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Four Waterslides and a Spray Pad for Summer Fun at Otter Creek in Greenville, SC

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Has your family been to Otter Creek in Greenville, SC? As one of three waterparks operated by Greenville County Recreation, Otter Creek has multiple waterslides, a huge sprayer pad, and a beach access pool to splish and splash around with your kids. It is the perfect waterpark for your family to cool off from the humid southern heat or lounge by the pool under the gigantic sun shade umbrellas. Your family can spend a day of fun in the sun at a waterpark, without ever having to leave Greenville!

Otter Creek Waterpark in Greenville, SC

A special thanks to Greenville County Recreation for providing us with media passes to Otter Creek to help write our review!

What Otter Creek Has to Offer


Otter Creek has four awesome water slides in total. The 32 ft tall tower houses three of the slides, including two body slides and a tube slide. The body slides require you to be 42” or taller to enjoy, but children shorter than 42” can enjoy the tube slides with an adult. 

The green body slide has lots of twists and turns, which I thought was exciting and not too intense. This slide goes fast but not too fast, so even younger kids can enjoy it. The white slide, however, is for the more adventurous at heart. It features a steep drop at the beginning that will have you slightly hovering during takeoff (as my husband says) and is pretty fast. The blue tube slide has inflatables, and younger children can ride with their parents down the 100-yard slide. 

There is also an adorable kiddy slide that will allow younger children a taste of what a water slide is like. The slide is very wide so parents can go down with their children, or multiple children can slide down together into the pool below. 

Beach Entry Leisure pool

The beach entry pool is wonderful and baby-friendly! It is large enough so that you can have some space between you and those around you, which is nice considering how packed the waterpark can get a prime time. There is a shallow area for small children to practice their swimming skills, and a slightly deeper area if you’re wanting to go for a swim yourself.  Surrounding the pool are lots of lounge chairs, so you can find a spot to lay out a towel before going in and out of the pool. There are also a dozen or so extra-large umbrellas that provide ample shade, but be sure to get to the waterpark early to secure a spot.

Splash Pad

The splash pad was the highlight of my three-year-old daughter’s waterpark adventure, and I enjoyed it myself. The 2,400 square foot splash pad has several sprayers, a bucket dump, and geysers that my 8-month-old enjoyed sticking her toes in. The splash pad is a great size, and it is something everyone can enjoy to cool off from the heat, even if you are just enjoying the lounge chairs instead of a swim.

Party Hut Rentals

Otter Creek offers four party hut rentals located at the back of the park closer to concessions so your birthday celebration can be intimate when you want it to be. Party packages are for groups of 10 or more and include waterpark admission, a pizza and cake meal with beverages, a party hostess, and more. The party huts can be rented for $22 per person for 2 hours of fun! You can reserve party hut time slots for the day you need, just make sure to book ahead of time. And just an FYI, you can also rent the entire waterpark! 

Otter Creek Splash Pad in Greenville, SC

Before Going Into The Park


Otter Creek offers affordable ticket prices that include reentry if you need to leave for a few minutes to have a picnic or grab something from your car. Tickets for adults and kids over 42 inches are $13.00 while anyone under 42 inches is $9.50. Children 2 years old and under are free! Just be aware that if you purchase your tickets online, they are all $13.00 because of the inability to check height beforehand.  You can also purchase an individual waterpark season pass, including the Rec’N Crew Annual Pass which allows you to visit all three parks for the summer season. 

What to Bring

Of course, bring towels and your swimsuit, but make sure to bring lots of sunscreen to avoid those pesky sunburns. Water shoes or sandals are a must so that you and your kids can easily travel from the water areas to concessions or your lounge chair. The ground gets HOT! If your child is under 42”, they will be required to wear a lifejacket, so bring your own or borrow one from the waterpark. Non-potty trained kids will also need a swim diaper that is fitted and snug. Lockers are available if you would like to store anything valuable while out for a swim.

Concessions Offered 

Otter Creek does have limited concessions to purchase, with treats like ice cream and freeze pops available (only 30 cents per freeze pop!). They also have pizza, soda, water, chips, and a few other simple foods. You can purchase a whole pizza for $17. If you are looking for something more satiating, I recommend bringing a cooler with water and lunch with you and leaving it in the car ( you will not be allowed to bring it inside.) You can go have a picnic lunch and come back afterward for more water time.


There is deceivingly a lot of parking ( that I didn’t notice until I was waiting at the top of the water slide). The main lot is located off Darby Road, and it gets full quickly, but drive up past the fork and you will find additional parking. If you are lucky, you may even find a spot in the shade!

More Details

101 W. Darby Road
Greenville, SC 29609
Monday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Otter Creek Waterpark

Have you taken your family to Otter Creek waterpark yet?

