Whirlin Waters

If you haven’t been to the Charleston County waterparks, put it on your “to-do” list for this summer!

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) has three waterparks to choose from, with a place for every age group. If you’ve got little ones, toddlers to pre-teenagers, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park is the place to take them.  It’s tucked within tropical vegetation and provides hours of fun and recreation. While you are relaxing in a lounge chair, you can still keep an eye on kids as they play among the slides, sprays, geysers, waterfalls and more. Splash Island opens for weekends only starting May 6, and then daily Memorial Day (May 29), through mid-August, and back to weekends only until Labor Day (Sept. 4).

Charleston’s Area Waterparks

James Island County Park’s Splash Zone, with its island-style structures, is a salute to the Caribbean and popular place where everyone can get wet.  Many of its features are perfect for middle to high school students, but adults will find floating endlessly on the lazy river an escape from the rigors of day-to-day craziness, and flying down the two 200-foot-long slides exhilarating. Splash Zone opens weekends starting May 6, daily May 29 through mid-August, then weekends only again until Labor Day.

Charleston’s Area Waterparks

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. As CCPRC’S largest waterpark, this one caters to all ages. Kids can enjoy fun areas with fun names like “The Big Splash Tree House,” an attraction that features slides, sprays, interactive play elements and a giant bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water. There’s a toddler play area, Lily Pad Lagoon, where the wee ones will be entertained for a long time in a shallow pool with spray geysers. There is also a lazy river here where adults can unwind on an 870-foot-long float down the Rollin’ River. The whole family can enjoy the 27,000-square-foot Big Kahuna wave pool with its varying wave action. And for thrill seekers, the Tubular Twister guarantees a rush of excitement, while the park’s Rip Tide Run takes riders on a head-to-head competition down the four-story mat racer slide toward the finish line. Whirlin’ Waters operating schedule mirrors those of Splash Island.

All three waterparks have a full range of amenities including concessions, lockers for securing items, lounge chairs, showers and restrooms, and trained lifeguards to provide a safe experience. The always-stewardship-minded CCPRC also offers on-site composting and recycling bins at each of the waterpark’s main concession stands.

Each waterpark has a different fee structure for admission, so check out CCPRC’s website,  CharlestonCountyParks.com. If you find visiting these attractions once or twice is not enough, consider getting a Basic Splash Pass, which gets you unlimited admission into Splash Zone and Splash Island, or a Super Splash Pass, which gets you into all three waterparks.  Details for the passes are also on CCPRC’s website, or you can download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, or call (843) 795-4386.

Splash Zone Waterpark, Splash Island Waterpark, and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark are owned and operated by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes four land parks, three beach parks, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, a skate park, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, a historic plantation site, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. CCPRC also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, volunteer opportunities, and more. For more information, call 843-795-4386, download Charleston County Parks’ mobile app, or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.