On a scorching summer day or after a trip across the hot, sandy beaches of the Grand Strand, there’s nothing like a blast of water to cool you off. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get wet here, from hotel pools and the Atlantic Ocean to boat tours and watersports — but perhaps none are quite as exhilarating as the thrill of rushing down a huge slide at one of the Myrtle Beach water parks around town.
These amazing displays of wet and wild fun provide one of the best ways to enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation and are some of the most exciting attractions around.
With a pair of parks in Myrtle Beach, a huge water slide in North Myrtle Beach and an all-around family fun park in Surfside Beach, chances are you’ll never be too far from a water park during your trip.
Here’s a look at what each spot has to offer, as well as a look at the rates, promotions and dates you need to know about for the 2014 season:
Myrtle Waves Water Park, 3000 10th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Waves is known as "South Carolina’s largest water park" with 20 acres of wet and wild fun and more than one million gallons of water flowing throughout the park.
Here you can experience 22 rides and slides including the Turbo Twisters, Arooba Tooba, Riptide Rockets, Snake Mountain, Night Flight, Thunderbolts and Super Chute. There’s also a wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pools and a playground area for the children, and private cabanas for rent.
Though much of the park's appeal is the same from past seasons, new management company Innovative Attraction Management hopes to bring a fresh feel to the park with a brand-new website, new pricing and a season-long "Next Day Free" deal which allows for free admission the day after you purchased your original pass.
“Our goal is to provide a great guest Experience at an attractive price point PLUS the added value of including The Next Day Free,” says general manager Brent Owens. “Myrtle Waves has been a part of creating family memories for years and we hope to make that possible for our community as well as the many visitors that travel to Myrtle Beach each season.”
This season General Admission to the park will be $24.99 for adults (42" and taller), $19.99 for juniors (under 42") and $10.99 for seniors (age 55+). Children under 3 are free.
You can also save money, time and skip the lines by proceeding to the pre-purchased tickets entrance when you purchase online. Tickets bought in advance through MyrtleWaves.com are $1 OFF the gate price.
The park is now open for weekends and will be open daily from June 7 through Aug. 19 before returning to weekend hours through mid-September.
Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Located directly across Ocean Boulevard from Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Splashes is the only full-fledged oceanfront water park in Myrtle Beach with 18 attractions crammed into a fun-filled 2-acre lot.
Here, you can feel the thrill of speeding down wet and wild water flumes and exhilarating speed slides, slapsh and play on eight kiddie slides or just relax and ride along the 425-foot-long lazy river with waterfalls.
Though not much has changed at the water park since changing its name a few years back, the neighboring amusement park continues to grow, with Family Kingdom adding four new rides in 2013 — including a new rollercoaster — as well as a pair of new kiddie rides for 2014.
“We’re excited to introduce more great family rides at our park again this year,” said Donnie Sipes, general manager of Family Kingdom Amusement Park. “The four we added last year were tremendously popular."
General Admission for Splashes is $21.95 for adults and children over 48" tall and $18.95 for children under 48" tall. There's also a Combo Pass that allows for all-day rides at the water park and amusement park for $36.95 (can be used on two separate days).
You can also save $2 OFF water park admission by visiting the Hot Deals page at FamilyKingdom.com and print the coupon there.
Splashes is open every day through Sept. 1, either from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. depending on the day.
Trippo Water Slide, 101 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, at First Avenue and Ocean Boulevard (one block south of Main Street) the TRIPPO Slide is the only "water park" in Myrtle Beach that's actually on the beach.
Standing about 40 feet tall and weighing about 7,000 lbs., this three-pronged slide offers riders a chance to choose a straightaway chute that's about 175 feet long or either of two curved side slides.
Since it sits on the sand in front of Ocean Park, not only is the Trippo a great wet and wild ride, but its also a great spot to set up shop for a day at the beach, allowing you to take advantage of the nearby park's paved parking and beach access, ample restroom facilities, picnic shelter, beach showers and concessions.
At just $3 for per ride, the Trippo is also an affordable way to get wet while you visit North Myrtle Beach.
The slide is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and there are also wristbands available for multiple rides. You can get a Four-ride pass ($10), All-Day Rides ($20), Weekly Pass ($60) or Season Pass ($65) or Family Season Pass ($185).
Wild Water & Wheels, 910 Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach
For nearly 25 years, this water park in Surfside Beach has been offering up great family fun across a 16-acre park filled with both wet and dry attractions.
Experience the excitement of 33 rides including high-speed flumes like the Serpentine, Sidewinder and Free Fall Cliff Dive, tube slides like The Dark Hole and Wild Water Express and mat slides such as the Head Rush, Twin Twister and Wild H20 Racer.
There’s also a Wipe Out Wave pool, Lazy River, waterfalls, and a water playground for kids, not to mention great attractions like bumper boats, go carts and miniature golf.
While not much has changed from the reliable family fun visitors have come to expect here, the park will offer some great specials and promotions throughout the season.
During “Sunday Fundays” and “Manic Mondays” all-day park admission will be just $16.95 (with coupon), nearly 40% off the regular price for adults. General Admission is $27.98 for adults (taller than 48″) and $19.98 for kids (under 48″) and seniors (55+).
Also returning for 2014 is Wild Water & Wheels popular promotion “Live After Five” which offers great rates and entertainment from 5-9 p.m. every Friday evening from June 13 to Aug. 22.
During these events you can get park admission for just $9.95 and be treated to live music from great bands and DJs and lots of other fun.