Don’t forget to check out the other two waterparks managed by Greenville County Recreation, including 7th Inning Splash and Discovery Island

Looking to have a summer staycation in Greenville along with your waterpark visit? Check out our ultimate list of things to do during your summer staycation in Greenville, SC

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Make a Pit Stop For The New Automotive Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC

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Are you excited about the Wheels on the Ground exhibit at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC? This brand new exhibit has been in the making for five years and is now open to the public. In an exploration of the automotive and racing industries, multiple physics themes are woven throughout several thrilling interactive stations. So, grab your pit crew and race down to TCMU to live the racing lifestyle for a few hours with the future car enthusiast in your family. 

Wheels On The Ground Exhibit at TCMU

Enjoy A ‘Mommy & Me’ Mani/Pedi at These Salons in Greenville, SC

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If you are looking for Greenville nail salons offering mommy and me manicures and pedicures, you’ve come to the right place! Kidding Around readers recommended several nail salons that accommodate little kids by giving them the pint-size version of the nail treatments many parents enjoy. We hope you and your little one have a great time bonding while being pampered with mommy and me manis and pedis!


¡No se pierda estas 5 mejores actividades de verano para hacer en Greenville, Carolina del Sur!

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¿Está buscando las mejores cosas para hacer este verano en Greenville, SC? Desde senderos para bicicletas para toda la familia y búsquedas del tesoro hasta celebraciones de verano, ¡el Upstate lo tiene todo! A medida que el clima se calienta y los días se hacen más largos, encontrar actividades divertidas para mantener a sus hijos entretenidos está en la mente de todos los padres. Afortunadamente, siempre hay emocionantes aventuras al aire libre y atractivas actividades bajo techo que se ofrecen en Greenville durante todo el verano. ¡Así que salga y explore Greenville mientras crea hermosos recuerdos con su familia!

Fountain Inn Splash Pad

See this list in English: Top 5 Summer Things to Do in Greenville.

1. Park Hop a tu manera por el Upstate

Park Hop es una búsqueda del tesoro única que te permite explorar los parques de los condados de Greenville y Spartanburg mientras tus hijos buscan pistas. Los padres deben registrarse a través del sitio web para documentar la recolección de pistas.  

La inscripción abre el 15 de abril  y la búsqueda del tesoro se lanza con la aplicación el 13 de mayo. ¡Tienen hasta septiembre para enviar las pistas y sus hijos puedan ganar premios increíbles!

Beaumont Park

 2. Ir en bicicleta por el Upstate

Tomar una bicicleta y explorar los caminos y senderos nunca ha sido tan fácil. Hay docenas de senderos pavimentados -repartidos por todo el norte del estado- incluido el Swamp Rabbit Trail de 22 millas. Y para los amantes de la adrenalina, algunos parques ofrecen senderos para bicicletas todo terreno. ¿No tienes bicicleta propia? Varias tiendas ofrecen servicios de alquiler, así que toma un casco y déjate llevar por el viento, mientras pasas los días de verano en bicicleta por el norte del estado.

Combate el calor del verano con estas actividades de interior


3. Los niños pueden jugar gratis a los bolos 

Ponte los zapatos de bolos y visita las boleras que ofrecen bolos gratis para niños este verano. Sparetime Entertainment en Greenville, Paradise Lanes & FEC en Spartanburg, Oconee Lanes en Seneca y The Big E en Gaffney ofrecen el programa desde mayo hasta septiembre. Los padres deben preinscribir a sus hijos para los días que deseen asistir. Los adultos pueden comprar el pase familiar para jugar con ellos. Ya están abiertas las inscripciones.

Bowling ball

4. Lectura de verano 

Los programas de lectura de verano se ofrecen en todo el norte del estado para ayudar a los niños a continuar su educación, de una manera creativa y divertida. Los sistemas de bibliotecas de los condados ofrecen programas, así como las empresas Pizza Hut y Scholastics. 

Los niños de todas las edades pueden participar y ganar premios por leer libros (¡los audiolibros cuentan!). Los padres pueden ayudarles haciendo un seguimiento de los textos leídos con un registro de lectura de verano y enviarlos a los sitios web. 

Arrancando el verano con los festejos del Día de los Caídos

Children reading

5. Actividades y celebraciones en torno al fin de semana del Memorial Day

El fin de semana del Memorial Day marca el comienzo del verano y hay muchas celebraciones para dar la bienvenida a la temporada.  

– Lugares para nadar y parques acuáticos: Otter Creek y Discovery Cove son dos de los parques acuáticos locales que se pueden disfrutar durante el fin de semana del Memorial Day. También hay varias playas de arena, espacios para natación y cascadas que atraen a gran cantidad de visitantes. 

– Fountain Inn Splash Pad – ¡No hay nada mejor que refrescarse corriendo en un chapoteadero! Este parque acuático gratuito está situado en la calle principal de Fountain Inn.

– Los desfiles del Día de los Caídos y las celebraciones de verano se pueden encontrar dispersos por todo el norte del estado, para honrar la memoria de aquellos que sirvieron en el ejército.

