Fun and Games in the Soda City

By:Kerry Egan

Date:12/11/2015

Columbia offers a wide range of recreational activities and sporting events. While Columbia loves the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, there is even more to do and see and experience. There's always something to do in the Capital City.

Sporting Events

Go Cocks! University of South Carolina Gamecocks

The University of South Carolina's Division I sports teams, the Gamecocks, offer almost year-round excitement and thrills for their fans and visiting rivals alike. Check out a game and you'll agree: It's great to be a Gamecock!

Football

Games are played at Williams Brice Stadium, out by the [b]South Carolina State Fairgrounds[/b]. Get there early to do a little tailgating, and definitely wear your garnet and black. It’s the most fun you can have on a beautiful fall day in Columbia. Tickets are hard to get for some games but available for others.

Basketball

The women's basketball team, under the leadership of Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, are a national powerhouse, and the men's team gets better each year. They play at Colonial Life Arena.

Baseball

The Gamecocks have been one of the best collegiate baseball teams in the nation for years, with a slew of titles and championships. They play at Carolina Stadium. Don't miss the two -- that's right, two -- NCAA championship trophies on display just inside the main gate.

While football, basketball and baseball might be the most popular sports, there are lots of other teams to cheer on. In fact, there are almost two dozen men's and women's teams at USC. Buy tickets for all sports here: University of South Carolina Sports Tickets. Wear your garnet and black, and go Cocks!

Columbia Fireflies

Columbia's new minor league baseball team is the Fireflies, named after the amazing synchronized fireflies that light up Congaree Swamp. The New York Mets affiliate will be playing at Spirit Communications Park, in the redeveloped Bull Street Commons project.

Lexington Blowfish

Just a short drive outside of Columbia, you'll find the Lexington Blowfish , a collegiate summer league team, made up of talented college players. They play at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Swimming

When it's a famously hot day in Columbia, go swimming. If you love pools, check out Maxcy Gregg Park's Olympic-sized outdoor public swimming pool. If you prefer lake swimming, then head out to Lake Murray. Just south of the dam, the SCE&G Recreation Area South has a wide beach for swimming. Bring water shoes, though, because the lakebed is rocky.

Scootaways

Is there anything more fun than a moped? Not even a golf cart is as much fun as zipping around town on a scooter with the wind on your face on a bright, sunny day. It's all the fun of riding a bike without any of the work. Scootaway is a company that lets visitors (and residents) rent scooters for $2.99 per half hour. Pick them up at any one of several locations all throughout downtown and the USC campus, and then drop them off at any other location (find Scootaway stations using their app). The brainchild of a USC grad who won funding on the television show "Shark Tank," Scootaway was founded in Columbia.

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