Clarion Inn Airport
500 Chris Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 794-9440
Fax: (803) 794-9449
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is located to the northwest of the center of Columbia. It is a perfect place to take the kids and spend some quality and fun-filled time. See website for more information.
In today's age of technology, building huge structures and bridges is routine, however back then it was a rare thing. The Gervais Street Bridge is one such landmark that is an integral part of Columbia's history. It took two years to build this bridge and was touted to be one of the widest freeway across the state. Designed by Joseph W. Barnwell of Charleston, it was built across the Congaree River. Apart from transportation, it was popular owing to its decorative design that included lamp posts, vine pattern and a acanthus leaf design. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge transforms in to a beautiful sight in the evening, owing to the river back drop against sunset.
EdVenture is the southeast's largest children's museum that houses eight world-class exhibit galleries. Geared towards children 0 to 12, EdVenture is a 67,000 square foot museum that is both fun and educational.
Sculptured by Ed Dwight of Denver, Colorado, this monument displays images, including the Jim Crow era, an auction block and sports and political pioneers, that depict African-Americans' history from the Middle Passage to the present. At the base of the monument's obelisk are four rubbing stones from regions of Africa where slaves were captured - Senegal, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Congo and Ghana.
Part of the Three Rivers Greenway, Granby Park is a 24-acre linear park which was opened as a gateway to the rivers of Columbia. Overlooking the Congaree River, Granby Park includes canoe access, fishing spots, bridges and a nature trail.
Located across the Richland Street is the important landmark namely Governor's Mansion. Also known as Executive Mansion, it was the official residence of South Carolina's Governor. Today, you can avail the tours that take you through various sections of the house.
The original campus of the University of South Carolina, this four block area contains ten historic buildings that provide a wonderful glimpse of early 19th century architecture. All of the buildings have been restored to their original Antebellum appearance and are now used to house classrooms, living quarters, and faculty offices.
The 18-acre Finlay Park includes the Watermark Cafe, a waterfall, lake, playground, and a walking track. Several summer events are held each year.
This 242,000 square foot library contains a huge selection of books and reference materials plus features programming activities that include storytimes for children, Internet access computers, legal seminars, cultural activities, and theatrical performances. The Main Library downtown is also home to more than 20 pieces of original artwork by noted artists.
Visit Chuck E. Cheese's for a day of fun. Kids of all ages will enjoy the assortment of games, rides, prizes and entertainment. Freshly baked pizzas and a fresh salad bar are sure to satisfy after a day of play. They can also host special occasions, such as birthday parties and offer a variety of fun package options. This is truly "where a kid can be a kid."
South Carolina State House is the official state capitol building and it houses the South Carolina General Assembly. Work on this grand Greek Revival-style building began in 1851, but ran into issues with the architect and construction, so work was halted for some years. After a redesign, construction was once again stopped during the Civil War, even suffering some damage from General Sherman's cannons. Construction was only finally being completed in 1907, more than 50 years after its initial conception. The state house grounds today are home to several monuments including one honoring the history of African-Americans and one paying tribute to those who lost their lives as a part of the Confederate Army.
University of South Carolina is known for being one of the most reputed universities in the state. Founded in 1801, what was then known as South Carolina College was established by the governor of South Carolina to bring harmony and unity between the backcountry and lowcountry. The students of South Carolina College and the college itself was important to the Confederacy in the antebellum period as many of them were prominent in the movement to secede from the Union. During the Civil War, the university suffered from low enrollment due to the war, and after the Union prevailed the school changed its name to the University of South Carolina. Today, the university is well known for its athletics programs as well as business programs and in the medical field.