Cloudless blue skies and balmy temperatures all year round make Texas an oasis for water-based fun for the whole family, and there are plenty of water parks around the state to prove it. From the forest-themed WaterPark @ The Villages to the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas has a family-friendly water park for everyone. Hit the rides and slides with your family and friends at some of these fantastic water-themed parks around Texas.
1. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Round Rock, Texas
The African-themed Kalahari Resorts and Conventions provide an unbeatable fun package deal for your next family getaway or business convention. The resort is full of exciting family adventure activities and includes an indoor, year-round water park, the expansive outdoor Zambezi Pools as well as Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park. Guests are welcome to visit the resort on a day-trip basis, but there are a variety of accommodation options available if you would like to stay a little longer. When you check into the hotel you can choose a package deal which includes complimentary access to the Water Park and add-ons for the other attractions.
3001 Kalahari Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665, 877 525 2427
2. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston, Texas
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston is a family-friendly water park with a variety of exciting water-based rides, slides, wave rivers, and water coasters. Located on the island of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston is bisected by a 1-mile river that connects three distinct sections of the park, which are home to four thrilling speed slides, including the exhilirating Screaming Serpents body slide ride, the Cliffhanger, and Rohr! as well as raft rides, water coasters, and picnic pavilions at Surfenburg, and the Tiki Tikes Kids Area for children of all ages. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston is also home to the world’s tallest water coaster, a “shipwreck harbor” in a massive wave pool, and a swim-up bar. The park also has an award-winning indoor water park and family accommodations in the form of beach-style cabanas.
2026 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX 77554, Phone: 409-770-WAVE (9283) or 830-625-2351
3. The WaterPark at The Villages
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Located at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort in Flint, Texas, the WaterPark @ The Villages is a family-friendly vacation resort with a family playground and popular water park. Set on 3,000 acres of fragrant piney woods overlooking Lake Palestine, the WaterPark offers 25,000 square feet of fun for visitors of all ages and includes a 19,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed, climate- controlled recreational area, which features a retractable roof for open-air fun in the warmer summer months. The WaterPark @ The Villages features a relaxing, meandering river, a gentle wave pool, a forest-themed children’s playscape with water features, four water slides and two tower slides, a party room, a casual dining area, and a retail store.
18270 Singing Wood Lane, Flint, TX 75762, Phone: 903-534-8400
4. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
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Located in Grand Prairie, Texas, Epic Waters is an 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor year-round waterpark that offers a wealth of family fun. Situated a short walk from The Epic, the water park features an architecturally distinct and retractable roof that opens in the hotter summer months to offer an open-air experience. The park is home to 11 water slides set around the waterpark’s slide tower, three of which are unique to the industry, as well as a 10,000-square-foot outdoor wave pool with calm surf gently lapping a tranquil beach and rolling waves in deeper water, a 600-foot lazy river, and a swimming hole with basketball hoops.
2970 Epic Place Grand Prairie, TX 75052, Phone: 972-337-3131
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5. Great Wolf Lodge Resort
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The Great Wolf Lodge Resort is a family-friendly resort located a few miles from the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine and offers deluxe accommodations, upscale amenities, and an indoor water park with several swimming areas and wave pools, water slides and rides, waterfalls, hot springs, and entertainment for children. The park also boasts two casual restaurants, a poolside café, and a pizzeria as well as a fully equipped gym and spa. Water slides and rides at the park include River Canyon Run, Totem Towers, Racoon Lagoon, Big Foot Pass, South Hot Springs, and Chinook Cave. Attractions at the Park include the Howly Wood XD Theater, the Howler’s Peak Ropes Course, the Northern Lights Arcade, and Lazer Frenzy, among others. More day trips in Texas
100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, Phone: 800-693-9653
6. Lubbock Water Rampage
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Water Rampage in Lubbock has been providing families with water-based fun for more than three decades with a variety of exciting water rides, slides, wave pools, and picnic grounds. The park features several attractions such as Pirates Cove, Caribbean Adventure, and Lost World. Pirates Cove features a pirate ship, party pavilions, and a dumping bucket; Caribbean Adventure has a baby pool and a big wave pool for children and adults, Captain Morgan's Rum Point, and offers unique movie nights; and Lost World is home to a lazy river and a pirate village. Water Rampage also has plenty of picnic sites dotted around the park and food concession stands for snacks and drinks.
