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Spring Guide to Columbia, SC

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Spring has arrived! So, what is going on this spring? Columbia, SC is full of springtime fun and ways get out and enjoy some of the most beautiful weather. And, we’re covering it all right here so you don’t miss a thing!

Happy Spring Columbia!

Get Outside: Springtime in Columbia, SC

A paved trail for walking and bike riding? Yes, please! Load up those scooters and helmets or grab that stroller and go enjoy that fresh air. Your to do list can probably wait a couple of hours, right?

The riverwalk trails in Columbia are a great place to enjoy spring.

We know the perfect place to play.

Our guide to the best parks and playgrounds in Columbia, SC.

Parks and Playgrounds in Columbia, SC

Playgrounds and spring go hand in hand. Bring the kids out to enjoy the spring weather with slides, swings, and all kinds of things to climb.

Move those feet and enjoy nature. Pack a bag with water and some trail mix, pull on those sneakers, and go enjoy one of Columbia’s great family hiking trails.

Spring Means Strawberries!

Strawberry PIcking Cottle Strawberry Farm

Pick some strawberries!

Everything you need to know about Cottle Strawberry Farm.

Spring Sports

Head to the ballpark for All-American, traditional baseball fun. You have two fabulous choices in Columbia, SC!

Easter Time

Yep, spring means Easter. This year Easter falls on March 31st, 2024. That means all Easter Egg hunts and community events will be happening soon. We created a Columbia Easter Egg Hunt and Events list so you don’t miss anything!

You’ll want to bookmark this one and check back throughout the Easter season as more events are added.

Go find those Easter Eggs.

The biggest list of 2024 Easter Egg Hunts in Columbia, SC.

Easter Egg Hunts in Columbia, SC

Springtime Showers Bring Indoor Play

Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC

Here’s where to play indoors in Columbia, SC

Spring Break Things to Do

Spring break is coming! Our spring break guide is full of ideas for indoor and outdoor fun, plus day trips, spring break camps, and lots more!

Spring break guide to Columbia, SC

Fill your spring break with lots of fun!

Spring Break Things to Do: Columbia, SC

(2024) Best Easter Egg Hunts & Events: Columbia, SC

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Are your kids excited to search out some colorful Easter Eggs at the Easter Egg Hunts in Columbia, SC this year? Maybe you’re looking for more Easter things to do, like catching up with the Easter Bunny for a special bunny photo. Or, maybe an Easter craft activity is more to your liking. Either way, we have a totally huge list of Columbia’s Easter Egg hunts and Easter events to help you out.

Easter Egg Hunts in Columbia, SC

We hope it’ll help you make the most of the Easter season in Columbia, SC with your family!

We’ll be adding to this list throughout the Easter season, so check back soon for all the best Easter events in Columbia, SC!

Easter in Columbia, SC: What do you want to do?

Easter Egg Hunts: Columbia SC

Clinton Sease Farm Easter Egg Hunts

March 29th and 30th, 2024Children’s Easter Egg hunt that includes a cow train, wagon rides, bubbles, playground, obstacle course, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Details and pricing for 2024 coming soon.

Read our review of Clinton Sease Farm

The Great Lexington Egg Hunt

2024 Information on the Great Lexington Egg Hunt is still TBA. We will update when information is announced! And now for a different kind of egg hunt! Visit Lexington parks and match each egg to the correct location.

Print your form or pick one up at the Lexington Town Hall.

More Egg Hunts in Columbia, SC

Easter Bunny Photos: Columbia, SC

Photos with the Easter Bunny are a time-honored tradition. Where can you can get a photo with the Easter Bunny in Columbia, SC?

Visit these events to snap a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Easter Bunny Photos at Columbiana Centre

100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, SC 29212
Bunny Photo Experiences starts March 1st, 2024.
Photo package costs range from $40 – $50. You need to either pay $20 at booking and select photo package at your appointment or select the desired package at booking. (Your $20 booking fee will be applied toward the package purchase.)

Book in advance! Easter Bunny at Columbiana Centre

More Photos with the Bunny

Free Easter Bunny Photos at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops

See the Easter Bunny at Cabela's

Head up to Greenville, SC or Charlotte, NC for an opportunity to get a free professional, printed 4×6 photo with the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. 2024 Dates and Times TBA

Visit the Cabela’s Easter Event page to find the location nearest you and to register.

Columbia’s Bunny Brunches and More

Who doesn’t want to have breakfast or brunch with the Easter Bunny himself? Or maybe you can catch the bunny and share a special cupcake, cookie, or Easter treat.

Make plans to head to one of these places and you can spend some time with the Easter Bunny and enjoy some yummy food, too!

Riverbanks Zoo Breakfast with the Bunny

Riverbanks Zoo Breakfast with the Bunny 2024 TBA

More Easter Brunch and Bunny Meals

Easter Brunch at Columbo’s Double Tree Hilton

Easter Brunch Columbo’s Menu 2024 TBA
Reservations are recommended!
2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli- Take and Bake

Order your take-and-bake cinnamon rolls for a low-key Easter breakfast at home.

