By Sarah Reynolds for The Island Eye News
Cool fun awaits kids (and adults) of all ages at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks – Splash Island, Splash Zone and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark and Splash Island will open for weekends-only operations beginning May 5, and daily operations starting June 2. Splash Zone waterpark is anticipated to open in late May after construction of a new water attraction has been completed.
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. 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 slide toward the finish line. 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 a 200-foot-long body flume, activity pool, a 16-foot otter slide, a swirling water ride and sprays, geysers, waterfalls and more. Splash Zone, located in James Island County Park, is a popular waterpark that features island style play structures and two 200-foot-long slides. Families can relax in the large leisure pool or floating endlessly on the lazy river. Splash Zone’s new attraction for 2018 will be a rainforest themed family play complex that features buckets dumping water, slides, and various sprays and misting elements. Dependent upon the completion of construction for the new attraction, Splash Zone is anticipated to open in late May. Stay tuned to CharlestonCountyParks.com for updates on the park’s official opening date. 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!
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 23 and July 14 at Whirlin’ Waters, and July 28 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.