The South Carolina State Museum offers more than historical information, since it intertwines arts, science, and technology into the largest museum in the Southeast. Continue learning about the area at the Woodrow Wilson Family home, or explore Adluh Flour Mills to learn about local agribusiness. The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a great outdoor activity, as is a walk around the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. Book a car rental in Columbia to make it easy to tour the city, taking in everything from the Columbia Museum of Art to the Columbia Marionette Theater.
Festivals and Events
When booking hotels in Columbia, consider planning your trip to coincide with some of the area's festivals. Summer wraps up with an annual Labor Day parade and festival, while another late summer celebration, the Festival of Heritage, is a celebration of arts and music held at the historic Mann-Simons Site. Enjoy brews and music with ColaTown Oktoberfest, at the end of September, with a visit to the River Rat Brewery. The busy late-summer season makes this an optimal time to visit.
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