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