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Best things to do in Columbia

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Forested park with a lake offering campsites, kayak & canoe rentals, a bicycle loop & nature trails. Located in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Historic Sesquicentennial State Park, affectionately known to locals as "Sesqui," is a spacious, green getaway in the heart of the Sandhills region.”
8local recommendations
Restaurant
“A little upscale from what Blythewood has to offer, but you'll have to drive 20 minutes. It's worth every minute. We've never had a bad meal at this restaurant.”
5local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Hands down the best sushi in the Columbia area - you will need to drive or Uber but it's well worth it! Sit at the sushi bar if you can, sometimes it's hard to get a seat, but the sushi chefs are friendly, personable and have wonderful recommendations and stories to share! We love the Fiesta and Phoenix rolls. ”
3local recommendations
BBQ Joint
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“This place was voted the #1 BBQ in South Carolina by Southern Living Magazine for a reason! VERY casual, always busy, and the food...just amazing. If it's southern, Little Pigs serves it, and it's good! (Don't be alarmed by the appearance of the place...trust me, it's worth the trip!)”
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Restaurant
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Laundry Service
“Outstanding and beautiful U.S. Army installation/post, here in Columbia, SC!! ”
2local recommendations
Bakery
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“Publix is a well known big box store, that is much cleaner and nicer than Kroger, although maybe a little pricier. They're sure to have any traditional brand products you may need.”
1local recommendations
Establishment
“If you are visiting the fort for military purposes, this gate will be how you enter Fort Jackson.”
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Restaurant
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“Local spot for gourmet vegan. You wont find it unless you know about it. Inconspicuously hidden around back behind other buildings - it's worth the hunt! Call ahead.”
1local recommendations
Department Store
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Point of Interest
Latin American Restaurant
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1local recommendations
BBQ Joint
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