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Address: 930 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201-2313
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Downtown Cola park

Can be a nice place to hang out on a sunny day. Sometimes a large homeless presence though. They also host festivals and fairs in the park occasionally.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 July 2015
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West Orange, New Jersey
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Come for 2 minutes to see the view of the city from the fountain, then go. Made the mistake of walking around for a few minutes. Found a playground with so-so equipment. Was not comfortable with the crowd - too many seedy-looking folks without kids hanging around for some unknown reason. And as I was watching my daughter on the... More 

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1 Thank SGM68
South Carolina
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111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Whether you are visiting Columbia or live here, make sure to stop by this beautiful park in the city. It offers views of the city from the famous water fountain. Parking is decent, enough trails to run on around the park, endless space for picnics, and FREE!

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Pineville, Louisiana
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Gorgeous fountain, nice walking trail, great venue for music and other festivals held in the park. Watch where you o and kept a weather eye out for the local undesirables. this is, after all, a park in a downtown and if you are an experienced traveler, you know what downtowns hold in store for the unwary.

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North Augusta
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

It is everything the website pictures show it to be! Beautiful water cascades and vibrant beautifully green elephant ears! Shade over swings and beautifully green manicured lawn and you see people on blankets relaxed and just enjoying the day!!

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2 Thank Angelina S
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Homeless sleeping on benches at all the entrances. Felt very unsafe, left not recommended for families!

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2 Thank 585khb
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Finlay Park is a great place to relax. It offers a spectacular waterfall in the park with a river that winds down a multiple layer canal. The park has some of the best views of the city and plenty of sidewalk to run or walk. There is also lots of green grass to picnic or play games. Lots of events... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Can be a nice place to hang out on a sunny day. Sometimes a large homeless presence though. They also host festivals and fairs in the park occasionally.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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336 reviews
96 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Great place for a break from downtown Columbia. Lots of steps, Great fountain and nice areas to sit and reflect.

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Albuquerque
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

This is a beautiful park. Loved the water falls and how this park was designed. The park was well kept, very clean and I felt safe. Its seems like it was at the heart of the city but still hardly any people visiting the park as I would assume they would to just have lunch. Nice place for back ground... More 

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1 Thank Andrea M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

This is a beautiful park in a great location downtown. The vistas here in the evening are amazing. But there are a lot of homeless people that litter the park and make it feel unsafe, typical of a metropolitan downtown area, I guess...and the gorgeous fountain needs an overhaul. There is a lot of undergrowth in it making it smell... More 

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