Welcome To The “Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast”

March 5, 2024

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Capital City/Lake Murray Country is a beloved region full of rich history, awe-inspiring experiences, and exciting adventures. The “Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast” was created to unify and inspire both visitors and locals through motivational interviews. At its core, the podcast seeks to inspire the world to “Come Alive” by savoring life, and Capital/City Lake Murray Country just happens to be the perfect place to do so.

While most of the topics and guests will revolve around things to experience in the region, this is not merely an audio travel guide. The mission of the podcast is to help both visitors and locals feel a sense of motivation and excitement about life and connect those feelings to the region as a destination or place to call home. Join host Kelly Hughes and hear fun, uplifting, and unique stories about living life to the fullest from Palmetto State locals who call Capital City/Lake Murray Country home. 

Here’s a preview of the first three episodes.


Episode 1: Come Alive in Lake Murray Country

Miriam Atria, President & CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country, joins host Kelly Hughes on the first episode of the “Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast”! Miriam discusses her 40-plus-year history with the organization and how she grew Capital City/Lake Murray Country into the tourism destination it is today. The conversation then shifts into a discussion of all the fun things to experience in Lake Murray Country, from food to golf to fishing, and the Southeastern BBQ Showdown coming in June of 2024. Miriam also gives listeners a look behind the curtain at the origin of Capital City/Lake Murray Country’s “Come Alive” jingle.


Episode 2: Experiencing Nature in Congaree National Park

Jon Manchester is the Chief of Visitor Services at Congaree National Park, a hidden gem in South Carolina, and he joins Kelly on this episode. Tune in for a look at the history of Congaree that dates back to way before the national park’s establishment. Jon also details the various attractions and events offered at the park, like the firefly synchronization, and shares some valuable advice for potential visitors including accessibility offerings and things to do.


Episode 3: Take A Walk on the Wild Side at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Open to the public since 1974, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is one of the top attractions in South Carolina with a wide variety of animals in its care. Tommy Stringfellow, the President and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, joins Kelly on this episode to give a rundown of everything you can experience at Riverbanks, including the newly opened Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center. Tommy also talks about the new “Wild Lights” experience at the Zoo this winter, where folks can discover nearly 60 larger-than-life handcrafted lanterns inspired by nature.


Stay up-to-date with the latest episodes of the podcast by subscribing to it on popular platforms such as Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon Music, and many more. New episodes are released every month, covering a wide range of fascinating topics. From art murals to canoeing the river, there’s something for everyone. There’s endless adventure to be found in Capital City/Lake Murray Country — what are you waiting for?