COVID-19 Resources & Updates
During this time, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our locals and visitors alike. Our team is in constant communication with local and state officials + national travel associations to keep up with the changing situation. For official updates on the response efforts to COVID-19, follow information from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the City of Columbia.
With social distancing policies in place, you may not see as many of our locals out and about, but you can still feel our southern charm and creative energy. To our locals, this page includes some ways to support local and stay engaged. To our visitors, we hope you'll use this time as a way to plan your next trip to the heart of South Carolina. We'll be waiting to welcome you back with a glass of sweet tea, unless of course you prefer something barrel-aged or bacon infused.
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Many attractions in the Columbia region have closed temporarily to aid in future recovery. The following does not cover all attractions in the region. Check specific listings and contact attractions directly for more information.
Columbia Museum of Art
The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) is South Carolina's premier international art museum with traveling shows, exclusive exhibitions, and internationally renowned collections. In an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the CMA is temporarily closed. This includes the galleries, the shop and all programs.
Congaree National Park
At 26,000 acres, South Carolina's only National Park is the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the US. The park contains some of the tallest trees in Eastern North America with one of the highest canopies in the world, broad bio-diversity, and old-growth forest. The park is currently closed, along with campgrounds and the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Send them an email for any specific questions.
EdVenture is an award-winning children's museum dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, programming and camps. All EdVenture locations will remain closed until further notice. Check out their "Today's Play" for fun and educational at-home activities.
The mission of the Historic Columbia is to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation. To aid in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Historic Columbia's house museums and gardens will be temporarily closed to the public. Updates on openings will be made on the Historic Columbia website and social media.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
A 170-acre oasis for animals, plants and visitors alike, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden has been named a top 10 zoo in the nation by USA Today multiple years in a row. As an added measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo is temporarily closed to the public. Critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other employees, will continue working to provide vital care to our animals and infrastructure.
South Carolina State Museum
The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum is temporarily closed to the public. All programs, events and rentals through April 30 are canceled. During this time, the museum will develop engaging educational content to share online with students and families.
Restaurant + Brewery Updates
To comply with an order from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, restaurants and breweries are limited to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. Here's a list of places offering to-go menus for food, closed containers of local beer and wine + a little cheer.
*Hours, menus and services may change. Please call restaurants ahead of time for details on ordering.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has limited public gatherings to be three people or less, causing many festivals and events to be canceled or postponed. Check below for updates and mark your calendars for new dates.
*Event cancellations may change faster than we can update. Please contact event organizers for the most up-to-date information, or let us know if you have an update.