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Area Description

The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Region is a must on your travels through or relocation to South Carolina. Located in the center of the state, this region boasts exciting attractions offering entertaining and unique experiences. Historical sites and recreational facilities including golf and water related activities are all a part of this Jewel of the South.

Includes Cities/Towns: Blythewood, Columbia, Irmo, Lexington.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Great Outdoors – Lake Murray Country

Carter & Holmes Orchid Nursery ?
629 Mendenhall E. Road, Newberry. Tour 18 greenhouses and enjoy 93,000 sq. ft. of tropical beauty in one of the largest orchid nurseries in the world. ?Open: Monday- Saturday, 9am-5pm?
Phone: (803) 276-0579 ?
Visit: carterandholmes.com

Congaree National Park
Off Bluff Road (SC 48) in Hopkins, 20 mi. S.E. of downtown Columbia. This National Park Service site features a visitor center with 3,000 square feet of exhibit space and an introductory film. Canoe trails, a 21/2-mile board walk loop trail for the handicapped and 18 miles of hiking trails lend access to this forested wilderness wonderland, known for its biological diversity and record-size trees. Open daily 8:30am-5pm. Free. ?
Phone: (803) 776-4396?
Visit: nps.gov/cong?

Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC 29127
Dreher Island State Park is an island on Lake Murray but not far from the city and is a great place to get away from it all. It is about 30 miles from downtown Columbia on the shores of Lake Murray and is one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the South. The park consists of three islands linked to shore by a causeway and two bridges. ?It offers woodsy hiking trails and lots of places to fish from shore. Dreher Island has picnicking, camping and lakeside villas and a tackle shop and boat ramp. The park has long been popular with recreational boaters and fishermen and has been a launching spot for major national bass tournaments.
Phone: (803) 364-4152

Golf in Capital City/Lake Murray Country is unlike any other destination offering over 30 courses with open tee times and easy access to the courses. Timberlake in Chapin, South Carolina, is the only golf club on the shores of beautiful Lake Murray. Visitors can come by boat to play this challenging course.
Persimmon Hill Golf Club of Saluda, South Carolina, is another golf gem in the region. Originally formed by local doctors in 1963, this public course lays claim to South Carolina’s longest Par 5 on Hole 18 boasting 630 yards. It isn’t uncommon for folks from all over to fly into the Saluda Airport to experience the “Thrill on the Hill." These are just a few of the many golf clubs that are worth the trip. Phone: Golf Packages of South Carolina, 1-888-501-0954

Take a Splash in Lake Murray
Lake Murray is a great place to chill! This 650-mile shoreline lake offers scenic landscapes and picturesque sunsets. Sailing on Lake Murray is fantastic year round! Cool off with a sail and swim from the Lanier Sailing Academy. Visit lakemurrayvacation.com to view great prices on lake home rentals!

Take a Cruise one of the Tour Boats on Lake Murray
Get the best view of the lake! Enjoy a cold beverage and cruise aboard the Southern Patriot or the Spirit of Lake Murray.
Southern Patriot Tour Boat: (803) 749-8594, LakeMurrayTours.com
Spirit of Lake Murray: (803) 730-3044, LakeMurrayCruises.com

Sailing on Lake Murray
Sailing is fantastic all year round on Lake Murray. Lessons, rentals and skippered sails are available from the local sailing school. Come experience your own Lake Murray adventure!
Lanier Sailing Academy, (803) 317-9070
Visit: LanierSail.com

A Unique Experience – The Purple Martins on Lake Murray
The sky gets dark and millions of Purple Martins fill the predawn and evening skies each day, establishing seasonal digs at Lunch (Bomb) Island in the middle of Lake Murray. Lunch Island, once a practice bombing range for World War II plane crews, is the perfect spot for the birds to roost. There are about three-quarters of a million birds and the numbers are still increasing. You can view this “natural phenomenon," of thousands of Purple Martins on Lake Murray during July and August. This is the largest, natural, roosting sanctuary in North America. Come board a boat for an evening cruise and see this unique attraction.
Southern Patriot Tour Boat: (803) 749-8594, LakeMurrayTours.com
Spirit of Lake Murray: (803) 730-3044, LakeMurrayCruises.com

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
The famous Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in our area is an awesome zoo with national recognition. From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, this is a great place for kids, adults and grandparents. Admission: Adults, $9.75; Children 3-12, $7.25; Children 3 years and under are free.
Phone: (803) 779-8717
Visit: riverbanks.org

