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Finlay Park, Columbia

Categories: Nature & Parks
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1.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Finlay Park, at 14 acres, is the largest and most visited park in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The park opened in 1991. Initially named Sidney Park, it was renamed after a former Columbia mayor Kirkman Finlay. In the park there is a scenic waterfall along with cascading mountain type stream falling to the park lake. There are picnic tables, two playground areas and a cafe. The park is a favorite for families. Outdoor movies are played on Friday nights during the summer months.

The park is also host to numerous events and festivals, including the Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series. The free outdoor concerts run for 13 weeks beginning May 24th and include blues, beach, classical, contemporary/top 40, country, bluegrass, reggae and more. Admission is free and picnics are welcomed.
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  • We visited this "famous" park in the morning. The fountain/falls were not working. The lake was full of some type of water plant growth choking the fish. Dead fish floating all around the edge of the ...  read more »
  • Too bad city leaders let this place get so bad. Fountain is not working. Bums sleeping on benches etc. 
  • Went here with my pre-school class, the children really enjoyed them selfs, we had a picnic there, the children play ball and ran around , very nice place to visit 
  • I think it is great the city put this here. We love the sprawling layout, pretty unique in Cola. Of course, the park needs playground updates. And is that restaurant ever open? And I wouldn't go there (anymore) at night. Otherwise, five stars.
  • When I first moved here, saw Hootie and the Blowfish at Mayfest. Now, trashcans overflowing, homeless panhandling, lack of security. Will not return. One day some thug walked up and accused me of taking a picture of his girlfriend. Told him to chill and go take his medication.
  • When I was a little girl this park used to be amazing! Now it's nothing but a homeless camp ground. My Son's school picnicked here after a visit to the zoo and there were homeless people everywhere! We sat under the covered area near the bathrooms and there was a freaking shaving razor head right in the midst of the kids eating. Needless to say I am DISGUSTED with how the city of Columbia has allowed this. DO NOT VISIT THIS PARK AT ALL IT IS NO LONGER A PARK AT ALL!!!!!!! Also there were at least 20 herby curby's and the park wreaked of TRASH!!!! Just not a good vibe at all there God only knows what else was there!!!!!
  • Crap hole, won't be coming back ever. People dealing drugs in the park right across from the governor's mansion. My kid's, wife and I were approached several times by people aggressively pushing drugs and wanting handouts. I don't mind helping but they got quite angry when I said I didn't have cash. Don't go, you won't feel safe.
  • Finlay Park is an otherwise beautiful park ruined by drug dealing, drug users, aggressive panhandlers, trash and litter, and vagrants sleeping on benches, rocks, and on the performance stage. Unfortunately this has gone on for decades. My advice? Stay away.
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