Sweet white sand beach and water zone
The new Shores of Asbury water park in Anderson, SC is the only one of its kind upstate and less than an hour from Greenville, SC. We checked it out and have all the information for you and your family to have fun on this floating obstacle course.
Media tickets have been provided for this review and all opinions are those of the author.
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About Asbury Shores
White sand beach on the shores of Asbury
Aqua Zone – floating obstacle course
Tips for Visiting Shores of Asbury
Tickets and admission
Karen McCullough used to camp at Lake Hartwell as Asbury Park when she was a child. Then the campsite closed and remained that way for many years. But that special place was always in her heart and she often thought about it as she traveled to Nashville as a professional musician who also managed dozens of campgrounds and RVs and traveled to every state except Hawaii in during his musical career. When the opportunity arose to turn her former stomping ground into a legitimate resort and entertainment mecca on the shores of Lake Hartwell, she took the plunge and returned home to Anderson.
Millions of dollars of investment later, The Shores of Asbury opened on Lake Hartwell as a campground with RV sites and the only floating water park upstate, less than an hour from Greenville.
About Asbury Shores
The Shores of Asbury opened in the summer of 2022, but the planning has been underway for some time, because once you see this beautiful place, you’ll appreciate all the thought that went into creating it.
There’s the RV campground, an arcade, individual bathrooms, the Waterfront Grill, a white-sand beach, and the Aqua Zone’s large floating obstacle course, all on the shores of Asbury.
There are outdoor games like cornhole and you can also rent kayaks and paddleboards. Big plans are underway at the Shores of Asbury: yurts and treehouses! The yurts are in transit and the treehouse village is being designed and built by the resort team. Karen is focused on her vision for the station and believes it will continue to be a fantastic addition to Anderson.
The sandy beach
Anyone who’s been to an upstate lake knows all the red clay that seeps into shoes, bathing suits, kayaks, etc. Karen is not a fan of red clay and wanted something truly unique and special for the Shores of Asbury beach, so she decided to bring sand from Florida beaches to Anderson.
She literally ordered sugary white sand from Pensacola, Florida and had it shipped to Lake Hartwell. It’s glorious. There are two sections of the beach – one on either side of the wharf walkway. One side has a pirate ship sandbox that overlooks the kiddie water area and the other side has a great view of the bridge that crosses the lake. There are cabanas and beach chairs for guest use and that sand feels great under your feet, just like the sand of the ocean.
Due to the red clay under the sugary white sand, you are not allowed to dig into the sand like you would at the beach. There are actually large piles of white sand on the beach for this purpose, although a bit further from the lake. No dogs are allowed on the sandy beach either.
The aquatic area
The water park is huge and comes from a company called Wibit in Germany. Karen told me they went with Wibit because they have better security measures than other floating obstacle courses.
There’s a giant trampoline, rope climbing wall, trapeze, and obstacles reminiscent of one of my favorite shows, “Wipeout.” Admittedly, when we got to the course and people started sliding and sliding in the water, I was cracking up. I thought it was like the show except I was on the course and laughing at the people right in front of me – then I slipped and fell in the water and heard other people laughing of my clumsiness so I thought I deserved it then. It was very fun!
The Aqua Zone is over 167 feet wide, and the park limits each one-hour session to 150 locations. There weren’t many individuals on the course when we went but it was busy and we had to queue for some obstacles. You must be 47 inches tall to do the large Aqua Zone course.
For the little ones, they have an entirely separate kiddie water course and kids must be 37 inches tall to play on it. It’s really close to shore, which is perfect for parents to watch their kids slide and slide all over it.
Everyone must wear life jackets, which are provided by the park and included with your entry.
After your stay in the Aqua Zone, I guarantee you and your children will starve to death. My kids and I were completely exhausted after our time on the course. It was indeed a workout and luckily there is a restaurant right there in Shores of Asbury to really hit the spot.
The Waterfront Grill serves burgers, fries, chicken fingers and drinks. I had the Waterfront Burger, which was perfectly cooked and not overcooked. I can’t stress how much I loved this because most places overcook the burgers. They also have a kids menu with the standard burgers, fries, chicken fingers, American food.
Tips for Visiting Asbury Shores
Book your tickets on line because you can sign the required waiver, save time and save a few dollars on your admission ticket compared to purchasing at the resort.
Check the Asbury Shores Facebook Page because they usually offer entrance ticket offers during the week.
When you and your children are playing in the Aqua Zone, be sure to keep an eye on them, especially if there are people. There are lifeguards stationed on the course and on the dock, but with lots of children playing, a smaller child could accidentally be pushed into the water unexpectedly. And if you have big kids, tell them to watch out for the little ones.
Plan to stay a while. You can spend time at the beach before or after your stay in the water zone and swim in the lake or just relax and play games. It is a beautiful place.
Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a change of clothes, a hat and towels, and be sure to drink plenty of water and reapply that sunscreen.
The Aqua Zone closes daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for security checks and lifeguard breaks. Just be aware and plan your day accordingly.
Before you leave, take a look to the rules. I always try to read the regulations of places before going, so nothing surprises me once I get there with my kids, who just want to play.
Asbury Shores Tickets and Admission
There are different ticket options per person (all based on online ticket purchases): a one-hour time slot costs $17.98; a two-hour time slot costs $24.98 and an all-day session costs $34.98. Wet & Wild Wednesday tickets are $15.98 for a one-hour timeslot. A four-day family pass costs $114.98. A parking pass costs $4.67 if you go to the Aqua Zone.
If you just want to enjoy the white sand beach, you can do that! A day pass costs $10/person and allows you to play and relax all day. A parking pass for beach use costs $9.33.
The Shores of Asbury offers birthday parties and corporate events. Birthday parties last two hours, include cupcakes, a kids’ meal and reserved covered tables, and cost $359. More information on other types of events and details are on their website.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for security checks and lifeguard breaks. The Waterfront Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Aqua Zone will likely be open until the end of September, weather permitting.
The resort hosts all kinds of events so stay tuned to their Facebook page for the latest updates and to see their daily specials at the Aqua Zone.