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Exterior of Hotel Trundle, the Best Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


The Apple Cobbler Cinnamon Roll at Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli in Columbia, South Carolina

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

2617 Devine St Columbia, SC 29205

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Any Speciality Cinnamon Roll: The dough is a Hawaiian sweet bread with a special cinnamon sugar blend and vanilla butter whipped cream cheese icing as the base of the roll.  Add the specialty topping $4.25

The Big Max Breakfast Sandwich: Two eggs, cheddar cheese, black pepper thick bacon, and whole grain mustard spread $5.95

Big Pig Breakfast Sandwich:  Three eggs, black pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, smoked sausage, baked ham, and whole-grain CRD mustard sauce $8.50


Thursday to Sunday  7 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

Known for their cinnamon roll, must-try "Black Pepper Bacon Maple Glaze"

Red Velvet Waffle and Chicken Wings at Kiki's Chicken and Waffle, Soul Food Done Right in Columbia, South Carolina

Kiki's Chicken and Waffles

7001 Parklane Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Kiki's Chicken & Waffle: One original Belgian waffle served with four fried wings or two chicken breasts $16.25 Upgrade to Red Velvet for $2.59

The Chicken Wings & French Toast: Four wings with four French toast triangles, topped with powdered sugar $14.59

Chicken Sandwich:  Fried chicken breast topped with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo on toasted bun served with fries $11.99 Add cheddar cheese $0.79


Monday 11 am - 8pm

Tues - Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday 11 am - 11 pm

Saturday 9:30 am - 11 pm

Sunday 9:30 am - 7 pm

Open For Dine-In Only

Known for their chicken & waffles


Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo is the largest midsize zoo in the United States with over 2000 animals. They also secretly have tucked away one of the nation’s most beautiful gardens. I visited a few years back and I remember how shocked at how good Riverbanks Zoo was, very underrated. The zoo draws about a million visitors a year.

General Admission Rates:

Adult - $21.99

Child (2-12) - $18.99

Senior (62+) $19.99

Parking - $5.00

Elephant having a gentle walk around the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina
Credit: My Own Photo

500 Wildlife Pkwy Columbia, SC 29210


Daily:  9 am - 5 pm


South Carolina State Museum

A great museum to learn about local South Carolina history along with traveling exhibits. The South Carolina State Museum features four floors of permanent exhibits on history, art, natural history, and science. Two current exhibits/shows being featured at the museum is the "Man and the Moon" and "Apollo 16 & Beyond". The Boeing Observatory which is part of the museum usually has special events Tuesday evenings as an added bonus.

General Admission Rates with ONE Show Add-On: (What I Would Do)

Adult - $13.95

Child(3-12) - $11.95

Senior - $12.95

Exterior View of South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, South Carolina

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Monday: Closed

 Tues - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

The First Sunday of the Month is $1 General Admission

Congaree Nation Park

The largest river swamp in the southeastern United States, the Congaree National Park, is very underrated when compared to other parks. Not sure if they still offer free canoe tours with a ranger guide, but if they do, take advantage of it because it was a unique experience. Two best trails to hike at Congaree National Park would be the Boardwalk Loop Trail (2.4 miles) and the Oakridge Trail (6.3 miles). Both trails start at the same parking lot which is convenient.

One of the boardwalks at Congaree National Park outside Columbia, South Carolina

100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061


Open 24 Hrs a Day, 365 Days a Year

Ranger Led Hike: Big Tree Hike - Mach 11 - 1 pm (3 Hrs) - Reservation Required

Columbia Museum of Art

The art museum has an impressive collection of European, American, Asian, and modern and contemporary fine and decorative art. The museum receives more than 150,000 visitors a year. I would be interested in seeing Claude Monet's The Seine at Giverny because I always have an interest in impressionist paintings

General Admission Rates:

Adult - $10.00

Seniors - $8.00

Youth (7-18) - $5

Inside the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina

1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201


Monday: Closed

Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm

All Other Days: 10 am - 5 pm

First Thursday of the Month is FREE Admission


Meatlovers Pizza at Dano's Pizza in Columbia, South Carolina

Dano's Pizza

3008 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205


Monday thru Thurs: 4 pm - 9:30 pm

Fri & Sat: 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday: 12 pm - 9:30 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Meat Lover Pizza: Pepperoni, Sweet Italian Sausage, Smoked Ham, Bacon, and Mozzarella Cheese $20.99 for 14"

Pepperoni Stromboli: Combination of Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese $8.99 for small

Meatball Parm Sub:  Homemade Meatballs, Tomato Sauce and Melted Mozzarello Cheese $9.99

Looking for Fancy, Not Here - Paper Plates Replaces Fine China

Fried Chicken with Crinkle Fries at Bernie's Restaurant

Bernie's Restaurant

1311 Bluff Rd, Columbia, SC 29201

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Bernies Special: Three-Piece Chicken with Fries, Slaw, Roll & Tea $8.25

Family Meal Special: 12 Pieces with 2 Sides and Half a Gallon of Tea $27.50

Homemade Dessert:  Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler, Carrot Cake, or Red Velvet $1.75


Monday thru Fri: 10 am - 8:00 pm

Sat & Sun: Closed

Order Online: No

Best Fried Chicken in Columbia, SC - No Website No Facebook - True Local Establishment

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie with Cinnamon Ice Cream, Only the Best at Sweet Cream Co in Columbia, South Carolina

Sweet Cream Co.

