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Family-friendly things to do in Columbia

A man and a woman pose with Cocky and Cocky's parents.

We invite you to celebrate Gamecock traditions firsthand, experience popular places on and around campus, and see all that the University of South Carolina has to offer.  

Snap memories around campus. 

  • Missed the real Cocky? Grab a photo with the Cocky statue located off Greene Street near the Russell House.
  • Fountain at Thomas Cooper Library, one of the most iconic views on campus
  • A’ja Wilson statue, honoring the Gamecocks’ all-time leading scorer and WNBA champion
  • Maxcy Monument, a memorial to USC’s first president, on the Horseshoe
  • South Caroliniana Library, the oldest freestanding collegiate library in the United States, which is set to reopen in October 

The city of Columbia also offers a wealth of family-friendly things to do that are steps away from campus.

  • The Soda City Market is open on Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street. Shop local or grab a bite to eat along blocks lined with vendors, artisans and food trucks.      
  • Take a quick drive to the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheatre to experience the city's natural beauty. The riverwalk is a paved path that winds along the banks of the Congaree River.
  • Dive into history with a free visit to the State House from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Visitors can tour at their own pace using brochures, or they can take guided tours.  
  • If you can’t make it to the State House, come explore the McKissick Museum on the Horseshoe instead. The second-floor galleries hold hidden gems of Southern history.  
  • Schedule a tour of the Anne Frank Center at USC. The university is the official partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and is the only partner site in North America. Advance registration is required.  
  • Check out the current exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art. Constantine Manos: A Greek Portfolio captures the everyday lives of villagers in Greece in the 1960s. Bonus: Manos is a USC alumnus.  
  • Cheer on the Gamecocks! In addition to the football game vs. Mississippi State, men’s and women’s soccer will be competing in Stone Stadium this weekend.