More Easter Events: Everything happening for Easter in Columbia, SC

Need more things to do? Fun days start with our HUGE Things to do in Columbia, SC Guide.

Have fun all season long!

More ways to celebrate spring in Columbia, SC

Spring: Columbia, SC

Easter Egg Hunt Tips For Families

Choose Your Egg Hunt Wisely.

Choose a hunt that fits the age of your children and their temperaments. A fast, competitive child might enjoy a free-for-all egg hunt, but some children might find the same hunt frightening and sadly leave without a single egg.

No one wants tears at an Easter Egg hunt, right?

So, find out . . . What are the rules for this egg hunt?

  • What are the ages of kids hunting together?
  • Is there a limit of eggs per kid?
  • How large is the event? (The larger the number of kids hunting at the same time, the greater chance there will be some aggressive behavior from the kids hunting.)
  • How much waiting is involved?

Dress Appropriately

Easter is mid-April this year which means the day could rapidly go from a cool early morning to a hot late morning or afternoon depending on the weather.

  • Think layers. Keep them on if it’s cooler, or take off a layer if it gets warm or if your kids get hot from running around.
  • Remember the sunscreen. The UV index can catch you by surprise this time of year.
  • Footwear should be something kids can run in. Tennis shoes are best. Keep those toes covered so they don’t get stepped on or bit by ants.
  • Many of the public hunts offer bounce houses for the kids to play in so be sure your kids wear socks.

Plan ahead

Plan time to park. Give yourself at least 30 minutes before the hunt is scheduled to begin for parking and registration. If your egg hunt has an age requirement for a specific time, your child will likely only be allowed to hunt at that time.

Bring water and snacks if you think the kids will get hungry waiting for the hunt to start. 

Stash some backup eggs in the car. If your kiddo isn’t able to collect any for whatever reason, you’ll be glad you did!

20+ Ideas: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Columbia, SC (2024)

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Do you need some ideas for Valentine’s Day in Columbia, SC this year? How will you celebrate with the kids? What about a date night, or a friend’s night out? Whether you’re celebrating love for your family, your friendships, or romantic love for your spouse or significant other, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday. And of course, at Kidding Around, we have some great ideas!

So, without further comment, here is our guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day in Columbia, SC for everyone!

Valentines Day in Columbia, SC

19+ Best Playgrounds and Parks: Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for fun parks or playgrounds near Columbia, SC? If you’re looking for the best places to play outdoors in or near Columbia, you’ve come to the right place. Our Parks: Columbia, SC list includes parks with playgrounds, walking trails, and hiking trails, nature parks, art parks, splash pads, parks with picnic areas and picnic shelters, and a whole lot more about our favorite places to play!

Parks: Columbia, SC with playgrounds and fun places to explore

There are so many options when it comes to parks and playgrounds. These parks have great playgrounds, wide open spaces, basketball courts, picnic tables, walking trails, or just amazing outdoor spaces. We have reviewed some of our absolute favorite places to play, but we also have lots more coming soon!

Great Parks and Playgrounds Around Columbia, SC

Looking for playgrounds in or near Columbia where the kids can play? There are so many cool options in the Midlands! Pick one of these fun playgrounds and get playing outdoors!

Columbia’s Most Unique Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Have you visited Sesquicentennial State Park?

With a beautiful little lake, playground, easy hiking, free splash pad, and cheap boat rentals, Sesquicentennial State Park is the ultimate family day kind of park! Pack a picnic and get going! Enjoy the shaded picnic tables and benches beside the lake.

Visit Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC

Experience local art for free at West Columbia Interactive Art Park

What’s at the West Columbia Interactive Art Park? Kids and grown-ups will enjoy walking along the paths of this interactive art park in West Columbia. Play the drums, and enjoy the murals, sculptures, and time together. There are even some very family-friendly places to eat out in the park and nearby.

Drums at the West Columbia Interactive Art Park
Drums at the West Columbia Interactive Art Park

Lake Murray

In the summer Lake Murray Public Park is the place to be for outdoor play in the water and sand. There’s also a great picnic area to enjoy the fresh air and lake view.

Lake Murray Lexington, SC

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park is a unique park with old-growth forests for hiking, cool boardwalk trails to explore, and out-of-this-world kayak trails.

Want to walk or hike on Columbia’s hiking trails?

These walking trails and hiking trails near Columbia are perfect for a little hiking or getting out those bikes and strollers.

Splash Pads at Columbia Parks

Here are all the parks where you can splash, swim, and cool off in Columbia, SC

Best Parks in Columbia, SC for Toddlers

There are so many fantastic parks for even the tiny tots all around Columbia! Let your littles learn to climb, swing in bucket swings, or enjoy small slides made just for them.

Stroller-friendly parks in Columbia, SC

Going for a stroll?
These Columbia, SC Parks are Stroller-Friendly!

