Stay the weekend or a whole week … there's plenty to do! Spend your winter holidays in an instagram-worthy town with art murals, parks, mild temps, parades, and more. (The tree pictured above can be found at the West Columbia Riverwalk at 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC.)
Don't miss the Greater CWC Holiday Parade of Lights on December 11 at 5:30 p.m. Begins at 1800 12th Street in Cayce and goes through 12th Street in West Columbia.
Cayce Arts Guild photo - ornaments and other unique art for sale at 2008 State St., Cayce, SC.
In West Columbia, SC, any night is cause for celebration! Head outdoors for a glass of wine or craft beer from WECO Bottle & Biergarten (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.) for rooftop dining with views of the River!
Black Rooster rooftop dining also offers local eats. Warm up with this French onion soup or try their trendy Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich.
The Nashville Chicken sandwich (it's spicy!) pictured above is from Savage Craft Ale Works.
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 look for treasures next door at West Point Coins.
The West Columbia Interactive Art Park, pictured above, is located at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC. It offers Art Sculptures, FREE Public Wi-Fi, Parking, Electric Car Charging Stations, and local eats nearby.
While you’re at the Meeting Street Artisan Market, grab some breakfast or brunch at the nearby Café Strudel, The Hideout in Weco, D' Wings, or the healthy 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. If someone is having a birthday, grab a few cupcakes to take to the park from nearby Buttercream Dreams (1230 C Ave.) or Always Original Bakery (501 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC)
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.), The Warehouse next door, Three Rivers Antiques (615 Meeting St.), and 763 Antique Mall (763 Meeting St.). 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. The Carraway Park features an all-inclusive playground, clean restrooms, covered picnic tables, and butterflies! West Columbia is located within driving distance and convenient access to the Interstate to Congaree National Park - stay here when visiting the Park!
The following free public parking spots in West Columbia, SC will place you near all of these places . . . all within short distance:
If it’s Sunday, have no fear. There’s plenty of weekend time left to enjoy brunch and the day …
In nearby Cayce, any 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 Cayce (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).
Vella's Restaurant's quesadillas pictured above. Vella's is located at 829 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce, SC and offers a full bar as well.
Next, walk off some calories at the Cayce Riverwalk (201 Naples Ave. - clean restrooms during daylight hours here!) which leads all the way to the Timmerman Trail. Walk or bike as little or as much as you like along these 15+ miles of connected trails.
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 at Granby Park 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.) or East Bay Deli at 917 State St., Cayce.
You'll find this vintage carriage at Granby Park located at 1800 12th St, Cayce, South Carolina 29033. Makes for a great photo opp!
While you’re in town, check Chayz Lounge to see who’s playing this weekend! Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor is a legendary spot for wholesome, family-friendly music. Every Saturday night, they feature a DJ or a live band playing a variety of dance music from shag, rock'n'roll, 50's, 60's, classic country, and more. Their dance floor is open for you to dance the night away! Dancing runs from 6-10 pm.
Keep in mind, you are less than 10 miles away from Columbia'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.
Escape your town and vacation in West Columbia and Cayce, South Carolina . . .