Water parks in South Carolina offer an alternative to beach fun. The parks are spread all over the state, so your family is never very far from a splashing good time. 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 South Carolina water parks.
Myrtle Waves Water ParkThe largest water park in South Carolina, Myrtle Waves spans more than 20 acres with water fun. A million gallons of water move, shoot and slide visitors through wave pools, waterslides and other attractions.
Signature RideThe Turbo Twisters rise 10 stories above the park. The three slides take riders through completely different routes to the ground in enclosed tubes at speeds of up to 50 feet per second.
Other AttractionsThe Super Chute is an enclosed tube slide that ends with an eight-foot drop into the lagoon. The Riptide Rockets are twin flumes -- each 350 feet long -- that end with a final curve that sends the rider airborne before hitting the lagoon. For something more relaxed try the LayZee River. This three-mile per hour flow gently takes the rider through the park's lush South Carolina landscaping. For something a little faster, try the Racin' River. This peanut-shaped river flows at 10 miles per hour.
FoodThe park has four restaurants that offer a range of fast food from hamburgers and pizza to ice cream and slushies.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Myrtle Waves.
Address: 3000 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: June, July and the first two weeks of August, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The third week in August, the park is open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. The last weekends of August and the first two weekends of September, the park is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Tickets for adults and children over 42 inches tall cost $30. Tickets for children under 42 inches are $24.99. Children under the age of 2 are free. Seniors 55 and up can purchase tickets for $29.99.
Family Kingdom Water Park
The Family Kingdom Water Park lies right on the beach. Watch the ocean as you slide down flumes or float down the lazy river.
Signature RideThe Wet and Wild Water Flumes spiral over the beach. Riders drop more than 100 feet to splash into the central lagoon.
Other AttractionsListen to the sounds of the ocean waves as you float down the Lazy River. For more thrills, ride the speed slide. For smaller visitors, check out the splash pool with eight slides for little ones.
FoodThere are a wide variety of concession stands offering fast food fare and sweet snacks.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Family Kingdom Water Park.
Address: 300 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Open May 28 through June 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 through Aug. 13, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park remains open Aug. 14 through Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adult wristband, $20.95; children under 48 inches, $19.95. Admission to the park is free, but a wristband is necessary to access the slides and pools.
Other Noteworthy ParksSplash Island Waterpark, Charleston, SC Wild Water and Wheels, Surfside Beach, SC Splash Zone Waterpark, Charleston, SC Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark, Charleston SC Summer Waves, Jekyll Island, GA
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