Best Parks in Columbia, SC for Preschoolers

Have a preschooler who is a bit too big for the small stuff, but not quite big enough for the full-sized equipment? Here are a few playgrounds we think they’d love:

Best Parks in Columbia, SC for Older Kids

Even the older kids can benefit from a park day or two! Enjoy the outdoors with your bigger kids at these fun playgrounds!

Looking for more of the best parks in Columbia?

Our coverage of parks and playgrounds is growing and we’ll have more on Columbia’s best playgrounds soon. But you’ll also find great information on the area’s outdoor places to play at websites for local town and city recreation departments.

Which park or playground in Columbia is your favorite?

Things to do Columbia, SC

Need more places to play?

Fun days start with this list of over 50 Things to Do in Columbia, SC.

It’s Winter! 20+ Things to Do in Columbia, SC

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You’re looking for things to do this winter in Columbia, SC? The holidays have come to an end, and January and February stretch out in front of you long and cold-ish and boring.

But, there’s so much to look forward to! The winter season offers lots of unique opportunities and things to do in Columbia. Plus, there are some seriously epic winter day trips nearby. You can read that as “Yes, there are day trips for snow tubing near Columbia, SC.” So, have no fear. We have loads of ideas to keep your winter lively and put a bounce in your step that’ll last all the way to Spring. The only thing you’ll have to do is figure out which Columbia, SC winter activity you want to do first!

Winter Activities to Do in Columbia, SC

Winter Planetarium Shows at SC State Museum

We love the South Carolina State Museum for its huge amount of exhibits and hands-on learning. In the winter, they offer a live sky planetarium show where your family can learn about the constellations, stars, and planets that make up Columbia’s winter sky. How cool is that!? Shows are about 30 minutes and should run through all of the cold months. Book your planetarium tickets Live Sky Tour online in advance if you want to be sure to get in at your chosen time!

Additional shows currently available at the Planetarium are Arora, Mars, James Webb Space Telescope and We Are Stars. You can book your tickets at the link above.

Dine-Out, Literally: Heated Outdoor Dining in Columbia, SC

We have ideas for great family restaurants in Columbia, and we also have a huge kids eat free list, but what restaurants let us dine outdoors no matter the weather?

Who has a heated outdoor dining space in Columbia, SC?

Restaurants with outdoor dining in Columbia, SC

Check out this list of heated outdoor dining options we found, or, if you’re bringing the kids along, here are a couple of restaurants and breweries from our big Columbia family restaurant list that also have heated outdoor dining!

Family-Friendly Heated Outdoor Dining in Columbia, SC

  • Home Team BBQ Classic BBQ with a kids’ menu, plus a patio with panels that keep it toasty.
    • Location: 700 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29205 – 803.724.3900
    • Hours: Sunday through Friday from 11 am – 12 am (midnight)
      Saturday from 11 am to 2 am
  • Cantina 76  The Devine Street location offers a heated outdoor dining space and all the delicious Mexican-inspired cuisine you could hope for.
    • Location: 2901 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205 – 803.708.6004
    • Hours: Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm, Monday – Wednesday from 11 am – 9:30 pm, Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Steel Hands Brewing Co. Load up the kids for pretzels, sandwiches, and nachos around the fire pits outdoors at Steel Hands Brewing Co.
    • Location: 2350 Foreman Street, Cayce, SC 29033 – 803.708.9864
    • Hours: Monday – Closed, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 pm – 8 pm, Thursday from 3 pm – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 11 pm, Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm 
  • Upper Crust The Gourmet wood-fired pizza place is in the process of setting up dome dining for these cold winter months. The domes will be heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. They also serve brunch and offer “take and bake” pizzas if you prefer dining at home. Check back for official dome completion update!
    • Location: 843-4 Polo Road, Columbia
    • Hours: Monday – Closed, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am – 3 pm, Thursday from 10 am – 8:30 pm, Friday from 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Sunday 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Backstreets Grill of Columbia Enjoy the beautiful outdoor atmosphere here while dining on soup, salad, choice meats and seafood!
    • Location: 2400 Devine Street, Columbia
    • Hours: Monday – Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 10 pm
  • Publico Kitchen + Tap Located in Five Points, Publico serves Latin-Asian inspired cuisine, craft beer, margaritas, tacos and Sunday Brunch. They have heaters on the patio as well as heated dome dining available for reservation. They also offer an extensive and festive mocktail menu, vegan menu and most uniquely, a VIP (Very Important Puppy) Menu – Yes, puppy menu! They have a menu specially for dining with your dog! The puppy portion sizes are served based on weight and all profit from the VIP menu go to help a local rescue.
    • Location: 2013 Greene Street, Columbia
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 am – 10 pm
  • Publico at Bullstreet Features Latin-Asian inspired dishes including tacos, ramen, salads and sandwiches. They also offer a vegan and brunch menu plus the VIP Menu (Very Important Puppy) incorporates your dog as part of your family while dining here! They have heaters on their patio to keep you warm in these cold winter months!
    • Location: 2180 Boyce Street Suite A, Columbia
    • Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 11 pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 12 am
  • BOKU Kitchen & Saloon Serves Pan-Asian cuisine and uses locally sourced ingredients. They have heaters on their outdoor patio to warm you up while you enjoy outdoor dining.
    • Location: 916 Gervais Street, Columbia
    • Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 am – 10 pm Kitchen, 11 pm Bar
      Thursday & Friday 11 am – 11 pm Kitchen, 1 am Bar
      Saturday Brunch 11 am – 3 pm, Dinner 4 pm – 11 pm Kitchen, 1 am Bar
      Sunday Brunch 11 am to 3 pm, Dinner 4 pm – 10 pm, Kitchen, 11 pm Bar
  • Market on Main Voted 2023’s Best Place to Dine Outdoors, they have a Jumbotron TV outside, live music and offer dome dining on their outdoor patio! They allow your dog to dine with you on the outdoor patio and offer a variety of family friendly events throughout the year. Specializing in gourmet Americana cuisine, this restaurant provides an atmosphere the whole family, even Fido, will enjoy!
    • Location: 1320 Main Street #150, Columbia
    • Hours: Monday – Closed, Tuesday & Wednesday 11 am – 10:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday 11 am – 12 am, Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm

Parents: don’t forget to keep a close eye on kids around outdoor heaters and fireplaces. Both can get very hot and accidents can happen quickly!

Chase the Snow: Day Trips Snow Tubing and More

I know. We aren’t likely to see many snowflakes in Columbia. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t head out on one (or two) totally epic winter day trips and chase after that snow.

Snow Tubing Near Columbia, SC

Go skiing, go snowboarding, go snow tubing. You can do it all just a couple of hours away in Western North Carolina. You’ll want to start here: 13+ Places to Ski, Snowboard, and Snow Tube: North Carolina & Beyond

If snow tubing is your aim, check out Black Bear Snow Tubing in Hendersonville, NC. We just visited and had a blast. It makes an amazing family day trip!

Sliding down in a tube at Black Bear Tubing
Black Bear Snow Tubing

Sledding: Where is there snow?

Last but not least, if you’d rather just go see some snow and maybe find a good hill to sled down, you are in luck. Load up that sled. Here are spots in Western North Carolina where you can sled and go play in the snow! from our sister site, Kidding Around Greenville.

Outdoor Ice Skating

Head up to the Whitewater Center in Charlotte for epic outdoor ice skating. They have several skating spaces and ice trails, it’s much more than an oval rink! Skating is open through mid-February. Find out all about it in our Whitewater Ice Skating Review!

Ice skating at Whitewater Center

Things to Do Inside

Have you seen our Indoor Guide to Columbia? It has all the ideas for family fun indoors.

This winter we recommend:

Children's Area in Richland County Libraries

The Weather is Beautiful: Go Outdoors

So, we may have to travel to see that snow, but that probably means things are looking pretty temperate and sunny out there, perfect for some outdoor winter activities. Columbia, SC has a whole heap. That means you can go for a hike or explore the zoo comfortably and not even break a sweat. Anyone who has been to the zoo in the middle of July knows what we’re talking about.

Free Winter Things to Do in Columbia, SC

Build projects with your kids for free at Home Depot. The Free Kids Workshops at Home Depot are awesome.

February 3rd, 2024: Valentine’s Basket
March 2nd, 2024: Butterfly house

Or, head to Lowe’s Home Improvement Store for their free kids’ kits. Here’s a sneak peek at January’s project. My First DIY Toolbox

Winter Events in Columbia, SC

Check out these winter-themed events happening over the winter months in Columbia. If you’re looking for more activities and events, don’t forget to check out our full Columbia events page.

Things to do Columbia, SC

Looking for more?

Don’t miss our huge list of things to do in Columbia, SC

Winter Break from School

Our winter break bucket list will fill that school break with lots of family fun.

20+ Local Favorites for the Best Pizza in Columbia, SC

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Are you searching for where to get the best pizza in Columbia, SC? We have found some fantastic locally-owned pizza joints that offer woodfire ovens, a variety of pizza styles, and some that even have vegan and gluten-free options! Whether you’re looking to meet up with friends, take your family out for a relaxed meal, or even just try someplace new, we’ve got you covered on this list of amazing pizza options in the Columbia area.

The best pizza in Columbia is on this list!

Best pizza, Columbia, SC

Where to Go For A Beautiful Winter Hike: Columbia, SC

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What’s so great about winter hikes? Columbia, SC offers lots of places to get out and enjoy the outdoors on a hike, and the surrounding area particularly towards the mountains brings beautiful winter hiking opportunities just a day trip away. This winter hiking guide will help you choose your winter hiking destination and pack your bag so you’re prepared for a fun adventure.

What You’ll See & Why Winter is Great for Hiking

Why should we go hike in the winter, anyway?

Expect to see things as you haven’t before. Fewer leaves on the trees means that you can see through them for a view usually hidden. Expect to walk along trails that feel much more open, and expect more lookout stops and panoramic mountain views, even from the valley trails.

