Founded in 1801, the historic University of South Carolina is an ideal starting point for explorations of Columbia, South Carolina's up-and-coming capital. A variety of cultural attractions and a vibrant riverfront area are joined by numerous family-friendly sights, making visits to Columbia truly special.
Set amid acres of pruned woodland, the house occupied by South Carolina's governors is located in the center of Columbia's historic neighborhood. Thirty governors have held office in this idyllic homestead, which showcases some of the best examples of South Carolina's heritage.
Columbia's artistic community hovers around this downtown hub of creativity. Renaissance masterpieces jostle with contemporary works in innovative curatorial juxtapositions at this world-class museum. Marvel at Monet's representations of the ephemeral Seine, or enroll in an art class yourself. Concerts, lectures, and children's events are common.
If you're staying at accommodations near the University of South Carolina with children, this exciting animal rehabilitation center has to feature on your trip itinerary. You'll learn about exotic flora and fauna through recreated habitats from around the globe at this 170-acre wildlife park. More than 2,000 animals, from lions to koalas, are ready to make your acquaintance.
Yet more natural wonders await at Congaree National Park. In its 27,000 acres, you'll find rare birds, opossum, and bobcat native to the area if you're really lucky. Centuries-old cypress trees tower over serene, canoe-ready swamps.