Discover Riverbanks Zoo and other fun things to do in Columbia

Located off I-26, the Country Inn & Suites, Columbia at Harbison, SC puts you close to the top things to do in South Carolina's vibrant capital. Explore Columbia's historic downtown, where you can visit the Governor's Mansion or catch a Gamecock basketball game at Colonial Life Arena. For a family-friendly outing, spend a morning at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, and then blast your way through the laser tag course at Frankie's Fun Park. If you plan a trip to the gorgeous Three Rivers Greenway, you'll quickly see why Columbia has become one of the top canoe towns in America.

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South Carolina Governor's Mansion

7.1 mi / 11.42 km from the hotel
Schedule a tour of this nine-acre estate filled with breathtaking gardens. The historic mansion provides a permanent home for artifacts like china, silver, furniture, paintings, and documents that tell the story of South Carolina.


7.37 mi / 11.86 km from the hotel
This award-winning children’s museum is known for exhibits on the body, pet care, cooking, inventions, and work. Don’t miss EDDIE, the world’s largest child, who is 40 feet tall and weighs 35,000 pounds. You must be accompanied by a child under 15 years old.

Frankie's Fun Park

1.33 mi / 2.14 km from the hotel
Take your family to Frankie’s to enjoy go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, amusement rides, laser tag, batting cages, and arcade games.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

5.75 mi / 9.25 km from the hotel
This well-maintained, attractive, and interactive zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, including giraffes, tigers, apes, and elephants. You can also explore the 70-acre botanical garden or zip-line on an obstacle course.

University of South Carolina

8.35 mi / 13.44 km from the hotel
Stroll through this beautiful campus where more than 33,000 students are earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. If you’re a sports fan, you can also catch the Gamecocks in action.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

7.92 mi / 12.74 km from the hotel
The teenage Woodrow Wilson, who grew up to be America’s 28th president, lived here from 1871 to 1874. The house contains authentic Wilson family artifacts and exhibits from the Reconstruction era.