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    Hello, Spring!

    The temperatures are on the rise, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining its rays down on us… Spring is coming!  


    This is a season of awakening and invigoration as we emerge from a cold winter and watch everything come back to life. It’s time to get up and go enjoy all that Columbia has to offer during the springtime! Try new restaurants, adventure through the outdoors, find new hobbies, move your body, and admire the blossoming flora. You’ll discover a renewed sense of energy and motivation as you explore our wonderful city.   


    In the following pages, we’ll guide you through the many activities and opportunities that await you. There’s so much to do, see, and experience—where will you start first?

    Get Up & Get Energized!


    As you’re out and about this spring, you’re going to need to keep your energy up! There are a number of spots around town where you’ll find delicious food to fuel your healthy lifestyle. Even if you’re short on time as you race towards your next adventure, many of these restaurants offer quick, easy fare that you can take on the go—think smoothies, juices, and grab-and-go salads and meals. Or if you’ve got more time to savor your healthy meal, there are incredible options for you, too. Enjoy organic, locally-sourced food at Lil Duck Kombucha’s Treehouse Cafe, or stroll through Soda City Market on a Saturday morning to browse a variety of vendors selling appetizing items. 


     Fuel Up:

    • A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen
    • As Well As
    • Clean Juice 
    • Freshe Poke
    • Good Life Cafe
    • Lil Duck Kombucha 
    • Rosewood Market
    • smallSUGAR
    • Soda City Market 
    • Tasty As Fit 
    • The Corner Blend
    • Verde

    Get Up & Get Motivated!


    Spring is known as the season of new beginnings, and that could look like a fresh outlook on your mental health. One of the best methods to nurture your mind is to dedicate time to activities that bring you joy; what better time than spring to take a step out of your comfort zone and explore your passions? Maybe it’s cooking, gardening, cycling, journaling, needlepoint, or photography—find somewhere to put those interests into action! You just might find a new hobby along the way. And keep in mind that if you’re ready to go a step further in your mental health journey, talking to a therapist may also be a helpful addition to your routine. 

    Discover Yourself:

    • Forest Acres Needlepoint 
    • Freeway Music 
    • Gardener’s Outpost 
    • Half Moon Pottery 
    • Jill Smith Counseling 
    • Let’s Cook Culinary Studio 
    • Painting with a Twist 
    • Pedego 
    • Seminole Candle Company 

    Get Up & Get Adventurous!


    Thanks to warm temperatures and sunny days, springtime in Columbia is ideal for getting out and exploring the myriad of outdoor spaces at our fingertips! With various state and national parks, an expansive lake, three rivers flowing through our city, and so much more, there’s truly a place for every adventurer. Need an idea for your next adventure? Hit one of the many trails or greenways around town for your next walk, run, or bike ride. Bring the family to Riverbanks Zoo for a mini safari of your own. And as the weather continues to warm up, drop your kayak, paddleboard, or tube in the river to venture down the water.


    Discover Yourself:

    • Broad, Congaree, and Saluda Rivers 
    • Congaree National Park 
    • Harbison State Forest
    • Lake Murray 
    • Palmetto Trail 
    • Riverbanks Zoo 
    • Saluda Shoals Park  
    • Sesquicentennial State Park 
    • Three Rivers Greenway 

    Get Up & Get Centered!


    Renew your body, mind, and spirit with daily movement this spring. Exercise is one of the best ways to center and energize yourself, preparing you to take on anything life throws at you. Here in Columbia, we have such a wonderful variety of gyms and fitness studios—there truly is an option for everyone. If slow, intentional movement is your preference, you’ll enjoy a relaxing yoga flow at The Well or Fit Columbia. Or if higher-intensity cardio and strength training are more your speed, try a group class at Basecamp or Temple Columbia. Those who desire a more customized workout plan will find that at Results Fitness or Anytime Fitness with their personal trainers. Not sure what you’re looking for yet? Take your time and investigate some different options to see which is your favorite way to move your body! 



    • Anytime Fitness 
    • Basecamp 
    • barre3
    • Cottontown CrossFit
    • Fit Columbia 
    • Jamie Scott Fitness 
    • Pure Barre
    • Results Fitness
    • RISE Fitness + Wellness
    • Studio Fire 
    • Temple Columbia 
    • The Well SC

    Get Up & Get Growing!


    New life abounds in the springtime as the natural world comes back to life following the winter months. Take advantage of the regrowth that is blossoming all around us! Visit Soda City Market to pick up a bouquet of fresh blooms or commission a local florist to create a beautiful seasonal arrangement to admire and enjoy. Or participate in the regrowth yourself by starting a garden of your own or trying your hand at designing a floral arrangement during Fern’s weekly flower bar. There’s nothing better than having fresh plants and flowers around to brighten your home and lift your spirits. 



    • Cayce Farmer’s Market
    • Carolina Blossoms 
    • City Roots
    • Fern 
    • Gardener’s Outpost 
    • PlantHouse  
    • Soda City Market 
    • Something Special Florist & Gifts 
    • Steel Garden