Spend the Day at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia SC

Follow along with Experience Columbia SC's expert itinerary to maximize your day with the animals at Riverbanks Zoo. 8:45 Arrive, park and make your way to ticketing to beat the crowds for 9:00 am park opening. 9:00 Get set with stroller and wheelchair rental. Grab a map and get ready for a day of…

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The Ultimate Guide to Your First Time in Columbia SC

With a never-ending roster of live music events, festivals and sporting events (Go Gamecocks!), it’s hard to be bored in Columbia SC. With so much to see and do, knowing where to start can be daunting – especially for first-time visitors (looking at you, new students). Fret not, friend. We’ve put…

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Meet Columbia SC: Prettier Than Matt

When we think of the sounds of Columbia SC, Sandstorm playing at Williams-Brice Stadium, train horns and the flow of the river may come to mind. Local band Prettier Than Matt has also been contributing to the sound of our city for over a decade. The duo, Jeff Pitts and Jessica Skinner Sims, enjoy…

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Five Points

Looking for a quick, fun-packed weekend escape? Well, look no further. The Five Points district in the heart of SC awaits for a getaway that is sure to be memorable. From the culinary scene to ample shopping, there’s plenty to explore in one of the capital city’s most popular districts. Saturday…

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Unexpected Eats + Drinks at Columbia SC's Hotels

While there are plenty of good eats and drinks throughout Columbia’s entertainment districts, you would be remiss to look past some spots tucked into the region's hotels. From fancy to causal, these places can be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Read along for your next meal or nightcap…

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Meet Columbia SC: Chris Williams

Chef Chris Williams says cooking has always been a part of him. He’s been in the kitchen since he was nine years old, getting paid to cook since he was 15 and even when he was working in other professions, his life has always centered around food. The newly named South Carolina Chef Ambassador is…

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Black History in Columbia SC

African American history and culture permeates throughout the Columbia region. From storied histories to the food scene, art and music, there are many ways to celebrate Black History Month in the heart of South Carolina. Here are a few suggestions. History From the Reconstruction Era to Civil…

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