Forest Acres, an affluent suburb just five miles east of Columbia, SC, offers a wealth of dining, shopping and green spaceto both residents and visitors. Incorporated in 1935 as a suburban community for businessmen working in downtown Columbia, Forest Acres became developed with housing. While there are no hotels located within the city limits, you'll find plenty of great lodging nearby.
Find the perfect hotel in eastern Columbia, SC
Staybridge Suites is perfect for business travelers, families and is pet-friendly too!
An all-suites hotel, the Staybridge Suites is ideally situated in downtown Columbia just off I-126 and provides easy access to Forest Acres. Located one mile from the University of South Carolina, this Columbia, SC hotel offers complimentary breakfast, a free guest laundry, indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Business travelers find this hotel to be one of the best Columbia, SC hotels due to its convenient location to corporate destinations and spacious suites. Plus, bring Fido or Fifi, as the Staybridge is pet-friendly. For a non-refundable pet fee of $50 bucks, your pet can stay 1-6 nights.
Hyatt Place Downtown at The Vista
The Hyatt Place on Gervais street located in The Vista is Columbia's popular art and entertainment district. It's a short walk to over 75 restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Plus, the University of South Carolina is nearby too. Ideal for business travelers, the hotel offers over 2,000 square feet of meeting space plus an executive board room with plenty of in-house catering options. Plus, if you are visiting as a family, spacious hotel rooms offer a 'cozy corner' with sofas and extra seating. There is access to small bites and meals all day long from the 24/7 Gallery and the on-site market stocks a variety snacks. If you have dogs, bring them along. A maximum of 2 dogs per room weighing 50 lbs. or less each is permitted and must be housebroken. Contact the hotel for pet policy details.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Columbia
Indulge in comfort at the Holiday Inn Express in Columbia. Located off I-26 and Huger Street, this hotel is practical with access to major attractions. Situated only one mile from the University of South Carolina, the historic Vista District and the Columbiana Riverfront Park, the hotels guarantees convenience. Take a stroll and enjoy a picnic at Finley Park, plan a trip to Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden, or make the short three-mile communte to the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. With endless opportunities for enjoyment, this hotel in downtown Columbia is situated near a variety of leisure activities that will please evey guest. Shop on Harbison Boulevard at Columbiana Mall or boat on Lake Murray, tour the South Carolina State Museum and discover the area's unique history.
The Townplace Suites Columbia Southeast/Ft. Jackson
Stay at the budget-friendly Townplace Suites hotel southeast of the city and Forest Acres if you prefer not to venture into Columbia. Less than 14 miles to the airport, and 5.3 miles from Forest Acres, the Townplace Suites offers standard amenities. Included with your room are a free hot breakfast, complimentary high-speed internet, coin operated laundry, outside picnic area, and a convenience store inside the hotel. Additionally, pets are welcome with a $100 non-refundable deposit, and this hotel is located right off I-77 for easy access.
Looking for a few fun things to do while visiting Forest Acres, SC?
Rooftop Rhythm's Free Concert Series in the Spring and Fall
If you are visiting in springtime or autumn, Forest Acres' Rooftop Rhythms is a free concert series hosted from the Richland Mall's rooftop located at 3400 Forest Drive. This unique venue provides a great experience for all ages. Visit local restaurant's food booths and enjoy the upbeat music and family entertainment.
Forest Acres Neighborhood Parks
Forest Acres boasts several city parks tucked away in neighborhoods. Both Idalia Park and Citadel Park offer playground equipment, open areas for playing, dog walking or picnicking and plenty of bench seating for adults. Area residents flock to Citadel Park to treat youngsters to rides on the dinosaur playground equipment. You'll also find a gazebo and a volleyball pit. However, there are no public restrooms here. Quinine Hill Park, near the intersection of Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive, features a trail with a rubberized surface for jogging, walking and pushing baby strollers. This park has covered picnic shelters allowing for small family or business gatherings and several wooden porch swings along the crisscrossing paths.
Shopping & Dining in Forest Acres
Forest Acres is known to locals for great dining and shopping. Whether you're planning a quick jaunt to the mall for necessity, a weekend shopping spree with friends, or sharing a family dinner over a great meal, there are plenty of options to satisfy your needs. Though Forest Acres has a small, residential feel, three thoroughfares including Forest Drive, Beltline Boulevard, and Trenholm Road generate ample traffic to support a larger scale of shopping rarely found in small towns.