WELCOME TO THE GREATER CAYCE WEST COLUMBIA Chamber of commerce & visitors center

Welcome and stay awhile

We welcome you to a very unique area of South Carolina.  The Greater Cayce-West Columbia area is home to an interesting array of nature and commerce blending throughout our region.  This is one of the few locations in the United States where you can kayak class IV rapids and exit the water in a bustling downtown environment.

We encourage you to explore our many natural sites while taking in almost 12,000 years of continuous history.  We invite you to enjoy cultural events like the many theaters and museums just moments away in downtown Columbia.  Take in the great flavors of our many local restaurants and dwell in the time honored tradition of antiquing.

When you just need some different scenery,  join us for some enthusiastic relaxation.  Here you can keep busy visiting an award winning zoo or relax and let our rivers flow the day away in our home of hospitality.

The Southern Weekend highlighted our area.  Please enjoy this short video about the Greater Cayce West Columbia area.

Fun stuff to do

We have several events held year round…

Join us for one of the Top Viewing Areas in the United States!

Get an in-depth look at how World War I impacted life in South Carolina.

Discover what life was like in the palmetto state on the eve of World War I, learn why America decided to join the war, examine the efforts South Carolina took to build up military forces, explore the war time experiences of overseas South Carolina soldiers and more.

In this exhibit, guests will travel back to the beginning of the 20th century, when South Carolina was still recovering from the Civil War. South Carolinians strongly supported the war and eight South Carolinians who joined the military earned the Medal of Honor. The exhibit will display the pistol of one of these soldiers, Lt. James Dozier, who used used it during the engagement where he earned his Medal of Honor.

The exhibit also features:

  • Military uniforms, weapons and other artifacts on display
  • A recreated life-sized trench, complete with weapons and ‘trench art’ brought back from the war
  • A look at life on the Homefront in South Carolina during the war
  • A section on the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918. Guest will learn how nurses from Camp Jackson and the Charleston Naval Base tried to curtail one of the deadliest epidemics in our nation’s history.
  • And more

South Carolina and the Great War will immerse guests into life in South Carolina and those of the troops during World War I and is free with museum general admission or membership.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

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The 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more.
  • This 145-seat dome theater provides a totally immersive environment that surrounds viewers with multi-media images and sound.
  • It presents both educational and entertaining programs about earth and astronomy, as well as art, music and history.
  • A permanent NASA gallery is located in the planetarium lobby with interactive capabilities and artifacts from South Carolina astronauts, including Charles Bolden, Charles Duke, Ron McNair and Frank Culbertson.

Tartan Day South

Highland Games & Celtic Festival

The 7th Annual Tartan Day South Celebration is a five day event honoring Celtic heritage in our area. The festival is an array events at many different venues featuring unique sports, incredible music, great foods, and interactive as well as interesting exhibitions.  The event is one of a kind in the midlands.   Thousands of patrons attending Tartan Day South events every year since 2011, the growth and reach has been phenomenal in just six short years.  This year we introduce our Thursday Night Gala as well as the Tartan Day 5K run and fun day on Sunday afternoon.  Come join us for a five days of Celtic Pride and great fun for all ages right here at home!

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