Cool summer fun at Saluda Shoals water park

Need a break from the heat? Head to Saluda Shoals Park halfway between St. Andrews Rd and Lake Murray Blvd) for the coolest water playgrounds in the Midlands!

Best place for young kids to cool off in Columbia

The zero-depth pad is perfect for little kids to splash about to their hearts’ delight. The Splash Park is open daily 9AM to 8PM through Labor Day. An all day play $3 wristband can be purchased at the gate (credit cards accepted). Park admission is $5 per car / $7 per van / $10 per bus.

The are restrooms, vending machines, a covered shelter with picnic tables and grills (available for rental) and a covered playground.

I’ll the photos do the talking:

Coolest playground in Columbia Irmo and Lexington

Pour some fun this summer at Saluda Splash pad!

Best summer ever played at Saluda Splash Pad

Fun water playground for young and young at heart

A dash of splash for everyone

A classic playground right behind the splash pad

Water logged? Take it down a notch at the covered playground behind the splash pad.

Have a splashing summer in Columbia, South Carolina!

Carolina Children’s Garden, Columbia free, fun and magical things to do

Recently we visited the Carolina Children’s Garden inside the Clemson Research and Education Center, right across the Sandhills shopping center. The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash at all times.

Columbia free outdoor attractions

The view from inside the park is spectacular. I’ve seen people walk around the lake, sunbathing on the lawn or just enjoying a picnic with family and their four legged friends.

Walk the dog around beautiful lake

Very young kids can enjoy a slide, a large sandbox and many places to play hide and seek.

Best outdoor playground picnic tables

I liked the fact that the garden is themed after famous children stories and songs. You can visit Old McDonald’s Farm…

Carolina Childrens Themed Garden

Learn basic gardening skills, like using a wheel barrel to carry things around.

Carolina Childrens Garden Columbia free things to do

Hey, these are Peter Rabbit’s clothes! And that’s how you build a scarecrow for your garden

Magic children themed garden Columbia parks

Kids can see and even sift through a tiny compost bin. And yes, there are few live little crawlers in it!

Columbia fun natural education conservation program

Every month there is something going on, check the website for upcoming programs and events. Next to the garden is the Conservation Station where you can learn how to protect the forest, wildlife, and the quality of water, soil and air.

Mark your calendar! Every year, on the last weekend in April is the Sparkleberry Fair at the Clemson Research and Education Center.

Relax with Winnie, Tiger, Peter Rabbit, The Three Little Bears at the beautiful Caolina Children’s Garden!

Riverbanks Zoo Merry Go Around video

One of the main attractions at Riverbanks Zoo: the Caroussel or Merry Go Around, as we say it here.¬†For just one dollar you will get “dazed and confused”! Kids just love it so smile and try to enjoy it.
Learn more on how to make most of your time at the Riverbanks Zoo from my previous post

Come and enjoy South Carolina