Local Area Guide
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks. Visit http://www.riverbanks.org/ for more information.
South Carolina State Museum, 4D Theater and Planetarium
Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, our "biggest artifact," the South Carolina State Museum tells the history of South Carolina through our many traveling museum exhibits, permanent collections and educational programs. Come and enjoy South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science and technology. Many of the museum’s displays are interconnected. You will find there is history in our art, artistic beauty in our natural history and science, and history behind our technology. All disciplines are also represented by objects in the hands-on Stringer Discovery Center. Although no museum can display its entire collection, we offer a varied sampling of the wonders found both within our state and around the world. The 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more. The museum’s new 4-D theater provides a 3-D visual experience with the fourth dimension of environmental experiences like blasts of air, vibrating seats and water spray. The only permanent theater of its kind in the state, the 4-D theater will offer programming that complements other museum exhibits and popular movies that will excite all ages. Visit http://www.museum.state.sc.us/ for more information.
University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina is a public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with seven satellite campuses and is home to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Visit https://www.sc.edu/ for more information.
Behind EdVenture’s doors, you will find eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits. Visit http://www.edventure.org/ for more information.
The Blowfish are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league that uses wooden bats to prepare their athletes for the next level in their careers. Visit http://www.blowfishbaseball.com/ for more information.
The Purple Martins of Lake Murray
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins come to Bomb Island to roost. It's the first sanctuary designated for these sensitive birds. Visit http://lakemurrayfun.com/martins.shtml for more information.
Columbia Museum of Art
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable non-profit organization that celebrates outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit. Visit http://www.columbiamuseum.org/ for more information.
The State House
Strategically centered in downtown Columbia, the South Carolina State House is the seat of state government in South Carolina. The State House is home to the Governor's office, as well as the House and Senate chambers.
Free guided and self-guided tours of the State House are available Monday - Friday. Visitors may enter the State House through the public entrance which is on the Sumter Street side of the building. Visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/historic-sites/state-house.aspx for more information.
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