Charleston County Parks
Water parks: Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park and Whirlin’ Waters at Wannamaker County Park will be open weekends only in May. Splash Zone will open daily beginning May 21; Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island will be open daily beginning May 28. www.splashparks.com.
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-sunset May 17 at James Island County Park dog park. Free with $1 gate admission. Live music and beverages available for purchase. Outside alcohol or coolers prohibited. No preregistration required.
Dance Under the Stars: 6 p.m. May 18 at Mount Pleasant Pier. For special-needs participants, families and friends, co-sponsored by Lowcountry Special Needs and Adaptive Programming Coalition. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Advance purchase is recommended. Registered and paid chaperon required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. Fee: $5/$4 CCR discount/$5 on-site (if available).
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: 7-11 p.m. May 19 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Dance to live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold, advance purchase recommended. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2012 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. 795-4386. Age 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 at Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Prizes for Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler (60 and over), Total Weight of five fish and King Mackerel. Tournament held rain or shine. Online registration ends at midnight May 17. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Tournaments end at 4 p.m. Prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. For ages 3 and up. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $12/$9 CCR discount for ages 13 and up; $9/$7 CCR discount for ages 3-12; $14/$12 CCR discount for King Mackerel.
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: 7:15 a.m. May 20 at James Island County Park. The 22nd annual run-swim-bike event is the first of a five-race series. The race begins with a 600-yard freshwater swim in the lake at the park, continues with a 12-mile bike ride through the scenic paved paths of the park, and finishes with a flat 5K run. Athletes may sign up to participate in one or all races on May 20, June 17, July 8, July 29 or the championship event Aug. 12. Each race is limited to 375 participants, and fees start at $55 per race. Register at www.ccprc.com.
Spring Fishing Kickoff Tutorial: 1 p.m. May 20 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Free event. A Lowcountry expert will share techniques that will make fishing the Mount Pleasant Pier a fun and rewarding experience. Learn some new techniques to land a big one. For ages 3 and up; an adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Parking fees at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park apply.
Mullet Hall Open Trail Ride: May 25-27, departing noon May 25. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Bring your horse, camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. Full restrooms and shower facilities available. A limited number of hookups are available for $20 per night. You may also camp in the primitive area for $10 per night. Stalls available for horses. Preregistration required. Fee: $45/$35 MHEC Trail Pass Holders.
Advance registration is required for many programs. Call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com. Many programs require that a minimum number of participants be met.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw: A walk through distinct habitats will allow the group to view and discuss birds, butterflies and other organisms. Preregistration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. A chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 8:30 a.m.-noon May 23, 30 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.
College Day Climbing: Students with a valid college ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration not necessary. Noon-7 p.m. May 23, 30 at James Island County Park. Fee: $10.
Introduction to Climbing: This Climbing 101 class teaches about gear, basic knots, technique and how to belay. After completion, participants will be prepared to take a belay test upon their next visit to the Climbing Wall. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 19 at James Island County Park. Age 14 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard: Small, individualized classes allow you to progress at you own pace, and introduce you to proper techniques and safety considerations. Preregistration required. 10:30 a.m.-noon May 26 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Stono Marsh Tour: The group will explore the marsh off the Stono River adjacent to James Island County Park. Three-hour trips suggested for those who already have the basics of SUPing, or have a moderate to high level of athleticism. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 26. Age 16 and up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR discount.
Nocturnal Noisemakers: Group will listen for owls, frogs and others, and shine some gators and spiders along the way. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 18, starting at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Age 9 and up. Fee: $9/$7 CCR discount.
Long Savannah Rice Fields Canoe Tour: Group will explore one of the most remote sites in the area, paddling from Bulow Landing and heading north up a channel among the old rice fields that once covered the area, then have lunch and circle back down with the tide. Preregistration required. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p..m. May 19, starting at CCPRC Headquarters. Age 16 and up. $58/$48 CCR discount.
Sea Island Cotton Production at McLeod: McLeod Plantation was a major producer of rice largely considered the finest in the world. Access to the main house will not be included in the tour. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. 1-3:30 p.m. May 19, starting at CCPRC Headquarters. Age 9 and up. Fee: $6/$5 CCR discount.
ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring Level 2: This course is designed to teach beginners to paddle sea kayaks safely and enjoyably on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flat water settings. Boats, equipment, safety, plus basic strokes and rescues will be covered. Similar to the Intro to Kayaking class, but with more focus on rescues and refining strokes. Preregistration required. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. $60/$50 CCR discount.