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Visit Guide Series: The Environmentalist

From the best local food joints to beautiful sunset views, there's always an adventure waiting for you in our city. We've complied a list of some of our favorite spots for you to check out when you visit Columbia, South Carolina.

You can’t visit the University of South Carolina without visiting the city that we call home. Our city is made for exploration. From delicious food to invigorating activities in a city that inspires, Columbia, South Carolina has something for everyone.

While we could make an entire list of noteworthy places to visit when you come to Columbia, we’ve made it a little easier for you. This one is for our Gamecocks who strive to make the world a cleaner, brighter place. Here is a list of environmentally friendly things to do and see when you visit.


Pawley’s Front Porch

A local favorite, Pawley’s Front Porch serves unique burgers, wraps and salads. Featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Pawley’s has a wide variety of options to keep you fueled for your adventures.

East Bay Deli

Looking for something fresh to put a little pep in your step? East Bay Deli is the place to go! Located outside The Hub, a popular off-campus student apartment option right on Main Street, you can enjoy a healthy lunch and be ready for the rest of your day.

Jason’s Deli

Another great deli choice. Located in The Vista, you can enjoy great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Along with the deli’s traditional options, it hosts a great salad bar, so you create your perfect salad combination.

Campus Spot

Green Quad Garden

Whenever you need a breath of fresh air, there is no better place than the Green Quad Garden. It is the perfect quiet space to relax and enjoy nature on our campus.


Visit City Roots

Are you interested in sustainable farming? City Roots, our local organic farm not only sells organic microgreens but also has tours of its grounds. Their microgreens are incredibly popular and can also be found in local grocery stores. It’s pretty cool to see where your greens come from, right?

Visit the Botanical Garden

For anyone with a green thumb, the Riverbanks Botanical Garden is a great way to spend an afternoon. Stroll through the multitude of gardens that are hailed by HGTV as one of 20 great public gardens in the United States. During your trip, you’ll see over 4,200 plant species!



If thrifting is your jam, you’ll love Revente. Regarded as Columbia’s #1 consignment shop, Revente has great style options for those who want to shop sustainably. The owners even take trips to New York to find new styles and products and bring them back to Columbia!

Gardener’s Outpost

Gardener’s Outpost is a locally owned gardening shop that is dedicated to sustainable practices. You can find any plant, soil and gardening equipment needed to lighten up your space.

Grow Antiques

On the hunt for some unique décor? Grow Antiques has you covered. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can peruse their fun and quirky furniture, antiques and vintage collectibles for some great finds.

Free Options

Hiking the Sesquicentennial Park or Congaree National Park

Columbia may be a capital city, but there are plenty of woodlands and green spaces to explore. Sesquicentennial (yes, we know it’s a long name) Park and the Congaree National Park are two great places to hike or simply explore with friends and family.


Graduate Columbia Hotel

You have to book the perfect place to stay when you visit Columbia – the Graduate Columbia Hotel is just that! Just steps from the Horseshoe, this hotel is in the heart of the city. It is filled with southern charm offering unique, cozy rooms and amenities such as wi-fi. Be sure to check out the cute little café right within the hotel.  

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