6602 Marsha Sharpe Fwy, Lubbock, TX 79407, Phone: 806-771-5953
7. Aquatica San Antonio, SeaWorld's Water Park
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Aquatica San Antonio is the companion water park to SeaWorld San Antonio, one of three parks of its kind in the nation along with Aquatica Orlando and Aquatica San Diego. The park was opened to the public in May of 2012 and showcases a wide variety of family-friendly water attractions, including attractions that offer up-close experiences with the main park’s animal habitats, such as the Stingray Falls family rafting ride that passes through an underground grotto showcasing stingrays and tropical fish species. High-thrill slides include the enclosed Hooroo Run and Tassie’s Twisters multi-slide complexes, the dark experience Woohoo Falls, and the zero-gravity Walhalla Wave clover tube slide. Younger visitors can enjoy the Kookaburra Cove splash play area, the miniature Zippity Zappity slides, and the three-story Walkabout Waters interactive funhouse.
10500 Sea World Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251, Phone: (210) 520-4732
8. Wet'n'Wild Waterworld
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Wet’n’Wild Waterworld is one of the United States’ oldest water parks, originally opened in 1979 by Berry H. Edwards and modeled after the now-defunct Wet’n’Wild Anaheim park. Today, it spans 60 acres near the towns of El Paso and Las Cruces, offering a wide variety of attractions for novice and expert swimmers alike. Most rides feature shallow water, allowing non-swimmers to enjoy top attractions such as water slides. Thrill rides include slides such as the Blue Streak, the screamer, and the twin slides Amazon and Alien Vortex, while family-friendly attractions include the Little Rio Grande lazy river attraction and the Wild Island Wave Pool, one of Texas’ largest. Young children can play safely at the Atlantis Adventure and King Kiri’s Fountains of Fun playplaces. A slippery rock challenge and beach volleyball courts are also provided to continue the fun on land. Throughout the season, concerts and festivals are presented at the park’s picnic area, which also allows guests to bring their own food into the park in coolers.
8804 S Desert Blvd, Anthony, TX 79821, Phone: (915) 886-2222
9. NRH2O Family Water Park
NRH2O Family Water Park owned and operated by the City of North Richland Hills and has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top water park facilities. The park offers eight water slides of varying thrill levels, including the 330-foot Sidewinder, the mega-tube Viper, and the 1,161-foot-long Green Extreme, the world’s tallest uphill water coaster. Gentler family attractions include the parent-child ride-along Double Dipper slide, the 5,300-square-foot Beachside Bay lagoon, and the NRH2Ocean wave pool, which presents dive-in movies on weekend evenings throughout the summer. A wide variety of dining options are offered throughout the park, including Al Gator’s Smokehouse and Grill, Piper’s River Falls Café, and Eb and Flo’s Funnel Cake Lab. More ideas: Texas castles
9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180, Phone: (817) 427-6500
10. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels was the first Texas water park location to open under the Schlitterbahn franchise, opened to the public in 1979. The park’s name is a reference to the German word for “slippery road,” an homage to the New Braunfels region’s German heritage. At its opening, the park featured four water slides. Since then, it has expanded to feature more than 50 attractions across two distinct water resort areas, earning it more than three dozen Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today, including a nearly 20-year streak as the world’s best water park. Major attractions include the Dragon Blaster, the world’s first uphill water coaster, and the Torrent, the world’s first wave river attraction. Seven types of accommodations are offered at the park’s resort, with discounted Stay and Play admission packages available for overnight guests. More ideas: TX caves
400 N Liberty Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: (830) 625-2351
11. Six Flags Fiesta Texas - White Water Bay
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a 200-acre theme park in San Antonio, known internationally for its Golden Ticket Award-winning shows and concerts. 15 water slides and attractions are offered at its White Water Bay water park section, which is included with standard park admission and accessible from the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park. Major water attractions include the Thunder Rapids rocketblast-style water coaster, the recipient of the 2017 Golden Ticket Award for Best New Water Ride, and the six-story Bahama Blaster slide complex. Milder family attractions are also offered, including the Texas Tumble family rafting ride, the Lone Star Lagoon wave pool, designed in the shape of the state of Texas, and the Splash Water Springs children’s play area. Park guests can also enjoy all of the park’s dry amusement rides, including its B&M-designed Superman: Krypton coaster, the tallest and fastest floorless coaster in the world. More ideas: lake in Texas
17000 W IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257, Phone: (210) 697-5050
12. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the Texas location of the chain of Hurricane Harbor water parks located within Six Flags theme parks, operated as part of Arlington’s Six Flags Over Texas park. Once a standalone water park operated by the regional Wet ‘n Wild water park chain, the park was purchased by Six Flags in 1995 and rebranded with the company’s signature theming. Today, top water attractions include the seven-story Dive Bomber capsule body slide, the Typhoon Twister cannonball slide, and the 530-foot-long Blue Raider tube slide. Two million-gallon wave and fountain pools are also offered, along with children’s play areas such as Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse. Though the park is incorporated as part of the Six Flags Fiesta Texas complex, separate admission tickets are required to enter the main theme park area, which features attractions such as the Titan steel hypercoaster, the Superman: Tower of Power drop tower, and the New Texas Giant, a Rocky Mountain Construction-refurbished giant wooden coaster.
