Tired of trying to avoid the heat by staying indoors? Break up the monotony of heat induced boredom by spending it at a waterpark. Here, we’re reviewing the 4 top waterparks in Texas!
Since first gracing the Texas Hill Country back in 1966, Schlitterbahn has grown into five different locations (including one outside of Texas in Kansas City, KN). This leading light of Texas waterparks has received numerous awards, including the New Braunfels location being honored as the country’s best overall waterpark and the Galveston Island Waterpark as the best indoor park in 2013 (and for many years prior) by Amusement Today.
No matter which location you and your family choose to visit, your family will enjoy water entertainment like nowhere else, as well as free parking, tubes, and shuttle service. Picnics are even welcomed at the park, but make sure to leave the glass containers at home. If a Schlitterbahn location isn’t close enough to you for a quick day trip, you can book lodging for up to 23 people so you can relax after a long day at the park. Plan ahead and purchase your tickets online for additional savings.
Part of the SeaWorld family of entertainment, Aquatica is so much more than just water slides and wave pools. Located in San Antonio, TX, visitors to this park can spend time floating or even walking through Roa’s Aviary, which hosts over 300 birds across more than 13,500 square feet. This unique new aviary will help aid these birds, many of which are endangered or threatened, and SeaWorld educators will be on hand to teach you about these wonderful animals.
Have tiny tots coming along the trip? Slippity Dippity is right up their pint-sized alley requiring all riders to be under 48” in height. For the more adventurous folks in your group, Big Surf Shores offers swells up to 5 feet tall, and with more than 400,000 gallons of water, it’s the perfect place to discover who the best body surfer is in your family. Make sure to plan enough days to maximize your tickets, as Aquatica also lets you enjoy SeaWorld.
3) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Looking for some waterpark fun in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Head to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington! At Dive Bomb, thrill seekers climb a 72-foot spiral ramp, stand on a trap door, and then fall right into a slide that lets you experience a 7-story drop. Experience all of this and more in the Dive Bomb ride. Families should visit Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse, as mom and dad can relax while the kiddos defend the treehouse with water cannons. Swashbucklers 42” and under can explore a pirate’s life over at Hook’s Ship, complete with 4 smaller slides and shallow waters.
Hurricane Harbor offers picnic areas outside of the park and inside the park they offer an array of food from delicious treats like funnel cakes and ice cream, to pizza and hamburgers, and even salads. Save on both parking and tickets and purchase online, instead of at the door.
4) Hawaiian Falls
With several locations across North, Central, and South Texas, Hawaiian Falls brings families together by creating lasting memories with rides and attractions for the tiniest tot to the biggest thrill seeker. Along with rides, Hawaiian Falls also offers different camps for children ages 6 years old and up, including Junior Lifeguard Camp for teens aged 12-15 years old with hands-on training in rescue skills, swim safety, slide dispatching, and more.
Planning on spending the entire day at one of the locations? Bring snacks for the whole family and only get charged $10 for each cooler or food bag. Parking is free at all locations (except Pflugerville where parking is $5). All locations offer free floating tubes and life jackets.
Hawaiian Falls also has a Champions Day, which allows exclusive ride times from 8:30-10:30am for individuals with disabilities and their families. Champions are free and each additional family member is only $5. During Champion times, quieter music and increased staff members are provided to help accommodate specific needs in order to create a more relaxed environment for all members to enjoy.
A Few Tips
- Feeling overwhelmed by a larger waterpark? Look towards your community to find a local splash pad. Luckily splash pads are abundant in many cities across the state.
- Don’t forget to hydrate frequently because, even though you’re playing in water, that doesn’t mean your body is drinking the water it needs.
- Make sure to cover each individual park’s safety guidelines with the entire family prior to your visit.
- Pick a meeting point inside the park upon arrival in case a member was to get separated from the family.
- Sunscreen should be a top priority before getting to the park as well as frequent applications during your stay.
Now go enjoy your refreshing family day at one of these amazing waterparks in Texas! And don’t forget to top off the day with a delicious snow cone!