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Casey's Fireworks

  • Jim Casey's Fireworks showcases the amazing art of fireworks in a way like no other. They sell classic, quality fireworks from sparklers to 60g mortar shells, perfect for lighting up the skies at your event with a bang! No matter the occasion, Casey’s Fireworks has it covered.
  • Open and Legal All Year
  • Monday thru Saturday
  • 11AM-6PM
  • During Season - Open Sundays
  • Longer hours during July 4th and New Year's Eve
  • www.caseysfireworks.com
  • 3830 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
  • 803 738 9173



Saluda Shoals Park

  • Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities–
  • Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding
  • River Observation Deck
  • Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Picnic Shelters
  • 11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall
  • 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center
  • Located at 5605 Bush River Road
  • Open Mon-Sun
  • Nov 1- Feb 28/29, 7AM- 5:30PM
  • Mar 1-Oct 31, 7AM- 8:30PM
  • Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • Admission varies
  • www.icrc.net
  • 803-731-5208






Special Parks




Dreher Island State Park

  • Fish, launch your boat, take a trail walk or enjoy a picnic under one of the 13 shelters at this state park, located on the shores of 50,000 acre Lake Murray.
  • 97 paved campsites for RV or tent camping
  • 15 tent campsites specifically for tent camping
  • 1 Community Building
  • 12 picnic shelters
  • 3 boat ramps that provide private boat access
  • 3 playgrounds
  • 3 trails for your recreational use
  • 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC
  • Open Mon-Sun dawn to dusk
  • Admission charged
  • 803-364-4152

Finlay Park

  • Finlay Park hosts a dramatic waterfall and stream cascading down landscaped terraces to the park lake. Relax in porch-style swings or take a walk/jog/bike around the lake. An extensive play area is also available for kids.
  • 930 Laurel Street
  • Open Daily
  • Free
  • 803-545-3100

Gibson Pond Park

  • Located in suburban Lexington, this park is popular with picnickers and walkers. This 15-acre, heavily wooded park boasts an easy-to-follow loop trail, picnic shelters, restrooms, and a fishing dock.
  • 241 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC
  • Open from 7AM-9PM
  • Free
  • 803-359-1027

Irmo Town Park

  • Northwest of suburban Irmo, this beautiful park is situated off Lake Murray Boulevard. Picturesque landscaping includes a stream with lush water plants and flowers, a gazebo for sitting in the outdoor shade or outdoor concerts, and benches and picnic tables.
  • 1249 Lexington Avenue, Irmo, SC
  • Open Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:30
  • Free
  • 803-781-7050

Saluda Shoals Park

  • Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities–
  • Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding
  • River Observation Deck
  • Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Picnic Shelters
  • 11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall
  • 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center
  • Located at 5605 Bush River Road
  • Open Mon-Sun
  • Nov 1- Feb 28/29, 7AM- 5:30PM
  • Mar 1-Oct 31, 7AM- 8:30PM
  • Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • Admission varies
  • www.icrc.net
  • 803-731-5208


Sesquicentennial State Park

  • Situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, Sesqui features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas.
  • 1 dog park
  • 30-acre park lake for paddling around and fishing
  • 1 low-ropes Challenge Course
  • 12 miles of hiking and biking trails
  • 5 perfect picnic shelters
  • 9564 Two Notch Road
  • Open 8AM-6PM Daily
  • extended from 7AM to 9PM during Daylight Saving Time
  • Admission charged
  • 803-788-2706




Our Rivers




The Saluda River and Broad River meet in a churning rush of rapids, and then combine to form the Congaree River. Kayaking, canoeing, walking, biking, and nature exploration are just a few possibilities for fun on and along the rivers.

Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal

  • The flat, easy-walking, 2 1/2-mile Park and Canal path follows the old towpath of the Columbia Canal, which was used to tow cargo barges during the 19th century. Benches for resting make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Broad River. In the Spring, you can see the rare spider lilies blooming out among the rocky shoals.
  • 312 Laurel Street
  • Daily 7AM-9PM
  • Free
  • 803-545-3100

Harbison State Forest

  • Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River. The Forest boasts almost twenty miles of trails for walking,jogging, hiking, and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes.
  • Located off Broad River Road in Harbison
  • Open Daily
  • Admission Charged
  • 803-896-8890

