Located in the heart of the state, Columbia is the capital of South Carolina as well as its most populated city. Columbia has a thriving economy with a multitude of Fortune 500 companies calling the city home. For recreation, Columbia has theaters full of performing arts, outdoor recreation, and sight-seeing destinations. If that wasn't enough, the city hosts a number of festivals and events annually, giving everyone from the leisure seeking tourist, the vacationing family, and the visiting business man a reason to have an extended stay in Columbia.
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Recently the downtown area of Columbia has seen impressive revitalization. Congaree Vista is a shining example of these efforts with high end boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Also located in the downtown area is the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, a state-of-the-art business facility. For a recreational venue, the Colonial Center is a must-see, seating 20,000 people and playing host to sporting events, concerts, shows and even the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
For an excursion into cultural Columbia, one should visit the South Carolina State Museum, the largest museum in the Southeast, and the Columbia Museum of Art, which has a steady influx of unique exhibits throughout the year. In the evening, be sure to get tickets to the Trustus Theatre, where patrons enjoy performances from all over the world. Have no worries because children are not neglected here, far from it. The EdVenture Museum is a delightful place for kids of all ages, and is the largest children's museum in the South.
Every year, eclectic groups come together for days or even weeks at a time to celebrate in festive fashion in Columbia. The Three Rivers Music festival comes to town every spring and features a wide range of local and national musical performances. The St. Patrick's Day Festival, held at Five Points, is another perennial favorite. Each year this festival brings in thousands to celebrate Irish heritage. Other examples include the annual Greek Festival, Main Street Jazz Festival and Renaissance Fair all of which draw people from across the country.
Columbia also features plenty of traditional outdoor recreation locales which are perfect for rest and relaxation. Finlay, Memorial and Granby are just three of the beautiful parks in Columbia, offering thousands of acres of scenic walks, canoe rides, nature trails and picnic grounds. Don't miss out on all that Columbia has to offer.
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