Experience Columbia SC

Convention center13,239 sq. m
Guest Rooms11,663
Guest rooms at 1 hotel250 guest rooms
Special event venues32
Average room rate$130.00
Daily food cost$75.00
Occupancy rate67%
Tax rate7%

Experience Columbia SC


Why Choose Our Destination?

In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in Columbia. It’s a modern city where stately buildings buzz with new businesses, and centuries-old sites give rise to fresh perspectives. It’s got all the gracious charm you’d expect from a Southern destination – nothing saccharine, just good old-fashioned kindness. As home to both the state’s capital and its largest university, it’s a vibrant city and creative hub that’s bursting with big ideas, forward thinkers and modern attitudes. With dynamite shopping, food and tons to see and do year round, it’s the real Southern hot spot. It doesn’t take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere with the Saluda, Broad and Congaree Rivers running right through town. Yet it’s manageable without the headaches and hassles common to many other larger cities. With evidence of renewal everywhere, Columbia SC will leave you looking forward to what’s next.

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Distance from airport

  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport

    12.87 km from city center


Local Attractions

Five Points

Business district
An influx of college students, professionals, and hipsters keeps Five Points buzzing by day and by night. Columbia’s original village neighborhood gets its affable character from a cluster of mom-and-pop coffee shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
Columbia, SC, US 29205

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

One of the top ten zoos in the nation, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals and one of the nation's most inspiring botanical gardens. Meander through the park to interact with the giraffes, feed the penguins, and peek at the tigers. Or, cool off with your kids at Waterfall Junction. If adventure is more your thing, take a chance at the zip line or ropes course.
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC, US 29210

Main Street

Business district
Don’t let the SC State House fool you. Main Street means more than business in this capital city. Whether you’re looking for art, indie films, special events, or a quiet escape, the renaissance of this district lives up to the hype.
Columbia, SC, US 29201


The South's largest children's museum is the home of Eddie, the world's largest child, along with 300 exhibits to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. Where else but EdVenture can children talk to a skeleton, drive a real fire truck, anchor the news or visit another country?
211 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC, US 29201

The Vista

Business district
Take a district once marked by textile mills and rail lines, pour in an array of art galleries, patio dining, and shopping and you’ve got The Vista. It’s a collision of old and new that brims with vibrancy no matter what day of the week.
Columbia, SC, US 29201

South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, SC. Boasting four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory, this museum appeals to all ages and interests.
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC, US 29201

Three Rivers Greenway

Here you'll find where city and nature meet. The Three Rivers Greenway is a beautiful series of riverfront pathways – where the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree Rivers meet. It includes lighted trails and boardwalks, outdoor amphitheaters, restrooms and breathtaking views of the Columbia skyline in a dog friendly and ADA accessible environment. This linear path is currently 9 1/2 miles, with plans of growth on the horizon.
121 Alexander Road
West Columbia, SC, US 29169

Columbia Museum of Art

Founded in 1950, the Columbia Museum of Art opened its new building on Main Street in 1988 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25+ galleries. The museum boasts an eclectic collection and national exhibits that travel through the museum every few months. If you're here during a special event, you'll catch a fair amount of Columbia locals on Boyd Plaza eating, drinking, and mingling the night away.
1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC, US 29201

Convention Centers

  • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

    South Carolina's only downtown Convention Center offers beautiful modern meeting space featuring up to 18 breakouts, a 23,700 sq. ft. column free Exhibit Hall and 16,700 sq. ft Ballroom, just steps from more than 80 bars, restaurants, and hotels.

    • Exhibit Space2,323 sq. m
      Total meeting space5,574 sq. m
      Guest rooms 1 mi. from convention center1,547



High season
Mar 1 – Apr 30
Sep 1 – Nov 15
Shoulder season
May 1 – Jun 30
Jan 1 – Feb 28
Low season
Nov 16 – Dec 31
Jul 1 – Aug 31


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