Discover an array of fun things to do in Columbia, SC

Situated about 15 minutes from the University of South Carolina and the Five Points neighborhood, the Country Inn & Suites in Columbia, SC has hotel rooms and suites near a variety of fun things to do. Want to get outdoors? Embark on a kayak excursion at Adventure Carolina, or hike and bike the trails of Riverfront Park. If you’re taking the family downtown, EdVenture children’s museum and the South Carolina State Museum are within a mile of each other. Gamecock fans shouldn’t miss a tour of USC’s beautiful campus and its historic epicenter, the Horseshoe.

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South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

5.9 mi / 9.49 km from the hotel
Schedule a tour of this nine-acre estate filled with breathtaking gardens. The historic mansion provides a permanent home for artifacts like china, silver, furniture, paintings, and documents that tell the story of South Carolina.

South Carolina State House

5.09 mi / 8.2 km from the hotel
Learn about the history and Greek Revival-style architecture of the State House on a guided tour. You may even catch a House of Representatives or Senate session in action.

South Carolina State Museum

5.85 mi / 9.41 km from the hotel
This museum’s permanent collection features more than 70,000 historical objects relating to the state of South Carolina. Spend an afternoon at the planetarium, the 4D theater, and the observatory.


5.81 mi / 9.36 km from the hotel
This award-winning children’s museum is known for exhibits on the body, pet care, cooking, inventions, and work. Don’t miss EDDIE, the world’s largest child, who is 40 feet tall and weighs 35,000 pounds. Adults must be accompanied by a child under 15 years old to enter.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

7.45 mi / 11.99 km from the hotel
This well-maintained, attractive, and interactive zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, including giraffes, tigers, apes, and zebras. You can also explore a 70-acre botanical garden or ride a zip line through an obstacle course.

University of South Carolina

4.68 mi / 7.53 km from the hotel
Take a tour of this beautiful campus where more than 33,000 students are earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. If you’re a sports fan, you can also catch the Gamecocks in action.

Museum of the Reconstruction Era

5.07 mi / 8.15 km from the hotel
This museum offers interactive exhibits and guided tours showcasing Columbia’s role during the Reconstruction Era. Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th president, lived here as a teenager from 1871 to 1874, and the house contains Wilson family artifacts.

Fort Jackson

3.95 mi / 6.36 km from the hotel
Half of all the Army’s recruits undergo Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson. If you’re visiting for graduation, you can enjoy the fort’s many museums and events available to the public.

McKissick Museum

4.74 mi / 7.63 km from the hotel
Located on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, this museum showcases collections dating back to 1801 that explore the history of Southern culture.

USC Horseshoe

5.07 mi / 8.16 km from the hotel
Many students still reside in the historic buildings of the site of USC’s original campus. Founded in 1805, the Horseshoe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Riverfront Park & Historic Columbia Canal

6.15 mi / 9.9 km from the hotel
Take a walk, ride a bike, or stop and find a place to fish along the Congaree River. You can also see the history of the Columbia Canal and Water Works when you wander through the park’s old pump houses.

Congaree National Park

15.99 mi / 25.73 km from the hotel
This park features more than 25 miles of hiking trails as well as a boardwalk loop. Enjoy the views of Weston Lake from the banks or hop in a canoe and paddle through the water.