Splash into summer at Charleston waterparks

  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

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 3, for weekend operation only. Starting May 26, 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. 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, provides hours of fun with a shallow pool and three 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. Or, race down Riptide Run, a six-lane, 347-foot-long water slide.

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 park's two 200-foot slides, relaxing in the large 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.

The waterparks also offer a full range of amenities including concessions, lockers for securing items, lounge chairs, showers and restrooms. Each waterpark is staffed with trained lifeguards to provide a safe experience. In an effort to support Charleston County Parks' stewardship initiatives to divert waste from area landfills, all three waterparks offer on-site composting bins in addition to recycling bins at main concession stands. New this year – your favorite Nickelodeon characters will be visiting the waterparks. Every Wednesday from June 4 – Aug. 13, children are invited to see SpongeBob, Dora the Explorer, Diego or Blue from “Blues Clues” at one of the three waterparks. The full character appearance schedule and details will be posted at www.charlestoncountyparks.com/waterparks.

For all three waterparks, hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and operating dates are May 3-25 (weekends only), May 26 through August 15 (open daily) and August 15 through Labor Day (weekends only).

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

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