What you won’t see many of? Bugs. And snakes (usually). And while it’s colder and you’ll want to layer up (more on that later), you also won’t be dripping sweat and hiking through summer humidity. That right there makes winter hiking a lovely alternative.

Take a peek at winter hiking

Spoiler alert: It’s gorgeous

Winter Hiking Tips

  1. Bring water and snacks. It can be tempting to bring less water when it’s cooler but don’t. It’s better to have too much than not enough, and the dryer winter air will make you thirsty!
  2. Consider bringing hot chocolate in a thermos. The tasty treat will taste even better accompanied by gorgeous views, well earned. And, it can work as a bit of an encouragement for little legs that might want to stop hiking before the end of the trail!
  3. Pack a first-aid kit and emergency supplies. Chapstick, hand warmers, and an emergency blanket are what we’d pack on a mountain winter hike.
  4. Dress in layers. Start with a tank or t-shirt, layered with something long-sleeved and then a jacket on top of that.
  5. Wear or bring hats, gloves, and wool socks.
Winter Hikes: Columbia, SC

Winter Hikes: Close to Columbia

If you want to find panoramic mountain views you’ll want to head up towards the Upstate of South Carolina for your winter hike. But if you can’t dedicate a whole day to your adventure, there are still several spots for winter hiking right in and near Columbia.

Pick a place on our Columbia Hiking Guide. Any of those trails can be enjoyed in the cooler winter temperatures.

If that’s too many choices, we recommend one of these three spots!

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

Enjoy the open forest, and a waterfall when you hike the trail at the Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve.

Hiking Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve with kids

Harbison State Forest

There are over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails in Harbison State Forest, including and ADA-accessible trail so everyone can enjoy a winter trail hike together.

Sesquicentennial State Park

Enjoy a light hike around the lake at Sesquicentennial State Park. In the winter you’ll avoid insects and humidity, and likely enjoy a much less crowded park. The trail is only half a mile, so the whole family can enjoy it together.

Winter Hikes Near the Upstate

For a longer winter hike in the mountains, you’ll want to plan a day trip to the Upstate.

Check out these 7 Winter Hikes Near Greenville, SC for lots of options or try one of these favorite spots.

Table Rock State Park

In winter, the strenuous trail offers an incredible view. While the hike to the top of Table Rock is tough, it’s definitely more doable in the cooler temperatures. The panoramic view is a huge pay-off.

If temperatures are below freezing, we do not recommend going to the top since the steps to Governors Rock will be frozen over. Instead, hike the Carrick Creek loop.

Raven Falls at Caesars Head

Raven Cliff Falls

This hike is great in winter because you can see a whole lot further and you can’t play in the falls anyway. The waterfall is a long distance away from the overlook, you may want to bring binoculars.

Crowders Mountain

Crowders Mountain is near Kings Mountain on the SC/NC border, about 2 hours from Columbia. You can do a five-mile moderate loop trail that gives you incredible views in winter. We could even see Charlotte from the top!

Winter Activities to Do in Columbia, SC

Visit our Winter Guide to Columbia for lots more ideas and winter fun!

50+ Things to Do in Columbia, SC: Fun Days Start Here

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What is there to do in Columbia? A lot! If you’re looking for things to do or attractions in Columbia, SC you’ve come to the right spot. When you’re spending time in South Carolina’s capital city with your family and kids, there are a lot of things to do and adventures to fill your days. Here are some great kids’ activities in Columbia and more ideas to keep you busy.

Columbia, SC

Looking for dining and restaurants? If you’re searching for things to eat in Columbia, we have some suggestions here: Favorite Restaurants and Family Dining in Columbia, SC.


23+ Standout Coffee Shops: Columbia, SC in 2023

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Are you on the hunt for a delicious coffee shop in or around the Columbia area? We gathered a large list of our favorite coffee shops, most of them locally owned, near Columbia, SC. Our list includes coffee shops in Irmo, Blythewood, Chapin, Cayce, and Lexington, too!

Whether you need a midday pick-me-up or even a staple coffee shop to add to your morning routine, we’ve got you covered! Grab your favorite drip coffee, cold brew, or maybe something fancy like a rose cardamom latte. Yum. Or, just grab some coffee beans for later. These places serve coffee, but you’ll also find some with treats, small plates, and cafe-style breakfast and lunch.

Looking for more meal ideas? Don’t forget to take a look at our delicious list of restaurants!

But First, Coffee! 

With summer on its way out and fall just around the corner, we wanted to be sure you’ve got the perfect list of places to check out and grab a cup of your favorite coffee brew! Not that coffee has to be saved for just the cooler months, but let’s face it, something about the crisp, fall air and coffee just go together a little too well! 

Coffee shops these days are so eclectic and charming, making them the perfect places to sit and relax alone or even with your family and friends. Columbia has so many great places to choose from and the majority of them offer cozy seating and wifi. So, nestle in with your laptop or maybe even a good book and take a break from the hustle and bustle.

