[CHARLESTON COUNTY] – Cool fun awaits kids (and adults) of all ages at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark! All three waterparks open officially for the season on May 7, for weekend operations until after Memorial Day.
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located at North Charleston 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 spray geysers. Adults can unwind while drifting down the 870-foot-long Rollin’ River. The 27,000-square-foot Big Kahuna wave pool is a family favorite. For thrill seekers, Tubular Twister guarantees a rush of excitement. And the park’s brand new Rip Tide Run mat racer slide, opened in summer 2015, takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition down the four-story bumpy slide toward the finish line. Whirlin’ Waters is open weekends until June 4, when the park will remain open every day through mid-August.
Splash Zone, located in James Island County Park, is a popular park that brings the Caribbean to Charleston with island-style play structures and two 200-foot-long slides. Spend the day relaxing in the large leisure pool or floating endlessly on the lazy river. Splash Zone Waterpark on James Island will be open for everyday operations starting May 30.
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. Splash Island is open weekends only until June 4, when the park opens every day through mid-August.
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, all three waterparks offer on-site composting bins in addition to recycling bins at main concession stands.
Park admission fees vary. Area residents are encouraged to take full advantage of the summer with the seasonal Basic Splash Pass, which allows unlimited admission into Splash Zone and Splash Island, or the Super Splash Pass, which also allows admission into Whirlin’ Waters! For rates and to purchase passes, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.
For all three waterparks, hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 2016 operating dates are:
Starting May 7– All three waterparks open weekends only
May 30 – Aug. 12 – Splash Zone open daily
June 4 – Aug. 12 – Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island open daily
Aug. 13 - Labor Day – All three waterparks open weekends only
All three waterparks are also available for event rentals. Additionally, people with special needs and their caregivers are invited to exclusive nights at the waterparks this summer. Special Needs Swim Night will be held June 18 and July 16 at Whirlin’ Waters and Aug. 6 at Splash Zone. For more information on the waterparks or to purchase waterpark passes, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, or call (843) 795-4386.