1627 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Fluffer Nutter

  • Cherry Cheesecake

  • Mocha Cinnamon Chip

  • Cantaloupe Sorbet

  • Orange Coriander

  • Blueberry Ginger

  • Cranberry Sorbet

Cookie Sandwich of the Month (Feb)

Chocolate Brownie Cookie with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream & Raspberry Drizzle


Sunday thru Thurs: 1 pm - 9 pm

Fri & Sat: 1 pm - 10 pm

Order Online: No

Best Ice Cream in Columbia, South Carolina

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Hotel Trundle

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina State House, and the University of South Carolina

  • From their Website: "Wrapped in color, creativity, and charm, our 41-room jewel resides inside of three historic buildings combined into one – the first of its kind in all of Downtown Columbia."

  • Nearby Food/Drinks Options: Motor Supply Company Bistro (upscale American eatery), Spotted Salamander Cafe (sandwiches/lunch), and Sweet Cream Company (dessert)

  • Who is this for: Politicians, College Parents, People Who Like Restored Buildings, & Art Lovers

Interior View of Room at Hotel Trundle in Columbia, South Carolina

1224 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Room June 22' - $189

Double Queen Oct 22' - $224

Double Queen Jan 23' - $210

Double Queen May 23' - $204

Their Website Has Zoo Package for Riverbanks Zoo

Aloft Columbia Downtown

  • Located within South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State House, and Colonial Life Arena

  • From their Website: "Celebrate your style at Aloft Columbia Downtown, a hip new hotel in the always-buzzing Congaree Vista."

  • Nearby Food/Drinks Options: Halls Chophouse (steakhouse), Menkoi Ramen House (Japanese ramen), and Cola's Restaurant (upscale tavern)

  • Who is this for: Politicians, Concert Goers, People Who Think They Are Hip, & Museum Learners

View of the Room at Aloft Columbia Downtown, the modern way to stay in Columbia, South Carolina

823 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Room June 22' - $160

King Room Oct 22' - $253

King Room Dec 22' - $115

King Room Dec 22' - $115

King Room May 23' - $173

21 and up fun

The exterior of Hunter-Gatherer Brewery, an old airplane hangar in Columbia, South Carolina

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery/Taproom

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205


Raspberry Sour: Sour - Fruited | 4.0% ABV 

Hazy IPA: IPA - New England/Hazy | 6.5% ABV 

ESB: Extra Special Strong Bitter | 5.2% ABV

Cherry Sour: Sour - Fruited | 4.0% ABV 

Hours (2.22.23):

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Weds & Thursday: 4 pm - 10 pm

Friday: 4 pm - 11 pm

Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm

Sunday: 1 pm - 8 pm

Cool Factor: The location is inside an old airplane hanger

Food Menu is Available

Blueberry Lemonade Ale from Steel Hands Brewing located in the area of Cayce, South Carolina

Steel Hands Brewing

2350 Foreman Street, Cayce, SC 29033


Steel Paws Wheat Ale: American Pale Wheat | 4.7% ABV

Chocolate Raspberry Stout: Stout - Imperial/Double | 8.8% ABV | 25 IBU

Juicy Hazy IPA: Hazy India Pale Ale | 6.0% ABV | 35 IBU 

Pecan Brown Ale: Brown Ale | 5.5% ABV | 25 IBU

Tropical IPA: India Pale Ale | 6.8% ABV | 50 IBU

Blueberry Lemon Sour: Sour - Fruited | 4.5% ABV | 10 IBU

Steel Hands Brewing Tours

Cost: Free

How: Walk-In, First Come, First Served Basis

When: Fridays: 7 pm; Saturday 5 pm, 7 pm

How Long: 30 - 45 Minutes


Monday: Closed

Tues & Weds: 3 pm - 8 pm (Patio Only)

Thursday: 4 pm - 10 pm

Fri & Saturday: Noon - 11 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm

Cool Factor: Charitable Mission, "Steel Paws" = Year-Round Support for Canine Programs

Food Menu is Available (Wed-Sun)

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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