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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.

Our Hometown Brewery is having a successful first year!

Our 4-Acre site is situated in the City of Cayce, just outside of Downtown Columbia and in the center of the great state of South Carolina.  We officially opened December 1st, 2018 with our 10,000 square foot facility to accommodate our production brewing area, a 2,500 square foot taproom, outdoor gathering space, restaurant offering a menu of small and big plates, and support space with room for future expansion of brewing and parking spaces.

For More Information Click Here.

Fun stuff to do

We have several events held year round…

Christmas in Cayce

Join us for this weekend full of events! Beginning December 5, visitors can take a ride through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and music of the season.  Christmas in Cayce is sponsored by several local, corporate partners so all events are free.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.

42nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Cayce, this event will also include greetings from City officials, holiday thoughts, musical performances from local schools ,  and a visit from Santa. In addition, The Woman’s Club is collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items as part of the 17th Annual Cayce Cares project, which benefits God’s Helping Hands.

Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Carols Along the Riverwalk, N Avenue entrance to Cayce Riverwalk – The sounds of the holidays overflow during this reverse caroling featuring our local church choirs and musicians.  Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies as you meander through the first half mile of the Riverwalk.  Parking is available at Brookland-Cayce High School and a free trolley will transport everyone to the event.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

The Cayce Historical Museums Annual Christmas Traditions Open House. The sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas will abound with each room decorated with trees and crafts from the 18th century to present. The event will also feature live entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and light refreshments. The lantern tours are back this year!

Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

West Metro Holiday Parade of Lights. One of the most anticipated night holiday parades in the Midlands, the route will begin in front of Cayce City Hall and proceed down 12th Street ending at the corner of Hwy. 1 & 12th Street in West Columbia.

Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon

New Exhibit! Opens April 13!

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the South Carolina State Museum presents a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration.

This new, immersive exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the years of the Apollo program as America raced to accomplish a lunar landing before the Soviet Union. Guests can also learn about Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke, who grew up in Lancaster, SC and other notable South Carolinians who contributed to the Apollo program.

Exhibition features:

  • A life-size reproduction of the Apollo Command Module Capsule.
  • A replica Apollo Lunar Rover used for astronaut training that guests can sit in.
  • A collection of artifacts from Charles Duke’s Apollo 16 mission including: a “rock box” used by Duke to collect moon samples, a cuff check list, a chronograph, Duke’s Apollo training flight suits, his helmet and more.
  • Apollo 16 training “moon” rocks.
  • A large scale reproduction of the Saturn V rocket’s Instrument Unit.

Reflections on the River

Now Open!

From 16th century engravings and Catawba pottery, to contemporary paintings and photographs, this exhibition will explore the significance of our state’s rivers on culture, industry, and landscape, as well as the ways in which they have inspired artists in the state. It will feature treasures of the collection by renowned artists such as William Halsey, Alice Huger Ravenel Smith, and Charles A. Fraser.

Because of the State Museum’s location on the banks of the Congaree and its history as a textile mill dependent on that river, this exhibition is an opportunity to focus on our immediate surroundings. We encourage you to explore the exhibit and then stroll along the river walk—how will the river inspire you?

The Lights Before Christmas

Select Nights in November and December @ 5:00–9:00pm

Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition.

 Event Tickets

$12 Adults and $10 Children ages 2–12

Children younger than 2 free.

All Riverbanks members receive one free visit with a valid membership.

Guest passes will not be accepted.

BRING THE KIDS AND THE CAMERA!

Nearly one million twinkling lights.

Countless decorative images.

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade.

Animated Story Tree.

Nightly visits with Santa.(starts at 6:00pm through December 23)

Enjoy warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle

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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