Wednesday, April 3, 2013

day trip to Columbia, SC

We put a few miles on our running shoes today in our state capital. It felt good to rest our feet and ponder the artwork at the Columbia Museum of Art. This is a quick and easy day trip from Charleston and, once you park the car and leave it for the day, you can walk to the perfect picnic spot after you've enjoyed the museum.

Before you go, take a look at a few good books...

These books will really enhance your trip and your children will have a frame of reference to build on.

Head to the museum before April 21st to see the incredible works by artists including Monet (just as you've always imagined them!), Renoir, the Americans Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, and more. If you challenge your crew to find the Monet paintings, they will end up looking at each and every painting in the search.

Park on Main Street anywhere along here and you are a stones throw from the State House...

Wander along and look for your picnic spot while enjoying the blooms...

After your break, run the steps of the State House to shake off some energy...

Study the monuments (this one honors African Americans of the South)...

Now head inside to tour the State House (the entrance is on the Sumter St. side of the building). There are guided and self-guided tours every day.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main St.
Charleston, SC 29201
Admission: Adults $15, Senior and Military $12, Student $5, children 5 and under are free. PMK tip- this exhibit is not reciprocal with any other membership. The fee does include the rest of the museum exhibits. 
Hours: Closed Monday, Tues-Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm
CMA public parking garage 1227 Taylor St, on street meter parking on Main St. (free parking on the weekends)
Columbia State House Tour is free 

Click here for link to Columbia museum of Art
Click here for link to information on Columbia State House

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