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.

View the first 30 minutes of “The Southern Weekend”

We are proud to Introduce Two New Properties

Courtyard by Marriott Cayce

1125 Fort Congaree Trail

Cayce, SC 29033

803-794-7033

Residence Inn Marriott 

122 Mathias Road

West Columbia, SC 29169

803-661-6910

Fun stuff to do

We have several events held year round…

South Carolina’s First Astronaut Charles Duke and the Apollo Missions

This new exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum explores South Carolina’s First Astronaut Charles Duke and the Apollo Missions. A native of Lancaster, South Carolina NASA selected Duke to join the Apollo Space Program in 1966. He served as part of the Apollo 10, 11, 13, 16, and 17 missions. In 1972, as lunar module pilot on the Apollo 16 mission, Duke became the tenth man to walk on the Moon.

Exhibit guests can trace Duke’s time at NASA during the Apollo missions through a wide range of objects on display, many of which were donated to the State Museum by Duke himself. Objects include:

  • Pressure suit worn by Duke while training for Apollo 16.
  • Duke’s Apollo 16 cuff check list and chronograph.
  • Apollo 16 helmet.
  • Apollo 16 final flight manual
  • Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container or, “rock box” used by Duke to collect samples on the moon.
  • Moon rock collected by Duke during Apollo 16.
  • Duke’s flight suits used for Apollo 16 training.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventuredinosaurs, planetarium

This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Sea Monsters is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and features an original score by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel. Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure showtimes for the current month:

Mon: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Tues: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Satisfy Your Thirst

Santa and the Grinch

Come out and meet Santa & The Grinch while doing crafts, eating breakfast, and shopping for gifts or splurging on yourself. Photos will be available for purchase. Entrance to event is free. Benefits go to GFWC Dreamworks to benefit children. Santa & The Grinch is brought to you by Floor Covering International and The Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Food provided by McDonalds.

Guided Walking Tours

12,000 Year History Park

on Congaree Creek

The 2-mile, 60- to 90-minute guided historical walking tours start at the Cayce Tennis Center, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce. Following is information about the tours and dates offered. All tours are free. Please arrive 15 minutes before tour*.

2017 Schedule 1 pm 3 pm
October 7 Battle of Congaree Creek Fort Congaree & 18th Century Trade
October 14 Battle of Congaree Creek Natural History
October 21 Battle of Congaree Creek Civil War lantern tour (see below)
October 28 Native American Lifeways Battle of Congaree Creek
November 4 Battle of Congaree Creek Fort Congaree & 18th Century Trade
November 11 Battle of Congaree Creek Natural History
November 18 Battle of Congaree Creek N. American lantern tour (see below)
December 2 Battle of Congaree Creek Fort Congaree & 18th Century Trade
December 9 Native American Lifeways Battle of Congaree Creek

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