Splash into summer at Charleston’s waterparks

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cool off from the summer heat at one of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Department’s area waterparks. All three parks will be open on the weekends starting May 4. PHOTO PROVIDED

Cool fun awaits Lowcountry residents and visitors at Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. The waterparks open officially for the season on May 4, for weekend operation only. Starting May 27, all three waterparks will be open daily through mid-August.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located in North Charleston at Wannamaker County Park. The largest waterpark in the Charleston area, Whirlin’ Waters features unique activities for all ages – from curious little ones to thrill-seeking adults. This year, Whirlin’ Waters introduces a timer on the Riptide Run slide. Race against others on this six-lane, 347-foot long water slide to see who can get the fastest time.

Also at Whirlin’ Waters, children enjoy the Otter Bay pool area and The Big Splash Tree House featuring slides, sprays, interactive play elements and a giant bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water. Lily Pad Lagoon, a toddler play area, also provides hours of fun with a shallow pool and three different spray geysers. Adults can unwind while drifting down Rollin’ River, a lazy river hosting 870 feet of relaxation. The Big Kahuna wave pool is a family favorite with 27,000 square feet of wave action. Looking for thrills? Tubular Twister is guaranteed to provide a rush of excitement.

Splash Zone, located within James Island County Park, brings the Caribbean to Charleston with island-style play structures and slides. Spend the day coasting down the two 200-foot slides, relaxing in the leisure pool or floating endlessly on the lazy river.

Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park is tucked deep within tropical vegetation and provides hours of fun and recreation for toddlers to pre-teenage children. Enjoy slides, sprays, geysers, waterfalls and more.

Each waterpark also offers a full range of amenities including concessions, lockers for securing items, lounge chairs, showers and restrooms. Each park is staffed with trained lifeguards to provide a safe experience. Also new this year, each waterpark will offer on-site composting bins in addition to recycling bins at main concession stands, in an effort to help divert waste from area landfills.

Waterpark hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for all three waterparks, and operating dates are:

May 4 - May 26 – open weekends only

May 27- mid-August – open daily

Mid-August through Labor Day – open weekends only

For more information or to purchase waterpark passes, visit www.splashparks.com or call 843-795-4386.

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