Charleston County Parks’ three waterparks are now open daily. And this season, one of them has a brand new attraction in store for visitors, called The Washout.
Located at Whirlin’, The Washout is the tallest waterpark attraction in the Charleston area. Guests zoom down the 60-foot-tall water ride on multi-person rafts. With two separate exhilarating experiences, the pink ride features a steep drop that takes riders up a near-vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and the turquoise ride offers a combination of water features unique to Whirlin’ Waters. Riders experience fast, near-vertical oscillations; high-speed twists and turns down an enclosed serpentine flume; and turns around 90 degree corners. Riders of The Washout must be 48 inches tall.
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and is one of three waterparks owned by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. The largest waterpark in the Charleston area, Whirlin’ Waters features unique activities for all ages with attractions including the Big Splash Tree House, Rollin’ River lazy river, Big Kahuna wave pool, Tubular Twister slides, the Rip Tide Run mat racer slide and the Otter Bay kiddie area. The Big Kahuna wave pool also got an update this year with a brand new mural by famed local artist Douglas Panzone.
Splash Zone waterpark, located in James Island County Park, offers two 200-foot-long slides, a large leisure pool, a 500-foot-long lazy river, and a new attraction that opened last year called The Rainforest. This themed family play complex features buckets dumping water, five slides and various sprays and misting elements.
Splash Island waterpark 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-long otter slide, The Cyclone swirling water ride, and sprays, geysers, waterfalls and more.
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 certified lifeguards to provide a safe experience.
Park admission fees vary. All waterparks are open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Splash Zone opened for daily operations May 27. Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island opened daily starting June 10. The parks will return to weekends only operations Aug. 17. Splash Passes offer unlimited waterpark access all season, and are available for sale now at CharlestonCountyParks.com.
While visiting the Charleston County waterparks this summer, guests can help support a very worthy cause – helping others in the community learn how to swim. Visitors are encouraged to consider donating to Charleston County Parks Foundation’s Swim For IT campaign which raises money to prevent drownings through swim instruction and water safety classes.
For more information on the waterparks, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app or call 843-795-4386.