A wet and wonderful staycation for the whole family is just around the corner at one of the Upstate’s waterparks. Spend a morning or a whole day splashing, relaxing and playing with friends.
The Upstate is home to four unique waterparks, each offering families a chance for a little summer escape close to home.
Duncan has its very own pirate haven. Shipwreck Cove welcomes guess with a day’s worth of activities to beat the heat.
“Last season was our second best season we’ve had since we opened nine years ago,” Cam Fant, Duncan’s Town Administrator, said.
This summer, Shipwreck Cove will feature a new cool decking system, which Fant said keeps feet much cooler than the old concrete surface.
“This product will cool it 20 – 30 degrees,” he said.
The park has also added a dump bucket for kids who want to get the ultimate dousing experience. Late last season, the park also added free Wi-fi and several umbrella shade areas.
Shipwreck Cove is a pirate-themed park with a lazy river, slides, a kiddie pool and more. Refreshments are available and the park also hosts birthday parties and group events.
Next door to Shipwreck Cove is Stoneledge Park, which offers a change of pace if families want to take a break from water activities. Fant said admission rates allow guests to leave and return on the same day.
For admission rates, rental details and more, visit www.shipwreckcovesc.com.
Greenville County Parks
Greenville County’s three waterparks give residents plenty of options close to home.
Beth Scheimann, aquatics manager for Discovery Island, said parks are open seven days a week through the summer. Each of the three themed parks offers birthday parties and event rentals.
Discovery Island has slides for children 48 inches and taller, as well as a play structure for smaller children. As the county’s first waterpark, it continues to change and refresh each season.
“I think it’s popular because it’s unique,” Scheimann said. “All of our waterparks have a nice following. They are each unique in their own way. It’s the next step up to going to your backyard pool.”
This summer, Discovery Island will be the first of the three parks to offer cabana packages designed to make a day at the park a little cooler. Clyde’s Cabanas can be reserved online. The packages are $60 each, in addition to park admission, and include a full day’s use of a shade cabana, two chaise lounges, a small table and a locker, as well as two bottles of water and a bottle of sunscreen.
All three Greenville County waterparks offer birthday parties and private rentals. Otter Creek and Discovery Island also offer swim lessons for ages 3 – 14 in the mornings prior to opening.
Note that all Greenville County aquatics facilities require U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for children 42 inches tall and shorter. Jackets are available at the parks or may be brought from home as long as they are labeled as U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
Costs, hours and rental information is available online at greenvillerec.com/waterparks. Season passes are available for each park individually or purchase a pass that includes all three parks.
Greenville County waterparks include:
• 7th Inning Splash: Located at Lakeside Park in Piedmont, 7th Inning Splash features a funnel slide, a baseball-themed splash pad and more.
• Discovery Island: At Southside Park in Simpsonville, Discovery Island features activities for all ages, including a lazy river, a flow rider and a children’s play area.
• Otter Creek: Located at Northside Park in Greenville, Otter Creek features four water slides, a 32-foot tall tower, a spray pad and more.