Attractions in Columbia, South Carolina and Things to do!

Places to Visit - Attractions in Columbia SC
Associated Model Railroads of Columbia
1800 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
AMROC is dedicated to the promotion & operation of Model Railroading. They are open on Thursday nights (except the first Thursday of the month) at 7:30pm, free to the public. They often allow young future engineers to play with a throttle. Visitors, especially young, may bring their model trains down & run them. They are located in the lower floor of Arsenal Hill on the corner of Lincoln & Laurel streets. Learn more at

South Carolina State Museum
The State Museum is located in our “biggest artifact” – the Columbia Mill textile building that was built in 1893! Learn about South Carolina’s art, cultural history, science & technology and natural history at the South Carolina State Museum. Enjoy entertaining, interconnected displays, exhibits and programs.he State Museum is located in our “biggest artifact” – the Columbia Mill textile building that was built in 1893! Learn about South Carolina’s art, cultural history, science & technology and natural history at the South Carolina State Museum. Enjoy entertaining, interconnected displays, exhibits and programs. Click here for more information and upcoming events at the South Carolina State Museum.
The Big Mo: Monetta Drive - In Theatre
5822 Columbia Highway North, Monetta, SC 29105 | 803-685-7949
Enjoy an authentic Drive-In Theatre experience at The Big Mo. Double features play every weekend during Spring, Summer, & Fall for the price of a single movie. Guests will enjoy a full service concession stand, clear stereo sound through your car’s radio, a play area for the kids, & trivia contests during intermission. Come watch movies under the stars with your entire family – There is nothing else quite like it! View show times and learn more about this historic drive in by clicking here.
Attractions in Columbia, SC - Columbia is home to many of South Carolina’s most popular attractions including Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and the beautiful Lake Murray! Edventure Children’s Museum, Fort Jackson, and Congaree National Park, are just a few examples of Columbia’s unique museums, historical sites and beautiful scenery. Whether you are looking for a spectacular museum exhibit, an outdoor adventure, or a family fun park, there are activities and attractions in Columbia South Carolina to entertain the entire family.

Dining and Shopping in Columbia South Carolina - In addition, Columbia is filled with many family owned restaurants and specialty stores. Explore the Vista, Five Points, Harbison and downtown Lexington to find favorite local shops, restaurants and bars in the Greater Columbia area! 

Things to do in Columbia South Carolina - With so many intriguing things to do in Columbia SC and so much beautiful scenery, guests of all ages and interests are entertained for days or even weeks at a time. We invite you to explore our list of local attractions as you plan your next Columbia SC vacation. Browse through the rest of our site to find the best hotel deals and coupon offers in the Columbia area!​ See below on a few of events special offers and favorites!
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EdVenture Children’s Museum
Visit Eddie, the World’s Largest Child, at the EdVenture Children’s Museum in downtown Columbia. Eddie is forty-feet tall and he is sitting down! Journey through Eddie’s body and visit his brain, heart, stomach and more! Other hands on exhibits that are sure to entertain the entire family. Click here for more information and upcoming events at EdVenture.
Get Your Gear On
208 Candi Lane Suite A, Columbia, SC 29210 (Near the Zoo) | 803-799-0999
Get Your Gear On is an outfitter shop and canoe & kayak guide service. Guided daytrip & overnight adventures are available on Lake Murray or whitewater & flat-water rivers in Columbia. (Families welcome. Previous experience is not required.) Guided Spincast & Fly Fishing Adventures Available. Striped bass, large mouth bass, bream, yellow perch, & crappie. Specials available for advanced booking & for Columbia visitors staying at partner hotels. Learn more at

Lake Murray South Carolina Information!
Experience the Southern hospitality of the Lake Murray Country four county region. Discover historical Southern homes, state museums, challenging golf courses, and the nationally acclaimed Riverbanks Zoo in the Capital City area. Outdoor recreation abounds - Lake Murray Country is a haven for all types of water-related fun, canoe three rivers, or through the Congaree National Park. Experience small town charm in Saluda and Newberry and don’t miss the Newberry Opera House. Trained professionals at our Visitor Center are ready to help you plan your next trip. 
Columbia City Jazz Dance Company
550 Rivermont Drive, Columbia, SC 29210 | 803-252-0252
This internationally known not-for-profit, pre-professional jazz dance troupe was named by Dance Spirit as one of the Top 50 Jazz Dance Companies in the US. The company consists of about 30 members that perform over 20 performances each year in Columbia & smaller cities in the state. Plus, they have performed overseas in places such as China, Singapore, Bulgaria & more. Join us in Columbia to enjoy one of their amazing performances! Learn more at

Columbia City Jazz Dance School
550 Rivermont Drive, Columbia, SC 29210 | 803-252-0252
Named Best Dance School by Palmetto Parent Magazine for 2006 & 2007, the Columbia City Jazz Dance School is an exciting facility where you can be assured that proper dance training is taken seriously. They offer feature classes in lyrical & modern jazz, pre-ballet, Pointe, & tap for the beginner & recreational dancer starting at age 3, & continue all the way up to advanced training for the pre-professional & special classes for adults. Learn more at
Columbia Marionette Theatre
401 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | 803-252-7366
The Columbia Marionette Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that specializes in family-oriented puppet shows in South Carolina. With marionettes (string puppets), hand, and shadow puppets, we bring classic stories to life for adults and children across the Midlands. Learn more at

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum 
The U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum is an official Army museum located on Fort Jackson just outside of Columbia, SC. The museum's 7,500+ square feet of exhibit space are dedicated to telling the story of how training in the U.S. Army has developed since 1917 when Fort Jackson, then known as Camp Jackson, first opened. Through the museum's galleries visitors follow the schedule of basic combat training in 2011, learning along the way how the separate elements of training have evolved since WWI.
Riverbanks Zoo is South Carolina’s number one tourist attraction. Riverbanks Zoo has an amazing family of animals from all over the world including everyone’s favorite – the aquarium reptile complex. Riverbanks is no ordinary zoo, the entire family will go home with amazing photos and incredible memories. Click on one of our sponsors below for more information, discount tickets, and packages.
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Lexington County Museum
231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC 29072 | 803-359-8369
The Lexington County Museum offers a rare & unforgettable experience with structures & artifacts that focus on the everyday lives of Lexington County residents from the colonial period to the Civil War. Located on 7 acres of land, the Museum features 36 historic structures including the oldest house in Lexington. The Museum features locally made furniture, textiles, pottery, and weapons. Visit the Museum to experience a way of life gone forever! Learn more at
With so many things to do and see in Columbia, maybe we missed one or two. If you have other items you would like to see on this website, please email We would love to hear your ideas!
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