Best Places To See in Columbia

Handpicked Top 3 Places To See in Columbia, South Carolina. They face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve the best!


500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210

Since 1974

Collections, Group Visits, Animal Demonstrations, Rides and Attractions, Guest Relations, Signature and Plan a Private Event, North American, Aquarium Reptile Complex, Birdhouse at Riverbanks, Ndoki Forest, Riverbanks Conservation, Waterfall Junction, The Asian /Dry/Old Rose/Shade/ Walled Garden & School/Group/Youth Programs

Free admission for children (younger than 2) ● Has more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens ● 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks

Price: Adults (13-61) $19.95 per person
Children (2-12) $16.95 per person
Seniors (62 and up) and Military (with military ID) $17.95 per person


Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Since 1988

Collections, Stringer Discovery Center, Planetarium, Rent the Museum, Traveling Exhibits Program, Permanent/Changing Exhibits, Calendar of Events, Day and Summer Camps, 4D Theater, Education, Birthday Parties, Friday Night Laser Lights, Scout, Observatory, Field Trips, Observatory for Schools, Outreach, Professional Development & Shop

Viewing hours every Tuesday evening in the 2,500 square foot Boeing Observatory ● This exhibition explores the significance of South Carolina’s rivers on culture, industry, and landscape ● Explore 4 floors of exhibits, enjoy the planetarium and 4D shows and more when you visit the South Carolina State Museum with family and friends

Price: Adult (13-61) $8.95
Seniors (62+) $7.95
Children (3-12) $6.95


Mon & Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Since 2003

Family Visits, Camps, Annual Events, Health Team, Visiting Tours, Homeschool, Group Programs, Edventure Eats, Youth Development, Educational Outreach, Birthday Parties, Carousel Cafe, Fire and Life Safety, Early Childhood, After School Programs & Seasonal Exhibitions

Free admission for members and children under two ● It's a 501c3 registered non-profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, afterschool programming, and camps ● Free parking is available ● Offers a variety of hands-on classroom and laboratory programs focused on enhancing school curriculum ● Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children's Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on experiences

Price: Children and Adults $11.95
Seniors (age 62+) $10.95
Military (with ID) $10.95
Educator (with ID) $10.95
Groups (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50


Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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