You can’t visit the University of South Carolina without visiting the city we call home. Our city is made for exploration. From delicious food to invigorating activities in an inspiring city, Columbia, South Carolina has something for everyone.

While we can put together a comprehensive list of the great places to visit when you come to Columbia, we’ve made it easy for you. If sport constantly crosses your mind, this guide is for you.


Home team barbecue

You can’t go wrong with a pre- or post-game feast, and what better way to refuel than with some southern favorites. Hometeam BBQ, minutes from campus, is a staple for delicious barbecue comfort food. Best of all, Hometeam is open until midnight, so you have plenty of time to have a meal even if your game is prolonged.

Pelican Snoballs

If you’ve been to Columbia before you know it can get really hot, so you’ll definitely want to find something cool after a sunny game day. Pelican Snoballs is a Gamecock favorite for a cool, icy treat. Plus, there are tons of unique flavor combinations, so you can try something new every time you go!

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Williams-Brice Stadium

If you are a sports fan, you know that the Williams-Brice stadium will be your home away from home. With a total capacity of over 80,000 people, you can “Sandstorm” with all your other Gamecock fans.


Firefly baseball at Segra Park

Another way to explore Columbia sports is to spend a night cheering on the Columbia Fireflies, our minor league baseball team. The team also hosts many themed parties including t-shirt giveaways and parties to bring your puppy!


This is by far one of the most unique restaurants you will come across. In addition to a bar, it is also a bowling alley which hosts live music. So whether you’re interested in listening to local artists or crushing your friends and family at the bowling alley, The Grand has everything you need for a fun night out… and maybe some tacos!

Owens Field Pump Track

For all skateboarders and BMX enthusiasts there is a pump track with many unique features such as bern turns to try out. We would love to see any photos you take on the track!



No one suits match day better than Barefoot. Located just opposite the Greek village, Barefoot offers daytime amenities for everyone. Ranging from uniquely cut Gamecock jerseys, hats and shirts, you’ll walk Williams-Brice in style.

Todd and Moore

As a sports fan, Todd and Moore can easily become your happy place. As a small sporting goods store, you can enjoy amazingly personalized service in a local and fun environment. Fun fact, Todd and Moore have been in business since 1944!

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Frisbee on the horseshoe

An easy way to spend an afternoon and meet new people is to play Frisbee on the Horseshoe. There is more than enough green space to enjoy a sunny day in Columbia, and it’s nearly impossible not to find other students who also enjoy playing Frisbee.

Cycling in Colombia

Are you looking for a fun way to explore our city? Grab your bike and get ready to ride! Biking is a great way to explore our campus, the city of Columbia, and many local parks. And since we typically have over 217 sunny days a year, you will more than likely have perfect weather for biking.


Columbia Graduate Hotel

You need to book the perfect place to stay when visiting Columbia – the Graduate Columbia Hotel is exactly that! Just steps from the Horseshoe, this hotel is in the heart of the city. It is bursting with southern charm and offers unique and comfortable rooms and amenities such as wi-fi. Don’t forget to take a look at the cute little cafe just inside the hotel.