There are many different features that make this park special. From the children's perspective, the water park was the best, and I have to say it really was wonderful. But the park also features thick forests and lush green lowlands with winding bike paths, one of which leads to a tidal creek and fishing dock. There are alligators, crabs, birds, kayaks and canoes. There is a very nice water-play area and a playground that we rate a 10 (which is a rare event).
For much more detail about the park, read our adventure journal below.
The idea for the
trip started with Rebecca looking for cheap airfare so the younger
papooses could get the experience of flying. She found a flight
between Atlanta and Charleston for $39, so it was on. After
dropping off the van at the Atlanta airport, we
started our journey to Charleston in
Homer II on Saturday, July 25. Also joining us on this
trip was Rebecca's Mom, otherwise known in our family as "Mother
Goose." We arrived at the
James Island County park around 6:30 pm, and were
immediately impressed with the park's facilities. The kids were
first to notice the "Splash
Zone" water park located right across the street from our
campground. The people staffing the campground office and store
were very friendly and helpful. We located our site, which was
very tropical (with full hookups, but no cable, you're local to
We were waiting at the gate when the water park opened at 10am (tickets are $8 at the campground.)The place was immaculate, clean, fresh, like it was new (we learned later it was 13 years old). Everyone there was very friendly and professional (and there are a lot of people that work there). There is a large pool with a kiddy side and a deeper side (4') for swimming. There are two 200' water slides, a water-play ground, and a lazy river to relax on. We pretty much spent the whole day moving from one to another. I must emphasize the staff at this park. Each of the attractions had no less than 4-5 life guards. there were life guards on high seats and walking around the pool and play areas constantly. I have to commend the park's management for having found and trained such a professional staff. Never once did we fear that one of the kids might drown.
That evening we rode our bikes on some of the many miles of paved bike trails that cover the park. The kids discovered the large playground and couldn't resist. Everyone slept very well that night.
Monday morning we decided to visit Charleston proper. We drove across the long bridge entering the city and were amazed at all the sail boats. The kids got to see a large freight ship pulling through. We walked around the area admiring the architecture for a while before going to the Noisy Oyster (downtown market location) for lunch. from there, we walked through the open-air market and saw ladies making baskets. One lady spoke Gullah for the kids so they could hear what the language sounded like. After returning back to the camper, we decided to go back to the water park. They have a twilight rate of $6, so it was very affordable.
Tuesday was 2 for 1 day at the water park, and you know it, we had to go again. It was much more crowded, but still lots of fun. We rode our bikes some more, and played around the campsite. I had to do a lot of moving and packing, 'cause this was our last night.
Wednesday morning we got up early so
I could take Rebecca and the kids to the airport for their
flight home. I drove the Homer II back home where they were
waiting for me.
The Richardson Tribe