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


River Park

Walk through wooded boardwalk trails or launch your canoe or kayak off at River Park! Bring a picnic and relax under the trees while you listen to the sounds of nature.


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 zero-entry 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 Dog to 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! 

Make sure you attend New Centre Park’s Weekly Movie Nights and Theatre Performances! Click here to learn more!


Fort Mill


Twisted Beaver River Adventures

Tube the Catawba River from Nivens Creek Landing in Fort Mill to the Pump House in Rock Hill for a fun summer adventure you won't forget! Relax and float down the river for a couple of hours but make sure to bring water and sunscreen! 


Carowinds Carolina Harbor Water Park

In search of an all-day activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours? At Carowinds’ Carolina Harbor Water Park, enjoy a day full of water slides, a wave pool, or the lazy river. Perfect place for babysitters or nannies to take your kids to! 


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, have a picnic area and grills for you 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).


Ebenezer Park

Relax on the shores of Lake Wylie at Ebenezer Park! Open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, Ebenezer Park offers a lakefront “beach” and is protected by lifeguards and a roped off area for your safety. Bring a picnic and enjoy the cool lake breeze! 

            Make sure to attend Ebenezer Park’s Movie Night on July 6thwith the showing of Black Panther! Click here to learn more!


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!