A really fun Friday + 5 places to take a dip

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Photo by @gvltoday

Our team recently spent a Friday afternoon at Discovery Island Waterpark in Simpsonville – for work, of course. After a long day of water slides and lazy river tubing, we felt adequately knowledgeable to share the ins + outs of spending the day at the waterpark.

🏊‍ The deets: The park has two waterslides, a lazy river, a kid’s splash play area, and the FlowRider (knee + bodyboarding). Prices: 48” and taller $12; 47” and under + seniors $8; 2-years-old and under enter free

🔓 The hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. + Sundays from 1 – 5:30 p.m.

The pro tips:

☝If you’ve got more than 3 people, bring a large blanket to stake your claim on the grassy hill (+ leave the lounge chairs for those who want to lounge)

☝No outside food or beverages are allowed so we advise bringing an empty water bottle + using the water fountains to stay hydrated.

💭 The best part (according to Jordan): Thinking the FlowRider was super easy and that I could stand up on my knees but then actually just rode on the board for 5 seconds and fell off

💭 The best part (according to Kendall): The raft slide, full of twists and turns, and a refreshing splash at the end. For even more adventure, ask the lifeguard to send you down the slide backwards.

💭 The best part (according to Heather): The lazy river. The lifeguards make sure kids stay inside of the floats, so you never have to worry about a child swimming under you.

💭 The best part (according to our intern, Karlee): Hanging out, bonding and having fun with the GVLtoday team.

Two other Greenville County Rec. waterparks:

💦 Otter Creek | 101 Darby Rd. | 4 slides, leisure pool with beach entry, spray pad, and a sundeck

💦 7th Inning Splash | 1500 Piedmont Highway | Features a funnel slide, 3 water slides, lap pool, Splash ’n Spray pad (inspired by Wrigley Field), and party huts

💦  YMCA of Greenville | Members can bring a guest for $10 to any of the locations

💦 The Kroc Center | 6-lane lap pool + a zero-entry recreational pool with slide and play structures | Daily passes available for $10

💦 Greenville County Aquatic Complex (formerly known as Westside for y’all who’ve been here a while) | Competition pool and therapy pool | $8 per visit for adults; $7 for kids

Here’s a video of our team bonding trip to the waterpark (a.k.a. best workday ever):