Water parks in Myrtle Beach provide non-stop action for those who might get bored lounging on the area's pristine beaches. The city consistently ranks among the top 10 family beach vacations in the US, and water parks only add to the fun and excitement. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Myrtle Beach's water parks.
Myrtle Waves Water Park
Myrtle Waves Water Park, according to About.com, "offers a different kind of bathing-suit-clad fun, and features some of waterparkdom's most thrilling slides." With over 30 rides and attractions, it is the largest water park in South Carolina.
Signature Ride: Turbo TwistersTurbo Twisters is a 10-story, 100-foot tall tower enclosed body slide -- the world's largest tubular slide, according to the Myrtle Waves website. Three interconnecting slides take kids on a fast and furious ride in the dark, with "muffled screams echoing from the slides to add to the suspense." Myrtle Waves also features Arooba Tooba, a popular spinning "toilet bowl" ride with a funny name and long lines.
Lounge In The Pool While The Kids PlayMyrtle Waves also features Ocean in Motion, the largest wave pool in the Carolinas, Bubble Bay leisure pool for toddlers and Saturation Station, an interactive water playground that soaks guests every six to eight minutes.
Food OptionsMyrtle Waves offers indoor or outdoor seating at a variety of restaurants, cafes and snack stands to suit the entire family -- from burgers to hot dogs to salads and pizzas.
Safety RecordA spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach said he knew of "no incidents" at Myrtle Waves or other water parks in the city.
Address: 3000 10th Ave. Ext. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Mid-May to mid-September. Hours vary. Dates and times are subject to change without notice.
Price: Under 42" admission is $21.99. Adult admission is $27.99. Children under 2 are free. Check Website for more details
Wild Water and Wheels
Wild Water and Wheels provides fun water attractions for the entire family, including special attractions like "Live at Five" every Friday with dance parties, DJs and bands.
Signature Ride: Free Fall Cliff DiveFree Fall Cliff Dive, a body-only speed slide, is not for the squeamish. Your speed may reach 45 mph as you race through a tunnel that opens up to a "near vertical drop." The Wild H20 Racer is a sled-style, head-first mat slide with four lanes of steep rolls and drops.
Lounging For The AdultsOther attractions at Wild Water and Wheels include bumper boats, a huge pool for kids and mini golf. The park also features an adults-only shallow pool where visitors can relax and unwind in lounge chairs.
Food OptionsA food court offers a variety of meals, drinks and snow cones. There also are food stands and vending machines throughout the park. Visitors also can bring their own food and eat it in a designated picnic area outside the park's main entrance.
Safety RecordA spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach said he knew of "no incidents" at water parks within the city limits.
Address: 910 Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Hours: Open late May to early September. Hours and days vary for the water park and other attractions.
Price: All day admission for visitors under 48" tall and seniors 55 and up is $16.98 plus tax ($18.40). Visitors over 48" are $26.98 plus tax ($29.25). Other rates available based on time of day and attraction. Check Website for details
Other Noteworthy ParksFamily Kingdom Water Park
Sea Crest Oceanfront Waterpark
Dunes Village Resort Indoor Water Park
Breakers Myrtle Beach Resort
Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort
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