Add some adventure to your college years at USC by exploring the great city of Columbia! Whether needing a break from studying or looking for something fun to do with downtime on the weekends, you’ll enjoy this list of interesting things to do in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tour the South Carolina State House

Your university is not the only place where you can learn new things. Discover the rich historical legacy of the state by visiting the South Carolina State House. Marvel at the monuments, portraits, plaques, and artwork in the house and on the grounds of the Capitol Complex. These collections are a timeless memorial to the people and events that shaped the history of the state and the country. You also can go on a self-guided tour or join a guided tour for free.

Spend Time with Animals at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Grab the chance to meet animals from all over the world at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America. Swing by the farm, birdhouse, and reptile complex to see various species of animals, and relax at the Botanical Garden to release your cares away. This lush garden also features the Waterfall Junction, Asian Garden, and Walled Garden.

Visit the South Carolina State Fair

Have an adventure at the South Carolina State Fair with your college buddies. Hop on exciting rides, visit the Heritage Village, and participate in arts and crafts activities. You can even join competitions on agriculture, flowers, livestock, and other categories. Aside from having fun, you can also help fund scholarships for South Carolina students by attending the fair — the nonprofit organization that hosts the fair has donated more than $4 million worth of scholarships in the state since 1997.

Watch a Play at the Trustus Theatre

Discover Broadway and off-Broadway plays at the Trustus Theatre with plenty of options on the main stage and late-night offerings. The Trustus Ensemble encourages cultural appreciation through its thought-provoking productions at this cutting-edge theater with dynamic storytelling and creative designs. Grab some tasty popcorn, lean back on the comfortable swivel rocking chairs, and enjoy the show!

Unwind at Finlay Park

Hang out at Finlay Park to unwind after your college classes. Jog or stroll along the double-loop walking trails where you’ll encounter waterfalls, fountains, and a pond. Refresh yourself with a snack as you sit on one of the benches or grassy sections of the park. You can bring your furry friends to the park, too, as long as your pet is wearing a leash.