3 Places to Cool Off in Charleston

It’s no secret that Charleston in the summer is…unpleasant. The heat and humidity make Charleston a sub-tropical climate that leaves much to be desired. But have no fear, these three spots will help you cool off and have some fun.

Don’t forget to pack a towel, fresh drinking water, and sunscreen and enjoy these places to cool off:

Daniel Island Splash Pad, Daniel Island

Photo courtesy of Charleston Moms

In the shadows of The Dime and The Kingstide sits the picturesque splash pad. Adjacent to the splash pad is a playground where kids can cool off and burn off that excess energy. Not just for kids: pop by The Dime for an ice cream or iced coffee and stop into The Kingstide for a cold beer or oysters on the half shell. Sit on the many benches and take in the two piers home to the Carefree Boat Club and the Daniel Island Ferry. Better yet? It’s 100% free.

Waterpark at James Island County Park, James Island

Photo courtesy of Charleston CVB

Hop in the car and take the entire family (Yes, that includes Fido) and head to the James County Island Park. The Spray Play Fountain is open April 1 – September 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when it opens at 12 p.m. Admission is just $2/person and the park is home to a variety of recreational activities including walking trails and the famous James Island County Dog Park.

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston

Photo courtesy of Charleston County Parks

Did someone say lazy river? Whirlin’ Waters is a place for the entire family to cool off and enjoy the water. They’ve got a splash pad, wave pool, adrenaline pumping slides, and a lazy river. In the event the waterpark closes due to severe weather, patrons will be allowed a one-time redemption to re-enter the waterpark on a future date with a dated receipt.  This offer is valid for the current season only.

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