Our outdoor parks, river, patio cafes, Zoo, a National Park nearby, craft beer, and antiques make this a perfect vacation destination for anyone. For a full list of hotels, click here.
Any Friday night is cause for celebration! Head outdoors for a glass of wine or craft beer from WECO Bottle & Beer (626 Meeting St. West Columbia, SC) with local food trucks on site or try Savage Craft Ale Works. (430 Center St.). Another place to try, New Brookland Tavern (122 State St.), offers a full bar with friendly service. For a gourmet meal that is just as tasty as it is gorgeous, make a reservation at Black Rooster (201 Meeting St.) rooftop dining with views of the River!
Start your Saturday morning at the Meeting Street Artisan Market, held every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, in the Interactive Art Park, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC. You can also take some cool pics for your Instagram page at the Art Park there! There are unique shops you can access from right here, along Meeting and State Streets like State Street Trading Co (134 State St.) and Jaks Essentials soaps (114 State St.) … their lip balm is the best!
While you’re at the Meeting Street Artisan Market, grab some breakfast or brunch at the nearby Café Strudel, The Hideout in Weco, or Primal Gourmet Kitchen. If it’s already lunch time, you might want to head to Zesto West Columbia (504 12th St.). Just look for the giant ice cream cone in the sky. They even have an app and will bring your food curbside! If someone is having a birthday, grab a few cupcakes to take to the park from nearby Buttercream Dreams (1230 C Ave.)
Food from The Hideout in Weco
If you’re looking for vintage stuff like vinyl records or mid century modern décor, browse blocks of antiques at Old Mill Antique Mall (310 State St.) or Three Rivers Antiques (615 Meeting St.) and 763 Antique Mall (763 Meeting St.). Search for even more treasures at West Point Coins (132 State St.)
Photo of a booth at Old Mill Antique Mall
Next, walk off some calories and dip your toes (or, go fish with your SC fishing license purchased online!) in the grand Congaree River at the West Columbia Riverwalk (121 Alexander Rd.). A kid-friendly park is located just across the street from the Riverwalk, the all-inclusive Carraway Park. It’s a place where all kids can play together. There’s also clean, easily accessible restrooms at the park with a covered picnic area.
The following free public parking spots in West Columbia, SC will place you near all of these places . . . all within short distance:
Carraway Park - 212 Hudson Street, West Columbia, SC
Free Public Parking Garage - 310 Court Avenue, West Columbia, SC
Capitol Square - 483 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC
Interactive Art Park at the Meeting Street Market - 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC
If you’re up for more adventure, take a guided Congaree National Park canoe tour with Palmetto Outdoor. Or head to the secret (well, not a secret anymore) entrance to the Riverbanks Zoo. Zoo tickets must be purchased online in advance!
Savage Craft Ale Works Brunch – 430 Center St. - Sundays 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Café Strudel West Columbia – 300 State St. - Sundays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Hideout in WECO – 118 State St. -Sundays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Brookland Tavern Brunch - 122 State St. - SAT/SUN BRUNCH 11:00 AM-3:00 pm, $10 Bottomless Mimosas; $5 Bloody Marys
Lizards Thicket West Columbia location - 2234 Sunset Blvd. - Breakfast served daily 6:00 am-11:30 PM
Original Brunches – 2245 Leaphart Rd. - Sundays 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM