Discover parks, museums, and other things to do in Columbia, SC

Situated about 15 minutes from the University of South Carolina and downtown’s top things to do, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, SC offers convenient hotel rooms and suites just off I-77. Want to get outdoors? Head to Adventure Carolina to experience several different kayaking excursions, or make your way to Riverfront Park, where you can hike or bike the trails. If you’re taking the family downtown, EdVenture children’s museum and the South Carolina State Museum are within a mile of each other. Gamecock fans shouldn’t miss a tour of USC’s beautiful campus and its original epicenter, The Horseshoe.

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South Carolina State Museum

5.85 mi / 9.41 km from the hotel
This museum’s permanent collection includes traditional artwork and more than 70,000 historical objects relating to the state of South Carolina. Spend an afternoon at the planetarium, the 4D theater, and the observatory.


5.81 mi / 9.36 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.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

7.45 mi / 11.99 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 a 70-acre botanical garden or ride a zip line through an obstacle course.

University of South Carolina

4.68 mi / 7.53 km from the hotel
Take a tour of 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.

Museum of the Reconstruction Era

5.07 mi / 8.15 km from the hotel
This museum offers interactive exhibits and guided tours showcasing Columbia’s role during the Reconstruction Era. The teenage Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th president, lived here from 1871 to 1874, and the house contains Wilson family artifacts.

McKissick Museum

4.74 mi / 7.63 km from the hotel
Celebrating Southern culture and retelling its rich history, this museum at USC showcases collections that date back to 1801.

USC Horseshoe

5.07 mi / 8.16 km from the hotel
Many students still reside in the historic buildings on USC’s original campus. The Horseshoe was founded in 1805 just one block from South Carolina’s statehouse.

Riverfront Park & Historic Columbia Canal

6.15 mi / 9.9 km from the hotel
Take a walk, ride a bike, or stop and find a place to fish along the Congaree River. You can also see the history of the Columbia Canal and Water Works when you wander through the park’s old pump houses.

Congaree National Park

15.99 mi / 25.73 km from the hotel
This park features more than 25 miles of hiking trails as well as a boardwalk loop. Enjoy the views of Weston Lake from the banks or hop in a canoe and paddle through the water.