Texas summers are hot and water parks are a great way to chill. Most parks open in May and remain open until Labor Day weekend. Water parks usually have lockers for rent, food and beverages for sale and picnic tables.
Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park/resort with a seasonal outdoor section located in Grapevine, Texas. You must be a guest of the hotel to have access to the waterpark (or be the guest of a hotel guest). The good thing is there's a climate-controlled indoors area in case it's 112 degrees outside. There is a large outdoor swimming area with an indoor/outdoor hot tub. It's going to be noisey. And fun.
Cost: Prices vary throughout the year so check the website for your particular needs. All suites are non-smoking. Amenities at this resort include water slides, lazy river, spa, arcade/gaming, restaurants, Starbucks and retail shopping.
Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
Owned by the city of North Richland Hills, this water park just north and east of Fort Worth has slides, wave pools, a play area for small children, and picnic tables and pavilions. In the summer, popular kids' movies are shown. With free parking and coolers are welcome, it's a very family-friendly place!
Season Pass: $69.99/$79.99 (Residents/Non-Residents)
9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
More than twenty rides with slides, pools, rapids (for tubing), and kids' splash areas. Order your tickets online and save some cash.
Online: Everyone pays kid's prices: $24.99.
General Park Admission: $27.99
Admission for those under 48" tall costs $24.99.
Children under two get in free.
Season Passes $64.99; Six Flags Combo Season Pass is $109.99.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
1800 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
This water park opens in late May and remains open through Labor Day weekend. Slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, inner tube rides, and much more can be found at the five Hawaiian Falls parks. They offer a special day each year with free admission for special needs visitors and $5 admission for their family members.
General admission: $24.99.
Admission for those under 48" tall costs $19.99. Military and senor citizens get in for $19.99. Children under two get in free. Season passes as low as $64.99.
Party packages and food packages are available on their web site.
Locations: Garland, The Colony and Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco.
Bedford Splash at the Boys Ranch Activity Center is designed for younger kids and their parents with milder rides and plenty of splash play centers.
18 and older costs $6 residents and $7.50 for non-residents
3-17, $5 residents and $6 for non-residents
2 and under, free.
Season passes cost $50-150, depending on residency status and month purchased.
Check their web site for many events, including a dog splash, movie nights, and special holiday programs. Swim lessons, both private and group, are offered throughout the summer.
Bedford Splash at Boys Ranch Park
2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway
Bedford, TX 76021
Four giant slides, a children's play pool and a lazy river means fun for everyone at Denton Water Works. Pavilions, picnic tables, and lounge chairs provide space for relaxation. Sand volleyball.
$75 for resident individual/$225 for a family
$90 for a non-resident/individual and $275 for non-resident/family
$25 month resident
$30 month non-resident
48" or taller: $11 resident/$13 non-resident
Under 48": $7 resident/$9 non-resident
Under 2: Free
Non-swimming guest: $5
2400 Long Road (near Loop 288 and FM 428/Sherman Drive)
Slides, pools, splash areas for the little ones, and water wars can be found at this park.
General admission for Rowlett residents/non-residents:
Under 48" tall costs $7.50/$9.50
Children under two get in free.
Season passes $40 and for non-residents, $50.
Group discounts and party packages are available. Swim lessons and water exercise classes are offered
Angel Swim: From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on 6/11, 7/9, 8/6, a time is set aside for those with special needs and their families. Enjoy the area without the crowds. Pay $4 for a 2-hour swim or pay regular admission for an all-day pass.
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088
Shallow water play area, vortex pools, current channel, water slide, shade pavillions.
Over 48 inches: $6
Under 48 inches: $5.50
12 months and under: free
Hours: Open 12 noon to 7 p.m. daily, closed Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Open from May 29 through September 6, 2011.
Randol Mill Water Park
1924 Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76102
Dallas has several spray parks open and best of all, it's free. A spray park is a type of park where water shoots up out of the ground and streams from pipes and spouts, bubbles up from the ground or falls from waterfalls. The water is extremely shallow -- no deeper than a puddle -- so it's safe for kids (and adults) of all ages. There's also three pretty cool fun spray parks in Arlington.