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Old 05-29-2014, 05:17 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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I'd like some opinions on Otter Creek. Is it worth it to buy a season pass? Does the park fill up frequently all the time or just weekends? Overall, is it a good place for the summer? Any opinions?
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Go to Carowinds instead.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:16 PM
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Go to Carowinds instead.
Thanks but that's a bit far. It's a good idea but we're just looking for a place to hang out for the summer with the granddaughter. She's only 1 1/2.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:43 PM
 
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Under 2 years old is free admission.. An annual pass for Otter Creek is $69.. It costs $11 for daily admission. So.. Figure you'd have to go about 7 times to make an annual pass worth it.

I took the nephew to Discovery Island last summer.. Neither of us was massively impressed.. But.. The past 3 Christmases we've done Great Wolf Lodge up in Concord.. So.. We're probably a little biased.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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It's not worth if unless you like being swamped by the daycare/summer camp crowds, which means a ton of kids, and not alot of adults monitoring their behaviour. The couple of times we went, we go there about 12:30 (fed the kids lunch before we went) and within an hour, we saw the lines of children coming into the entrance, all wearing the same color of shirts...different groups, different colors, and the buses lining up. Within minutes, it went from busy to so crowded it was hard to find my children in the crowds (and I hover near the sides of the water, or in the water, I don't take a nap on the lounge chair), and to the point ,one could not really swim, because it was wall to wall people. More like stand there in your own space avoiding elbows with others. 20-30 kids per group, 2-3 teachers/counselors, several groups like this...means alot of kids unsupervised in how they are treating others, etc. One day, okay maybe we can deal with that...but to do it repeatedly over the summer, no thanks!
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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We usually just head for one of the local creeks to cool off in the summer. We've found a few places that are free, pretty, and usually not crowded, either.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:31 AM
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We usually just head for one of the local creeks to cool off in the summer. We've found a few places that are free, pretty, and usually not crowded, either.
Please share
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:33 AM
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It's not worth if unless you like being swamped by the daycare/summer camp crowds, which means a ton of kids, and not alot of adults monitoring their behaviour. The couple of times we went, we go there about 12:30 (fed the kids lunch before we went) and within an hour, we saw the lines of children coming into the entrance, all wearing the same color of shirts...different groups, different colors, and the buses lining up. Within minutes, it went from busy to so crowded it was hard to find my children in the crowds (and I hover near the sides of the water, or in the water, I don't take a nap on the lounge chair), and to the point ,one could not really swim, because it was wall to wall people. More like stand there in your own space avoiding elbows with others. 20-30 kids per group, 2-3 teachers/counselors, several groups like this...means alot of kids unsupervised in how they are treating others, etc. One day, okay maybe we can deal with that...but to do it repeatedly over the summer, no thanks!
Thanks for that tip. I wonder if it's like that in the AM as well. I don't want to be in an overly crowded place where you can't enjoy yourselves
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:51 AM
 
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Where, and what, is Otter Creek? I haven't heard of it.

I do know of Discovery Island, which is actually only a few miles from us here in Mauldin. We haven't taken the kids there yet, but I'm guessing we will at some point this summer.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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Please share
If I share them all, they will get crowded......

Campbell's Covered Bridge is a neat spot to visit and you can wade in the creek there (water isn't the cleanest and it will be a trickle in mid-summer, though)

Carrick Creek in Table Rock State Park

The Middle Saluda in Jones Gap State Park

Little Eastatoee along Hwy 11 at Long Shoals Wayside Park has a beautiful slide into a pool (signs say water has tested high for e. coli but I bet the public pool has too)

Eastatoee Creek has a number of swimming holes. One where Roy Jones Rd crosses the creek and several more that are labeled as fishing access points. Also a great spot above Eastatooe Narrows but that's a long hike for little kids.

The Chauga River at Chau-Ram park but there is some current there so not the best for less than strong swimmers.
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