Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Sims Park


One great thing about Columbia is the number of awesome parks and playgrounds our children have access to. As a mom to a very active toddler, parks are a great daily energy outlet for us. One of our favorite parks, which happens to be within walking distance for us, is Sims Park.  


Address: 3500 Duncan Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Situated in the heart of Shandon neighborhood, this playground is easy to access from HWY 378. It is about 10 minutes from downtown Columbia.  

Cost: Free and open to the public.  


Sims Park boasts a variety of wonderful features!

  • Two Playground structures
  • Slides
  • Separate toddler and school-aged jungle gyms
  • Swings (including baby and toddler swings, as well as an adaptive swing)
  • A large open grassy field
  • Spray pool
  • Plenty of shady areas and benches to sit on
  • A Free little library
  • Covered picnic shelter with tables
  • A basketball court adjacent to the park
  • Fenced 

What We Love About It

One of my favorite things about Sims Park is the safety factor. It’s in a great, quiet location that is fenced in. So your little one can run free, without having to worry about car traffic.  There are a variety of play structures to keep your little one busy, but also plenty of open space for them to run and play as well.

I also love the picnic shelter and the spray pool, especially on warm days. It would be a perfect spot for a children’s birthday party or a weekend family outing.  

There are usually lots of kids there for your little one to have a chance to build their social skills. However, it’s never so packed that the equipment is unavailable, or with a long waiting line.  

I find it to be a relaxing place for parents as well. Given the placement of the benches, the shade and the quiet location, I think it’s a park you’ll find yourself wanting to visit again and again with your children.  

If you are in the area looking for a great place to play with your kids, I can’t recommend this playground enough! We hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.  

What do you enjoy about Sims Park? 

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Heather Blanton Burns
Heather Blanton Burns lives in Columbia with her husband and daughter. Natives of South Carolina, they love taking road trips to visit family, as well as spending time at the lakes, beaches and mountains nearby. Heather is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and her doctoral degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She cares for children of all ages at a small pediatric practice locally. She founded a small business, Cultivating Bright Futures, in 2020 to support mothers through education and provide encouragement for mothers at every step along their motherhood journey. When she’s not working, Heather enjoys reading, spending quality time with family and friends, staying involved in the community through Junior League, eating delicious food at local restaurants, checking out local events in Columbia and staying active through walking, yoga and barre.


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