Bonificación: Eventos y celebraciones del 4 de julio

El 4 de julio es la cumbre del verano. Nuestra Guía definitiva de cosas que hacer en julio ofrece algo especial para todo el mundo, incluyendo partidos de béisbol con el Greenville Drive y fascinantes espectáculos de fuegos artificiales. Únete a las festividades del Día de la Independencia con buenos amigos, deliciosa comida y música en vivo este verano.

Acerca de InSouth Magazine y Ghisela Eljach

Ghisela L Eljach, Editor in Chief de InSouth Magazine

Se necesita determinación, consistencia y resiliencia para ser propietario de un negocio dispuesto a encontrar la necesidad en las comunidades y los negocios, y al mismo tiempo cerrar la brecha siendo un centro de recursos que la gente necesita. Tener un fuerte espíritu emprendedor y una gran conciencia social marca la diferencia, sobre todo al entender la importancia del aporte de la cultura latinoamericana desde el punto de vista local, regional y nacional.

En 2015, Ghisela Eljach fundó InSouth Magazine como un medio de comunicación (impreso y digital) con el propósito de llegar a la población hispana que reside y se fusiona en Carolina del Sur. Esta publicación informa, entretiene y dignifica a una comunidad desatendida que tiene mucho para dar. Además, esta publicación tiene como objetivo conectar las culturas en el area (tanto en inglés como en español) proporcionando un medio que ayuda a integrarse a un nuevo estilo de vida, cultura e idioma. Entendiendo la importancia de la integración, InSouth se esfuerza por valorar a cada persona en Carolina del Sur, y se enorgullece de ser la revista de los latinos en el Upstate.

¿Qué es lo primero que tienes en tu lista de cosas que hacer para divertirte en verano?

Top 5 Things to Do This Summer in Greenville, SC

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Looking for the best things to do this summer in Greenville, SC? From family-friendly bike trails and scavenger hunts to summer celebrations, the upstate has it all! As the weather warms and the days grow longer, finding fun activities to keep your kids entertained is on every parent’s mind. Luckily, there are always exciting outdoor adventures and engaging indoor activities offered in Greenville that span the entire summer. So get out and explore Greenville while making beautiful memories with your family! 

Fountain Inn Splash Pad
Free splash pad in Fountain Inn, SC

Greenville’s top summer activities list has been translated to Spanish by Ghisela L Eljach, Editor in Chief of InSouth Magazine.

¡No se pierda estas 5 mejores actividades de verano para hacer en Greenville, Carolina del Sur!


Spend Date Night in Atlanta with the Imagine Picasso: Immersive Exhibition

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Are you planning a date night in Atlanta, Georgia? Add Imagine Picasso: The Immersive Exhibition at Pullman Yards to your itinerary! This art exhibition will elevate the magic of your date through a fully immersive art experience. Projections of famous cubist Pablo Picasso’s art tower overhead, while geometric 3-D screens throughout the main room will have you both talking, laughing, and even lost in thought together. The exhibition will be running until June, with a drink package deal to sweeten the date night experience.

Imagine Picasso
Imagine Picasso

Cinergy at BridgeWay: A Dine-In Cinema and Entertainment Center is Coming to BridgeWay Station in Mauldin, SC

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Have you heard about Cinergy at BridgeWay? A state-of-the-art entertainment center is coming to Greenville, SC! Cinergy Entertainment announced they will be constructing an amazing dine-in theatre, arcade, multiple escape room chambers, and bowling facility at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin. The Cinergy at BridgeWay entertainment center will join the already impressive designs of the $100 million town center coming to Greenville.

Cinergy at BridgeWay Attractions


The South Carolina Children’s Theatre 2022-2023 Schedule is Here, and it is Spectacular!

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Are you excited for the South Carolina Children’s Theatre 35th season? The 2022-2023 schedule has arrived! Coming this fall, your family can experience the pleasure of SCCT’s five fabulous full-scale productions at their downtown Greenville, SC theatre.

The upcoming season has something for everyone to enjoy. With both classic and original themes woven into the stories, these productions are certain to exhilarate the mind and soul of all ages. Along with the addition of three new directors to the MainStage team, SCCT will be introducing  “Pay What You Can” for these productions! Tickets for the South Carolina Children’s Theatre 2022-23 season go on sale Wednesday, May 25th, 2022. Specific dates and times for each production will be announced soon.


Enjoy the Perfect Park Day at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC

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Have you visited Cleveland Park near downtown Spartanburg, SC? This gorgeous, heavily shaded park is located just off Asheville Highway and is the perfect place to spend the day with your family. This park has everything, from a large duck pond spotted with several species of bird, to an expansive playground. There is something new to experience with each visit. The park is handicap accessible, so everyone can enjoy the park without feeling restricted. So, grab your picnic basket and head to Spartanburg for a lovely day at Cleveland Park!

Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC