Just this week, my friends and I headed for a day at our local water park, Otter Creek at Northside Park in Greenville. We had a blast enjoying the park's four slides, giant pool with beach-style access and spray pad. And to stay cool, we kept an eye on our kids while lounging in the shade of a giant blue umbrella spread around the sundeck.
Greenville County Recreation District actually runs three distinctly different water parks in Greenville County. Discovery Island in Simpsonville has two waterslides, a lazy river, a pool, a Flow-Rider and a super fun childrens play structure.
Insider Tip: This is one of the more crowded water parks, but if you get there before the park opens, staking out a spot in the shade isn't a problem!
7th Inning Splash is a baseball themed water park in Piedmont. Your family will have a ball sliding down the crazy Funnel Slide, swimming in the junior Olympic-size pool, and splashing around in the Wrigley Field-inspired Spray Pad, which has 30 water features.
Another Insider Tip: Save bigtime when you buy a 32 ounce Rhino Mug full of your favorite soft drink for $10. Refill the mug all day for $1, then take it back with you next time you visit an Upstate park and get $1 refills for 2012 mugs or $2 refills for previous years' mugs.
Not headed in my direction? Don't fret. There are lots of water parks across the state to help you beat the summer heat.