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Beat the Heat at a Water Park Upstate

Nichole Livengood Nichole Livengood
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.
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When the temperature outside starts pushing triple digits, my family wants to head for water -- and we don't have to be at the beach to do so. Did you know there are lots of water parks spread out across South Carolina?

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.

Nichole Livengood
Nichole Livengood
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Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.