Things To Do
You'll find dozens of ways to spend a day in the beautiful area that surrounds our Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. Enjoy excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment; all within walking distance at Columbiana Centre Mall. Our hotel is near the University of South Carolina, too; a perfect home base for campus visits or trips to Williams-Brice Stadium to cheer on the Gamecocks. Spend a sunny afternoon (or two) water skiing, swimming, boating and fishing at Lake Murray, just four miles away. Explore Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens, with its wonderful assortment of animals and exotic plants. Visit the nearby state capitol building. Bring the family to EdVenture, a premier children's museum with over 350 individual hands-on exhibits to help children learn about the world around them. Or visit one of our many museums and performing arts centers. Whether you’re here to enjoy sun-drenched afternoons at Lake Murray or visit the nearby University of South Carolina, few Columbia, South Carolina hotels will do more to help you make the most of your trip. Reserve your room today at our Hilton Garden Inn, and be sure to ask us for some tips on enjoying the fun our scenic town has in store for you.
While you're in Town
In And Around Town
Enjoy a variety of water sports that take place everyday on nearby Lake Murray.
Harbison State Forest
Explore the great outdoors at the Harbison State Forest, close to our hotel.
Take a short drive down I-26 and explore downtown Columbia, home to the state capitol and USC.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Explore Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden, a world famous zoo, perfect for the whole family.
Congaree Vista District
While you're in downtown Columbia, SC, be sure to check out the Congaree Vista District.
A fan of kayaking? Take a kayaking tour down the Congaree River that flows through Columbia.
University South Carolina
Take a tour of the historic University of South Carolina located in downtown Columbia.
USC Gamecocks Football
Catch a USC Gamecocks football game in the fall from the convenience of our hotel.
Visit where the South Carolina state assembly meets at the South Carolina Statehouse.
SC Governor's Mansion
Generations of South Carolina Governors and their families have lived at this beautiful mansion.
Downtown Columbia, SC is home to a number of historic house, ready to be toured.
SC State Museum
At the South Carolina State Museum, explore South Carolina and Columbia history.