Support Us Button Widget

8 free things to do in Columbia

You don’t need to spend a lot to have a good day in Columbia. With this guide, you won’t need to spend anything but time.

Richland Library auditorium

The Richland Library auditorium offers free family entertainment.

Photo by @jackiepierce91

Table of Contents

What’s better than a day in Columbia? Free activities in Columbia. If you’re looking for something to do in the Soda City — but don’t want to open your wallet — we’ve got fun things to do that will suit every interest.

Free tours

The State House, 1100 Gervais St.
Take a free guided tour from Monday through Friday. Walk the 100 year-old floors and witness history in the making.

Anne Frank Center, 1731 College St.
The Anne Frank Center at USC also offers free tours. Explore the life and legacy of Anne Frank through photos, and original artifacts.

Historic Columbia, multiple locations
Residents of Richland and Lexington County can tour a house museum for free, every third Sunday of the month. Can’t make it? Try a self-guided tour instead.

Family time

Richland Library, multiple locations
First stop? Richland Library. Check out the events page for storytimes, craft hours, and classes. There’s something for all ages.

Columbia Fire Museum, 1800 Laurel St.
Take your aspiring firefighter to this one-room exhibit with displays and antiques commemorating the history of Cola’s fire department.

Dense woods in Congaree National Park

Congaree is home to champion trees.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Get outside

Congaree National Park
With its free entry, Congaree National Park is the obvious choice. Check out our guide to the park for everything from getting there to where to fish.

Owens Field Park, 1401 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
There’s a 15,000-sqft outdoor skate park, a pump track, and sports fields — including a Miracle League field (think: a rubberized turf field designed to enable kids with disabilities to safely play baseball).

Or maybe you’re beach bound. In that case, take a day-cation to any one of these five beaches within driving distance.

More from COLAtoday
The CB90 rental properties and The Hangar Lofts offer uniquely Columbia options for short term rentals and are ideal for Gamecock weekends.
Made with Cola Love’s latest activation features PSYCHii, a creative agency, offering marketing and production workshops at 2222 Sumter St.
Cola is well represented on the world stage at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics — these are some locals to watch.
Godspeed, a new specialty coffee pop-up by Roger Caughman and Kailey Cunningham, focuses on building community connections with each pop-up.
We’ve got details and a map full of drink deals: We’ll be highlighting the vibrant beverage scene across Columbia, SC from July 22 to July 26, 2024.
The yearly fundraising event, hosted by the West Columbia Beautification Foundation, raises money for local beautification projects, including ongoing development for Highway No. 1.
The Five after Five outdoor concert series
Chef Alex Strickland of The Dragon Room, also the lead singer of metal band Abacus, discusses his favorite dishes, local foodie spots, and balancing his culinary and musical creativity.
Entrepreneurs come from everywhere, including The Midlands. Read about three products that have been featured or inspired by the show “Shark Tank.”
Looking for a night out and an evening full of local music with friends and family? Head to Jammin’ in July this weekend.