Summer vacation is now upon us in Columbia, South Carolina. Sometimes it's hard to come up with different activities to keep the kids happy and the parents from going crazy. As much as your kids will tell you they can't wait for summer, the words "I'm bored," inevitably cross their lips. While children do enjoy the freedom that comes with the summer months, and swimming at the Abberly Village pool is a blast, they still like to have a little structure to their fun. This summer, more than ever, families are trying to stick to a budget while still having fun with their kids.
Ride the Downtown Columbia trolley with your entire family for under a dollar. This excursion is great entertainment for all.
Visit a museum and learn a little more about the South Carolina as well as the world around us. Many of the museums in our area offer free admission.
Are you looking for a way to spend an evening with the kids after work? This canoe trip popularized canoeing in Columbia. It starts at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm every Thursday and Friday evening. It’s a marvelous antidote to a stressful day; come back totally refreshed and ready for the next day. The trip starts at the historic Gervais Street Bridge and continues down the Congaree River.
There are plenty of bicycle trails in Columbia as well. Two of our favorites are: the Wheeler Hill Ride, this trail starts at Maxcy Gregg Park and winds through the Shandon and Wheeler Hill Neighborhoods. It is 7.4 kilometers long. And, Wildewood Ride, this ride starts at Polo Road Park. It passes several ponds and a golf course. It is 7 kilometers long.