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Address: 930 Laurel St, Columbia, SC 29201-2313

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The other reviews say it all. Yes, there will be homeless people. They won't bother you, but they'll be around. However, the idea of this beautiful park in downtown Columbia... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2015
Kristin S
Columbia, South Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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328 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Finlay Park is very nice with it's water streams flowing. It's a great place to walk and picnic to relax by the water.

Thank dpoin21
Columbia, South Carolina
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159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

The other reviews say it all. Yes, there will be homeless people. They won't bother you, but they'll be around. However, the idea of this beautiful park in downtown Columbia had the right intentions. It's not big, but there are some walking paths with really nice water features and fountains. You can snap a couple cool pictures here, and also... More 

Thank Kristin S
West Orange, New Jersey
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank SGM68
South Carolina
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118 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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!

Thank Leslie W
Pineville, Louisiana
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

Thank stevemschmitt
North Augusta
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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!!

2 Thank Angelina S
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015

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

2 Thank 585khb
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank btown0
Anchorage, Alaska
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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.

Thank tchavis1107
Columbia, South Carolina
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343 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

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

1 Thank Rambler17

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