Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Columbia to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Adventure Carolina


Adventure Carolina offers a variety of guided kayaking and canoeing trips on Columbia's rivers. The popular "After Work" trip on the Congaree lasts about 3 hours and is ideal for first-timers and families (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during...  Read More

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens


Located near the Greystone Boulevard exit off I-26 and ranked as one of the most popular attractions in the Southeast, the zoo is home to a plethora of species. Monkeys, lions, birds, seals, koalas and much more are displayed in their natural...  Read More

The Vista
Finlay Park


Originally opened in 1859 as Sidney Park, this historic site experienced a rebirth in the early 1990s when it was given a complete overhaul and re-dubbed Finlay Park. The Vista district's green space features playgrounds, a lake, waterfalls, a...  Read More

Congaree National Park


Not only is this 22,000-acre swampy forest designated a National Park, it's also an International Biosphere Reserve, a National Natural Landmark, a protected Wilderness Area, and a "Continentally Important Bird Area." The tallest trees in the...  Read More

University Of South Carolina
McKissick Museum


Run by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina and located on the historic Horseshoe, this museum hosts an impressive permanent exhibit of minerals, gemstones, and 18th century silver. The displays focus on the history,...  Read More

South Carolina State Museum


Inside a century-old textile mill, this museum presents a comprehensive collection of art, history and science exhibits depicting South Carolina's past, present and future. From natural history to technology to fine arts, this museum has...  Read More



For area runners, cyclists and walkers, Riverfront Park is a top choice. The long strip of sidewalk flanks the Congaree, offering visitors cool shade beneath a canopy of trees. Stop at one of the benches scattered along the river to take in the...  Read More



At Columbia's EdVenture you'll meet the 40-foot tall Eddie, who lives in the atrium across from the entrance. Through a series of tunnels and slides, kids can explore inside Eddie and discover just how amazing the human body is. The fun doesn't...  Read More

University Of South Carolina


A diminutive 77-seat theater, the Nick concentrates on international, art and indie films with two screenings nightly and occasional matinees. Sit back with a bucket of popcorn and a cold beer, and enjoy a film like Persepolis or Daughters of...  Read More

University Of South Carolina


This beautiful tree-lined mall is the site of the original campus of the University of South Carolina. Still home to several campus buildings, most of them dating back a century, the wide-open green is usually full of students reading, talking,...  Read More