Discover great things to do near parks and museums 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 try your hand at canoeing, or make your way to Riverfront Park, where you can hike or bike the trails. If you’re going downtown, the EdVenture children’s museum and the South Carolina State Museum are all 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 45,000 historical objects relating to the state of South Carolina. Spend an afternoon at the planetarium, the 4-D 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 the 70-acre botanical garden or zip-line on an obstacle course.

University of South Carolina

4.68 mi / 7.53 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

5.07 mi / 8.15 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.

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.