This is one of the declining numbers of old-fashioned sea-front amusement parks, replete with roller coasters, carousels, cotton candy, and the Giant Wheel—at over 100 feet, the second-largest Ferris wheel in South Carolina. A few of the park’s attractions were salvaged from the Pavilion, a now-defunct venue that evokes nostalgia in the hearts of many local residents. The majority of the park’s 37 rides, however, are high-tech enough to generate excitement, and traditional enough to still evoke memories of Clarence the Clown and spun-sugar candy. The 2,400 foot, figure-eight Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster is a classic.
Open since 1966, the site now covers some 16 acres and includes the Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, just across Ocean Boulevard from the main amusement park. This includes two speed slides, eight child-friendly water slides, lots of splashing fountains, water flumes, and an interconnected series of lazy river–style swimming pools.
- Frommer's Staff