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3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com

Making a move to a new city or state can be as daunting as it is exhilarating. After all, you already know all the best stuff about your current home, but now you’ve got a clean slate to fill up with experiences in your new location! So whether you’re moving to South Carolina or simply taking a few days off in Columbia, we think there are a handful of things you should know—and we aren’t talking facts and figures, but the really good stuff!

1. Gold is the New BBQ

bbq pork and sides from sweatman's bbq

BBQ pulled pork and sides from Sweatman’s BBQ. Photo by Charleston’s The Digitel.

It’s no shock that Columbia is home to some amazing southern barbecue. But what might surprise foodies more familiar with Kansas City’s thick, sweet sauce, or Memphis’ patented dry rub and tangy sauce combo, or anything that comes out of Texas, is the fact that South Carolina’s signature sauce is bright yellow.

The sauce is mustard-based, rather than the more traditional ketchup base, and the balancing sweetness comes from cane sugar rather than molasses. Often called Columbia Gold or Carolina Gold, this sauce is really only found in a swath of central South Carolina, including Columbia. Carolina Gold is most often served on pork of any variety, but it’s at its best on a pulled pork sandwich.

For true Columbia ‘cue, locals point to Little Pigs Barbecue, Maurice’s Piggie Park, and Hite’s Bar-B-Que but those are only a few of the many, and there’s really no way to go wrong!

2. No Pro, No Problem

Clemson University football field

USC Gamecocks take on the Clemson Tigers for a rivalrous game. Photo by Jason A G.

Sorry, sports fans, but South Carolina is home to zero major professional franchises. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no game in Columbia! With some of the best golf courses in the country right in South Carolina, why bother watching other people play? Get your own game on! If golf isn’t your speed, though, there are plenty of reasons to cheer for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (or nearby Clemson, if you’re looking to stir up trouble).

Between football, basketball, rugby, soccer, and baseball, you’ll be covered year-round for great collegiate competition. There’s minor league action in Columbia, too, in the form of the Palmetto State Rizers basketball team. Plus, if you really need it, only 90 minutes in the car will get you to Bank of America stadium to see the Carolina Panthers play or Time Warner Cable Arena for a Charlotte Hornets game.

3. Get Out!

water fountain in finlay park

Finlay Park’s beautiful water fountain and view of downtown Columbia. Photo by Scott Oves.

Outside, that is! Columbia is home to high temperatures, and while that can be nice during snow storms up North, summers in the South are hot and humid. That said, the people of Columbia don’t let that stand in the way of enjoying the gorgeous place they call home. Columbia has three rivers, as well as Lake Murray, which are perfect for boating, kayaking, or canoeing—it’s easy to do when you can rent all the equipment you need! Cabin rentals and campgrounds make it easy to spend a long weekend unwinding.

Even if you only have an afternoon, there are plenty of ways to soak up the sun. There’s the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, and a number of Columbia parks with built-in water activities like splash pads and spray pools; Drew Park is favorite, but there are a lot to choose from. Also, many attractions in the downtown area, like Finlay Park, make a walk in the city a beautiful experience.

There’s no way to name all the points of interest in Columbia in only three entries, but here’s a good start if you have a weekend visit or a move to Columbia in the works. If you’re relocating, don’t forget to reserve your Columbia self storage unit before you move. Not only will self storage make the moving process easier, but after you store your stuff, you can get out and explore your new locale!

What’s your favorite part of life in Columbia? Let us know in the comments!