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There’s plenty of time before and after Saturday’s game to get out and explore some of Columbia’s offerings! Here are some suggestions from the opens in a new windowColumbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau to give you a jump-start on making your weekend plans:

(Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Soda City Market

Get a feel for Columbia culture at opens in a new windowSoda City Market! Locals and visitors alike flock to Main Street every Saturday for the downtown farmer’s market. Fuel up for the big game with delicious food items from local and regional vendors and shop the stalls for some art or handmade products to take back home with you.


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For a hearty sandwich with an array of toppings and sauces, stop in to opens in a new windowThe Southern Belly BBQ located right by the stadium on Rosewood Drive. For a lunch with no limits, check out the buffets at Doc’s Barbecue or Palmetto Pig. For traditional barbecue passed down from generations before, settle in to one of The War Mouth’s picnic tables and dig in to their Heritage Pork Barbecue Plate. Although our barbecue can stand on its own, round out the meal with some collard greens, mac-and-cheese, hash and fried okra.

Models kayak on the Congaree River, under the Gervais Street Bridge, near the West Columbia Riverwalk on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (© 2012 Brett Flashnick/flashnick visuals, llc.)

(Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy the fall weather and spend some time outside! Go hiking in opens in a new windowCongaree National Park, mountain biking at Harbison State Forest or kayaking on the Congaree, Saluda or Broad Rivers. Or simply take a walk at Riverfront Park and admire the fall foliage!


(Photo courtesy of River Rat Brewery)

Craft Beer and Cocktails

Win or lose, an after-game celebration will definitely be in order! Sip on something from one of our local breweries – opens in a new windowRiver Rat, Conquest, Swamp Cabbage and Twisted Spur – or hop on the Columbia Brew Bus and try them all. Not a fan of beer? Not to worry, Bourbon, The Oak Table, Motor Supply Co. Bistro and The War Mouth serve up expertly crafted cocktails.

Dining at the Gourmet Shop in Columbia's Five Points, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. (© 2009, Brett Flashnick/ flashnick | visuals)

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You can’t leave town without indulging in the best meal of the week! Dine on Hangover Hashbrowns and Cinnamon Pancakes at Café Strudel, Three Potato Hashbrowns at 116 State, a Breakfast Panini at opens in a new windowThe Gourmet Shop, the Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Waffle at Henry’s or the Biscuit of Champions at Bourbon. You’ll be stuffed and satisfied for your journey back home.

Thanks to our friends at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for the tips! 

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As you prepare to travel from one Columbia to another for the upcoming face-off against the Gamecocks, we encourage you to spend some time exploring all the wonderful offerings of “The New Southern Hot Spot” outside of Williams-Brice Stadium! With so much to do and see in  opens in a new windowColumbia, SC, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau is providing you with a rundown of some of the area’s “hot spots!”

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The New Game Day Hot Spot

Game day in Columbia is like nothing else. The energy surrounding the stadium is a (sand) storm of activity and excitement as fans hop from tailgate to tailgate, playing games of cornhole and counting down the hours until kickoff. Carolina Fair Park in the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Gamecock Park and Seawell’s are all popular tailgating locations around the stadium and no matter which team wins the game, the celebration will last well into the night at bars in the Congaree Vista, Five Points and on Main Street.

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The New Culinary Hot Spot

Be sure to bring your appetite and sample the local flavor! From barbecue and burgers to fine dining and food trucks, we have it all!  opens in a new windowThe Southern Belly BBQ and  opens in a new windowPalmetto Pig will have you going hog wild while  opens in a new windowRockaway Athletic Club and opens in a new windowPawleys Front Porch serve expertly crafted burgers with unique Southern flair. For the more refined palate,  opens in a new windowThe Oak Table opens in a new windowTerra and  opens in a new windowMotor Supply Co. Bistro offer fresh, locally-sourced dishes. If you can track down these meals on wheels,  opens in a new window2 Fat 2 Fly will have you stuffed and  opens in a new windowThe Wurst Wagen will get you in the Oktoberfest spirit with authentic German recipes. Bon Appétit!

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The Brew Southern Hot Spot

The craft beer scene in Columbia exploded this past year. The region went from no breweries to three successful operations and a fourth in development.  opens in a new windowConquest Brewing Company opens in a new windowRiver Rat Brewery and  opens in a new windowSwamp Cabbage Brewing Co. are all located in close proximity to Williams-Brice Stadium and all but the latter are available as tailgating locations! Quench your thirst with an ice-cold pint and get ready for game time!

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The New Adventure Hot Spot

Situated at the convergence of three rivers and boasting a temperate climate, Columbia offers year-round outdoor adventure. Stick around and spend the day after the game kayaking or tubing on the Broad, Saluda or Congaree rivers, hiking in  opens in a new windowCongaree National Park or sailing the beautiful waters of  opens in a new windowLake Murray. You’ll have a fresh burst of adrenaline for your journey back home!

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The New Historic Hot Spot

Take in Columbia’s fascinating history with a free tour of the  opens in a new windowSouth Carolina State House or by meandering through renovated  opens in a new windowHistoric Columbia properties such as the  opens in a new windowWoodrow Wilson Family Home and the  opens in a new windowRobert Mills House & Gardens. The  opens in a new windowSouth Carolina State Museum is a must-see, having just completed their $23 million “Windows to New Worlds” expansion that includes a 55-foot digital planetarium dome and theater, an online observatory, a 4-D multisensory theatre and an outdoor telescope-viewing terrace. The museum is the first facility in the nation to house all of these properties under one roof! 

The New Artistic Hot Spot

Absorb the beauty of the Columbia area through its expansive and diverse art scene!  opens in a new windowColumbia Museum of Art houses masterpieces by Monet and Botticelli, as well as a constant rotation of traveling exhibits throughout the year. Public displays of art can be found along Main Street and throughout the city, adding a unique aesthetic to the region. Columbia is also home to the only nonprofit, art house theatre in the state,  opens in a new windowThe Nickelodeon, which hosts the Indie Grits Film Festival each year.  opens in a new windowTin Roof, Music Farm,  opens in a new windowTownship Auditorium and  opens in a new windowColonial Life Arena attract musical talent from all genres, while  opens in a new windowTrustus Theatre pushes the envelope with their daring and edgy plays.

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For more information or assistance in planning your trip, please visit  opens in a new or call  opens in a new window803-545-0002opens phone dialer. Come back soon!


Thanks to Dayna Cantelmi with the Columbia, SC Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing us with all these great tips!

All photos courtesy of the Columbia, SC CVB

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