Columbia With Kids: The Vista and the Carolina Stadium

Over the weekend, we headed out of town to Columbia, SC for a quick weekend getaway as a guest of Columbia CVB.

Quick Drive From Atlanta to Columbia

We packed up our carry-on and loaded up on audio books and headed out of Atlanta on Friday evening.

The road trip was fairly uneventful. I guess my kids are used to a long drive now after a trip to Washington DC last Spring Break and Orlando in Summer.

We made a quick stop at the South Carolina Visitor Center on I-85. I love to stop by Visitor Center along the interstate because you can walk around, stretch your legs and gather information about our destination.

It took about 4 hours drive from our house to arrive at the Embassy Suite Columbia where we would be staying for the next couple days.

After checking in, we let the kids relax and swam in the indoor pool. That’s one of the great amenity we try to look for when staying in a hotel. An indoor pool provides a great fun without hassle for family travel. We then headed out to downtown area for dinner and a ball game.

Checking out the Vista in Columbia

Our first impression as we drove into the Vista area was that the town looks very old and run down.. BUT upon closer look, we realized that it wasn’t run down but actually it was the historic building that has been converted to business.

The Vista area was once a bustling cotton warehouse district and commercial railroad terminal. Today, the Vista is a main attraction for music, restaurants, shops and entertainment for Columbia.

I love that the city doesn’t just demolish old building but try to preserve and work with what they have. It’s a great area to walk around checking out businesses that are located in old building. This Publix Supermarket is in the  historic South Carolina State Dispensary warehouse.

There are many options for dinning ranging from fast food like McDonald to upscale and popular places like the Motor Supply Co. Our pick for that day though was rather disappointed and I will be writing about that in later post.

Brand Spanking New Ball Park

After dinner, we headed to Carolina Stadium for a college baseball game. The Carolina Stadium is a fairly new baseball stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks. It was not a big stadium by any mean but I think that’s what makes it a great choice for family with kids. I don’t think there will be any bad seats in the stadium that you can’t fully enjoy the game.

Mr. Z enjoyed watching the game and managed to stay in his seat for a full hour! That’s a lot longer than any ball games we have ever been in the past. But I knew that we had a long day with all the traveling and swimming. So we headed out after we saw a homerun by the home team. It was a great first night in Columbia.

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Disclosure: We were hosted by Columbia CVB for an all-expense paid trip to visit Columbia. However, this post is based solely on my experience and my opinion without any outside influence.

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  1. So my little baseball obsessed little guy would love this. And anything named after me is tops in my book :)

  2. I love the fact that the Publix is in that building. How cool! College and minor league baseball is a great way to experience the game!

  3. I love that picture of the supermarket in the old building – how cool that they are preserving the architecture.

    We have a small minor league stadium like that near our house and it’s a great place to take younger kids to see a game – they can really follow what’s going on.

  4. Aw, now I’m hoping I can take a side trip from North Carolina after theType A Mom conference next Fall. Glad your kids had such a fun time!

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