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Harnessing the equine expertise of two renowned members of the Professional Horsemen's Association, Caughman Farms advances students of all skill levels in both English and Western riding styles. The content and length of each lesson will depend on the student's individual experience, rate of improvement, and collection of tasseled chaps, but all pupils will learn the basics of horse care, cleaning, and equipment. The mild-mannered canter of a retired juvenile competition horse permits fledgling steed steerers a large margin of error and level of comfort. Two instructors accompany small children to ensure each tyke's safety and feeling of security while instilling the important life lesson that all good things come in stereo. Leaving behind the small, covered beginner area, more advanced equestrians can gallivant around the spacious indoor arena atop a homebred stallion.

10151 Garners Ferry Rd
Eastover,
SC
US

Though built in 1893 to manufacture textiles, the Columbia Mills’ storied stone halls now weave tapestries of knowledge with exhibits on everything from lasers and space travel to South Carolina's role in the Civil War. Boasting accolades by Columbia Metropolitan magazine and the Smithsonian, South Carolina State Museum devotes each of its four floors and part of its fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology represented by more than 70,000 artifacts.

Through a series of permanent exhibits, curators lead visitors on a cultural and geological voyage. Guests stroll through years of traditional and contemporary art by state artists, marvel at a 43-foot white shark display and full dinosaur skeletons, or cast imaginations back in exhibits on turn-of-the-century transportation, laser technology, and aviation. The museum also excavates the surrounding landscape to present 14,000 years of local culture in Native American tools and colonial-era lifestyle items.

Five galleries also house changing exhibits featuring assemblages of artifacts from Civil War–era Charleston or 300 years of American-made telescopes, each carefully monitored to ensure they contain just the right amount of science. While museum staffers frequently rotate their exhibits, they also host traveling displays and send others on the road through the Traveling Exhibits Program. Various education displays such as interactive children's labs, living-history reenactments, and lectures from visiting scholars further enrich all-ages visitors.

301 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

Property Location
With a stay at Baymont Inn and Suites Columbia Northwest in Columbia, you'll be in the business district and close to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This hotel is within the vicinity of Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Finley Park.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 149 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-panel televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and down comforters. Rooms have private balconies or patios where you can take in pool and courtyard views. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÂ’t miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a spa tub, a 24-hour fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.

Dining
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Baymont Inn and Suites Columbia Northwest, or stop in at a grocery/convenience store. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and a computer station. Planning an event in Columbia? This hotel has 1010 square feet (94 square meters) of space consisting of small meeting rooms and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).

347 Zimalcrest Drive
Columbia,
SC
US

Property Location
With a stay at The Whitney Hotel in Columbia, you'll be convenient to Allen University and University of South Carolina. This hotel is within close proximity of University of South Carolina and South Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 74 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers and stovetops. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include complimentary newspapers and separate sitting areas, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a seasonal outdoor pool, or other amenities including wedding services and a television in the lobby. Additional features include tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills, and complimentary use of a nearby fitness facility. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.

Dining
Take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Columbia? This hotel has 700 square feet (65 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.

700 Woodrow Street
Columbia,
SC
US

Property Location
With a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC in Columbia, you'll be minutes from Carolina Coliseum and University of South Carolina. This hotel is within close proximity of Colonial Life Arena and Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 189 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and pay movies provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include complimentary newspapers and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as a fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.

630 Assembly Street
Columbia,
SC
US

When visitors step into one of the South's largest children's museums, there's one thought that commonly crosses their minds: That's a big kid. Waiting to greet them is a 40-foot-tall statue of EDDIE, a reinforced, molded-plastic boy who weighs 17.6 tons and—like almost everything at EdVenture Children's Museum—is ready for kids to explore. After they've climbed inside his heart, up to his brain, and slid down his intestines—all while learning about their own bodies—kids race to explore the rest of the museum's more than 350 hands-on activities contained within nine exhibit galleries. As a testament to its attractions, EdVenture Children's Museum received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an honor given to only 10 libraries and museums in the nation.

Past Eddie, EdVenture’s permanent exhibits include the World of Work, where kids climb aboard a John Deere tractor, take the helm of a 24-foot fire truck, and learn the value of money by spending Eddie Bucks on groceries or flooding the market to undermine the local economy. At the Aha Factory, wee ones recycle everyday items into paper snowflakes, pipe-cleaner butterflies, and glitter-encrusted egg cartons. Children 3 and younger, meanwhile, can explore the My Backyard exhibit, an age-appropriate haven of soft surfaces.

211 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US