Summer in the Palmetto State can be a little on the hot and humid side. Don’t suffer when there are so many great ways to cool off. Like checking out some of the best South Carolina water parks.

With so many choices for cooling off and having fun, “water” you waiting for? Where’s your go-to water park in South Carolina? Tell us in the comments!

Looking for more spots to cool off? Check out these swimming holes in South Carolina.

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What are the best state parks in South Carolina? 

You learned about the best South Carolina water parks. Now make plans to visit some of the best state parks in South Carolina

  • Woods Bay State Park: This 1,590-acre park is located in Olanta. There is a lot to see here as there is a boardwalk over the swamp (look out for alligators in the reeds!) and a nature trail that goes around the pond. You can also canoe, fish, and picnic here.
  • Table Rock State Park: Located in Pickens, this park is 3,083 acres. Among the must-sees and dos here include the tallest mountain in the state, Pinnacle Mountain, and portions of the 76-mile Foothills Trail.
  • Devils Fork State Park: If you want to get on Lake Jocassee, this 640-acre park in Salem is the only place with an access point for the public. Enjoy boating and swimming here as well as a nature trail.


What are the most beautiful beach areas in South Carolina?

Get out your swimsuit and sunscreen and head to some of the most beautiful beach areas in South Carolina:

  • Pawley’s Island: Head to this stretch of beach for some serious relaxation by the water. And if you want to get a little more active, explore Brookgreen Gardens or Pawley’s Island Creek.
  • Sullivan’s Island: Despite the island's size (under four square miles), it offers some big payoffs when it comes to the beach. Enjoy swimming as well as both kayaking and paddle boarding.


What are the best waterfalls in South Carolina?

If you are like me, you might be sick of just water parks in South Carolina. Well, consider heading to some of the best waterfalls in South Carolina:

  • Raven Cliff Falls: Located in Caesar’s Head State Park in Cleveland, this 420-foot waterfall is the tallest in the state. See it via a two-mile trail. And while you are in the area, look out for the birds that the waterfall was named for.
  • Laurel Fork Falls: Located in Sunset, this waterfall is 80 feet tall. You can take in all of its beauty and then take a swim right here. The downside is that getting here isn’t easy. It is over eight miles there…. And then over eight miles back.