As the state’s capital, Columbia serves as a diverse and eclectic environment for both residents and visitors alike. Every summer from June 9-15, the Southeastern Piano Festival is held in Columbia and sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s School of Music. The festival allows you to discover new talent in addition to enjoy nightly performances by a rich lineup of world-class pianists.
Columbia is the prime business and social hub for South Carolina. It is home to the State Congress; the State Flagship University: University of South Carolina; Riverbanks Zoo; and a some of the most exceptional restaurants showcasing some of the best southern classics and seafood. Columbia is in the ideal location being that it is only a 15 minute drive to Lake Murray and two hours from the coast and lowcountry. Residents enjoy the diversity of the downtown business districts and the exciting nightlife areas known as the Vista and Five-Points.
One of Columbia’s major attractions is the University of South Carolina’s athletics. Guests and residents can enjoy some of the nation’s best college athletics when they visit Williams-Brice stadium; home of the South Carolina football team, or head over to Carolina Stadium and cheer on the back-to-back National Championship Baseball Team.
Although Columbia is a major city, you can also enjoy a walk, run, or bike ride right across the Gervais Bridge on the Riverwalk along the Congaree River. Riverwalk allows for a great escape from the fast-paced lifestyle of downtown living while still remaining in close proximity to the business district. Whether or not you’re looking for premier seafood; a diverse business district; a buzzing nightlife; or view some of the nation’s best college athletics, Columbia is a fun and energetic environment that gives you the best of the social and business aspect of a major city.