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Outdoor weekend fun along Saluda River (what kids love to do in the park)

Posted By ShoutCarolina,Date: 10.12.2009

Saluda Shoals is a state of the art park nestled along scenic Saluda River.

Fun at the cool Saluda Shoals playground
I visited it last week with my daughter to see Unearth, A Celebration of Naturally Inspired Art.

Daily park admission is $4R/$5NR for cars and minivans (annual pass is $45R/$58NR, resident fees refer to Lexington-Richland 5 area).

Kids can safely burn off energy at the modern, sun-protected playground located near the Water Oak Shelter.

There are benches, clean restrooms and water fountains.

Better yet youngster can cool off at Saluda Splash, an interactive water playground open May through Labor Day from 9AM to 8PM (weather permitting).
Requires $3 wristbands.

Moms and children, all had a blast at artist J.J. Casey’s watercolor workshop

Kids and moms have fun painting

We literally got down and dirty making crafts out of clay with Finnish artist Tuula Ihamaki-Widdifield.

Clay time!

Fun things to do every day at Saluda Shoals Park
• Ride in style on scenic horse trails, $10R/$23NR daily, $40R/$53NR annual pass.
The park also offers 1 hour guided rides for adults and kids 6 years or older, $30R/$43NR. No previous experience is required. Riders are required to wear long pants, boots or sturdy lace-up shoes, and helmets which are provided. Call (803) 213-2053 to register.

Columbia best fly fishing spots along Saluda River

• Let the dogs loose inside the Barking Lot Park, $40R/$53NR annual pass (no daily passes)
• Fly fish in the Saluda River, $65R/$83NR annual pass
• Guided canoe and kayak trips, adults and kids 5 years or older, 3.5 hours, $40R/$53NR

Admire the natural beauty of the Saluda River and catch glimpse of resident bald eagles. The trip includes brief paddling instruction and sightseeing stops at Corley Island and Gardendale landing (weather permitting).Guided kayak tour Saluda River

Private guided trips can be scheduled (requires 3 person minimum and 48 hours advance reservations). Call (803) 213-2053 to register.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available daily between the hours of 10AM and 5PM. Fees are $23 for 1 hour (weekends only), $38 for 3 hours and $48 all day. Shuttle service is $10 per boat with pick up at 1 and 4PM daily.

Fees are paid at the Environmental Education Center and include all necessary equipment. Call (803) 731-5208 for more information.

Get ready for the most spectacular Lights Show in Columbia! Saluda Shoals Park will come alive with more than 1 million sparkling lights during the Holiday Lights on the River event. OPen nightly November 25 through December 31. Admission is $10 for cars, $15 for 15 passenger vans and $35 for buses.

Saluda Shoals Park
The park is located at 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212. Phone (803) 731-5208, weekend (803) 213-2050. Open daily dawn to dusk, except New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Driving Directions - From I–26 take exit Piney Grove Road and proceed 1.5 miles to St. Andrews Road. Turn right, then left at the first traffic light. The park will be 1.5 miles on your left.

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