Saluda Shoals Park

  • Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities–
  • Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding
  • River Observation Deck
  • Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Picnic Shelters
  • 11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall
  • 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center
  • Located at 5605 Bush River Road
  • Open Mon-Sun
  • Nov 1- Feb 28/29, 7AM- 5:30PM
  • Mar 1-Oct 31, 7AM- 8:30PM
  • Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • Admission varies
  • www.icrc.net
  • 803-731-5208


Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • The Botanical Garden’s natural Woodlands Walk and River Trail leads to historic mill ruins from the 1800s and offers an unparalleled view of the Saluda, its rushing waters, kayakers and interesting wildlife. Enter the Botanical Garden at 1300 Botanical Parkway just off US Highway 378 from Interstates 20 and 26 in West Columbia or walk across the Saluda River footbridge from the Zoo.
  • 500 Wildlife Parkway
  • Daily park hours 9 AM-5 PM
  • Admission charged
  • 803-779-8717

Seven Oaks Park

  • Seven Oaks Park is a full-service recreation complex offering fitness, athletics, and instructional and cultural arts programs to the Irmo community. Seven Oaks Park’s special events, recreation programs, and volunteer opportunities are designed for youth, adults, seniors and persons with special needs. The facility was built in 1973 and located at 200 Leisure Lane in the St. Andrews area. The community center offers visitors the following amenities-
  • 30,000 square-foot facility with full gymnasium, fitness area, dance studio, art studio, art gallery and meeting rooms
  • Nine Athletic Fields
  • Six Tennis Courts
  • Paved Walking Trails
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Community Garden
  • 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC
  • Open Daily
  • Free
  • www.icrc.net
  • 803-772-3336

Crooked Creek Park

  • Crooked Creek Park is a state-of-the-art recreation complex dedicated to serve the Chapin portion of the Irmo Chapin Recreation District. The park is an integral part of the Chapin community and serves as a recreational and social hub for Chapin residents.Crooked Creek Park offers a wide variety of recreational, cultural, instructional and social activities, and hosts visitors of all ages throughout the day. The park offers users many fun and recreational outlets including-
  • 53,000 square-foot Community Center with full gymnasium, racquetball courts, fitness areas, indoor walking track and meeting rooms
  • Six Athletic Fields
  • Six Tennis Courts
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Paved/Unpaved Walking Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin, SC
  • Open Daily
  • Free
  • www.icrc.net
  • 803-345-6181

West Columbia Riverwalk & Cayce Riverwalk and Extension

  • Enjoy the tranquil Congaree from the west side of the river. The Riverwalk offers beautiful views of the Congaree from its lighted paved paths, bridges, boardwalks and overlooks. Restrooms available. Entrances off State Street Bridge in West Columbia and off Axtell Drive and State Street in Cayce.
  • 121 Alexander Street
  • West Columbia, SC
  • Open Daily
  • 803-765-2200

Congaree National Park

  • South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree National Park preserves one of the largest and oldest original hardwood bottom-land forests in the United States. Enjoy some fresh air and experience hiking and paddling. Ranger guided hikes and canoe trips can be reserved, or take a quiet walk on the 2.5 mile boardwalk loop.
  • 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC
  • Open Daily
  • Free
  • 803-776-4396

Granby Park

  • 24 acres, river-accessible recreation, off-path trails for mountain bikes and runners, and views of the Congaree River from bridges, boardwalks, overlooks, and a ½ mile of lighted paths accommodating all levels of physical ability.
  • Located at the end of Catawba Street, off Huger Street, Columbia.
  • 100 Catawba Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Open Daily
  • Free
  • 803-545-3100




Dog Parks




Barking Lot Dog Park

  • At Saluda Shoals Park is an open, grassy area where dogs can run off-leash.
  • 5605 Bush River Road
  • Free
  • 803-731-5208

NOMA Bark Park

  • At Earlewood Park is also an open, grassy area where dogs must be leashed
  • 3235 Main Street, Columbia, SC
  • Free
  • 803-545-3100

Granby Park

  • Doesn’t have a designated dog park, but waste bags are provided
  • 100 Catawba Street
  • Free
  • 803-545-3100

Sesqui Dog Park

  • At Sesquicentennial State Park is a 2-acre, fenced area with waste bags provided.
  • 9564 Two Notch Road
  • Free
  • 803-788-2706

Columbia Dog Park

  • Dogs are welcome off-leash at this Columbia park, which also has drinking water available. Park open 24 hours and features a new doggie pond!
  • Human Lane and Shop Road, Columbia SC
  • Membership Admission Charged
  • 803-783-8193