4 Reasons to Visit Columbia SC this Spring
Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:00 AM by Helen Dennis
With Winter squarely in our rear-view, we are ready to welcome springtime to Columbia SC.
Our city comes alive with beautiful blooms at the first hint of spring. From the cherry blossoms to pear trees, driving through the State House Grounds is a perfect fusion of history and nature. To really dive into springtime’s floral offerings, head to Riverbanks Botanical Garden. They have 8 unique gardens and events throughout the spring (Botanical Beverage Basics, anyone?). If you’ve got questions about any of the seasonal changes you see in Columbia, be sure to head to the Horseshoe at UofSC, where Rudy Manke holds his Nature of Spring lecture. 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.
Festival Season Kicks Off
We’re really into our food and beverages year-round, but especially in spring. Nothing welcomes warmer weather like a cool glass of locally brewed beer. Enjoy a week’s worth of fun beer-centered events with Soda City Suds Week. As fresh spring produce starts to roll in, the 3rd Annual Columbia Food and Wine Festival arrives to welcome it. Bigger than ever before, 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 coming.
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 this list of outdoor dining spots 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 on their website.
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 for something that is sure to brighten your wardrobe or head to Half Moon Outfitters to plan your warm weather outdoor adventure.