Right in the heart of South Carolina is the capital city of Columbia. Columbia has so much educational value to offer students within South Carolina schools. Visiting Columbia presents the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled day trip that also facilitates the learning process by introducing students to a hands-on experience of history, culture, government and more! Additionally, most teachers will find that the stops along the way fit right into the curriculum that is required for their students. Continue reading to find out more about what Columbia has to offer!
One of the most popular destinations is the SC State House and Grounds, where students will learn about how the South Carolina State Legislature functions on a daily basis. Upon entering the SC State House, students will view a short film on the history and architecture of the building. Following the video, students will be taken on a guided tour through the State House halls, which feature beautiful architectural achievements including pink marble floors, Georgian marble walls, granite columns and arched ceilings. Once outside the Statehouse, the students may participate in a scavenger hunt on the Statehouse Grounds, which includes the six bronze stars where the Statehouse was hit by cannonballs during the Civil War.
Following a visit to the Statehouse, students may have an opportunity to drive by the Governor’s Mansion. Built in 1855, this mansion has been home to more than 30 governors of South Carolina. What began as a residence for officers of the Arsenal Military Academy, the Governor’s Mansion is now much more than a home, housing precious silver and china as well as art, furniture, and historical documents. The Mansion is also the official host of many visiting dignitaries to South Carolina. Overall, the Governor’s Mansion has a rich history for students to explore.
One of the jewels that can be found in Columbia is the South Carolina State Museum, which features four floors of exhibitions including cultural and natural history, science and technology, and South Carolina art.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers an exciting animal adventure from the African Plains to the Riverbanks Farm. The Zoo features a large array of animals from large mammals such as lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), to Australian favorites such as koalas and kangaroos, to exotic birds like the toucan and the rockhopper penguin. Riverbanks also holds 70 acres of beautiful themed botanical gardens to marvel at and explore. Whether you visit the asian garden, the old rose garden, the woodland walk, or one of the many other astounding gardens that Riverbanks has to offer, there is always something new to enjoy.
If students haven’t had enough of the outdoors, another destination option would be to visit the Congaree National Park. According to the National Park Service Website, the Congaree National Park is “the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.”
The Congaree National Park can be explored by canoe or by following one of the nature walks. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk for you to enjoy. While in the park, you may see a variety of birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and of course, trees! A trip to this park will provide an experience that will live on in the memories of students for years to come.
With so much to do and see in Columbia, it is not surprising that so many teachers choose to visit this capital city that is full of surprises. Students will be sure to enjoy all that Columbia has to offer. They will learn many valuable lessons by being able to interact with their surroundings and explore their environment in a hands-on way. If you are interested in booking a trip to Columbia, please give us a call at (864) 834-5604. At Blue Ridge Tours we always strive to provide the best trips possible. We hope to see you in Columbia soon!