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Ways to Cool Off in Charleston

July 11th, 2017

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With summer in full swing these days, staying cool becomes a priority around Charleston. Other than spending these weeks inside air-conditioned homes, buildings, and cars, how can you survive the Lowcountry’s heat and high humidity? We’ve rounded up a few possibilities that will not only give you a break, but will provide a lot of fun while helping you cool off in Charleston.

Fun Ways to Cool Off in Charleston, SC

Charleston Area Water Parks

Water parks are lots of fun for all ages and the Charleston area has several. At Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Water Park at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, special pool areas are set aside for toddlers and younger children. There’s also a splash tree house with slides, jets, waterwheels, and huge bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water! For older kids and adults, the wave pool is a big attraction. The park also includes a multi-slide complex and a lazy river.  Splash Zone Water park at James Island County Park offers slides big and small, a lazy river to float along, and a leisure pool for those who prefer a calmer water experience.  Another fun option for families with small children is the Splash Island water park at Mount Pleasant’s Palmetto Islands County Park. It has kiddie pools, smaller water slides, and a lazy river that small children will enjoy (and their parents, too!). There are also a few larger attractions here for bigger kids. Learn more about all the Charleston County Parks Water Parks here.

Charleston Area Beaches

What’s summer without a trip, or several trips, to the beach? Charleston area residents and visitors have plenty of beach experiences to enjoy. If surfing sounds good, head to Folly Beach, while kite boarding is popular at Sullivan’s Island. The Isle of Palms offers a quiet atmosphere for families, as does Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island. So wherever you are in the Lowcountry, there’s a beach nearby where you can enjoy the cool breeze and refreshing water.

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Boating in and Around Charleston

If you like the water but aren’t all that keen on sand, boats are a great way to enjoy the cooler temperatures found out in Charleston Harbor. You can rent all types of small boats from kayaks to motorboats to sailboats to let you explore this fascinating environment. Or you can relax and enjoy a professional harbor tour such as the ones offered by Sandlapper Tours. Choose an eco-tour to explore the barrier islands or an evening tour to marvel at the sight of Charleston’s church spires silhouetted against a blazing sunset. If you’re feeling brave, you might even enjoy their nighttime Ghost Tour.

Ice Skating

When you feel like you need a really good cool down, the Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston might be just the ticket. There are public skating hours every day, although they vary by day, so be sure to check their schedule. Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., admission includes skate rental. Friday and Saturday evenings offer the Family Night Special that includes admission and skate rental for four, a large pizza and two pitchers of drinks for $45.

Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain

If these cooling possibilities are not enough, as a last resort you can visit Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston where cool breezes off the water will revive your spirits and a dash through the pineapple fountain will soothe your feet. It’s a favorite for tourists and locals alike.

Ready to get out there? Find the full schedule of water tours. and make a reservation today.