of the Sandhills region.
A little bit of a drive, but the park spans multiple islands on Lake Murray and offers water activities, nature hikes & fishing.
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Dreher Island State Park
19 Park Marina Dr
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A little bit of a drive, but the park spans multiple islands on Lake Murray and offers water activities, nature hikes & fishing.
The Sumter National Forest is one of two forests in South Carolina that are managed together by the United States Forest Service, the other being the Francis Marion National Forest. Hiking trails and beautiful old-growth forests.
Sumter National Forest
The Sumter National Forest is one of two forests in South Carolina that are managed together by the United States Forest Service, the other being the Francis Marion National Forest. Hiking trails and beautiful old-growth forests.
Old pump houses shed light on the canal works amid natural hiking & biking trails & picnic tables. Trails run along the peaceful and slow-moving Saluda/Congaree Rivers.
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Парк Колумбия Канал энд Риверфронт
312 Laurel Street
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Old pump houses shed light on the canal works amid natural hiking & biking trails & picnic tables. Trails run along the peaceful and slow-moving Saluda/Congaree Rivers.

Essentials

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Publix Super Market at Gervais Place
501 Gervais Street
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Sightseeing

The South Carolina State House is the building housing the government of the U.S. state of South Carolina. You can tour the building itself, or take a stroll around the beautiful State House grounds!
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Капитолий штата Южная Каролина
1100 Gervais Street
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The South Carolina State House is the building housing the government of the U.S. state of South Carolina. You can tour the building itself, or take a stroll around the beautiful State House grounds!
Founded in 1801, USC's flagship campus sprawls over 300 acres in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The campus features the famously historic Horseshoe, where visitors can go for a leisurely stroll under a variety of established old-growth trees.
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Университет Южной Каролины
920 Sumter St
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Founded in 1801, USC's flagship campus sprawls over 300 acres in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The campus features the famously historic Horseshoe, where visitors can go for a leisurely stroll under a variety of established old-growth trees.
Enjoy art, live entertainment, cultural events, shopping, and some of the greatest foodie hotspots in the heart of the Capital City. Some of the greatest people watching can be done on Main!
Main Street
Enjoy art, live entertainment, cultural events, shopping, and some of the greatest foodie hotspots in the heart of the Capital City. Some of the greatest people watching can be done on Main!
Iconic sculpture right off of Main Street. Not the most exciting thing, but good for fun pictures!
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World's Largest Fire Hydrant
1404 Taylor St
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Iconic sculpture right off of Main Street. Not the most exciting thing, but good for fun pictures!

Food Scene

Indah Coffee is located in the newly rejuvenated neighborhood of Cottontown 0.3 miles from the house! The minimalist-styled decor and adjoining Circa Barber Shop (by appointment only) give you a peaceful place to get work done, or simply sit for a nice chat! Indah also has local craft beers and ciders on tap, and serves light snacks like vegan cinnamon rolls and other pastries.
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Indah Coffee
2238 Sumter St
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Indah Coffee is located in the newly rejuvenated neighborhood of Cottontown 0.3 miles from the house! The minimalist-styled decor and adjoining Circa Barber Shop (by appointment only) give you a peaceful place to get work done, or simply sit for a nice chat! Indah also has local craft beers and ciders on tap, and serves light snacks like vegan cinnamon rolls and other pastries.
Awesome for brunch! Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving fresh, local and diverse dishes in the heart of the historic Congaree Vista since 1989. The menu changes daily for lunch and dinner, offering diners something new and delicious every time they come through the door. We offer an eclectic blend of contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian cuisine, with everything either provided from local farms or house-made, such as stocks and sauces, desserts, charcuterie and house-butchered and smoked meats.
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Motor Supply Company Bistro
920 Gervais Street
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Awesome for brunch! Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving fresh, local and diverse dishes in the heart of the historic Congaree Vista since 1989. The menu changes daily for lunch and dinner, offering diners something new and delicious every time they come through the door. We offer an eclectic blend of contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian cuisine, with everything either provided from local farms or house-made, such as stocks and sauces, desserts, charcuterie and house-butchered and smoked meats.
Cafe Strudel, located in the historic Mill Village neighborhood of West Columbia, is a favorite with locals & travelers as well! Famous for their Hangover Hash Browns and awesome Sunday Brunch! Stop in for great food & maybe a Bacon infused Vodka Bloody Mary!
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Cafe Strudel
300 State Street
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Cafe Strudel, located in the historic Mill Village neighborhood of West Columbia, is a favorite with locals & travelers as well! Famous for their Hangover Hash Browns and awesome Sunday Brunch! Stop in for great food & maybe a Bacon infused Vodka Bloody Mary!
Soda City is Columbia's Main Street market focused on your brain, body and belly! We're open every Saturday morning 9AM - 1PM, year-round, rain or shine! Whether you're shopping for a one-of-kind gift, picking-up this week's groceries, or spending the morning with family and friends, you'll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors at Soda City -- and if you're from out of town, visit us on Main Street and see Columbia as the creative class, international, and bustling community we are! Free parking throughout Columbia on the weekends (no matter what you see on signs and stickers) including the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street between Main Street and Sumter Street.
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Soda City Market
1500 Main Street
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Soda City is Columbia's Main Street market focused on your brain, body and belly! We're open every Saturday morning 9AM - 1PM, year-round, rain or shine! Whether you're shopping for a one-of-kind gift, picking-up this week's groceries, or spending the morning with family and friends, you'll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors at Soda City -- and if you're from out of town, visit us on Main Street and see Columbia as the creative class, international, and bustling community we are! Free parking throughout Columbia on the weekends (no matter what you see on signs and stickers) including the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street between Main Street and Sumter Street.
Handcrafted, small-batch ice cream in the heart of downtown Columbia! Enjoy eclectic flavors like brown sugar bourbon, sesame seed honey pistachio, or stick with the classics like Madagascar vanilla, dark chocolate, and classic strawberry (with locally sourced strawberries)!
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Sweet Cream Co.
1627 Main St
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Handcrafted, small-batch ice cream in the heart of downtown Columbia! Enjoy eclectic flavors like brown sugar bourbon, sesame seed honey pistachio, or stick with the classics like Madagascar vanilla, dark chocolate, and classic strawberry (with locally sourced strawberries)!

