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Fun Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Lake Murray Country

Miriam Atria is the President/CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country and lovingly known as Nona to her grandkids. “One of life’s most rewarding memories is that one can share with a grandchild.” With this itinerary, spend the day exploring Miriam’s top picks for fun kid-friendly things to do in the region, which includes spending time outdoors, eating locally, exploring history and art, and most importantly, making lasting memories with your grandchildren.

Day 1

Hike the Palmetto Trail: Peak to Pomaria Passage

If it’s a cool day in the region, take the little one(s) for a hike on the Peak to Pomeria trail.  This segment of the Palmetto Trail is easier for older folks as well as children with a flat route for most of the 10-mile journey. Take in the views from the trail’s bridges where you can spot some birds, like owl herons and hawks, and maybe some turtles by the water. Pro tip: Park at one of the three trailheads.

Hours: 24/7
Address: Palmetto Trail | Pomaria, SC 29126
Website: sctrails.net

Lunch at Flight Deck

Flight Deck in Lexington is an aviation-themed restaurant offering delicious menu items like sandwiches and warm soup. This spot has comfy booth seats and lots of colorful decor. End your lunch by sharing a yummy dessert.

Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 11 AM – 9 PM, Fri – Sat. 11 AM – 9 PM
Address: 109 Old Chapin Rd | Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: (803) 957-5990
Website: flightdeckrestaurant.net

Tour the South Carolina State Museum

Hop in the car for a short drive over to Columbia for the South Carolina State Museum. Explore the art and natural history exhibits, and plan to spend some extra time in the planetarium and the Stringer Discovery Center. The museum has plenty of interactive attractions, including a kid’s construction workshop, a reading nook, a tree house, and a stage with costumes. 

Hours: Sun. 12 – 5 PM, Tues. – Sat. 10 AM – 5 PM
Address: 301 Gervais St. | Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-4921
Website: scmuseum.org

Make Memories at EdVenture Children’s Museum

In the same parking lot as the SC State Museum is the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Introduce yourself to Eddie, the world’s biggest kid who sits 40 feet tall. Edventure’s exhibits will keep you and your grandchildren busy playing pretend in the market, exploring where pilots sit in a jet, and plenty of arts and crafts activities. If you plan on returning to the area in the summer, look into any of the many summer camps offered at the children’s museum.

Hours: Sun. 12 – 5 PM, Mon. – Sat. 9 AM – 5 PM
Address: 211 Gervais St. | Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 779-3100
Website: edventure.org