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 2, for weekend operations only.
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 three spray geysers. Adults can unwind while drifting down the 870-foot-long Rollin’ River, a lazy river. The Big Kahuna wave pool is a family favorite with 27,000 square feet of wave action. For thrill seekers, Tubular Twister guarantees a rush of excitement. Whirlin’ Waters is open weekends until May 30, when the park will be open every day through mid-August.
Coming up on May 9, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark will host the Family Fit Challenge on site from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information on the challenge and to participate, families are encouraged to register at myfitfamilychallenge.com. Through the program, families can track activities for a chance to earn points and win weekly prizes and/or the grand prize of a trip to Orlando, FL and Universal Studios for a family of four.
Splash Zone, located in James Island County Park, 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, located on James Island, will be open for everyday operations starting May 25.
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 May 30, when the park will be open 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 to divert waste from area landfills, all three waterparks offer on-site composting bins in addition to recycling bins at main concession stands.
For all three waterparks, hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and operating dates are:
May 2 - May 24 – All three waterparks open weekends only
May 25 – mid-August – Splash Zone open daily
May 30 – mid-August – Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island open daily
August 15 - Labor Day – All three waterparks open weekends only
Special event rentals are also available for all three waterparks. Additionally, people with special needs and their caregivers are invited to exclusive nights at the waterparks. Special Needs Swim Night will be held May 9 at Splash Zone, and June 20 and July 18 at Whirlin’ Waters. For more information on the waterparks or to purchase waterpark passes, visit the link below or call (843) 795-4386.