Columbia is the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. Columbia is in the venter of the state which allows you to visit the beaches and mountains. That can be accomplishes anywhere from 90 minutes to approximately 3 hours. Once here you may not want to leave. You find a relaxed southern atmosphere here. Columbia’s population is estimated 131,686 in the US Census of 2012. There is Richland County and Lexington County. The State of South Carolina has a population of 4.724 million (2012). Compared to most large cities there is little traffic her which makes getting around much easier. The way the city is laid out you can be anywhere in 20-45 minutes.
You find all the details you may want and need here, from Hotels, Events to Restaurants and more: http://www.columbiacvb.com/ and also here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia,_South_Carolina
In Columbia two rivers merge, the Saluda River and the Broad River. They form the Congaree River. The river is very popular for paddlers and kayakers. You will also find that on the other rivers for example in Saluda Shoals Park, where you can rent them. You can get an annual pass for $45 for Residents and $55 Non-Residents here. Irmo-Chapin Recreation https://IRCS.com for more details.
The University of South Carolina USC, is located in downtown Columbia. It was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College. The campus covers over 359 acres. It is not far from the South Carolina State House. It is an open campus. USC’s undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. The University of South Carolina System has an enrollment of approximately 47,724 students, with 32,848 on the main Columbia campus as of fall 2013. Professional schools on the Columbia campus include social work, business, engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy. Several thousand future students are in programs at surrounding technical colleges that eventually go to USC. Visit https://usc.edu for all the details about the University of South Carolina has to offer.
Not far from downtown is beautiful Lake Murray. It may take you 20-60 minutes depending what area you want to reach. Around 650 miles of shoreline. You find many different communities in four counties around the lake. There is local history about the lake and how it was created. Lake Murray now covers an area that was once populated. The lake covers approximately 50,000 acres and is estimated to have 500 miles of shoreline. The Lake is fed by the Saluda River. The lake serves as a source of hydroelectric power, but has become a big recreational attraction, with fishing, swimming and boating. There is a beach on the Lexington side of the Lake Murray Dam (Dreher Shoals) and then there is Dreher Island past Chapin. The park offers lake recreation and camping. There are public landings to access the lake. There are communities that have a community access ramp and or dock.
For some more details about Lake Murray and Recreation visit https://www.lakemurraycountry.com
For Details, History and SCE & G about Lake Murray and its creation and enjoyment visit: SCE&G.com
Columbia has a beautiful Zoo, The Riverbanks Zoo. It is a 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located along the Saluda River. A small portion of the zoo extends into the nearby city of West Columbia. It is accessible from I-26 on the Columbia side and West Columbia off Hwy 378.
You can buy a season ticket. There are events planned throughout the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Years the Zoo is decorated with Christmas lights and well worth at least one visit.
Columbia has many things to do for everyone and that includes for children. One fun thing to do is to plan a trip to the Edventure Museum for children. Just a few cities in the US have one of these museums. Check out this site for exhibits and events. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EdVenture
Columbia is growing and it is exciting to be part of that progress. New Restaurants open throughout the city and surrounding communities, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Columbia (Irmo-Chapin) has an ice skating rink too, The Koger Center is downtown, so is Columbia Museum of Arts, The State Museum, Colonial Center, Riverfront Park, USC has an excellent Football team and Basketball team and the city supports the sports events. https://www.columbiasc.net/
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