The Midlands and Upstate Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands and Upstate - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Columbia Museum of Art

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This museum contains art from the Kress Foundation collection of Renaissance and baroque treasures, sculpture, decorative arts. There...

EdVenture Children's Museum

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With more than 90,000 square feet for climbing, exploring, painting, playing, building—oh, and learning, too—this museum is a full...

Hampton-Preston Mansion

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Dating from 1818, this grand home is filled with lavish furnishings collected by three generations of two influential families. Buy tickets...

Lake Murray

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This 41-mi-long lake has swimming, boating, picnicking, and superb fishing. There are many marinas and campgrounds in the area. A 1.7...

Mann-Simons Cottage

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This was the home of Celia Mann, one of only 200 free African-Americans in Columbia in the mid-1800s. Buy tickets at the Robert Mills...

Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Garden

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This zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats. Walk along pathways and through landscaped gardens to see elephants...

Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal

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Where the Broad and Saluda rivers form the Congaree River is the site of the city's original waterworks and hydroelectric plant. Interpretive...

Robert Mills House

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The classic, columned 1823 house was named for its architect, who later designed the Washington Monument. It has opulent Regency furniture,...

South Carolina State Museum

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Exhibits in this refurbished textile mill explore the state's natural history, archaeology, and historical development, as well as technological...

State House

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Six bronze stars on the western wall mark where direct hits were made by General Sherman's cannons. The Capitol building, started in...