Who has the best coffee in Columbia, SC? Here are the places all around Columbia that we think you’ll love! 

You'll love these coffee shops! Columbia, SC has a bunch.

The Best Coffee Shops in Columbia, SC 

Azalea Coffee Bar 

About: Azalea opened in 2021 and is a woman-owned coffee bar with fun and empowering drink names such as “Mother’s Day”, “First Lady”, and “Queen Bee”. Decorated in tasteful bits of pink and green, this would make the perfect place for moms (and even dads) to meet and catch up over a delicious cup of coffee. 
Address: 2700 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7 am – 4 pm
Saturday – Sunday from 8:30 am – 3 pm 
Azalea Coffee Bar

Blum Coffee

About: Blum offers a unique coffee shop experience, where coffee and plants mix. The syrups used in their coffee and espresso beverages are all botanical. Plus the shop’s atmosphere is light, airy, and relaxing. Don’t miss their pastries, either!
Address: 2824 Devine Street, Columbia
Hours: Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Blum Coffee

Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea 

About: At Brickhouse, you can purchase individual drinks as well as coffee beans by the pound to take home and enjoy! There is wifi and plenty of seating space inside this local spot to make working on the go easy and enjoyable. 
Address: 725 Meeting St., West Columbia, SC 29169
Hours: Sunday – Closed 
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday open from 7 am – 7 pm 
Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm
Tuesday from 9:30 am – 7 pm
Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea

Cool Beans Coffee Company 

About: Situated on the outskirts of the USC college campus you will find this cool and eclectic coffee spot. They’ve also got delicious breakfast and lunch options such as sandwiches and paninis. Combine that with a fantastic coffee of your choice and there you have it, the perfect midday pick-me-up! The even better news is that they are open a few hours later than most coffee shops and have plenty of cozy seating options. 
Address: 1217 College St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7 am – 10 pm 
Saturday – Sunday from 8 am – 10 pm 
Cool Beans Coffee Company

Curiosity Coffee Bar 

About: This super hip and trendy coffee shop is extremely welcoming to anyone and everyone who enters. With unique drinks such as the “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Saint Citrus”, you won’t find coffee like this anywhere else. They also serve breakfast, lunch, craft beer, wine, and have several vegan options on their menu! 
Address: 2327 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201 
Hours: Monday – Thursday from 6 am – 8 pm
Friday from 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday from 7 am – 8 pm
Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm 
Curiosity Coffee Bar

Drip Coffee

About: Drip is well-known around town, especially for college students. Although this coffee shop is usually quite crowded, don’t let that deter you from giving it a try! Their coffee is fantastic and they’ve also got good scones and cakes to enjoy. It’s a great place to sit, get cozy and enjoy a great cup of your favorite brew! 
729 Saluda Ave., Columbia, SC 29205
Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 8 pm
Sunday from 8 am – 6 pm
Drip Coffee

The Hideout 

About: The Hideout is located in West Columbia and has a beautiful indoor and large outdoor seating area. They’ve got an assortment of pastries, croissant sandwiches, and excellent avocado toast, along with coffee, of course! 
Address: 118 State St., West Columbia, SC 29169
Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday from 9 am – 3:30 pm
The Hideout

The Hideout Coffee Shop near Columbia,SC

Immaculate Consumption 

About: Serving Columbia for more than 20 years, Immaculate Consumption is the coffee shop you don’t want to miss out on. It sits just behind the SC State House and aside from their noteworthy coffee options, they also serve baked goods and light breakfast and lunch options. I’ve personally never tried their grits, but word around town is they’ve got some of the best! 
Address: 933 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4 pm
Saturday – Sunday – Closed 
Immaculate Consumption

Indah Coffee 

About: With a warm and rustic aesthetic, Indah Coffee is sure to have everything you’d need and more. The atmosphere is perfect for working, studying, or even chatting with friends over your favorite cup of coffee! In 2018, Indah was voted “Best Coffee in South Carolina” by Food & Wine Magazine. 
Address: 2238 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm
Indah Coffee

Lighthouse Cafe 

About: Lighthouse Cafe is located in Northeast Columbia and although they are a smaller coffee shop, they don’t lack in flavor or delicious menu choices. All of their coffee is fantastic and if you decide to stop in, you’ve got to try their quiche and muffins! 
Address: 5 Lake Carolina Way, Suite 140, Columbia, SC 29229
Hours: Monday – Wednesday from 7 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday from 7 am – 6 pm
Friday from 7 am – 4 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm
Sunday – Closed 
Lighthouse Cafe

Lighthouse Coffee
Lighthouse Coffee

Local Buzz 

About: This cafe is so much more than just a delicious pastry or warm cup of coffee. They’ve got an incredible menu full of egg-free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and paleo options. But what’s even more heartwarming is not only their work within the Columbia community but also the inclusivity that can be seen in their on-the-job training for people with various disabilities. Stop in, enjoy the atmosphere, and maybe even play a board game or two! 
Address: 603 Sims Avenue Columbia, SC 29205
Hours: Monday – Wednesday – Closed 
Thursday from 2:30 – 8:30 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm 
Local Buzz

Oliver Gospel Roastery 

About: Here, you can give back to our local community AND enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee at the same time. Oliver Gospel was founded in the late 1800s and works in our community to end homelessness and help those in need. The Roastery/Coffee Shop opened up in 2020 as a way to not only teach important job skills to those needing its resources but as a way to help fund the movement of ending homelessness in Columbia. 
Address: 1120 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7 am – 4 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm
Sunday – Closed 
Oliver Gospel Roastery

Ice coffee from Oliver Gospel Roastery in Columbia, SC.
Oliver Gospel Roastery

Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea 

About: Located in the well-known “Vista”, this modern coffee shop offers cold brews, classic coffees, signature coffees, a variety of different teas, and tasty slices of cakes and pastries!  
Address: 1002 Park St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday – Friday from 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm
Sunday from 8 am – 7 pm
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea


About: Lots more than coffee, smallSUGAR is a cafe with delicious sandwiches, pastries, and lots more, serving breakfast and lunch.
Address: 709 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: 7 am to 3 pm daily

Great Coffee Shops in Cayce, SC

Piecewise Coffee Company

About: Piecewise partners with local shops to bring you tasty coffee (Methodical Coffee) and delicious pastries (smallSUGAR and Fat Baby Baking).
Address: 2001 State Street, Cayce
Hours: Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday – Closed
Piecewise Coffee

Our Favorite Coffee Shops in Lexington, SC 

Haven Coffee House & O’Hara’s Bakery Cafe 

About: Haven Coffee House is a hidden gem located in Lexington. Each day of the week they serve coffee and tea as well as breakfast and other sweet treats. From Wednesday through Saturday starting at 6 pm they become a delicious dessert bar, perfect for a fun date night or even a surprise treat for the kiddos! 
Address: 121 E Main St., Lexington, SC 29072
Hours: Monday – Tuesday from 8 am – 1 pm
Wednesday – Thursday from 8 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday from 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm 
Haven Coffee House & O’Hara’s Bakery Cafe

Second Wave Coffee & Books 

About: A great cup of coffee and a nice, new book pair so perfectly together and that’s exactly what you’ll get if you visit Second Wave! There is a small library within the cafe as well as a large, super peaceful outdoor sitting area where dogs are welcome. They not only serve coffee, but pastries, beer, wine, and more! 

Second Wave Coffee is a microbusiness of The Arc of the Midlands, providing employment for people with lifelong disabilities. So, not only are you getting a great cup of coffee, you’re supporting an amazing business!

Address: 529 S Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29072
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 7:30 am – 8 pm
Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm
Second Wave Coffee & Books

Where to get Coffee in Irmo, SC 

Loveland Coffee 

About: With board games within the coffee shop, plants decorating the eating spaces, and a lot of comfy seating, you will feel right at home at Loveland Coffee. It makes for a great meeting place for friends or even a fun, family-friendly outing! They serve fresh coffee, have whole beans for purchase, seasonal drinks, as well as all the coffee classics. 
Address: 7475 Carlisle St., Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: Sunday – Closed
Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 7 pm 

Drive Through Location
Address: 7001 St, Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday from 7:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday – Closed
Loveland Coffee

Barts Crazy Good Coffee Shop Of Irmo 

About: Barts Crazy Good Coffee Shop Of Irmo has a great atmosphere with even better coffee! There are tons of seating options with large, comfortable chairs both indoors and outdoors. This is a perfect space for working, studying, or hanging out with friends and family. 
Address: 7949 Broad River Rd., Suite 8, Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily
Barts Coffee

Best Coffee Shops in Chapin, SC

Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee Shop

About: At Bart’s they’ve got cold coffee, hot coffee, and even MILKSHAKE coffee! With so many different flavors to choose from, you won’t be disappointed when you give this coffee spot a try!
Address: 230 Columbia Ave., Chapin, SC 29036
Hours: 7 am – 5 pm daily
Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee

The Coffee Shelf

About: Coffee AND books is what you’ll find here – the perfect mental getaway! They’ve got mochas, lattes, and “Literary Character Coffee” named after well-known book characters such as “Hermione Granger” and “The Great Gatsby”…just to name a few. If you love reading and coffee this place was made for you!
Address: 130 Amicks Ferry Rd., Chapin, SC 29036
Hours: Monday – Friday from 6 am – 7 pm
Saturday from 7 am – 7 -pm
Sunday from 7 am – 6 pm
The Coffee Shelf

The Daily Grind Cafe

About: This cozy coffee shop has both indoor and outdoor seating options, excellent coffee, and various food options such as pastries and stable breakfast and lunch items. Along with their coffee, the avocado toast is a big hit here!
Address: 908 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036
Hours: Sunday and Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday from 7 am – 4 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm
The Daily Grind Cafe

Coffee Shops in Blythewood, SC 

Bloomin Bean Coffee Bar 

About: Such a quaint, small-town coffee shop that makes you feel right at home. They have excellent coffee and great prices. The coffee shop is attached to a florist on one side and an ice cream shop on the other. There is also a small outdoor patio with seating and beautiful flowers on display! 
Address: 412 McNulty St., Blythewood, SC 29016
Hours: Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm
Sunday – Closed 
Bloomin Bean Coffee Bar

Bloomin Bean Coffee Bar in Blythewood

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5 Skating Rinks In Columbia, SC Offer Memory-Making Family Fun

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Are you looking for a skating rink in or near Columbia, SC? Not only is skating a great way to stay indoors this winter but also a thrilling activity that the whole family can enjoy! We’ve found both ice skating and roller skating options all throughout Columbia.

