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Carolina In Your Mind

The Tigers, Gamecocks and ESPN are meeting up in Columbia, South Carolina.

Columbia, South Carolina, population 133,358, has been home to the University of South Carolina since 1801.

Columbia, South Carolina, population 133,358, has been home to the University of South Carolina since 1801.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks visited Missouri Oct. 26, 2013, rallying from a 17‐point deficit to beat Mizzou 27–24 in double overtime. Although Missouri ultimately won the SEC East, the Homecoming loss still sticks in the Tigers’ craws — or at least it would if the striped predators had craws like their feathered football foes 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Columbia, South Carolina.

If you’re making the trip to the “Famously Hot” host city, be sure to visit the Tiger Tailgate at South Carolina hosted by the Mizzou Alumni Association.

As for the remainder of your time in Cola, as the locals call it, here are some sights our friends at Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism say Tiger fans shouldn’t miss.
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Things to Do and Places to Visit in Columbia, South Carolina:

1. Check out the local barbecue. Go hog wild at the Southern Belly BBQ and Palmetto Pig. The Rockaway Athletic Club and Pawleys Front Porch serve expertly crafted burgers with unique Southern flair.

South Carolinians love their barbecue, and there is plenty to choose from in Columbia.

South Carolinians love their barbecue, and there is plenty to choose from in Columbia.

2. Columbia has top‐notch farm‐to‐table and farm‐to‐shaker restaurants and bars. The Oak Table, Terra and Motor Supply Co. Bistro offer fresh, locally sourced dishes.

3. Columbia is home to the 2 Fat 2 Fly food truck, which was featured on Oprah’s OWN Network.

4. The craft beer scene in Columbia includes Conquest Brewing Co., River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co., all located in close proximity to Williams‐Brice Stadium, and the first three are available as tailgating locations. Quench your thirst with an ice‐cold pint and get ready for game time.

5. Ready for outdoor adventure? Columbia sits at the convergence of three rivers and boasts a temperate climate. Stick around and spend the day after the game kayaking or tubing on the Broad, Saluda or Congaree rivers; hiking in Congaree National Park; or sailing the beautiful waters of Lake Murray.

The Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers converge in Columbia.

The Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers converge in Columbia.

6. Public displays of art can be found along Main Street and throughout the city, adding to the regional aesthetic.

7. Columbia is also home to the only nonprofit art house theatre in the state, The Nickelodeon, which hosts the annual Indie Grits Film Festival.

8. Columbia is the nation’s second planned city, which means that history abounds. Take in a free tour of the South Carolina State House or check out one of Historic Columbia’s properties, such as the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and the Robert Mills House & Gardens.

9. Visit the South Carolina State Museum, which just completed a $23 million “Windows to New Worlds” expansion that includes a 55‐foot digital planetarium dome and theater, an online observatory, a 4‐D multisensory theatre and an outdoor telescope‐viewing terrace.

10. Shop for fresh, local produce and products to take home with you at Soda City Market, an exciting downtown farmers market that takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and swing by Nest, the market’s brick‐and‐mortar location full of dazzling goods and fascinating finds.