Famously Hot! Whether it’s a touch of nostalgia for the past that tugs on your sleeves, an artistic drive to experience some culture, the need for a little greenery, or the call of personal adventure, hundreds of experiences await you in Columbia. Columbia is South Carolina’s capital and home to the University of South Carolina. Along Columbia’s downtown avenues are historic sites, museums, galleries, music venues, theaters and shops. Columbia’s three rivers, lake, canal, national park and several city parks offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Among the kid-pleasing destinations are the Riverbanks Zoo and the largest children’s museum in the south.