Drinks & Nightlife

Kaminsky’s entices visitors into its cozy atmosphere with a rotating selection of delectable desserts made in house daily, in addition to heaping milkshakes, specialty coffees and cold beverage creations. Delight in over-the-top varieties of classic childhood desserts, signature hot spirited specialties, dessert martinis and hot toddies. A full beer, wine and liquor selection is also available.
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Kaminsky's
930 Gervais St
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Kaminsky’s entices visitors into its cozy atmosphere with a rotating selection of delectable desserts made in house daily, in addition to heaping milkshakes, specialty coffees and cold beverage creations. Delight in over-the-top varieties of classic childhood desserts, signature hot spirited specialties, dessert martinis and hot toddies. A full beer, wine and liquor selection is also available.
The Five Points neighborhood is home to many boutiques and restaurants by day, but by night it hosts an abundant night life scene with great drink deals. Five Points primarily attracts a younger crowd, such as students from the nearby USC campus.
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Five Points
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The Five Points neighborhood is home to many boutiques and restaurants by day, but by night it hosts an abundant night life scene with great drink deals. Five Points primarily attracts a younger crowd, such as students from the nearby USC campus.
Located in the heart of the Vista, Art Bar attracts an eclectic crowd and often hosts karaoke and trivia nights.
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Art Bar
1211 Park Street
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Located in the heart of the Vista, Art Bar attracts an eclectic crowd and often hosts karaoke and trivia nights.

Entertainment & Activities

The Grand - boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is your Columbia, SC destination for fun, food and activities. Make plans to relax after work to meet your friends and co-workers for drinks and games indoors or on the plaza. Where a piece of history on Main Street meets fun and inspires something GRAND!
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The Grand on Main
1621 Main St
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The Grand - boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is your Columbia, SC destination for fun, food and activities. Make plans to relax after work to meet your friends and co-workers for drinks and games indoors or on the plaza. Where a piece of history on Main Street meets fun and inspires something GRAND!
AZA registered 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. Hosts many African & Australian animals, reptile galleries, a bird house, and a petting zoo with farm animals.
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
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AZA registered 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. Hosts many African & Australian animals, reptile galleries, a bird house, and a petting zoo with farm animals.
Sprawling complex with go-kart tracks, arcades & other family-friendly amusements.
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Frankie's Fun Park
140 Parkridge Drive
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Sprawling complex with go-kart tracks, arcades & other family-friendly amusements.

Arts & Culture

Exhibits on art, history, nature, science & technology, housed on 4 floors in a former textile mill. State-of-the-art facility featuring permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.
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South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
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Exhibits on art, history, nature, science & technology, housed on 4 floors in a former textile mill. State-of-the-art facility featuring permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory.
Paintings & sculptures spanning thousands of years, displayed in a contemporary building.
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Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
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Paintings & sculptures spanning thousands of years, displayed in a contemporary building.