Charleston summer fun!

02/16/2011  | 

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark

It’s time to start planning your next fun-in-the-sun summer vacation! How about a coastal, family-friendly destination? In Charleston, South Carolina, you’ll discover scenic beaches, a historic downtown, plus unlimited hours of recreation through waterparks, beach parks, fishing piers, camping and marsh-front vacation cottages.

Waterparks and Beach Parks

Kick off your family vacation with a splash at one of Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks: Splash Zone, Splash Island or Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Staffed with award-winning lifeguards to provide a safe experience, each park offers a full range of amenities, including snack bars, concessions and lockers. Also available for party rentals, the Charleston waterparks are your place for fun and relaxation, for groups of any size.


Splash Zone, located within James Island County Park, brings the Caribbean to Charleston with island-style play structures, 200-foot slides and endless leisure in the lazy river. In Mount Pleasant, you will find Splash Island, a water playground tucked deep within the shade of tropical vegetation at Palmetto Islands County Park. Here, slides, sprays, geysers, waterfalls, and the Cyclone water ride will provide hours of recreation for toddlers to pre-teenage children.

And in North Charleston at Wannamaker County Park is the 15-acre Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, packed with thrills and spills for all ages. Named one of the top five waterparks in the country by Waterparks and Resorts Today, Whirlin’ Waters is the largest waterpark in the Charleston area. Race down one of Riptide Run’s six 347-foot slides, plunge down the Tubular Twister multi-slide complex, and enjoy the giant Big Kahuna wave pool, all action-packed elements perfect for teens through adults alike. Children enjoy the Otter Bay pool area and the Big Splash Tree House with slides, sprays, interactive play elements, and a giant bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water. Toddlers delight the in the tot-friendly Lily Pad Lagoon play area, and adults discover 870 feet of winding lazy river relaxation on the Rollin’ River.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark


Looking for the sounds of the surf? Always family-friendly, the three county beach parks provide designated swimming areas for park visitors. Folly Beach, Kiawah Beachwalker, and Isle of Palms County Parks offer the area’s only beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and include parking, on-site restrooms and additional amenities.

Fishing Piers

                                                            Mount Pleasant Pier


Join the locals and catch some fun this summer at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier or the Mount Pleasant Pier. Both are prime locations for fantastic fishing, equipment rentals, breathtaking water views, and a wide variety of summer activities.

The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is a landmark pier that is home to a variety of saltwater fishing tournaments. If you need a break from fishing, enjoy lifeguard-patrolled beach access adjacent to the pier. After sunset, dance the night away. Held monthly each summer, the pier’s Moonlight Mixers offer an evening of live beach music and draw hundreds of visitors from throughout the region.

Located at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the Mount Pleasant Pier is the longest pier in South Carolina and offers stunning views of Charleston Harbor. Adjacent to the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, the pier offers not only some of the area’s best freshwater fishing and all needed supplies at the pier gift shop, but also tasty dining at the River Watch Café.


Looking for an affordable alternative to the typical hotel stay? James Island County Park is your destination. Nestled within a 643-acre natural setting are fully-furnished vacation cottages, equipped with all the conveniences needed for a relaxing get-away. Each dwelling has three bedrooms, plus a modern kitchen, linens, phones, television, and a scenic, screened marsh-front porch. The more adventurous can sleep under the stars in the park’s own secure primitive and tent camping area. Or enjoy the on-site RV campground, complete with full hook-ups and 24-hour security.

James Island County Park is conveniently located to downtown Charleston and the area’s beaches. But, visitors may wish to stay inside the park to enjoy its endless activities, including the Splash Zone waterpark, miles of paved trails, fishing and crabbing docks, the challenging 50-foot climbing wall, boat rentals for the park’s lake, and special events on select evenings.

Let Yourself Go! For more information on Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission waterparks or facilities, call 843-795-4386 or visit
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