Downtown Columbia is the center of activity. Whether you work in downtown Columbia or you play in downtown Columbia, you will love the old architectural charm and the tree lined streets. Many of the historic textile buildings that line the streets of Downtown have been refurbished to accommodate businesses, an array of shops, and restaurants.
As the home to the University of South Carolina and State Government, Downtown Columbia is bustling during the work days with business people and students. As the evening arrives, that doesn’t change much. Whether you are looking for cultural events such as the ballet or symphony or looking for a place to have dinner, the downtown area has it all. The Vista is known for its restaurants and night life. Besides having everything you need to be entertained, the Vista is charming with its historic feel.
Just on the edge of downtown Columbia, the Broad and Saluda River run. Weekends you will find festivals and events along the river in many of the area parks. The river walk offers a place to walk on both the downtown side of the rivers and the West Columbia/Cayce side of the river. Whether you are looking for exercise or just a nice place to picnic under a shady tree, you will find it here in Downtown.