1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006, Phone: (817) 640-8900
13. Bahama Beach Waterpark
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Bahama Beach Waterpark is a family water park and entertainment complex located 10 minutes south of Dallas’ downtown area. The park is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through mid-August and offers a wide variety of water attractions for patrons of all ages, including the high-speed Riptide Slide and Bahama Bullet, the twisting and turning Bermuda Triangle slide complex, and the 300-foot mat racing experience Tortuga Express. For milder family fun, the Calypso Cooler lazy river attraction offers panoramic views of the park, while the Water Wars play area allows visitors to compete in the ultimate water balloon fight. Safe children’s play is offered at the Coconut Cove complex, which is centered around a 1,000-foot oversized dumping bucket. Cabana, pavilion, and picnic table rentals are available for day use, and special discount days are offered throughout the summer, including back-to-school specials and holiday discounts. More day trips from Dallas
1895 Campfire Cir, Dallas, TX 75232, Phone: (214) 671-0820
14. Splashway Waterpark
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Splashway Waterpark is a family-friendly Sheridan water park facility that offers extensive onsite campground and lodging accommodations, including rental cabins and cottages, RV hookups, and tent sites with picnic tables and fire rings. A wide variety of high-thrill attractions are offered at the park, including the gravity-defying Loco Mono, the Tubular Tornado bowl slide, the towering Ray’s Riptide raft slide, and the dueling Jet Stream racing slides. Large family relaxation areas include a lazy river attraction, a family-friendly lagoon, and the largest wave pool in the state of Texas. Children’s water challenge attractions are offered at the Criss-N-Cross play area, while Toddler Bay provides safe play experiences for children under 36 inches. Stay and Play reservation packages are available, offering discounted joint admission and overnight lodging fees, along with complimentary souvenir cups and gift cards.
5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475, Phone: (979) 234-7718
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15. Castaway Cove Waterpark
Castaway Cove Waterpark is an all-ages family entertainment center in Wichita Falls, offering a variety of high and mild thrill water rides and outdoor attractions. Top water rides include the park’s Parrot’s Perch Slide Complex, a 40-foot slide tower which offers two open-flume slides along with the U-shaped Cliffhanger ride, which offers zero-gravity wet-dry rafting experiences. A 360-degree loop is showcased in the Pirate’s Plunge slide, while serpentine and corkscrew elements are incorporated into Storm Watch Tower. Other attractions include the Hideaway Harbor lagoon pool, the Shipwreck Beach tidal wave pool, and the Buccaneer Bay family entertainment complex, which features children’s slides, a multi-level playscape, and a giant dumping bucket. Dining options include the casual American-style Castaway Café, a full-service tropical bar, and a Dippin’ Dots station.
1000 Central Fwy E, Wichita Falls, TX 76301, Phone: (940) 322-5500
16. Hawaiian Falls Garland
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Hawaiian Falls Garland was the first water park opened as part of the Hawaiian Falls franchise, which is operated by amusement corporation ProParks Management Company and is known for its unique public-private land ownership model. The park was opened in 2003 and spans 12 acres near the Spring Creek Forest Preserve. 15 high and mild thrill attractions are offered for visitors of all ages, including 11 high-speed inner tube, mat racing, and body slides. Top attractions include the 40-mph Torpedo racing slide, the giant-drop Waikiki Wipeout, and the unique Pipeline double slide, which features interactive in-slide lighting and sound systems. Family rides include the Waikiki Beach family wave pool, the Kona Kooler Adventure River lazy river attraction, and the Keiki Cove children’s water treehouse. More day trips from Fort Worth
4550 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040, Phone: (972) 675-8888
17. Outdoor Water Park: Hawaiian Falls Waco
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Hawaiian Falls Waco is the newest addition to the Hawaiian Falls water park family, originally opened to the public as Waco Water Park before its 2011 takeover by the franchise. The park was expanded to three times its original size after the takeover, spanning an area of more than 14 acres today, which makes it the largest park operated by Hawaiian Falls. Signature franchise attractions showcased at the park include the Breaker Bay wave pool, the Kona Kooler lazy river attraction, and the Tempest Tower slides, which feature state-of-the-art lighting and music experiences. Other slides include the Monsoon and Typhoon body racers, the Pineapple Express mat racers, and the Splashwater Reef competition pool, which offers water basketball goals, an aquatic obstacle course, and public swimming lessons. More day trips from Austin
900 Lake Shore Dr, Waco, TX 76708, Phone: (254) 892-0222
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