25+ Summer Activities in Columbia, SC

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School break is here and you need some super fun summer activities in Columbia? We have some great ideas! From where to swim, to the perfect splash pad, amazing summer day trips, and even the best indoor places to play, summer is full of fun in Columbia, SC! Use our list as a springboard to all the amazing adventures you will have this summer!

Summer Guide to Columbia,, SC

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Columbia Fun in the Sun

We’re making filling that summer calendar super easy. Snatch up some of these ideas and then load up the kids! Get going with that memory-making before school time comes around again.

The Best Free Things in Columbia Summer

Running on a tight budget? You can still have an amazing time with your family this summer! We have a huge list of totally free things to do and some extra very cheap ideas, as well. Fill your family’s whole summer break with free and low-cost fun in Columbia. 15+ of the Best Free Things to Do in Columbia

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Enjoy an Ice Cream Treat

Here are some of the best places for ice cream in Columbia, plus some great shops to pick up some other frozen treats like snow cones and shaved ice. Summer sure is delicious!

Ice cream and frozen desserts in Columbia, SC

Cool off!

Where to go river tubing: Columbia, SC

Want to go river tubing?

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Summer Reading

Earn prizes for reading this summer.

Check out these summer reading programs in Columbia, SC

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See Some Animals! Zoos Near Columbia to Visit

Looking for a zoo in Columbia? Summer is a great time to spend the day learning about some animal friends. Check out both River Banks Zoo and Eudora Farms.

Petting a goat at Goat Daddy's Farm

Or, visit a fun farm or petting zoo!

Enjoy a festival

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Indoor Fun

Too hot outside? We agree. Nothing to do but move indoors for fun, things to do.

Plan an Awesome Day Trip!

Day trips are an inexpensive way to get a little vacation in without the cost of lodging. Have an adventure with the kids and be back in your own bed at night. We love day trips! Here are a few lists and a couple of our favorite trips to get you started.

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About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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