Top 18 Water Parks In Texas, USA: Fun In The Sun - Diperbarui 2021 - Updated 2022

Top 18 Water Parks In Texas, USA: Fun In The Sun - Diperbarui 2021 - Updated 2022
Verena
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Summer is right around the corner, which means that the sun is out and the time to enjoy the weather is here. The climate in Texas varies, ranging from an arid desert climate in the west to a humid oceanic climate in the east. But one thing that remains constant across the state is its temperature.

During the peak summer months (usually around July), the average temperature high across the state is around the mid-30 degrees Celsius (mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Chances are you’re going to be looking for a way to cool off during the summer, whether that means going to the beach or simply taking a dip in your backyard pool. If you don’t want to get your feet wet, we got a list of things to do for you too.

If you’re looking for a more exciting way to escape the heat, water parks are your answer. And lucky for you, read on to find out about the best water parks in Texas.

In case you don’t know where to stay in the state, there are numerous hotels & vacation rentals.

Central Texas (around Austin)

1. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is Texas’ original and most famous water park. It has consistently been voted as the “best water park in the world” year after year. Located approximately midway between Austin and San Antonio, it is a convenient water park to visit from either city. It is nestled by the beautiful Comal River with a wide variety of rides and activities, including over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of lazy and rapid rivers, 17 slides, pools, and several beaches.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

Address: 400 North Liberty Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm (peak season: June to July) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 50.99 USD (adults), 38.99 USD (kids) *Listed above are discounted online prices *2-day admission package also available

Access: 50 miles (95 kilometers / 1-hour) from Austin; 33 miles (53 kilometers / 40-minutes) from San Antonio

Contact: +1-830-625-2351

Website: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

2. Hawaiian Falls Water Park & Adventure Park

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Hawaiian Falls is a chain of water parks that operates based on the Christian faith. With 6 locations across the state, they aim to serve the Lord by bringing families closer together. But that does not mean you have to be Christian to visit this water park; it is open to everyone of various faiths. Each park contains around 10 - 20 rides, including water slides, lazy rivers, and more.

While most of their parks are located primarily around Dallas, the latest addition, Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, is located in Central Texas right by Austin, perfect for a short getaway. Pflugerville is also the only location that includes an adventure park for those who aren’t as keen on water activities.

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville

Address: 18500 Texas 130 Service Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 6 pm (Saturday to Thursday), 10:30 am - 8 pm (Friday) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 34.99 USD (adults), 24.99 USD (kids)

Access: 21 miles (33.8 kilometers / 25-minutes) from Austin

Contact: +1-512-270-6967

Website: Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville For more information on the other locations, see Hawaiian Falls.

North Texas (around Dallas)

3. Waterpark at the Villages

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Check out our extended hours for the week of December 23rd and 30th! https://www.waterparkatthevillages.com/events/ Weekdays 10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-9pm Closed Christmas Day Come out and see us!

Posted by The WaterPark At The Villages on Thursday, December 19, 2019

When you find yourself on this side of Northern Texas, cool off from the heat and take the entire family for a day of splashing fun at Waterpark at the Villages. This one-of-a-kind water park is glass-enclosed and features several waterslides, playgrounds with rope bridges, a lazy river, and a wave pool. Of course, delicious eats are available here too. This water park on the grounds of Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort is ready to welcome you all year long!

Waterpark at the Villages

Address: 18270 Singing Wood Ln, Flint, TX 75762, United States

Website: Waterpark at the Villages

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 12pm - 8pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

4. Castaway Cove Waterpark

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

You’ll find Castaway Cove Waterpark in Wichita Falls which is about two hours from Dallas. The attractions Hideaway Harbor, Buccaneer Bay, and Parrot’s Perch are ideal for those with little ones. Head on to Nellie’s Rolling River or to Shipwreck Beach for a little more fun. If you’re brave enough to take on the adventure, perhaps the best attractions for you are Pirate Plunge and Storm Watch Tower. Castaway Cove Waterpark is one of the best family vacation destinations, especially in the summertime!

Castaway Cove Waterpark

Address: 1000 Central E Fwy East, Wichita Falls, TX 76301, United States

Website: Castaway Cove Waterpark

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8pm; Sat: 10:30am - 8pm; Sun: 11:30am - 8pm

5. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

There is something about the park at night and $20 admission after 5pm that just says EPIC! Twilight Swim after 5pm Monday - Thursday!

