As you might remember from my Mondays are for Dreaming post about our dilemma for this Spring break, we finally came up with the decision and decided to go to Columbia, SC for a weekend.
I have to admit that at first I have no idea where Columbia, SC is. The only Columbia I know is in South America. Silly me! After a quick search from Columbia Visitor Center website, which I have to say very informative, I have found that there are many things to do and it looks like our Spring break is shaping to be a fun one after all!
Columbia is about over 3 hours drive from Atlanta so it’s a perfect location for a great weekend escape. Here are my Best 5 fun things to do with kids in Columbia, SC.
1. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a must-see in every list I have searched online. It’s a great place for a visit for kids of any ages. Plus I love the fact that it’s a 2-in-1 place. You get the Zoo and the Botanical Garden in one visit. What a value! The ticket price is very reasonable for less than $10 for adult and just over $7 for kid.
I check out their website and found that there are many animal presentation throughout the day. So I might need to spend some times to map out and consult with my little travelers to see what they would like to see on this trip.
Apart from the animals, there are also many fun rides and attractions that I know my kids will love especially the train ride! Check out the Attraction Wristband for $20 that will allow for unlimited ride. I don’t think we will have enough time to do that. We still have to visit the Botanical Garden part.
It’s a bummer that we will miss the Springtime at the Garden Festival that happened this past weekend. But I know I will enjoy taking pictures and hopefully get a few great ones to show you when we come back.
2. EdVenture Children’s Museum
Ok.. This is probably one of the coolest museum I have seen online because of Mr. Eddie – The World Largest Child. The reason I think it’s cool because it’s not just typical statue that you can just look at and be in awe but you can actually climb inside him! I wonder if they will allow adult to climb as well. We will know about that soon.
Visiting the EdVenture Children’s museum is a great way to spend a day for kids to explore, learn and interact. I especially love special exhibitions that the EdVenture currently has on displayed. From Here to Timbuktu is a journey through West Africa and Monkey King: A Story from China will introduce kids to China beyond Chinese restaurant.
3. Congaree National Park
With the Spring is in full swing, a visit to Congaree National Park will give us a great day of outdoor activities that we need. It has been a long Winter and my kids energy level is through the roof. So I’m looking forward to a day to reconnect with the outdoor adventures that we started last year.
I would love to do the Guided Canoe Tour now that Mr. Z is finally old enough for the minimum age. However, I might need to see if he will be able to do it. It’s a 3 hours canoe tour after all. My other option is a guided walk – Nature Discovery.
4. South Carolina State Museum
Another museum? Yup, how can I pass up a museum featuring Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers? The South Carolina State Museum has 4 large floors devoted to the disciplines of art, history, natural history and science/technology. At first I wasn’t so sure about putting this on my to-see list. But after checking out their website and read about various exhibits from Art, History, Natural Historay and Science/Technology, I’m convinced that Miss J and Mr. Z will have a blast here.
The museum itself has a cool factor because it’s housed in its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mill. This former textile mill also is a world-first totally-electric textile mill.
5. Frankie’s Fun Park
I have to admit that this one will probably top my kids’ list of thing they must do. We don’t have a lot of chance to ride go-cart. So whenever we travel and they spot any go-cart place, we will here a non-stop begging and pleading for a quick round.
The Frankie’s Fun Park has many fun attractions that will make the whole family happy – at least my family! Mr. Rojo will probably spend a good chunk of tokens at the arcade and if I can drag my kids away from the Rookie track, I will probably have to chase after them in the Fun House.
There are still many more activities that I would love to do in Columbia, SC. But I think with these 5 on my list, I’m already pushing it. I won’t sweat it though. It’s just a quick drive from Atlanta so we can always go back there again if we miss out on any fun things to do.
So have you ever been to Columbia, SC? Do you have any additional recommendation for things to do with kids? Don’t be shy! Leave me a comment..