Carraway Park Provides Fantastic Play for All: West Columbia, SC

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Have you visited Carraway Park in West Columbia? Are you looking for a safe, all-inclusive way to spend some time outdoors with your family? Whether you’re wanting a quick trip out of the house for some fresh air or an adventure to take up the majority of your day, Carraway Park is the place for you! This playground features a large picnic shelter, all-inclusive play equipment, and wonderful safety features that are sure to help keep your mind at ease. 

The playground at Carraway Park in West Columbia
Carraway Park Playground in West Columbia, SC

Know Before You Go: Carraway Park

Nestled on the banks of the Congaree River, in the heart of West Columbia, sits a wonderful park with fun for the whole family. When arriving at Carraway Park you will be greeted by a large parking lot with free parking and plenty of space to unload your tribe.

You enter the playground via a secure gate which leads into a well-designed picnic shelter with plenty of space and shade. This makes for the perfect place to sit and have lunch, quick snacks, or chat with other parents. Also covered by the gazebo are ADA-accessible family restrooms. In my experience, the restrooms have always been extremely clean and well-stocked. 

The entrance to Carraway Park
Carraway Park Entrance

Inclusive Playground Equipment at Carraway Park

Carraway Park is complete with fun and updated equipment that is most importantly inclusive to everyone. There are several different styles of swings – bucket swings for the littles, regular swings, and safety swings for our handiCAPABLE friends!

Inclusive swing at Carraway Park
Carraway Park Inclusive Swing

There are two zip lines (one that also includes a handicapped seat) where children are always lined up eagerly awaiting their turns. You will also find a large jungle gym, 2 merry-go-rounds (1 to stand on, 1 with seats), a free-standing slide, and my son’s personal favorite…the climbing wall! 

Toddler and Preschool Playground

Also included within the park is a separate play area for children under 5 years old. This area is situated closest to the picnic shelter which is great for parents to be able to give their kiddos some space to explore independently while still being just a few steps away.

In this toddler space, you will find a smaller-styled jungle gym, climbing and balancing equipment as well as sensory equipment such as colorful spinners and various textures.    

Toddler playground in West Columbia
Toddler Playground at Carraway Park

More Things to Do

While there are a lot of opportunities for fun to be had at the playground, we must also discuss the park’s perfect location! This park is right across the street from the famous West Columbia River Walk which is easily accessible by crossing over Alexander Road via a well-identified pedestrian crosswalk. There are also several well-known, local restaurants, antique shops, a bookstore, and a plant nursery within walking distance or less than a 5-minute car ride. 

Who knows, maybe we will run into each other next time we’re there! 

Plan Your Own Trip
212 Hudson Street 
West Columbia, SC 29169 

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Kayla Simmons
About the Author
Kayla grew up right outside of Charleston, SC and is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Columbia for a combination of 5 years. Kayla has a background working with special needs children, but now enjoys nothing more than being a stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys keeping her kids busy by finding unique play spaces and events, involving them in hands-on activities and watching them learn about the world through play. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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