The Midlands and Upstate

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

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  • 1. Columbia Museum of Art

    Main Street Area | Museum/Gallery

    This attractive, expansive gallery contains art from the Kress Foundation collection of Renaissance and baroque treasures, sculpture, and decorative...Read More

  • 2. Congaree National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    South Carolina's only national park is unlike any other—the park is the floodplain of the Congaree River, meaning that throughout the year,...Read More

  • 3. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


    This top-notch zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats, including a sea lion exhibit and western lowland gorillas...Read More

  • 4. EdVenture Children's Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

    Main Street Area | Historic Home

    Dating from 1818, this grand home is filled with lavish furnishings collected by three generations of two influential families. The mansion...Read More

  • 6. Mann-Simons Site

    Main Street Area | Historic District/Site

    This cottage and outdoor museum was the home of Celia Mann, one of only 200 free African Americans in Columbia in the mid-1800s. Buy tickets...Read More

  • 7. Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal

    Vista | Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 8. Robert Mills House and Gardens

    Main Street Area | Historic Home

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

  • 9. South Carolina State Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits in this refurbished textile mill explore the state's natural history, archaeology, and historical development. An iron gate made for...Read More

  • 10. State House

    Main Street Area | Government Building

    Six bronze stars on the western wall of South Carolina's grandest building mark where direct hits were made by General Sherman's cannons. Begun...Read More

  • 11. Tunnelvision Mural

    Main Street Area | Public Art

    This glowing optical illusion painted on the wall of the Federal Land Bank Building in 1976 by local artist Blue Sky gives the appearance of...Read More

  • 12. University of South Carolina

    USC Campus | Educational Institution

    A highlight of this sprawling university is its original campus, founded in 1801. Stroll the historic buildings and gardens of the Horseshoe...Read More

  • 13. Woodrow Wilson Family Home

    Main Street Area | Historic Home

    This boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson displays the gaslights, arched doorways, and ornate furnishings of the Victorian period. Museum...Read More

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