Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Dogs head for the water park

Posted 8/27/2012 1:44:00 PM

Grab Fido’s favorite toys and head for the car. Did you know several water parks across South Carolina open their pools to your four legged family members before the pools are closed for the fall?

When the water parks winds down for the season, Greenville County Recreation District replaces chlorine with fresh water and welcomes your four-legged family members for a day of romping and splashing at two of their popular water parks.

One upstate event will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at Discovery Island Waterpark in Simpsonville

Another will be Saturday, Sept. 22, at Otter Creek Waterpark in Greenville

“We mainly do this event to promote our dog parks in Greenville County, one at the Pavilion Recreation Complex and one at Pelham Mill Historic Park,” says event coordinator for GCRD, Joni Dilworth. “Waggin’ has become so popular. It’s a really fun event for everyone.”

During the day special pooch pampering vendors are on hand, a photographer will be set up for pictures and there will be some special treats for your favorite canine. Admission is $15 if you pre-register and includes one adult entry. It’s $3 for each additional person. Proof of up-to-date vaccines are required at registration including: rabies, parvo and bordetella (kennel cough). Email for more information.

Along the coast, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston rolls out the welcome wagon for dogs Sunday, Sept. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Large dogs have run of the wave pool while smaller ones can frolic and swim around in Otter Bay. Tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 in advance. Contact Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission for registration and information at Current vaccinations required.