Find some summer fun for everyone



Looking for places to go this summer? Here are some local venues offering a low-cost day of summer fun.


AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS, Lake Olmstead Stadium, 78 Milledge Road, (706) 736-7889,

This summer, enjoy an all-American evening of minor league baseball with the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Daily promotions include Kids Eat Free Sundays, Feed Your Face Mondays, Two-For-Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays.

Home games are held on weekdays and weekends. Ticket prices vary depending on the day of the game and whether the ticket is for general admission, reserved or box seats. They can be purchased at the Lake Olmstead Stadium front office, the box office or by phone at (706) 922-9467.


THE BIG MO (Monetta Drive-In Theatre), 5822 Columbia Highway N., Monetta, S.C., (803) 685-7949,

Watch the latest movies under the stars at the drive-in. Enjoy your choice of three double features for the price of a single movie. Patrons will get clear stereo sound through their car’s radio. The Big Mo also offers a full-service concession stand with hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage dogs, nachos, ice cream, soft drinks and more. There’s also a play area for kids and trivia contests during intermission with prizes.

The Big Mo is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for the premiere of some new movies and occasionally seven nights a week for special promotions. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the first movie on each screen starting at dusk (between 8:45 to 9 p.m.).

Cash only is accepted at the box office. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 11. Children 3 and under are free.


ADVENTURE CROSSING, 4350 Wheeler Road, (706) 863-3087,

Adventure Crossing offers indoor and outdoor recreation for the entire family. Inside, visitors can play in the arcade, enjoy a game of Lasertron Laser Tag or relax in the Sightseers cafe, which has large screen TVs and free wi-fi.

Outside, they can ride on three go-kart tracks or four midway rides, work on their baseball swing in the batting cages and improve their golf game on two miniature golf courses.

Adventure Crossing is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Single tickets are $2.25 each. Packages are also available.


REDCLIFFE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C., (803) 827-1473, southcarolinaparks. com/redcliffe/introduction.aspx.

Take a tour of Redcliffe Plantation, which is named for the red clay hill on which the site is situated. Completed in 1859, Redcliffe Plantation was the home of James Henry Hammond, a former U.S. Congressman, governor of South Carolina and U.S. senator, three generations of his descendants, and numerous black families who worked at the site as slaves and later free men and women.

The property was deeded to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in 1973.

Redcliffe Plantation is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. House museum tours are held on the hour from Thursday to Monday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Park admission is free. House tours are $5 for ages 16 and up, $3 for South Carolina seniors and $4 for ages 6 to 15.


PHINIZY SWAMP, 1858 Lock & Dam Road, Augusta, (706) 828-2109, naturalsciences

Take time to enjoy nature at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, where visitors can see blue herons, red-shouldered hawks, otters, alligators and bobcats in their natural settings. They can also listen to the sounds of kingfisher and tree frogs and learn about summer dragonflies.

Phinizy Swamp is open from dawn to dusk every day. Admission is free. Groups wanting a tour must schedule their visit in advance at (706) 828-2109.

On first Saturdays, Phinizy Swamp offers the Swamp Saturday program during which volunteers lead a 21/2-mile leisurely hike through the park. The hike starts at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.

A Full Moon Walk is scheduled on July 3. Call ahead to register. There is a fee for the Full Moon Walk.


LIVING HISTORY PARK, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta, (803) 279-7560,

Visitors at the Living History Park witness history firsthand through living exhibits and demonstrations of Colonial life. The 7.5-acre park with natural springs is used by local teachers to provide children with a hands-on educational experience. The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, unless a private event is scheduled. Admission is free.

On June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25, interpreters will be on site for Last Saturday at the Park. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


THURMOND LAKE, 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C., (864) 333-1100,

Spend a day in the water at Thurmond Lake, which borders Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad and Little rivers.

Lake access is available through public parks, marinas and campgrounds. Most parks are open 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 30.

The cost for most parks is $4 per vehicle, but some have picnic shelters that can be reserved for free.

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