With Winter squarely in our rear-view, we are ready to welcome springtime to Columbia SC. 

Bold Blooms

Our city comes alive with beautiful blooms at the first hint of spring. From the cherry blossoms to pear trees, a walk through the State House Grounds is a perfect fusion of history and nature. Jump in the car too see what’s budding all around the heart of SC while on a self-guided public art tour, and you’ll find just how beautifully the two coexist.

To really dive into springtime’s floral offerings, head to Riverbanks Botanical Garden. They have 70 acres of 8 unique gardens, and events and workshops throughout the spring. For blooms you can take home to enjoy, stop by Fern Flower Studio, which is overflowing with fresh picks this time of year. Their Thursday Flower Bar allows visitors the chance to create their own bouquet. If you’re on the hunt for a new house plant but you’re not sure which kind is right for you (AKA which will you be less likely to kill), we recommend checking out Gardners Outpost. They have a wide selection of plants, and their knowledgeable staff can help you pick an option that will thrive in your home. Have any pets that see house plants as endless salad bars? They’ll make sure your picks are safe for your four-legged friends.

Festival Season Kicks Off

We’re really into our food and beverages year-round, but especially in spring. Nothing welcomes warmer weather like a locally a crafted dish and cocktails with the best view in town. Enjoy an evening of great food for an even better cause while looking out onto the Congaree River at the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner. As fresh spring produce starts to roll in, the 2021 Columbia Food and Wine Festival arrives to welcome it. Highlighting the finest restaurants, breweries, and artisans the region has to offer, you’ll definitely want to snag tickets to this event. As the days get warmer, keep an eye out for the many other fun festivals and events like Rosewood Crawfish Festival and Historic Columbia’s Concerts in the Gardens that you’ll definitely want to add to your social calendar.

Beat the Heat

It's no secret that we have some seasonably warm days approaching. Before we hit the dog days of summer, get thee to a patio! When it comes to al fresco dining options, we’ve got them in spades. Peruse our page of local spots with outdoor dining spaces to enjoy. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, now is the perfect time to explore Congaree National Park. In May you’ll be able to catch the synchronous fireflies or enjoy a cool morning on the boardwalk. Keep up with the exact timing of the fireflies and updates on safety accommodations on their website so you can witness this magically event for yourself.

Still can’t seem to beat the heat? The cool water and calm currents of the Saluda River make for the perfect escape on a hot day. At Palmetto Outdoors, you can rent tubes for a laidback float. Bonus points if you rent a second tube for a cooler so you can sip and snack while you go with the flow (literally). Guided and self-guided kayak tours are also offered for those who like a game plan and the thrill of whitewater rapids.

Shopping

New season brings new shopping. From farmers markets to boutiques, you’re sure to find something fresh. Soda City Market is open year-round but boasts some truly wonderful produce in the springtime that you won’t get any other time of year. Strawberries anyone?

Shed those winter coats with a stroll down Devine Street. Pop into Pink Sorbet or My-Kim Collection for something that is sure to brighten your wardrobe. Looking for something more suited for your warm weather outdoor adventures? Half Moon Outfitters and Mast General Store on Main Street have got you covered so you can spend less time shopping and more time exploring.