Students walking on Main Street in Columbia.

A Gamecock's guide to fall break

As the calendar flips to October, you may be pondering what to do for fall break. Here are a few options for staying in town, making a day trip or venturing out further for a road trip. 

The city of Columbia offers many attractions if you’re looking to save some cash and stay close. One of the more popular attractions in the Capital City is Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, a 170-acre zoo, aquarium and botanical garden.

Also check out Congaree National Park where visitors can hike, camp, canoe, kayak and fish.

Day Trip
Nearby cities less than two hours away are holding many festivals for tourists to visit. Greenville is holding the 40th annual Bank of America Fall for Greenville festival on Oct. 8-10 with lots of food and live music. 

You can also cross the state line and head to Charlotte where the city is holding the Circle K Speed Street festival Oct. 7-9. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways and interactive displays.

If you want to get out in nature, check out the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville or Myrtle Beach State Park. For outdoor shopping, check out the Historic Charleston City Market.

Road Trip
The ultimate road trip is to follow the Gamecock football team to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Oct. 9 game against the Volunteers. 

If sports aren’t your thing, the city of Atlanta has many attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. Atlanta is also hosting the ONE MusicFest on Oct. 9-10.

No matter what you choose to do with your time off, be sure to have fun, recharge and stay safe. 

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