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Things to Do in Columbia, SC

Ready to explore all that Columbia has to offer? You'll find many things to do in Columbia when you stay in our downtown Columbia hotels! We're ready to provide a conveniently-located home base for all of your adventures while you're with us. Whether you're a die-hard USC football fan or are here to explore the many historical places in the area, you'll appreciate our hotels' comfort and commitment. Get ready for a memorable trip when you travel to Columbia, SC.

University of South Carolina

Courtyard Columbia DowntownWhen you want to stay close to all of the action that the University of South Carolina has to offer, you'll want to choose our downtown Columbia hotels. Not only are there action-packed college sports to be seen at this athletic campus, the school hosts a variety of academic conferences throughout the year. Guests of Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC and SpringHill Suites Columbia Downtown/The Vista will enjoy the close proximity they'll have to the school.

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The Congaree Vista

If you're ready to shop 'til you drop, dig into a delectable meal or enjoy Columbia's nightlife, the Congaree Vista is exactly where you'll want to be! This is the city's cosmopolitan area near the Congaree River and offers everything from lively bars to specialty boutiques. Visitors can take their time browsing the many things to do in the Congaree Vista before wrapping up the night with a delicious meal at a restaurant or a cold drink in one of the many bars.

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Colonial Life Arena

Don't miss an event at the Colonial Life Arena, home to the men's and women's basketball teams for the University of South Carolina. In addition to hosting a variety of enthralling sports events, the Colonial Life Arena performs popular concerts and expositions throughout the year. Plus, the arena is close to our Downtown Columbia hotels, which makes it a must-see when you vacation in Columbia!

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Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Courtyard Columbia DowntownSpeaking of engaging events, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center hosts a variety of expos and shows throughout the year. The 140,000 sq ft facility has plenty of room to host a variety of compelling events and activities. Types of gatherings range from full events for an industry or non-profits to fun things to do for the family! Keep updated with what's happening during your stay to see what the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is showcasing!

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More Things to Do in Columbia

  • Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Congaree National Park
  • Frankie's Fun Park
  • South Carolina State House
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Koger Center for the Arts
  • Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
  • EdVenture Children's Museum
  • Harbison State Forest
  • Township Auditorium

If you're planning on having lots of fun in Columbia, why not try the COOLPASS? This great deal offers huge savings at three top locations, the EdVenture Children's Museum, the Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens and the South Carolina State Museum. Don't miss out on fun!

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There are many things to do in Columbia that you won't want to miss! After you book your cozy visit to one of our stylish and tastefully-appointed hotels, speak with the friendly front desk team if you need any recommendations for areas of interest. We'll be happy to help you and look forward to making your time with us comfortable and welcoming.