The perfect staycation

Unique ways to spend your day off in Columbia

Tomorrow is Labor Day and although there’s no class, you’ll still have plenty to do right here at home. We’ve compiled some ideas to spice up your free time and make your day off in Columbia the best one yet.

Columbia’s newest hit is anything but ordinary with Craft Axe Throwing, located on Gervais Sreet. You and four friends can reserve a lane, take aim and throw axes at a wooden target. Your hour includes an axe-throwing lesson for newcomers, so there’s no reason to feel intimidated. Talk about a stress reliever.

For the thrill-seeker, Escapology challenges your teamwork, patience and problem-solving skills as you try to navigate yourself out of an escape room. To do so, you will be given one of seven narratives filled with clues to help you escape before the clock runs out. Look online to pick your level of difficulty and book your session. Don’t worry, although it may be dark, nothing will jump out and scare you.

Next, get outside with Carolina Outdoor Adventures. You can go on guided kayaking and geocaching trips on the Congaree River, Dreher Island State Park, Cedar Creek and Lake Murray. There is a Labor Day trip scheduled for 10 a.m.  

You may have been to the Riverbanks Zoo, but have you seen the “Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit? Going on until Halloween, a $5 ticket will send you on a trip to prehistoric times where you can find massive dinosaurs all over the park and learn about the supercontinent of Pangea.

The Columbia Museum of Art always has a reason for you to go back and see new exhibitions that have arrived in Soda City. From modern and interactive art to classics from Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh, you are always in for a surprise when you step through those doors.

Just because classes have started, that doesn’t mean summer is over just yet. Soak up some sun and hang out by the Strom outdoor pool anytime from 12-8 p.m. Grab a towel and some friends and spend the day relaxing by the pool.

Finally, head to the Mad Platter to make your own ceramics, glass fusing or wooden plaque in Columbia’s first fired arts studio. Reservations aren’t required, so it’s a good last-minute activity that can cost as little as $3.

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