Summer months in the Carolinas are no joke when it comes to hot temperatures. Here are some of our favorite places to cool off:
Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds, N.C./S.C. border
Carolina Harbor Waterpark landed on USA Today’s Top 10 list of Best Outdoor Waterparks, ranking fourth. The park features more than a dozen water adventures, including its main attraction — the six-story waterslide complex, Blackbeard’s Revenge! website
Fantasy Lake Waterpark, Hope Mills, N.C. (near Fayetteville)
Fantasy Lake is based out of a six acre manmade lake with a clean white sand bottom surrounded by white sand beaches. There are dozens of activities in and out of the water to enjoy. website
Great Wolf Lodge, Concord, N.C.
Avoid sunburn and rising temperatures at Great Wolf Lodge’s 84-degree indoor waterpark that includes everything from jaw-dropping slides to zero-depth entry playgrounds for the little ones and more. website
Lion’s Water Adventure, Kinston, N.C.
You’ll find waterslides, a kiddie lagoon and a lazy river at Lion’s Water Adventure. They also have the Bojo Bungalow, a two-level pavilion that provides a shady place to sit and watch the lazy river, or, from the upper level, view the whole park. website
Myrtle Waves Waterpark, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Waves features 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water. website
U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Choose from whitewater rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding or enjoy them all at USNWC!
Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe, Greensboro, N.C.
One of the largest waterparks in the Carolinas, Wet’n Wild features over 36 water rides and attractions sprawling across 41 acres. website
Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston, S.C.
Whirlin’ Waters offers island-style water play packed into over 15 acres. There’s a six lane racer slide, wave pool, lazy river and lots more. website
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