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.

Things to Do Outdoors in Columbia, SC

We have a long list of fun, outdoor places to visit with the family. Check it out in our Outdoor Guide!

Fun for Everyone! Things to Do Outside

Things to Do Outside: Columbia, SC

But, here are a few outdoor ideas to get you started!

Eudora Farms Wildlife Safari

Eudora Farms

Drive through fields of animals on a Columbia, SC safari at Eudora Farms Wildlife Safari Drive-Thru.

Eudora Farms
219 Salem Lane, Salley SC

Petting Zoos

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia

Go Hiking!

What outdoor activity list is complete without some hiking? Our list includes easy paved trails and also offers more challenging trails that older kids will enjoy. There’s something for everyone!

There are more than 15 trails in this list of some of the best hiking near Columbia, SC.

Family Hiking Trails in Columbia, SC
Congaree scenes

Exploring Congaree National Park along the Congaree River

Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061

Paved Paths

Perfect paths for strollers!

These parks and paths are perfect for strollers and wagons.

Stroller-friendly parks in Columbia, SC

Three Rivers Greenway trails in Columbia, SC

Three Rivers Greenway Trail: Paved trails to enjoy along the river, Columbia Canal, Riverfront Park, and Riverwalk. Free!

Including Riverfront Park
312 Laurel St, Columbia SC 29201

Parks and Playgrounds

Looking for a great place to play outdoors in Columbia? Check out Columbia’s fun, local playgrounds for free fun.

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

Columbia’s Sports’ Teams

Root for the home team at these Columbia, SC sports teams.

Root for the home team!

Cheer for Columbia’s local sports teams including the University of South Carolina Gamecocks!

Segra Park: Columbia Fireflies

Head to Segra Park to see the Columbia Fireflies baseball team at home games. You’ll also find unique events and concerts happening throughout the year at Segra Park.

Segra Park baseball
USC Basketball

USC Gamecocks Basketball is such a fun thing to do with kids! Music, basketball, loud horns, and yummy snacks like popcorn and hotdogs make for a memorable time!

Lakes to Explore Near Columbia, SC

Lake Murray

Lake Murray Park: Enjoy the beach area and swim with the kids at Lake Murray Park in Lexington, SC.

Lake Murray Lexington ,SC

Dreher Island State Park sits on several islands in Lake Murray. From there you can access hiking and camping as well as all that Lake Murray has to offer.

Lake Monticello: Managed by SC DNR, Lake Monticello is available for fishing, boating, and swimming.

Columbia Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Markets in Columbia, SC

Buy fresh produce and handmade items.

Soda City Market

You haven’t been to a farmers market until you’ve been to Soda City!

Soda City Market
1300 – 1600 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Soda City Market flowers in Columbia, SC

Things to Do Indoors: Columbia, SC

Looking for indoor fun in the Columbia, SC area?

We have a huge Indoor Things to Do Guide.

Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC

Top Indoor Things to Do in Columbia, SC

What are the best indoor activities in Columbia, SC? To get you started, here are a few favorite indoor adventures.

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Kids will love the EdVenture Children’s Museum. It’s loaded with amazing, educational, and interactive exhibits for kids including a giant kid, fire trucks, a market, a doctor’s office, and more!

211 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29201

EdVenture Columbia

South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is a hub of discovery in Columbia. It’s a great place to explore with inquisitive kids, science lovers, and history buffs. Explore a planetarium and observatory, plus a 4D theater. You’ll also enjoy a huge variety of history, natural science, art, technology, and more!

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Grand on Main in Downtown Columbia

Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art includes several floors of permanent art exhibits, traveling exhibits, classes for all ages, and programs for children including field trip opportunities.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Visit the State Capital: South Carolina State House

Tour the State House and see where the SC Legislature meets. Guided tours are available as are self-guided tours. Hours vary by season.

State Capital
1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Museum of the Reconstruction Era: “The Woodrow Wilson House”

Formerly known as the “Woodrow Wilson House” the Museum of the Reconstruction Era is located in a home built in 1871 post-Civil War during the Reconstruction Era. It was built by the parents of Woodrow Wilson, who lived in this home as a teenager. Today the museum showcases what life was like during the Reconstruction Era, illustrating the racial, political, and social elements of life in Columbia and Richland County at that time.

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home
The Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Surge Trampoline Park

Jump, zipline, and conquer the ninja course and ropes course at Surge Trampoline Park.

Foam pits at Surge Trampoline Park

Flight Adventure Park- Sandhill

Jump on trampolines and inflatables, roller skate, play laser tag or arcade games, and lots more at Flight Adventure Park.

Find Things to Do For the Littlest Family Members

Things to do with babies in Columbia, SC

Find Fun and Enriching Things to do with Babies

Free and Cheap Things to Do in Columbia With Kids!

Getting out and enjoying time with your family can be difficult when things cost so much money to do. But, there are a huge amount of things to do for free or very cheap in the Columbia area. To make spending fun time with your kids easier, we’ve pulled together a list of totally free and very cheap adventures. Then, we added a new list of museums and attractions that offer discounts for families who receive EBT benefits.

Get out and enjoy time together!

Here’s our growing list of totally free, and very cheap, things to do with kids!

Free Things to Do in Columbia, SC

Go on an outdoor downtown art tour! Check out this cool directory of Columbia’s local outdoor art. Can you find the giant fire hydrant?

Seasonal Fun in Columbia

What’s special about each season in Columbia, SC? You’ll find all that, plus tons of great activities in each of these Columbia seasonal guides.

Fall activities in Columbia, SC

Check out Columbia’s Ultimate Fall Guide. It is packed with fun adventures like farms to visit with corn mazes, pumpkins, and wagon rides, plus Fall festivals to attend, and lots more.

Winter Activities to Do in Columbia, SC

Winter Guide to Columbia, SC: Things to do, where to eat out, and all the winter events and activities you need to keep those winter blues at bay.

Winter Break Bucket List: Stay busy over winter break with this bucket list of things to do.

Holiday Activities in Columbia

Are you looking for fun things to do to celebrate the holiday seasons in Columbia? You’ll want to start with our holiday guides below.

Valentines Day in Columbia, SC

Find all the Valentine’s Day Fun

Celebrate Valentine’s in Columbia, SC

  • Date night ideas
  • Free and low-cost date night ideas
  • Spending Valentine’s Day with the kids
  • Events in Columbia
4th of July in Columbia, SC

July 4th in Columbia, SC: See some fireworks and Celebrate Independence Day in Columbia, SC

Halloween in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC Halloween Guide: Find trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat events, plus Halloween activities, parties and events, haunted houses, and more!

Columbia, SC Thanksgiving restaurants
Columbia, SC Restaurants: where to eat out

Looking for places to eat?

Then you’ll want to head over to our Restaurant Guide. It has everything from BBQ to Kids Eat Free.

So, now you’ll never wonder what to do in Columbia, SC!

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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