Zipline at Riverbanks Zoo
The newest attraction at Riverbanks is the wild ride Zipline. It's a different way to explore the zoo and the scenic Saluda River. It's a one of a kind experience! Zip tours are scheduled daily, and reservations are required. Zip the Zoo is $30 for Riverbanks members $45 for the general public. The River Zip is $40 for Riverbanks members and $55 for the general public. The tours are between two and three hours long.
Guided Nature/River walks at Saluda Shoals Park
Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities: 11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall, 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center, Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, river observation deck, Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch and picnic shelters. Phone: (803) 731-5028, Visit: icrc.net

Take a Stroll on the Grounds of the Lexington County Museum
There are 36 historic structures dating back to the late 1700’s. The oldest known structure in Lexington County is also on the Museum’s grounds.
Phone: (803) 359-8369
Visit: Lex-co.com/museum.html

Regional Outdoor Events

• Springtime at the Garden Festival at Riverbanks Zoo – (803) 779-8717,
• St. Pat’s Day in 5 Points – (803) 748-7373, stpatsinfivepoints.com
• Midlands Plant & Flower Show at SC State Farmers Market – (803) 734-2210,
• Pork in the Park in Newberry – (803) 321-1015, cityofnewberry.com
• Riverwalk Music Festival – (803) 939-8608, riverwalkmusic.com
• Rosewood Crawfish Festival – (803) 960-3552
• Rhythm on the River – (803) 794-6504, Rhythmontheriversc.com
• A Taste of Newberry – (803) 276-6264, visitnewberrysc.com
• Peachtree 23 Yard Sale – (803) 685-5511, peachtree23.com
• Lexington County Peach Festival – (803) 892-5207,
• 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray, (803) 781-5940, scjewel.com
• Torchlight Tattoo on Fort Jackson, Jackson.army.mil
• Brew at the Zoo – (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org
• Jubilee Festival of Heritage – (803) 252-1770, historiccolumbia.org
• Pelion Peanut Party – scpeanutparty.com
• Saluda Young Farmer’s Truck & Tractor Pull – Saludayoungfarmer.org
• Greek Festival in Columbia – (803) 461-0248, columbiasgreekfestival.com
• Labor Day Festival in Chapin – (803) 345-1100
• Okra Strut in Irmo – (803) 781-6122, irmookrastrut.com
• Viva La Vista – 803-269-5946, vivalavistasc.com
• Boo at the Zoo, (803) 779-8717, riverbanks.org
• Congaree Swampfest, (803) 776-5729, congareeswampfest.com
• Lexington County Corn Maize - (803) 730-2863, clintonseasefarm.com
• Fall Heritage Festival & Pig Pickin’ Party – (803) 898-4921,
• Vista Lights Celebration – vistalightssc.com
• Famously Hot New Year in Columbia – (803) 321-1015,

For more regional information, visit SCJewel.com

Cultural Activities

We have a symphony orchestra, some amateur theater, many art and history museums, two or three dance companies, a university which has offerings in these areas, several smaller colleges with some offerings in these areas. We have a lot of home-grown bands here, where Hootie & The Blowfish really came into its own. We have The Nickelodeon Theater, an art-house movie theater with two auditoriums in an old movie house. It shows foreign films and films in limited distribution. We also have an award-winning Zoo and Botanical Garden, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

Public transportation

We have a major airport in our region, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. We also have train transportation through downtown Columbia. There are also buses and free shuttles in the City of Columbia.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Capital City/Lake Murray Country, South Carolina?

On average, there are 217 sunny days per year in Columbia, South Carolina. The July high is around 94 degrees. The January low is 36.

Columbia, South Carolina, gets 45 inches of rain per year. The US average is 39. Snowfall is 1 inches. The average US city gets 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 111.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  33  45  56
 Feb  36  48  61
 Mar  43  56  69
 Apr  50  63  77
 May  59  71  84
 Jun  67  79  90
 Jul  71  82  93
 Aug  70  81  91
 Sep  64  75  86
 Oct  52  64  76
 Nov  42  55  68
 Dec  35  47  58

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  15  0
 Feb  0  10  0
 Mar  0  5  0
 Apr  1  1  0
 May  6  0  0
 Jun  16  0  0
 Jul  24  0  0
 Aug  18  0  0
 Sep  8  0  0
 Oct  1  1  0
 Nov  0  5  0
 Dec  0  13  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  10  33 %
 Feb  4 "  9  35 %
 Mar  4 "  9  41 %
 Apr  3 "  8  47 %
 May  3 "  8  58 %
 Jun  5 "  10  66 %
 Jul  5 "  11  70 %
 Aug  5 "  10  69 %
 Sep  4 "  7  64 %
 Oct  3 "  7  53 %
 Nov  3 "  8  44 %
 Dec  3 "  9  36 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  1 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Capital City/Lake Murray Country, SC

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Senior Assistance in Capital City/Lake Murray Country, SC

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What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Capital City/Lake Murray Country Offer For Retirees?

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