Columbia – Things to do with your Team

If you’re fortunate enough to visit, the question of, “what to do in Columbia, South Carolina?” can easily be answered! You probably know that Columbia is the capitol of South Carolina, but did you know that “Columbia” was an old poetic term used for the United States, named after Christopher Columbus? This city is packed to the gills with history, and it has some amazing attractions, including waterfront parks that offer incredible views of the Congaree River and Columbia Canal. Here are 11 awesome things to do with your team next time you visit Columbia instead of sitting in your hotel bored all day.


Escape your Hotel through the Final Door

Escape rooms are a new trend across the country, and can be a great team-building activity. Final Door in Columbia is one such attraction that involves getting locked in a room for an hour while you work together with your team to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead to your escape. Final Door has a number of scenarios, including a few scary ones and some that are family-friendly. 930 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce, SC 29033


Flock to Frankie’s Fun Park

Columbia - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsFrankie’s Fun Park features 14 acres of fun-filled entertainment, including three go-cart tracks, three architectural replica-filled 18-hole mini-golf courses, a batting cage, and bumper boats. Work up the courage to get on the Drop Zone, a hair-raising free-fall ride, or compete with your teammates on one of several outdoor driver-based rides. The state-of-the-art arcade features over 150 games, and a 5,000-square foot laser tag arena features multiple levels for some thrilling hide-and-seek fun. Finish your adventure off with some homemade pizza at the popular snack bar. Group rates are available. 140 Parkridge Dr, Columbia, SC 29212


Uncover Some History at South Carolina State Museum

Discover The Palmetto State at the South Carolina State Museum, featuring four floors of fascinating artifacts and displays that showcase the natural and cultural history of the region and feature works of art, science exhibits, and cutting-edge technology. Located on the banks of the Congaree River right in downtown Columbia, this museum has a lot to see, including exciting movies in the 4-D theater and daily shows at the planetarium. 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Cool Off at the Drew Park Splash Pad

Drew Park is a large green space that hosts a number of festivals throughout the year and features a playground, walking trail, and gazebo. If you need a place to cool off, Drew Park has you covered, featuring a spectacular spray pool, a big splash pad, and an L.E.D. lighted fountain for dazzling nighttime viewing. 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia, SC 29204


Gape in Awe at the World’s Largest Fire Hydrant

A beloved piece of public art in Columbia, “Busted Plug” is a massive, 40-foot tall fire hydrant weighing in at 675,000 pounds and placed at an angle so it looks like it got hit by a car. There’s even water gushing out from the broken base. Designed to weather natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, this ginormous hydrant is made of steel and concrete and makes for an excellent photo op. 1404 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201


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Get Wild at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

One of the most popular things to do in Columbia, the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens feature a number of animal species, including monkeys, lions, koalas, and seals. Next door, the 70-acre botanical gardens are rife with exotic plant life, nature trails, exhibits, and breathtaking views of the Saluda River. Perhaps the most beloved exhibit here is the Lorikeet Aviary, where you can buy a small cup of fruit nectar for a dollar to hand-feed the colorful birds who live here. 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210


NY Mets Minor League Team

Looking for a cheap but fun activity? Come watch the NY Mets Class-A Affiliate baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies play ball. From April until Labor Day you can catch a game for only $5-$10 a seat. 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201


Explore the South Carolina State Capitol

Built in 1855, the South Carolina State Capitol is located downtown and boasts a columned facade, a gleaming copper dome, an ornate lobby, and impressive grounds featuring manicured plantings with statues and memorials dotting the landscape. Inside, bronze stars mark the spots where Union cannonballs hit during General Sherman’s attack in 1865, a fascinating piece of Civil War history. Interesting and informative tours run every half hour. Call ahead if your group numbers more than 10. 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Stroll Around Columbia Canal & Riverfront Park

Don’t miss the spectacular views of the Columbia Canal and the Congaree River from Columbia Canal & Riverfront Park, a 167-acre expanse of green spaces and hiking trails popular for its inviting picnicking spots and super-fun playground. A short distance from the business district and the university, this park was the original site of the city’s Waterworks, and you can take a self-guided walkway along the old parts of the water plant. Stroll across the famous wooden and steel bridge, enjoy the cool fountains, and check out the old pump houses and canal works that dot the area. 312 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201


Get Spectacular River Views from West Columbia Riverwalk

The West Columbia Riverwalk features hiking paths that run along the west side of the Congaree River and pass beneath two bridges to offer some of the best river views in the city. The adjoining green park is a great place for running wild. If you prefer rowing wild, rent a canoe at the River Runner booth during the warm season, and explore the river from the water. You might luck out and there may be something cool going on at the riverwalk’s amphitheater, which holds public performances in the summer. If not, it’s always fun to climb around on the steps and goof off on stage. Congaree RiverWest Columbia, SC


Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Columbia - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsThe Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is heaven for military and history buffs, but even if you’re not a fanatic, you’ll find plenty of interesting stuff to ooh and aah over in this spacious museum featuring artifacts from the Revolutionary War all the way up to the present. You’ll see an incredible collection of military uniforms and weapons from nearly every conflict America fought in over the past three hundred years, and you’ll experience military culture through an expansive display of artifacts including one of the country’s biggest and most comprehensive battle flag collections. 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Columbia’s fascinating history is evident almost everywhere you go and there are plenty of fun attractions and things to do in Columbia, SC for kids, teens, and adults! The city is a perfect place for team bonding and promises excitement and joy at every turn.