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Free visits with favorite cartoon characters on select Saturdays at Charleston's Area Waterparks
Published:
6/17/2016 12:37:43 PM

Cool fun awaits families this summer at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s three area waterparks - Splash Zone, Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark! All three waterparks are open daily through Aug. 12, and each park will host a cartoon character on site on a select weekend this summer!

On Saturday, June 18, Whirlin’ Waters will host Spongebob Squarepants; Scooby Doo will be at Splash Zone on Saturday, July 16; and kids are invited to visit with Bugs Bunny on Saturday, July 30 at Splash Island! Characters will be available for visits during select periods from 12-3:30 p.m., and visits are free with waterpark admission.

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 Rip Tide Run mat racer slide, opened in summer 2015, takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition down the four-story bumpy slide toward the finish line.

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 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.

For all three waterparks, hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 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, 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 CharlestonCountyParks.com.

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 18 and July 16 at Whirlin’ Waters and Aug. 6 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.

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