Before the innovation of outdoor festivals, the only places big enough to host a large party were abandoned railroad factories and the untainted imaginations of toddlers. Party big with today's Groupon to the 2011 Latin American Festival, which takes place Sunday, October 2, from noon to 6 p.m., at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, presented by Charleston County Parks and Recreation. Choose between two options:
- For $10, you get two tickets (up to a $20 value).
- For $20, you get four tickets (up to a $40 value).
Children 12 and younger are admitted free, and military and their dependents and students are admitted for $5 with valid ID. Parking is included with this Groupon: groups of two or four must arrive in the same vehicle.
Charleston County Parks’ Latin American Festival imports south-of-the-border culture stateside in the form of authentic Latin American music and crafts. Like dreaming penguins, fiery tempos and trumpet harmonies soar through the air at the outdoor festival; West End Mambo syncopates salsas, and Bachaco—whose members hail from Jamaica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela—perform a lively mix of reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop. After swiveling their hips to the music, visitors can pause to munch on traditional South American cuisine, which could include empanadas, flautas, and tacos. After the six-hour event, exhausted dancers can cool their smoldering shoe soles by stomping puddles.
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark
Designed to look like an island retreat, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is more than just a place to beat the heat. It’s a fun-filled playground complete with slides, squirt guns, and a wave pool. The Big Splash Tree House is outfitted with 66 interactive features, including a giant bucket that drenches visitors with more than 1,000 gallons of water. The Tubular Twister sends riders shooting down a trio of 300-foot slides, while the Big Kahuna recreates the ocean’s waves in a 27,000-square foot pool. Little ones can play in gentler areas such as Lily Pad Lagoon and Otter Bay, which has a six-lane racer slide. In between aquatic activities, you can relax in the lazy river or stop by the concession stands for a quick bite.
8888 University Blvd.
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406