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Old 09-15-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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We are going to be visiting the Columbia area for just a weekend in a few weeks with two teens in tow...what would be the must see or must do with just a day or two?

We have heard the zoo is spectacular...we also have an interest in historical areas...not so much shopping unless there is a really unique place to see.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Definitely the zoo. Since you're into history, definitely check out the Statehouse and you might want to consider the historic houses tour or one of the self-guided tours provided by the Historic Columbia Foundation. Also the historic churches in the area (First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, etc.) are worth checking out. The state museum and the museum of art would be great options as well. This should be a great resource for you.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Columbia has some good museums including the State Musuem and Confererate Relic Musuem which are right beside each other. No museums here are big enough to take all day so you could easliy take in one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The teens will also enjoy lunch and wandering around 5 Points. It is a younger crowd they will feel at home with.

If into sports find out if there are tours of USC Stadium (football). If no tours, one can drive around it and get the flavor.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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If you have never been to a Mast General Store you'll like it for it's uniqueness. It's downtown. The Columbia Museum of Art is just a block away. It's a high-quality museum of fine art. Walking on the river walk or kayaking or both might be a possibility. The Nickelodeon Theater is a movie art house next to Mast Genreal. It shows some cutting-edge stuff. The USC Horseshoe might spark some interest. Teens today, Gamecocks tomorrow? Pick up a Free Times at any number of street corners or restaurants for a rundown of activities and events.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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No one mentioned the Greek fest?
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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i would say some choices or suggestions could depend if you're from SC or not. If one is from in-state, then see if there are any events that weekend that are not something you can visit at other times (perhaps the state fair, maybe a SC football game, etc). The zoo, state museum, historical tours, etc would always be there for another run down. But if traveling in from further away, you may be able to fill your weekend with more options by doing the zoo/tours/museum where each visit can be had in a couple hours+.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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No one mentioned the Greek fest?
They posted on the 15th that they'd be visiting in a few weeks - the Greek Festival was 9/13-16. The Italian Festival is the last weekend of September on Main Street.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:04 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the ideas! We are actually newbies to the Greenville area but we will be taking time to explore the state when we can. I think the zoo is a definite go to....and a Mast General.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:23 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the ideas! We are actually newbies to the Greenville area but we will be taking time to explore the state when we can. .
we're still exploring the state and we've been in SC close to 4 years now lol. While we have our faves that we hit frequently (from our zoo here, to a day down at the beach, to waterfall "hunting" or hanging out near your neck of the woods....) we'll still find new things to check out or even stumble upon when we're just out driving. We figured we made our one big move (came from Wi) so we should take the time to see and learn about the state and it's history. And thankfully there is plenty that can be seen and still have one home in time for dinner.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:47 AM
 
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Ranger..that's our attitude too...see and appreciate our new home! Love the waterfall hunting! Already found one...a hundred feet down to the bottom and the back up again...but it was well worth the pain...we came from Texas so the hiking and amazing scenery is a nice change.
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