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Boring, lazy weekends don’t exist in Camden, SC. Our region is chock full of adventures, experiences and amazing places to visit for kids of all ages. From lakes and water to parks and picnics…all the way to riding and racing. Camden offers an alternative to the stresses of big city life. Slow down, do something new and reconnect as a family in Camden, SC.

Top Experiences & Destinations

Busy parents need to have some fun too! When you’re looking to plan your next weekend family adventure, head on down the road to Camden, SC. We’ve put together a list of some of the coolest things for kids to do in our region. But, be ready…because they will want to come back.

Lake Wateree

Anglers searching for that special location to reel in the big fish will discover a wide range of fishing opportunities in the area. There are numerous landings and marinas offering access to the over 13,000 acres of Lake Wateree, with 242 miles of shoreline. Lake Wateree also provides a setting for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, tubing, water skiing, wind surfing, seeing, and just cruising. Check out the Lake Wateree Sailing Club for some incredible family friendly ways to get on the water. 

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The Wateree River

The Wateree River is a continuation of the Catawba River, which flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina; this river had the different names of Catawba and Wateree assigned to different sections by different groups of settlers. The Wateree flows generally southward through Kershaw County and along the common boundary of Richland and Sumter counties, past the Piedmont town of Camden. It joins the Congaree River to form the Santee River about 35 mi (55 km) southeast of Columbia.

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N.R. Goodale State Park

Located just minutes outside of downtown Camden, Goodale State Park features tall cypress trees that enchant the eye, a Civil War-era mill pond that abounds with wildlife and some of the best kayaking in South Carolina.  Nature lovers will enjoy hiking the 1.5 miles sandy nature trail on the lookout for alligators, egrets, otters and the elusive bald eagle. Jump in a canoe or kayak and head out on the “Water Trail” – recognized by Canoe Magazine as a “Top 25 Scenic Canoe Route” – as you paddle – not hike – into the forest.  A truly magical experience.  Goodale awaits!

Location: 350 Park Road in Camden.

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Margaret H. Lloyd Preserve

Walking, hiking, biking – now you can enjoy 800 acres of open trails and varying habitats along the Wateree River at the Margaret H. Lloyd Preserve. Here outdoor education experiences are provided for all ages by the facilitation and support of nature focused programs and practices. To learn more about our project, schedule programming or get involved on the preserve contact Nature as Teacher’s Education Specialist Leoncia Cruz at or 610-715-2788 / 247 Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden.

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Camden Riverfront Environmental Park

This new park at the historic Port of Camden features an interior half-mile meandering waterway which hosts fish and wildlife, a canoe/kayak launch, observation areas, bridges and walking trail. 175 Bramblewood Plantation Rd.

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The Tennis Center of Camden & Pickleball Plaza

Located in downtown Camden, the new $3.5 million racquet complex is booking USTA sanctioned tournaments year ‘round. It features 16 lighted tennis courts, canopies for shading, front porch areas, a pro-shop, 3,500 feet of lighted walking trail, and more than 150 parking spaces. Plus, Camden Pickleball Plaza features the most lighted pickleball courts in South Carolina. 823 Campbell Street. Call 803-432-0252

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Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve

Miles of walking trails in the peaceful forest that was the location of the bloody Battle of Camden in 1780. Free and open to the public during daylight hours.

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Carolina Motorsports Park and The Carolina Kart Park

The road racing center of the Carolinas, is home to the only purpose-built road course in the Carolinas. The 14-turn, 2.279-mile circuit was designed in 1998 by famed track designer, Alan Wilson. Bring the kids and check out incredible kart racing on the .7 mile Carolina Kart Park. Whether you own a kart, or you want to rent one of ours – it’s always a blast spending a day at CKP.  Just arrive and drive. Check their calendar for exciting performance racing.

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National Steeplechase Museum

For a first-class, one of a kind experience, a visit and tour of Camden’s National Steeplechase Museum is essential. Here you will step into the world of steeplechase racing and learn about the incredible athletes – the breeders, jockeys and horses that have made glorious contributions to one of America’s grandest sports. Come and enjoy the numerous exhibits and displays, constantly evolving, that tell the rich history of our sport. Want more?  Schedule a tour and watch the early morning workouts from the back terrace of the Museum. 

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Revolutionary War Visitor Center and Museum

Go back in time at Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden; the nation’s first permanent exhibit dedicated to telling the story of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and South Carolina’s role in turning the tide of the war for independence.  The Revolutionary War Visitor Center is the gateway to all Camden and Kershaw County have to offer – from historic sites and regional festivals to a multitude of events and activities.

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Revolutionary War Park at Historic Camden

One of the most significant attractions in South Carolina, Camden’s Revolutionary War Park serves as the gateway to the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the Liberty Trail in South Carolina. The 110-acre park includes the Historic Camden Colonial Village with furnished period houses, reconstructions of some of the 18th century military fortifications, tours, educational programs, and the Joseph Kershaw mansion, used as headquarters by the British army in 1780.Also included is the region’s newest national attraction; The Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden.

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Experience Camden Like a Local

Play All Day On The “Big Water”

Spend a day of adventure on the water at Lake Wateree

Listen. Do you hear it? Hours of endless fun are calling your kiddos. No spring/summer weekend in Camden is complete without an adventure on the “deep waters” of Lake Wateree. Slow things down in a kayak, canoe (or with fishing pole in hand) for some quality time. Go big with a pontoon or power boat rental and make a day of it. Skiing, tubing, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming are the sports of choice on Lake Wateree and Camden is the perfect launching pad for your next water adventure. Check out some of the best places below to get gear and get on the water.

Lake Wateree Sailing Club →
Clearwater Cove and Marina →
Wateree Lake RV Park & Marin →

Paddle “Into The Forest” at Goodale State Park

Drift Amongst Ancient Cypress Trees on one of Canoe Magazine’s Top 25 Water Trails

One of South Carolina’s hidden gems…Goodale State Park features tall cypress trees that enchant the eye and a bevvy of wildlife both on land and in the water. Goodale’s Water Trail is some of best kayaking in South Carolina and was recognized by Canoe Magazine as a “Top 25 Scenic Canoe Route”. Get ready for egrets, hawks alligators and more as you paddle – not hike – into the forest. A truly magical experience. Start your trip in downtown Camden for supplies and provisions.

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The thrill of horse racing for kids of all ages.

Enjoy the annual “rite of spring” with everyone!

Attending the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden is a time-honored tradition that has achieved premier social event status all over the world. South Carolina’s annual “rite of spring” draws over 30,000 fans from around the country to the thrilling sport of steeplechase horse racing. Amid a flurry of spring fashions and elaborate tailgate parties, this is THE day to see old friends and make new ones throughout the day. And did you know that kids will have more to see and do than you can fit into a day? Check out the kids zone, learn about horse racing at the Carolina Steeplechase Museum and cheer on your favorite horse (and jockey) on race day.

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