JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: 52 Saturdays - Week 23 - Finlay Park in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 23 - Finlay Park in Columbia, SC

Finlay Park in Columbia, SC  Perhaps the best known and most iconic pictures that one can find of Columbia, SC these days are that of the fountain in Finlay Park. Well, it's currently shut off for repairs so I didn't take any. The truth is that the rest of the park still has a lot to offer though.

  Originally dedicated in 1859 as Sidney Park, the 14 green space was mostly neglected following the Civil War. However, in 1992 the park received new life and was rededicated as Finlay Park, named after Kirkman Finlay a former Columbia, SC mayor who had a large part in revitalizing the Vista area of downtown.


Finlay Park in Columbia, SC Now blanketed with lush, green grass, Finlay Park which sits in the heart of downtown Columbia offers visitors a break from the asphalt and concrete that surround the area. There is a playground for the little ones and mature trees line the edges of the park allowing an escape from the Summer Sun.  There is a walking path around the park as well as a water feature on one side near the fountain which will hopefully be up and running again soon.

 A small amphitheater on the far end of the park also plays host to concerts throughout the Summer and on special occasions. There is also a family friendly movie night series at Finlay throughout the Summer as well. So if you are looking for something to do in Downtown Columbia, SC then taking a look at Finlay Park may be just the thing for you and yours.


Finlay Park is located at 930 Laurel Street Columbia, SC 29201 and is free to enter.


For a full list of events, please visit - Finlay Park in Columbia, SC



52 Saturdays is a series of blogs written by JL Boney, about sights, points of interest, and things to do  throughout the Greater Columbia, SC Area. It is meant to inspire  you to explore everything we have to offer. So get out there and enjoy yourself. If you like what you see and what more info about previous articles or would like to make suggestion, please feel free to contact me at 803-730-9601 or email at James_Boney@yahoo.com. If you would like to call Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas home, I have you covered there too. Please visit Columbia, SC Homes for Sale and start your home search.


52 Saturdays - Week 1 - Doko Meadows

52 Saturdays - Week 2 - Edventure Children's Museum

52 Saturdays - Week 3 - Frankie's Fun Park

52 Saturdays - Week 4 - Colonial Life Arena

52 Saturdays - Week 5 - Congaree National Park

52 Saturdays - Week 6 - SC State Musuem in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - week 7 - Plex Indoor Sports in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 8 - Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 9 - The Children's Garden in Northeast Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 10 - Fortune Springs Park in Winnsboro, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 11 - Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 12 - West Columbia Riverwalk in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 13 - The SC State House in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 14 - Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 15 - Midlands Plant and Flower Festival

52 Saturdays - Week 16 - North Springs Park in Northeast Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 17 - Mt. Zion in Winnsboro, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 18 - Sandhill Research and Education Center

52 Saturdays - Week 19 - The Village at Sandhill in Columbia, SC

52 Saturdays - Week 20 - The Columbia Marionette Theater

52 Satudays - Week 21 - Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal

52 Saturdays - Week 22 - Blythewood Park




JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsJL Boney, III • June 08 2018 09:25PM


Good morning JL.  Thanks for the information about Finlay Park in Columbia, SC.


Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 2 years ago

Hey JL

What great open space in the city to enjoy at Finlay Park!  Bet it is appreciated by many!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 2 years ago

Hi JL,  Thanks for sharing this bit of history about Finlay Park.  Great place to have in the city.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 2 years ago

This is an ambitious project you took on, and a really good way to showcase your local parks.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 2 years ago

JL, this is a great series introducing people to your local features.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 2 years ago

JL, What an engaging way to inspire people to explore the area they live in, or would like to move to.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 3 months ago