Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport is conveniently located in the center of a myriad of cultural, family, sports and recreational attractions, so whether you’re in town on vacation, for a romantic weekend getaway, or are in town on business and find that you have some down time, there are plenty of interesting, entertaining and enriching things to do in Columbia and West Columbia, SC just minutes from our eco-friendly hotel. In addition, our complimentary local shuttle can help you get around town.
After a long day of shopping and play, take a dip in our refreshing outdoor saltwater filtered swimming pool, then enjoy dinner at our on-site restaurant, Sporting News Grill. With a central location, impeccable service, modern accommodations and upscale amenities, Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia is your premier choice in hotel accommodations near attractions like the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and the Vista arts district.
No visit to Columbia is complete without a stroll through the city’s art district, The Congaree Vista. Once a warehouse district, the Vista is now home to many art studios, historic buildings, shopping, and over 60 restaurants and nightclubs. It’s also where the annual Artista Vista gallery crawl takes place. While you’re in the area, swing by the South Carolina State House for a gander at some nice Greek Revival architecture and the monuments on the grounds. If you’re still in the mood for culture, stop by the South Carolina State Museum. With art, natural history and science & technology exhibits, visitors can explore South Carolina history and culture, check out the giant shark display and learn about lasers all in one place.
Those who’d like a more adrenaline-pumping experience can visit the Columbia Motor Speedway Park. This park has a 3/8 mile asphalt track that hosts racing every Saturday evening from April through October. Sports fans will also enjoy Gamecock basketball, football and baseball at the nearby Carolina Stadium, Colonial Life Arena and the Williams-Brice Stadium.
Lake Murray is a huge swimming hole with lots of places to sun bathe, have a picnic, fish and rent boats. You can also rent jet skis, bird watch or take a guided lake tour. Just a little south of the city is Congaree National Park, a beautiful nature preserve with a 2.4 mile boardwalk, over 20 miles of hiking trails as well as kayaking and fishing. Have a picnic, go for a walk, or paddle a canoe down Cedar Creek on a free ranger-guided canoe tour.
If you’re in town with the family, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Edventure Children’s Museum. With lots of hands-on exhibits like EDDIE, the World’s Largest Child, where kids can explore the inner workings of the human body, and Mission Imagination, where youngsters can anchor the news and compose music. One of the best attractions of the city is the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, located less than a mile from our hotel. This attraction is a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden all in one, with lots of exotic animals and plants that will fascinate kids and adults alike. Frankie’s Fun Park is another Columbia attraction perfect for a family outing. Race go-carts, climb a rock wall, knock some balls in the batting cage, play video games in the arcade, get jostled around in bumper boats and lots more at this exciting destination.