WELCOME TO THE GREATER CAYCE WEST COLUMBIA visitor’s center

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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.

Our rivers host great recreational opportunities such as fishing, tubing, canoeing, and rafting.  The Congaree and Saluda provide the incredible backdrop to some of the best urban hiking and strolling on over 9 miles of amazing Riverwalk.

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

Join us for a long weekend with a multitude of activities just moments apart.  Here you can keep busy visiting an award winning zoo or relax and let our rivers flow the day away in our home of Southern hospitality.

Fall is a great time to enjoy all of natures beauty as the seasons change.  Plan a family hike or picnic on the Riverwalk or in one of many local parks.

Fun stuff to do

We have several events held year round…

South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865-1876

Now Open

The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. After the bloodiest war in American history, the country was redefining itself.

The exhibit uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, changes in labor, society, and the law. Including:

  • A caisson used by soldiers returning from Appomattox, Va.
  • An authentic carpetbag.
  • Farm tools used by workers in the aftermath of the Civil War.
  • Desk and chair from the State House, used during Reconstruction.
  • A copy of the state’s 1868 constitution.
  • School desks dating from when the state offered for public education for the first time
  • Items owned by Reconstruction era politicians and Gov. Wade Hampton, III.
  • And much more.

The exhibit also explores the struggles faced by African-Americans to define their newly acquired citizenship on their terms against forces that would return the state to its prewar structure.

This tumultuous era for South Carolinians had broad triumphs and laid the groundwork for future victories in civil and equal rights. Visitors will learn that although Reconstruction ended in 1876, we continue to struggle with its promises today.

Satisfy Your Thirst

We are proud to Introduce Two New Properties

Residence Inn Marriott 

122 Mathias Road

West Columbia, SC 29169

803-661-6910

Courtyard by Marriott Cayce

1125 Fort Congaree Trail

Cayce, SC 29033

803-794-7033

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