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Finlay Park, Columbia

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Daughter in town. Decided to go downtown thinking about walk around the park and admiring water feature. Nice walk but water shut off. Looks like park might need TLC.  more »
  • Stopped in Columbia for a few hours to brake up our trip and was disappointed to find such a beautiful park according to the pictures to be a empty green field that was occupied by a few homeless peop...  more »
  • It's an amazing park, and I recall visiting it when it was new. But on a visit there today it seems that much of infrastructure, especially the fountain/water feature centerpiece, is no in disrepair. ...  more »
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  • Looks like they are doing construction. The fountain isn't working anymore and the playground is gone. Also the homeless have pretty much taken over. They are really letting the park slip
  • Don't mind the Homeless, they won't bother you. Needs LOTS of repairs, mainly fountain. All in all, wonderful spot to spend an afternoon with the family. The Wednesday night, 8pm church meets and meals are a plus.
  • Needs to be cleaned up and spruced up. I don't feel comfortable there alone. I wouldn't take my family there
  • 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.
  • Do not go here....full of homeless, broken glass, trash. You walk around hearing argument between people loud enough for everyone to here the profanity used every couple words. There is not a sense of safety at the "park". Way to go columbia, this could be a great place but nope.