Explore Local. Stay Local. Visitors and residents are drawn to our river, the Congaree*. It is home to the Riverwalk – a waterfront nature trail – a place many come to enjoy. They walk, run, jog, bird watch or fish for native rockfish (or spotted bass). Others come to reflect and take in the scenic beauty or admire artwork created by local sculptors.
The waterway entices all ages to get wet. Tubing, kayaking and canoeing rentals make this easy. Some prefer to simply dangle their feet in the flowing waters and feel like a kid again. Riverbank Zoo & Botanical Garden straddles the Congaree with the garden entrance located in West Columbia, one of the city’s most famous attractions.
Beyond the river, Cayce and West Columbia showcase their rich history and heritage in museums and a history park. Local nature preserves provide year-round opportunities as does the Congaree National Park a short drive away.
Across the river in Columbia, find our capital, art and state museums and the University of South Carolina (USC).
*The Congaree, a tribe of Native Americans, lived along their namesake river. While their language has been lost, the word congaree is reputed to mean “river deep” or “where the river hits the rocks” (fall line).