The blazing heat of the summer is rough. When it’s this hot, only the water can cool you down. If you don’t have a boat, here are the easiest ways to get in the water this summer!


Rock Hill



Northside Recreation Center

Northside Recreation Center has so much to do! Cool off at the outdoor pool or under the picnic shelter for a shaded lunch. Still can't beat the heat outside? Head indoors to hang out in the A/C at the game room, craft room, or to climb the 25-foot indoor climbing wall with ropes! Admission to the park is free, wall-climbing is $5 for two hours of fun!


Boyd Hill Recreation Center

For less than a dollar, take your kids to Boyd Hill Recreation Center for a day filled with fun! Splash around in the outdoor pool with maximum depth of 4 ft. so it's perfect for your little ones!  With a slide and colorful sprinklers, your kids won't want to leave!


Spencer Park and Dog Park

For a fun way for your furry friend keep cool this summer, take them to the dog park! Spencer Park and Dog Park has a large area for dogs of all shapes and sizes to roam off leash as they please. There are doggie water fountains to make sure your pup is cooled off and happy!




New Centre Park

Are your kids at home complaining that it is too hot to go outside? The Splash Pad at New Centre Park is a great way for you and your kids to have some summer fun and stay cool while you're at it! Grab your bathing suit and sunscreen for a full day of sun! 


Fort Mill


Anne Springs Close Greenway

Enjoy the outdoors? Anne Springs Close Greenway is a beautiful, pastoral environment that contains 28-acre Lake Haigler, and 36 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails! The Greenway is a popular place for picnics and features guided nature tours, two “swinging” suspension bridges, two historic cabins and kayak and canoe rentals at Lake Haigler. With many options of what to do, you'll keep going back for more!


Steele Street Park

Ever heard of a spray park? Steele Street Park has a perfect area for your kids to cool off and get wet. After they need a break, use the picnic area and grills to cook the perfect summer meal. The kids won't wait long to want to go back to the spray park!


Tega Cay/Lake Wylie


Windjammer Park

Need a nice relaxing idea for your Friday nights? Windjammer Park is the home of the award-winning Carolina Show Ski Team. The team puts on free water ski shows for residents and skiing enthusiasts. Parking at Windjammer Park is by permit only (with the exception of Carolina Show Ski Team events).


Camp Cherokee Canopy Tour

The Upper Palmetto YMCA’s Resident Camp offers a stunning Zipline Canopy Tour that takes participants over the pristine beauty of Camp Cherokee.  This 3-hour experience has 8 zip lines and two bridges that will keep you cool with the breeze!


King’s Mountain State Park

Don’t have a canoe or kayak, but want to rent some? Head over to the 13-acre Lake Crawford at King’s Mountain State Park to have some summer fun on the lake! Paddle around and enjoy the fresh air and cool breeze!


Make this one “cool” summer you won't forget!