The 10 Best Things to Do in Irmo, United States

July 21, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

Irmo is a town in Lexington and Richland counties, South Carolina, United States and a suburb of Columbia. It is part of the Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the city center. The population of Irmo was 11,097 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Irmo

1. Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210-8014 +1 803-779-8717
Excellent
70%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world. A visit to the Zoo will play host to an array of wild adventures from a diving expedition on a Pacific coral reef to a safari through the plains of Africa to an interactive Outback encounter with a flock of sociable lorikeets. The Botanical Garden boasts 70-acres of unparalleled beauty and is considered one of the America's best public gardens. Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The Garden also is the gateway to natural river views and spectacular valley overlooks. In addition, guests can view structural remains dating back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the Civil War.

Reviewed By Linda5355 - Charlotte, North Carolina

This is a fabulous zoo. Wonderful exhibits and they seem to really care for the animals. Their zoo map was confusing so it was a bit tough to find our way but we got to most things we wanted to see. We spent 5 hours there but could have used an extra day. There’s SO much to do! Get there early because parking is free but fills up quickly.

2. West Columbia Riverwalk

Congaree River, West Columbia, SC
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

West Columbia Riverwalk

Reviewed By Scott A - Nashville, Tennessee

The West Columbia Riverwalk is just that--a walkway adjacent to the Congaree River, which separates the city of Columbia with the cities of West Columbia and Cayce. Finding parking to access the Riverwalk is difficult, and after major rains, the ampitheatre where most people access the Riverwalk can be flooded and inaccessible. Once you are successful in finding parking, the walk is delightful. Only downside is seeing the excessive trash in the river and on the river bank. Clearly, the walkway is the star and the river is a sewer and trash dump. Sad that the citizens of this area don't have more pride in their natural resources. For a nice way to pass the time on a weekend or early evening this is a nice option.

3. Better Boating

1602 Marina Rd, Suite B, Irmo, SC 29063-6928
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 46 reviews

Better Boating

Better boating is your number one source for boating fun on Lake Murray near Columbia, SC! We are located at Marina Bay, home of Lake Murray Marina and Liberty on the Lake restaurant in Irmo, SC. We are proud to offer the area's largest fleet of clean, well-maintained, newer model pontoon boats and ski boats. In addition to boat rentals, we rent kayaks, standup paddle boards, pedal boats, electric boats, and more! Our professional staff is dedicated to providing the best service and value by offering a variety of recreational and boating opportunities and to do it better and safer than anyone else in Columbia, SC.

Reviewed By annlonon - Columbia, South Carolina

We have rented from Better Boating for the past 3 years. Every year the experience has been fantastic. They staff are very courteous and helpful. The boat is clean and in good shape and if there is ever an issue, they are quick to resolve...MoreThank you Annlonon for the review! We are happy we have been serving you for several years now. We appreciate the nod towards the staff, service and equipment. We hope to see you again soon.

4. Dreher Shoals Dam Walk

1832 N Lake Dr, Lexington, SC 29072-9350
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Dreher Shoals Dam Walk

Reviewed By mjb1213 - West Columbia, South Carolina, United States

The walk along Lake Murray, be it at dawn or dusk, is lovely. If you look to the East between the hills, you can see downtown -- which is really cool.

5. Lexington County Museum

231 Fox St, Lexington, SC 29072-2654 +1 803-359-8369
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Lexington County Museum

The Lexington County Museum, located in downtown Lexington, offers a rare and unforgettable experience – the chance to see and touch a way of life gone forever. The Museum interprets and exhibits historic structures and artifacts that tell the story of everyday life for Lexington County citizens in the colonial and antebellum period and contains many everyday items people used in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum features over 30 historic structures on seven acres. Some of these include the Leaphart/Harman house, built around 1790; the Corley Cabin, the oldest documented building in Lexington; the Ernest Hazelius House, where the traditional song "Give Me That Old Time Religion" was composed, and the two story-John Fox House, built in 1832. Originally built by Jesse Bates, John Fox, a wealthy planter and politician, bought the house in 1843. Currently, it is furnished with period pieces from Lexington County that show how an upper class home would have been decorated around the mid-nineteenth century. The Museum serves as an invaluable educational tool by promoting the county's history and attracting school groups. The Museum offers thirteen hands-on tours to school groups for free.

Reviewed By Kelli M - Cinnaminson, New Jersey

What a great place to kill a few hours near Ft. Jackson. We stopped here after graduation day ceremonies to kill some time. Tour takes about 2 hours. The guides are excellent and very knowledgeable. You will enter several of the buildings on site while learning about the history of each of them. They have all been moved here from other locations except for the main white house. To drive up and park it is deceiving in size. There is a lot to see. They have one of the largest quilt collections in the south. Be sure to pay a visit. Entry was $5 pp.

6. Irmo Town Park

1249 Lexington St, Irmo, SC 29063-2811 +1 803-772-5300
Excellent
80%
Good
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Irmo Town Park

Reviewed By LoveLakeMurraySC - Columbia, South Carolina

In the middle of Irmo is a small yet beautiful park to enjoy a break from the busy pace of life. Take lunch on a pretty day - you will be refreshed when you return to work. Also looks like a beautiful wedding location.

7. South Carolina State House

1100 Gervais St, 1100 Gervais St, 29201-6215, Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29201-6215 +1 803-734-2430
Excellent
65%
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4.5 based on 515 reviews

South Carolina State House

A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

Reviewed By Jérémie P - Panama City, Panama

This house is situated in a very clean park. The house is big and impressive. I liked to see it, but it is not the most amazing attraction ever. I was there at sunset, very nice light, excellent to take pictures

8. Irmo Community Park

Eastview Drive, Irmo, SC 29063
Excellent
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Irmo Community Park

Reviewed By Amber S - Bluffton, South Carolina

I was visiting the area and needed a place to get a run in. I visited 4 times within 5 days and enjoyed the paved paths that run around the park. Nice, shady trail that runs around a well equipped playground. Also has a shelter house with picnic tables, bathrooms and an amphitheater. Easy to find and seemed like a very safe area. I'll be back next time!

9. Saluda Shoals Park

5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212-2611 +1 803-731-5208
Excellent
65%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Saluda Shoals Park

Reviewed By RA_Travel_5 - Germany

This is a nice park near the Lake Murray Dam. You can spend a day with family or friends outdoors on walking trails, riding bikes, inline skating or on the water with a kayak or canoe. There ware various picnic areas and children playgrounds. Plenty of opportunities to spend a wonderful day. Having lots of trees provides shade during hot days..

10. Plex HiWire Family Fun & Sports Center

1019 Broad Stone Rd, Irmo, SC 29063-9170 +1 803-732-1900
Excellent
60%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Plex HiWire Family Fun & Sports Center

Plex HiWire is a Family Fun Center that hosts a 25,000 sq.ft. HiWire Trampoline Park featuring Massive Continuous Trampolines, Olympic-size Foam Pits, Trapeze Bar, Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, Rock Climbing Wall, Dunk-able Basketball Goals and Dodgeball Stadium. Plex also has the Only NHL Regulation Ice Rink in Columbia and is Home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks Hockey Team. Youth & Adult Hockey Leagues and Figure Skating available. Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey also available.

Reviewed By CarmelasHusband - Bluffton, South Carolina

We always try to come to Plex HiWire when in the Midlands. It's a great way for my boys to burn off excess energy. My boys always have a great time and this visit was no exception.Hi Carmels Husband! Thank you for the Awesome 5 Star a Rating and for taking the time to write a review ! We really appreciate your comments and excited you and your family had a BLAST at Plex HiWire! Thanks again!

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