There are several options for family fun in Columbia. Besides numerous outdoor parks, equipped with athletic equipment for everything from tennis to baseball to basketball, there is also Lake Murray . At 41 miles long and 14 miles wide, this is a great place for swimming, fishing, boating, or picnicking along the 500 miles of shoreline. More outdoor fun can be found at Frankie’s Fun Park ,   where people of all ages can enjoy go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, amusement rides, laser tag, batting cages, and an arcade. And the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden , consistently rated one of the best in the nation, is a must-see. More than 2,000 animals represent more than 350 species from around the world. Plus, a 70-acre botanical garden with scenic river views and beautiful landscapes.
For indoor recreation, turn to EdVenture , the biggest children’s museum in the South. Interactive exhibits include BodyWorks, My Backyard, Critter Garden, and much more, plus a special play area for the under-3 crowd. On Saturdays, bring the family to the Columbia Marionette Theatre , one of only 20 marionette theatres in the country. A 30-foot stage features puppets ranging from 12 inches to five feet, and productions include adaptations of classics, as well as original and innovative new shows.