Guide to Columbia Area Outside Activities

Columbia and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have some of the best weather! Take part in these outdoor activities when the Midlands’ temperatures are at their finest.


Frankie’s Fun Park (Harbison)



Guignard Park (Cayce)

Harbison Greenways (Harbison)

Harbison State Forest (Harbison)

Hilton Recreation Area (Lake Murray)

Sesquincentennial State Park (NorthEast)

Saluda Shoals (Irmo)



Anna Boyd Park (Downtown)

Caractor Park (Lexington)

Carraway Park at the Riverwalk (West Columbia)

Citadel Park (Forest Acres)

Corley Park (Lexington)

Crane Forest Park (Columbia)

Crooked Creek Park (Chapin)

Earlewood Park (Downtown)

Emily Douglas Park (Downtown)

Fairwold Park (Downtown)

Finlay Park (Downtown)

Forest Lake Park (Columbia)

Granby Garden Park (Cayce)

Guignard Park (Cayce)

Heathwood Park (Forest Acres)

Hollywood Park (Downtown)

Irmo Community Park (Irmo)

Lorick Park (Columbia)

Mays Park (Downtown)

Melrose Park (Downtown)

Olympia Park (Downtown)

Owens Field Park (Downtown)

Rosewood Park (Rosewood/Downtown)

Roy Lynch Park (Downtown)

Saluda Shoals (Irmo)

Seven Oaks Park (Irmo)

Sesquincentennial State Park (NorthEast)

Sharpe Road Park (Blythewood)

Sims Park (Downtown)

St Andrews Park (Irmo)

Starlite Park (Downtown)

Summerhill Park (Downtown)

Trenholm Park (Forest Acres)

Virgina Hylton Park (Lexington)

Woodland Park (Columbia)


Festivals and Fairs:

South Carolina State Fair (Downtown)


Zoos/Farms/Nature Centers:

Berry Hill Farm (Lexington – open last week in June to first week of August)

Cottle Strawberry Farm (Hopkins – open in the Spring)

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens (Columbia)

Carolina Children’s Garden (NorthEast)

Sawyer Equestrian (Columbia)


Outdoor Movies (Updated Seasonally):

Monetta Drive-In Movie Theater

Movies in the Park at North Springs Park

Movie Night at City Roots

Movie Nights at Sesquicentennial State Park

Movies Under the Stars

ZOOvie Nights at Riverbanks Zoo



Also, check out our list of splash of splash pads, spray pools and mist pads here.

Palmetto Falls (Ft. Jackson)

Saluda Shoals Splash Pad (Irmo/St. Andrews)

 Know of an indoor activity that isn’t listed?  Let us know!  Email the details to [email protected]