Hiding in plain sight in the heart of South Carolina’s Capital City is a little known oasis the natives know as the Columbia Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal.
It's located at the end of Laurel Street and winds all the way over to Gervais Street, ending up behind the EdVenture Children's Museum.
For South Carolinians not so familiar with Columbia, this hidden gem offers so much in the way of FREE things to do that it's almost unbelievable.
History buffs will love the story behind the Canal, built in various stages beginning in 1824.
And also enjoy seeing the old hydro power plant that's still used by the City of Columbia.
But perhaps the crown jewel of the park is simply the outdoorscape and boundless opportunities to enjoy being out of doors.
The park has many bridges...
...and gorgeous walkways.
Of course, with so much water all around you'll be tempted to find ways to enjoy it. Kayaking is a good option.
In addition, walking is always a great choice. Fishing, birding, and hiking are good too. Plus the park has some off-road bike trails to explore. And the views are spectacular.
Whatever your sport (or non-sport) of choice, you'll find it in plentiful measure at Columbia's Riverfront Park and Historic Canal.
Have you been to this great oasis in downtown Columbia? Did you know it was hiding in plain sight? We’d love to know in our comments.