4 Great Water Parks in South Carolina Away From the Beach

By:Kerry Egan

Date:8/3/2015

When the kids need to burn off energy but the famous heat and humidity of South Carolina make you feel like a boiled peanut when you venture outside, there's only one solution: a water park. Luckily, there are several great ones across the state to choose from.

1. Orangeburg County Aquatic Park


Located at the YMCA, the Orangeburg County Aquatic Park offers visitors of all ages the chance to splash, slide and float. The park has two big twisty slides, an awesomely terrifying bowl slide, a lazy river, and a watery playground with slides, ramps, climbing ropes and a big bucket that fills with water and occasionally dumps it all over the unsuspecting kids below, setting off a round of squealing and laughing. There's a snack bar and plenty of lounge chairs, too.
2550 St. Matthews Road

Orangeburg, SC
803.268.9622

2. Palmetto Falls Water Park


Located within Columbia’s Fort Jackson, Palmetto Falls offers both military and civilian families the chance to spend a great day playing in the fort. This water park isn't huge, but it packs in so much fun: a spray park, a big swimming pool, a lazy river, racing slides, a tall twisty slide, slides and kiddie pool for the smallest visitors, a playground, picnic tables and lounge chairs, and a snack bar. Open to nonmilitary civilians on Tuesdays through Fridays. You must purchase tickets online in advance.

6511 Marion Ave.

Columbia, SC
803.751.3475

3. Boomerang Bay Waterpark

Located within Carowinds Amusement Park, Boomerang Bay Waterpark is included in your admission to Carowinds, the sprawling amusement park that straddles the South Carolina/North Carolina state line. It's certainly the biggest of all the inland water parks. There are more than a dozen watersides, five pools (including two wave pools), two special areas for little kids, a 1,000-foot-long lazy river that meanders through both South and North Carolina, and a three-story water playground. Oh, and an amusement park with the world's tallest giga coaster just steps away.

14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Fort Mill, SC
704.588.2600

4. Santee Recreation and Waterpark

The newest of all the water parks in the Midlands, the Santee park opened in the spring of 2015. It has a zero-entry pool with fountains and spray jets for kids to run through, as well as an enormous twisting water slide. It also has a huge swimming pool and athletic fields.

1761 Bass Drive

Santee, SC

803.391.0017

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