Most of these places include more than just skating with options for mini golf, trampoline add-ons, inflatables, lessons, and more! 

Skating in Columbia, SC

Ice Skating Rink: Columbia, SC 

Flight Adventure Park – Irmo 

Address: 1019 Broad Stone Road, Irmo – 803.732.1900
Cost: Ice Skating prices – $10/person Monday – Friday at 5 pm, $13/person Friday at 5 pm – Sunday and $4 skate rental 
Details: Flight Adventure Park – Irmo, is home to the only public ice skating around Columbia! They offer open, freestyle skating as well as ice hockey and skating lessons. Along with ice skating, your family can also enjoy a trampoline park, inflatables, an arcade, and more! 

*Please be aware that the ice rink’s hours and times change weekly. Be sure to check their website or give them a call ahead of time.

Flight Adventure Park – Irmo

Roller Skating in Columbia, SC 

Skateland Fun Center 

Address: 800 Bookman Road, Elgin – 803.736.0606
Cost: Price based on age – from $6 to $12 (additional fee for skates) 
Details: In business for more than 30 years, Skateland Fun Center is the perfect indoor roller rink for you and your family! They have a huge monthly calendar with fun, daily activities, and events such as adult skate nights, teen night skating and pizza nights, after-school care, summer camps, birthday party packages, and more! 

Skateland Fun Center

Three Fountains Recreation 

Address: 2724 Emanuel Church Road, West Columbia – 803.359.1123
Cost: From $6 to $12
Details: At Three Fountains Recreation you can play mini golf AND roller skate! Be sure to ask about the “Frequent Skater Miles” card. After 10 stamps, you will get a free admission pass during your next visit. They also have birthday party options, homeschool skating, and more! 

Three Fountains Recreation

Sports & Skate Station USA 

Address: 129 Oak Drive, Lexington – 803.356.3500
Cost: $6 admission, $3 skate rental; under 5 is free 
Details: Keep it rollin’ at Sports & Skate Station USA! Here you will find tons of family fun, an after-school program for $75/week, roller derby, group packages, and great concessions. They also run weekly deals such as:

  • Monday – Family Night
    • From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 
  • Friday – Teen Night
    • From 7 pm to 11 pm
    • Ages 12 and older 

Sport & Skate Station USA

Day Trip Ice Skating Options 

While Columbia doesn’t have many options for ice skating, there are a few ice skating rinks within a few hours of here. If you find yourself near any of these cities listed or maybe if you’re just really wanting to give ice skating a try, these could all make for a super fun day trip with your family! 

Carolina Ice Palace 

Address: 7665 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston – 843.572.2717
Cost: Weekends & Holidays – $12/person, $5 skate rental; Weekdays – $10/person, $4 skate rental
Details: The Carolina Ice Palace is a HUGE facility featuring 2 full-sized ice rinks, concession stands, a lounge, pro shop, and more! Along with public skating, they also offer figure skating classes, hockey, curling, and birthday party packages. 

Only about 2 hours from Columbia, Charleston is a great option for a day trip! Head to the Carolina Ice Palace for some great family fun; then continue your adventure by strolling through downtown, sightseeing, or even planning a trip to the aquarium!

Carolina Ice Palace

The Pavilion Recreation Complex 

Address: 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors – 864.322.7529
Cost: Ice skating rates – $7.50 ages 12 and under and Seniors; $9.50 ages 13 and older; $4.25 skate/walker rentals
Details: Head to The Pavilion for ice skating, tennis, sports fields, bounce houses, and more! There are several opportunities for public skating, but be sure to double-check their monthly schedule for open skating dates and times. 

If you find yourself in Greenville, The Pavillion might be the perfect place for you and your family to go! While there, be sure to check-out our Kidding Around Greenville page for more ideas on kid-friendly fun! 

The Pavilion Recreation Complex

Whitewater Center- Charlotte, NC

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
Cost: $25 per skater, includes skates
Details: Not your typical ice rink! Enjoy lots of unique outdoor skating spaces, ice trails, and loops. Our family had a great time when we visited in January 2024. Find out all about it in our Kidding Around Review of Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center. Skating is open mid-November through mid-February annually.

Whitewater Center Website: Ice Skating

Does your family enjoy skating? Where is your favorite place to go for ice or roller skating fun?