Family Fun Things to Do Lake Murray Tubing and Swimming

Discover Tubing & Swimming

May 3, 2019

Where to rent tubes

Saluda Shoals
Enjoy a relaxing trip down river on one of our premium river tubes. This journey is approximately two hours long and includes a shuttle back to your vehicle. Tubes are available seven days a week from 9am until 3pm, weather and river conditions permitting. $5/daily parking fee applies. Call 213-2054 or 213-2050 for more information.

Palmetto Outdoors
Several tube rental packages available
803-404-8254

Phoenix Adventures
Several tube rental packages available
803-575-2925

Adventure Carolina
Tubes $15/ 24 hours
From the launch $20
803-447-3327


Where to swim

Lake Murray Public Park
Open now – 11am-8pm weekdays | 10am-8pm Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. $3 for cars & trucks | $2 for motorcycles | $5 for buses. Season passes are $45 a car.

  • On the Lexington side – known as Lake Murray Beach
  • SCE&G South Recreation Area is located on the south end of dam on North Lake Drive (SC 6)
    1832-1834 N. Lake Drive, Lexington
    sceg.com/about-us/lakes-and-recreation


Splash Around

Saluda Splash
Saluda Splash is a zero-depth water spray ground for children.  Hours of operation are from 9:00 am until 8:00 p.m. daily Monday through Sunday. Wristbands are $3 per person or you can purchase a 15-visit Splash Pass for $40.  The Splash Pass is valid at both Saluda Splash and Melvin Park Splash in Chapin.  A $5 daily parking fee applies at Saluda Shoals Park. 
803-772-1228

Drew Park
Playground, gazebo, walking track, spray pad and L.E.D. lighted fountain. 803-545-3100

Greenview Aquatics Center The recreational swim season will remain open until Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day). 803-754-5223

Emily Douglas Park
Emily Douglas Park is in the heart of Shandon. It is a bowl-shaped park; the many pine trees cast a lot of shade into the park. It has swings and three play sets. There is plenty of sand for digging and playing. There is a spray pool that is operated during the summer months. The park also features an amphitheater that the community fondly enjoys during the summer evening movies in the park. Emily Douglas Park’s neighborhood center offers programs such as summer camps. 803-733-8531

Melvin Park
Melvin Park Splash, located in at Melvin Park in Chapin, is a zero-depth water spray grounds for children.  Hours of operation are from 9:00 am until 8:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sunday.
Wristbands are $3 per person or you can purchase a 15-visit Splash Pass for $40.  The Splash Pass is valid at both Saluda Splash and Melvin Park Splash in Chapin. 803-345-8113

Sesquicentennial State Park Splash Pad: This water attraction is the perfect place to cool off during the hot summer months. The splash pad has 26 sprayers, including one as high as 10 feet. Entry is included with park admission. 

Maxcy Gregg Park The recreational swim season will remain open until Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day).
803-545-3100

Heathwood Park
Heathwood Park has a neighborhood center, tennis court, handball court, picnic shelter and a water spray. Their play equipment is great, not only having your typical climbing structures and swings, but also sand digging toys, small spin-around ride-ons, and springy seesaws. 803-733-8446

Splash Pads operated by the City of Columbia (link):

The following spray pools will be open from Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays:

  • Lorick Park – 1600 Lorick Ave. 
  • Pinehurst Park – 2300 Pinehurst Rd. 

The following spray pools will be open from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. and will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Edisto Discovery Park – 1914 Wiley St. 
  • Emily Douglas Park – 2500 Wheat St. 
  • Heathwood Park – 800 Abelia Rd. 
  • Melrose Park – 1500 Fairview Rd. 
  • Sims Park – 3500 Duncan St.
  • St. Anna’s Park – 1315 Liberty Hill Ave. 

The following spray pools will be available upon request:

  • *Mays Park – 4100 Trenholm Rd.
  • *Pacific Park – 200 Wayne St.

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