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Finlay Park, Columbia

(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 ...  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 
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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.