Don’t let a “but” get in the way of trying something new, something out of the ordinary, or even quirky. Whatever limitations you think you have, push past them to experience Columbia’s array of places to visit and things to do that are customizable to your level of experience or taste of adventure.
And what better way to test your boundaries than to get out and explore the great outdoors? Range your day anywhere from moderate to difficult at Harbison State Forest. As one of America’s largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area, city dwellers and suburban homeowners can hike, walk, jog, or bike more than 18 miles of trails — it’s your state forest, do it your way. Just don’t forget to pick up a guide.
Where to find it: 5600 Broad River Road. Open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week.
But if all that nature walking was a little too slow for you, amp up your inner adrenaline junkie with good old fashioned petroleum at Frankie’s Fun Park. Take a ride on its road course, or, if you want to get really wild like the Wild West, take a test drive on the Monaco slick track. Every car on this attraction is strapped with racing slicks and the course itself is coated in a special friction reducing formula. Talk about a slippery slope.
Where to find it: 140 Parkridge Drive. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. www.frankies.com.
Celebrate your ability to survive Frankie’s at Nothing Bundt Cakes. While the pan used to bake these cakes was invented in 1950 by H. David Dalquist for the Minneapolis-based Hadassah society, or Jewish women’s club, the bundt cake is actually an old Eastern European treat. What started as a traditional home-baked goodie retains its roots in Harbison with Dena Tripp and Debbie Shnetz’s bundt shop. The bakery serves freshly baked bundts in 10 flavors and more than 40 cake designs covered in their signature icing or lighter drizzle. Depending on your appetite, treat yourself to a Bundtlet (miniature) a Bundtinis (bite-sized) or grab an 8-inch cake to share.
Where to find it: 131 Harbison Blvd., suite C. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. www.nothingbundtcakes.com.
From the cake shop hop in your car to grab some savory Western European food and drink at the British Bulldog Pub. This pub serves traditional English food in a neighborhood bar with more than 20 national and international beers on draft. At this other-side-of the-pond watering hole customers can watch soccer on almost every screen. You can also choose from plenty of Scottish whisky or Irish beer to put any end to any residual ‘buts’ you may have.
Where to find it: 1220 Bower Parkway. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. www.thebritishbulldogpub.com.