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Take Your Family Out to the Ballgame: Columbia Fireflies Baseball at Segra Park

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Do you have any baseball fans in your family? Have you ever been to a Columbia Fireflies baseball game at Segra Park? In this mom review of a Fireflies game with kids, we’ll tell you all about this Certified Sensory Inclusive ballpark where your family can enjoy a lively baseball game, engage in fun, family-friendly promotions, and have the chance to get free Fireflies gear.

Columbia Fireflies games are an excellent way to spend quality time with your family and friends and we’ve got all you need to know to plan the perfect night out at the ballfield! 

Purchase individual game tickets now for the 2024 home games at Segra Park! The 2024 season will kick off with a home game on April 9th. The last regular season home game is scheduled for September 8, 2024 – giving you plenty of time to enjoy a day out at the ballfield.

This article includes:
Segra Park, Columbia SC
Who are the Columbia Fireflies?
Family Activities and Promotions
Columbia Fireflies Tickets
What is the best place to sit at Segra Park?
Tips for Segra Park: Clear Bag Policy
Is Segra Park Sensory Inclusive?
What is in the Fireflies Kids Zone?

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SC State Parks Near Columbia, SC: Lake Murray, Tips, Discounts, & BIG News

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Did you know Columbia has three South Carolina state parks? If you’re looking for South Carolina state parks near Columbia, SC, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the info on these great parks, plus tips on how to make the most of your visit and save some money, too!

Are you trying to spend more time outside or hit the #1000hoursoutside challenge? While just being outside in nature has so many benefits according to the American Psychological Association, that is a lot of hours! But don’t worry; Columbia has you covered with hiking and biking trails, nature trails, lakes for paddling, and lots more!

SC State Parks Near Columbia SC

Of course, Columbia has dozens of city parks, an award winning zoo and botanical gardens, but there’s also lots of more nature, including a Columbia state park on Lake Murray. Plus, we have big news and some ideas on how you can save money on park admission.

Which State Parks Are Near Columbia, SC:
Sesquicentennal State Park
Pine Island State Park
Dreher Island State Park
Aiken State Park
Bonus Tips: Park Passports, Outsiders and more!

Sesquicentennial State Park

To find out about the hiking, splash pad, paddling, and camping available at Sesquicentennial State Park in northeast Columbia, check out our Kidding Around Review of Sesqui.

Quick facts on Sesqui:

  • Hiking around the lake, short portion of the trail is paved but most is not.
  • Playground, pavilion, picnic spaces
  • Splashpad is gorgeous and free with park admission.
  • Boat rentals for the small lake at the park: Pedal boats, SUPs and kayaks, very affordable at $5-10 per hour.

Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia SC 29223

But, if hiking isn’t your thing and you’re looking for swimming or spending time at a larger lake, here is what you need to know.

Pine Island State Park: NEW!

Big News: the Columbia area is getting a new SC State Park right on the lake this summer.

An island formerly owned by the company SCANA, which supplied power to the region, Pine Island is set to become South Carolina’s newest, and smallest, state park yet. This island provides public water access and already has over 20 acres that include boat ramps and picnic areas.

Preparations for opening should begin soon! Watch this recent news segment on Pine Island to learn more.

Dreher Island State Park

But you don’t have to wait to cool off at the lake. Luckily, there’s already another state park out there on Lake Murray!

Northwest from downtown Columbia to the Irmo/Lake Murray area you’ll find Dreher Island State Park. Many enjoy this 50-acre island on Lake Murray.

Fishing at Dreher Island State Park

Good hack to know: even though it is an island, you can drive on State Park Road to get there- no boat needed! However, boating is permitted and there are boat ramps available. On the island, you can explore woods, beaches, playgrounds, and wildlife including rare birds on the lake.

The park has three different short walking trails and three playgrounds. You can find a visitors center with wifi where you can also buy a few things or use picnic tables. Camping, swimming (at your own risk), geocaching, fishing and scuba diving are permitted. Note, dogs should be on a leash and may not be allowed in camping villas.

Without your Park Passport, Dreher Island State Park costs $3 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, $1 for kids 6-15 and free for kids 5 and under. It’s open from dusk to dark, with hours changing seasonally.

Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC

Aiken State Park

Just about an hour’s drive from Columbia, Aiken State Park is waiting. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this park has a long history and many opportunities for you to enjoy nature. Hike through hardwood forests, paddle down the Edisto River, camp, picnic, and enjoy the outdoors at Aiken State Park.

Don’t miss our Kidding Around review of Aiken State Park.

Quick Facts of Aiken State Park:

  • Fishing tackle loaner program- Free
  • Canoe rentals available
  • Hiking, picnic area, small playground

Aiken State Park
1145 State Park Road, Windsor

Bonus Hacks! SC State Parks Tips to Save You Money & Maximize Fun

Admission Discount

SC STate Parks offer admission discounts up to 50% for seniors, military and disabled people. Each park’s discount will be slightly different. For Dreher Island, you can get your park admission for HALF the standard admission rate if you can show an ID (or handicapped placard) to prove you are:
-Disabled
-SC National Guard
-Over 65

Ultimate Outsider Challenge

Here’s another secret to maximizing the fun with these parks. They offer an Ultimate Outsider program. Simply pick up or order your Ultimate Outsider Guide, do activities and collect stamps from each park to become an Ultimate Outsider! It’s a fun challenge to get you motivated to do more outside.

The Kidding Around Guide to all of South Carolina’s State Parks will help you out as you plan your Ultimate Outsider adventures!

Park Passport *(discount!)*

As you might know, a SC Park Passport is an affordable way to get access to hundreds of acres of wilderness, free activities, learning, events and more.

Here’s How it Works:
First, you can get your All Park Passport online or at any South Carolina State Park Office. Your pass hangs in your car rearview mirror, like a handicapped placard and comes with a card for inside exhibits. It’s just $99 for your entire family for the whole year of access.

For this, you get unlimited access to all the state parks in the state. That means everything from Hunting Island Beach, to several lakes, to hiking in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Caesar’s Head and Table Rock. Actually, that is 47 state parks.

So, if you went to one every month, it would take you nearly four years to see them all. On the other hand, if you went to one every week, you could finish in a year!

Now, you can explore Columbia state parks, and beyond, for a discount!

Columbia’s National Park

For information on our FREE National Park, home to a unique synchronized firefly phenomenon (for which our local baseball team is named), check out our Kidding Around review of Congaree National Park.

On the Owl Prowl

Please, tell us your favorite Columbia are South Carolina State Parks!