Any Friday night is cause for celebration! Head outdoors for a glass of wine or craft beer from Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St., Cayce, SC). Enjoy live music on the weekends and their full kitchen on site. You can also bring your dog to the beer patio (on a leash, please). Or try drinks and a gourmet meal at Henry’s of Cayce (2018 State St.) in the Arts District. If you’re trying to catch the big game on TV or a good burger and quesadilla, go to Vella’s Restaurant and Tavern (829 Knox Abbott Dr,) or Carolina Wings & Rib House (2423 Fish Hatchery Rd,). Of course, the legendary steak and salad spot in Cayce is The Kingsman (935 Axtell Dr.).
Start your Saturday morning at the Cayce River Arts District to view the 7+ art murals and take some artsy photos for your Instagram page. Free public parking for the art murals is located at 1908 State Street, Cayce, SC. There is a unique art gallery you can access from here, the State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio (2007 State St.). Don’t worry, there’s coffee next door at Piecewise Coffee Co.
Grab some breakfast nearby at Lizard’s Thicket (501 Knox Abbott Dr.) for southern style biscuits, bacon, eggs, and grits. If it’s already lunch time, you’ve got to try Duke’s Pad Thai (904 Knox Abbott Dr.) flounder tacos and noodle dishes that were recently ranked as “Columbia Essentials.” Lots of restaurants line Knox Abbott Drive, so you will be sure to find a variety of local eats and popular venues as well (including a Starbucks).
Next, walk off some calories at the Cayce Riverwalk (201 Naples Ave.) which leads all the way to the Timmerman Trail. Walk or bike as little or as much as you like along these 12+ miles of connected trails. For details about all the cool things you’ll explore on the Cayce Riverwalk and parks, click here.
History buffs will enjoy the 12,000 Year History Park (1120 Fort Congaree Tr,), an ancient floodplain with educational signs along the path. There’s a nice hotel next door to the 12,000 Year Park, the Courtyard by Marriott Cayce (click here for hotel site) where birders and photographers stay right near the action. You’ll also want to visit the Cayce Historical Museum (1800 12th St.) for all the fascinating stories about the area. Take a photo here on the old railcar and with the vintage Cinderella’s carriage that was once housed at a popular hotel chain … all cool, vintage Americana history. There’s a covered picnic area and playground at the museum to enjoy a delicious deli sandwich and sweet tea from Sub Station II (503 Knox Abbott Dr.)
While you’re in town, check Cola Concerts to see who’s playing this weekend! New concerts are announced each week in this outdoor, socially-distanced venue at the Historic Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center. Keep in mind, you are less than 10 miles away from Columbia, SC’s Art Museum, Edventure Children’s Museum, the Riverbanks Zoo, the Columbia Fireflies baseball park, Segra Park, and the University of South Carolina's Founders park baseball, where you might “catch” a game, no pun intended.
If you’re up for even more adventures, take a guided Congaree National Park canoe tour or go tubing down the Congaree River this summer with Palmetto Outdoor (click to book your trip!)
Henry’s of Cayce - Sundays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 2018 State St.
Lizard’s Thicket - Breakfast served daily 6:00 am-11:30 PM - 501 Knox Abbott Dr.