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It's an area of South Carolina Midlands that around 130,000 people call home.
Let the kids blow off some steam at Frankie's Fun Park and the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. For more fun with the family, head onwards to the EdVenture Children's Museum and Anchor Lanes.
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is an amazing place to take your children for an entertaining morning among big and small animals. If your time is limited, stop by the information counter and grab a map so you don't miss out on any of the key exhibits.
When the sun is shining, pack a picnic and make your way over to one of the scenic green spaces, such as Sesquicentennial State Park or Finlay Park. There's also plenty of space to lie down in the grass at Polo Road Ball Park and Saluda Shoals Park.
If you are wanting a bit of information about the Columbia area, chat with the staff at Columbia Regional Visitors Center.
Cast your gaze out over the mirror-like water, do some bird-watching and check for any water-based fun at Lake Wateree State Park and Dreher Shoals Dam.
Turn off your phone and give yourself a break from the noise of the modern world at Congaree National Park and Harbison State Forest. Nature enthusiasts will also have a wonderful time at West Columbia Riverwalk and Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.
Grab a buddy or two and explore some of the favored cultural institutions in the area. The Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. Another two worth considering are the Fairfield County Museum and the South Carolina Railroad Museum.
Travel back to days gone by and unveil secrets of the past at the Lexington County Museum or the Cayce Historical Museum. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame and the McKissick Museum are also highly esteemed options.
To learn more about the area's rich and colorful past, pay a visit to its many historic structures and monuments. Start your history lesson at the University of South Carolina or South Carolina State House. When it comes to bygone times, there's always something else to know. The Allen University and Wilson House are two more great places to check out.
Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. You may also like to read up on Saint Peter's Catholic Church and Bethesda Presbyterian Church.
Take a little time to consider a story from Columbia's history at Historic Winnsboro Town Clock.
Columbia Place Mall and Village at Sandhill Mall are good places to stock up on groceries or indulge in luxury goods.
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be entertained! Everyone will enjoy catching a show at the Columbia Marionette Theater or the Trustus Theatre. The Koger Center for the Arts and the Workshop Theatre are also terrific spots for local and touring performers.
After you've checked out the principle attractions around Columbia, be sure to visit a couple of its lesser-known sights. The Fort Jackson and Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park are well worth a look. If you have the time, also check out the Springdale Race Course or the Tunnel Vision Mural.
As can be expected from a state capital, Columbia features a wide choice of accommodations. Find the ideal place to match your style and budget amid the 109 Columbia hotel listings on Expedia's hotels guide.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Frankie's Fun Park, Harbison State Forest and South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Harbison Theatre and Saluda Shoals Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and within 6 miles (10 km) of Earlewood Park and Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. Columbia Marionette Theater and Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in University Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of McKissick Museum, South Carolina State House and University of South Carolina. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Wilson House are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of South Carolina and South Carolina State House. Fort Jackson and McKissick Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Frankie's Fun Park, Harbison Theatre and Irmo Community Park. Harbison State Forest and South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of South Carolina and South Carolina State House. Fort Jackson and Eugene E. Stone III Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cayce Historical Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of South Carolina and South Carolina State House. West Columbia Riverwalk and Carolina Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Fort Jackson and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Hilton Field. South Carolina State House and Charlie W. Johnson Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km).