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Posted on: May 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Waterparks open weekends only in May


[CHARLESTON COUNTY] – Cool fun awaits kids (and adults) of all ages at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark!  All three waterparks open officially for the season on May 6, for weekend operations until early June.

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 Rip Tide Run mat racer slide takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition down the four-story bumpy slide toward the finish line. Whirlin’ Waters is open weekends only until June 3, when the park will remain open every day through Aug. 12.

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 29.

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 3 and will then be open daily through Aug. 12.

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 CCPRC’s 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

For all three waterparks, hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 2017 operating dates are:

May 6: All three waterparks open for weekends only

May 29: All three waterparks open for Memorial Day operations; Splash Zone only now open daily

June 3: Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island now open daily

Aug.12: All three waterparks now open weekends only through Labor Day

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 10, June 24 and July 15 at Whirlin’ Waters, and July 29 at Splash Zone. For more information on the waterparks or to purchase waterpark passes, visit the link below, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, or call 843-795-4386.  

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