Whether you are looking for an experience that will get your adrenaline pumping, or an adventure you can take with your family, look no further, we have got you covered!!! Below are some places we recommend that you visit right in the backyard of Columbia.
PALMETTO FALLS WATER PARK
Cost: $9.50 per adult, $4.50 per child
Driving Distance: 17 miles (approx. 29 min)
Looking to cool down from the summer’s heat? Palmetto Falls Water Park is the place for you. Hosting a 10,000 sq. ft. family pool, a splash park for the children, two large water slides, and a lazy river, this water park is a place you can spend your entire summer day. For more information on Palmetto Falls Water Park, visit http://fortjacksonmwr.com/waterpark/ or call (803) 751-3475.
CANAAN ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR
Driving Distance: 66.7 miles (approx. 68 min)
With zip lines going through long stretches of forest and over the Catawba River, Canaan Zipline is a must-do for anyone living in the Columbia area. The full tour offers 9 zip lines, and lasts approximately 3 hours. This zip-journey is incredibly scenic, and for a thrill-seeker, an opportunity not to pass up. For more information on Canaan Zipline Canopy tours, visit their website http://canaanzipline.com/.
Cost: $180-$220 (prices are for tandem diving)
Driving Distance: 49.4 miles (approx. 55 min)
Do you want to try something new and invigorating? Plan a skydiving trip with Skydive Carolina. They are very reputable among the skydiving community, and are the most renowned skydiving service in South Carolina. Skydive Carolina offers a 16 jump training program and tandem dives for newer skydivers, as well as, solo dives for more experienced skydivers. To plan your skydiving trip today, visit http://www.skydivecarolina.com/.
Cost: $49.99 (visit website for discount rates and promotions)
Driving Distance: 71.4 miles (approx. 69 min)
Carowinds is the premier amusement park of the Carolinas. They have a large variety of thrill rides and family rides, and also have a section called Planet Snoopy with child-friendly rides and attractions. Plan an overnight stay in the area, as there is plenty to experience over a several day period. Hands down, Carowinds is a great place to take your family on a weekend getaway. For more information, visit https://www.carowinds.com/.
HARBISON STATE FOREST
Cost: $5 daily, or $25 annually
Driving Distance: 22.2 miles (approx. 40 min)
Hosting many miles of trails designed for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling, Harbison State Forest is a premier spot for your outdoor sporting needs. Their trails range in difficulty, and can be used for a leisurely stroll with the family, or an intense hiking experience. Harbison State Forest also has a canoe landing which provides access for kayaks and canoes into the river. For further information on what Harbison State Forest has to offer, visit their webpage http://www.state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm.
Cost: $13.95 per adult, $11.50 per child
Driving Distance: 18.8 miles (approx. 32 min)
If you are looking for a roarin’ good time, a day trip to Riverbanks Zoo may be the next trip in your itinerary. With a vast array of animal exhibits from around the world, and a 70 acre beautiful botanical garden, Riverbanks Zoo is a must-visit destination for you and your children. For more information visit http://www.riverbanks.org/.