Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road | 803-776-4396 | Website
Put your hands in your pockets, and keep your head on a swivel because this tranquil stroll through South Carolina’s only National Park is truly something else. The Congaree boardwalk is more than 2 miles of flat trail that cuts through the scenic swamp. check it out today, but don’t forget to grab a self-guided walk brochure!
Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road | 803-364-4152 | Website
This diverse park boasts nearly 350 acres of land, and a whopping 12 miles of the Lake Murray Shoreline. Featuring scenic hikes, fishing, boat ramps, picnic shelters, campsites, and more, Dreher Island State Park is an experience you don’t want to miss. Open from Dawn to Dusk 7 days a week. 3677 State Park Road | 803.364.4152
Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Road | 803-788-2706 | Website
This beautiful wildlife preserve rests just miles outside of Columbia. Featuring 1,419 acres of land, a 30-acre lake with a two mile walking trail, and a 3.5 mile loop for hiking and biking. Visitors can also rent boats between 9am and 4pm! The park is open from 8am – 6pm daily, with extended hours during DST.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway | 803-779-8717 | Website
This world-class zoo features more than 2,000 animals on display, a stunning botanical garden, river trail, and so much more! Take a self-guided tour through along the Saluda River, where you can learn about the rich history of the midlands’ ecosystem. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is open everyday from 9am – 5pm, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. 500 Wildlife Parkway | 803.779.8717