The thrill of urban living
When you think of Columbia, do you think of a college town? You should. The University of South Carolina, right in the city center, gives downtown an eclectic vibe. From funky Five Points to upscale Devine Street, from the trendy Vista to bustling downtown, an incredible variety of experiences is right at your doorstep.
Columbia's calendar is packed with outdoor events of every flavor. The State Fair. Gamecock football, basketball, baseball and soccer. Vista Lights. The Rosewood Crawfish Festival. And St. Patrick's Day in Five Points is not to be missed. From EdVenture Children's Museum all the way up to the State House, there's always something happening in the Vista. If you prefer animal-watching instead of people-watching, Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens is one of the most renowned zoos in America. Anytime is a good time to canoe or kayak down the Congaree River, or to take a leisurely stroll along the Three Rivers Greenway.
Columbia's oldest and most diverse communities surround the university, with homes for every taste and budget. Your corner of the world could be along the wide, tree-lined avenues of Shandon, just off the Rosewood shopping and dining corridor, or even on the shores of Lake Katherine. There's no lack of educational opportunity here; choose from half a dozen private schools or some of the Midlands' award-winning public schools. Then there's the university itself. Over 28,000 students live and study here. The stately Horseshoe is home to McKissick Museum, the South Caroliniana Library, and some of Columbia's best picnicking.
Being in the center of it all means no part of the Midlands is beyond your reach. Three major interstates offer quick access to every corner of the Columbia metropolitan area. So no matter where your fancy takes you, you'll be there in no time.