In just a short drive from Columbia SC, you’ll find the “Jewel of South Carolina.” Enter: Lake Murray Country. Whether you want to spend time in the great outdoors or keep your adventures air-conditioned, there’s so much to see and explore in and around Lake Murray Country, including:
- Experience the natural wonders of Congaree National Park on foot or by water. With 25+ miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk, there are many ways to explore the Congaree wilderness, including guided canoe tours.
- At night, the Purple Martins take flight. Each summer the skies over Bomb Island on Lake Murray come to life as the Purple Martins arrive for their summer vacation. The best way to see this phenomenon? Book a boat tour. Pro tip: The number of birds peaks in mid- to late July.
- Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, the South Carolina State Museum tells the history of the state through traveling museum exhibits, permanent collections, and educational programs. (Planning a date night? Check out Friday Night Laser Nights for classic rock and stunning visuals.)
- Named one of the top 10 zoos in the country by TripAdvisor, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to 2,000+ magnificent animals and houses one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens.
After your fun-filled day outdoors or inside, check out the culinary and nightlife scenes.*