When you visit South Carolina, it's very difficult not to fall in love with the entire state. However, its capital, Columbia, is on a whole other level. With southern charm bursting from its every building and tree and the hospitality of its people to go alongside it, there are many things to do in Columbia, SC. For the naturalist, there's the expansive Congaree National Park while history buffs will love the city's few museums. And not to worry, the kids will be thoroughly entertained. Columbia's zoo and children's museum combines the best of both for the whole family.


01Feed the Giraffes at Riverbanks Zoo

One of Columbia’s highlights, the Riverbanks Zoo has been a key fixture of the city since its opening in 1974. Twenty years later, the city expanded it for a 70-acre stretch of botanical gardens. The zoo's collection of animals is mind-blowing. You can see Siberian tigers roaming around, the same way they do in their natural habitat as well as many other endangered species. They even have a Komodo dragon! Possibly one of the best things to do here, however, is feeding the giraffes that have been at the zoo since its opening. On top of all of the animals, there are also tons of activities to get involved with. You can go zip lining across the river, jump on board the Spots & Stripes Railroad, or just sit back and enjoy.

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