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Looking for an engaging lifestyle and value, no matter your age? Columbia could be calling your name. Recreational options abound and include Congaree National Park and its famous synchronized fireflies. Columbia’s Broad and Saluda rivers merge into the Congaree River that passes through Columbia on the way to the locks at Santee and on toward the Lowcountry and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Lake Murray and Lake Wateree offer great fishing and boating opportunities. From bass tournaments on Lake Murray to fly fishing for trout in the beautiful lower Saluda River just a couple of miles from downtown, you’re always near the water. Columbia is ideally positioned for all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts. Just a few hours from the city, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains offer a haven for hikers, campers, and nature lovers, with scenic trails and vistas. The stunning South Carolina coastline, with its pristine beaches and charming coastal towns, is just a couple of hours drive from the city, providing a perfect getaway for beachcombers and those who like to fish. Love sports? You’ll love our home grown University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team, best enjoyed alongside fall  tailgates outside of Williams-Brice Stadium. Enjoy USC baseball at popular Founders Park, and of course (the mighty!) Lady Gamecocks basketball team who play at the Colonial Life Center. Columbia also has its own minor league team, the Columbia Fireflies, the single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The area also has many active golf and tennis communities. Home to The University of South Carolina and a dozen other colleges, Columbia enjoys a robust calendar of arts and cultural offerings. Columbia is also home to Fort Jackson, the Army’s largest basic training base. Factor in an ideal climate, award-winning local restaurants, lively craft beer and music scenes, and a spirited festival schedule, and the popularity of Columbia is no surprise to those of us who live there. Where else can you find an enjoyable lifestyle, incredible recreational opportunities, and good value?