Posted by Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark on Monday, July 25, 2022

It’s not named Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark for no reason, that’s for sure. This fantastic water park in Grand Prairie sees no age when it comes to fun! Do you want to have a good time? You’re absolutely welcome here! Some of the park’s best attractions include Lasso Loop, Yellow Jacket Drop, Texastwist, and Prairie Plunge. Of course, with all these thrilling activities, you’re going to need some refreshments. Make sure to visit the Hungry Wave Cafe and Longboards Bar & Lounge. The experience here is going to be, dare we say it, epic!

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Address: 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052, United States

Website: Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

6. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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Adjacent to Six Flags over Texas is its waterpark, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. With 24 rides in the park, you may not even get to try every ride after spending an entire day there. They offer a range of family-friendly to extremely thrilling rides, making it suitable for all ages. If you’re looking for several days of fun, this is the place for you. Overnight lodging is also available for those who wish spend a night or two there to visit both the regular theme park and the waterpark.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Address: 1800 E Lamar Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76006

Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 7 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10:30 am - 8 pm (Friday to Sunday) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 34.99 USD (adults), 29.99 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters) *Discounted prices available if tickets are pre-bought online

Access: 19 miles (30.6 kilometers / 25 minutes) from Dallas

Contact: +1-817-640-8900

Website: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

7. Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge sign, Grapevine, Texas
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Great Wolf Lodge is a resort chain with 13 other locations all over the US, with one near Dallas, Texas. With 9 water slides, 6 pools, and a water-loaded tree house with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, it is home to the largest indoor water park in Texas. The water park is only available to resort guests, who get access along with their accommodation packages. Day passes are not available. As an indoor complex, it is the perfect place to have fun even when there is bad weather. And with other attractions, games, and activities, there is much to do if you want to to stay dry.

Great Wolf Lodge Texas

Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Opening Hours: 24 hours (resort) *Water park is open from 9 am - 9 pm (hours may vary)

Price: Rooms from 360 USD per night (includes water park access)

Access: 23 miles (37 kilometers / 30 minutes) from Dallas

Contact: +1-800-693-9653 (reservations), +1-817-488-6510 (resort direct)

Website: Great Wolf Lodge Texas

8. NRH2O Family Water Park

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by NRH2O Family Waterpark on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Serving as the city of North Richland Hills’ public swimming facility, NRH2O Family Water Park is a local, suburban park located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is typically less crowded and touristy than others, offering a variety of single-rider and multi-rider rides. While it does have several thrilling rides, this fun water park in Texas has milder rides that are more suitable for kids. This is the place to go if you want to avoid waiting in extremely long lines for every ride.

NRH2O Family Water Park

Address: 9001 Boulevard 26 North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 26.99 USD (adults), 20.99 USD (kids under 48")

Access: 27 miles (43.5 kilometers / 35 minutes) from Dallas

Contact: +1-817-427-6500

Website: NRH2O Family Water Park

9. Bahama Beach Waterpark

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Bahama Beach Waterpark on Sunday, May 29, 2022

Bahama Beach Waterpark is a small water park right outside of downtown Dallas. Because of its proximity to the city and affordable prices, this family water park in Texas is an ideal place for a short half-day visit if you aren’t free to spend an entire day there. The park features an interactive water playground, water slides that are up to 45 feet (13.7 meters) tall, and a lazy river. If the intention of your visit is primarily to relax, you can also reserve private cabanas beforehand and take a break from the fun whenever you desire.

Bahama Beach Waterpark

Address: 1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas, TX 75232

Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 6 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 12 noon - 6 pm (Sunday). Closed on Mondays *Hours vary; call number below for current schedule

Price: 15 USD (adults), 11 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters)

Access: 10 miles (16 kilometers / 15 minutes) from Dallas

Contact: +1-214-671-0820

Website: Bahama Beach Waterpark

South Texas (around San Antonio)

10. Aquatica: Sea World San Antonio

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Aquatica is the water park section of SeaWorld San Antonio. With only 6 rides and 7 ‘splashes and waves’, it can easily be a fun and exhilarating break from SeaWorld in the middle of the day. You can also touch and swim with stingrays in Aquatica. Note that there are separate entrances and admission fees for each park, but you can purchase a package deal (only offered online) for entrance to both parks at a discounted price.

Aquatica: Sea World San Antonio

Address: 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251

Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 40 USD (Aquatica), 59 USD (SeaWorld & Aquatica)

Access: 20 miles (32 kilometers / 30 minutes) from San Antonio

Contact: +1-800-700-7786

Website: Aquatica: Sea World San Antonio

11. Splashtown San Antonio

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

Located within the city, Splashtown San Antonio is one of the biggest waterparks in Texas, with over 50 rides and attractions. After a day of thrilling water slides, stay for one of their dive-in movie nights, where you can watch a movie while lying back on floats in a pool. You’ve probably heard of it before, but not many places offer dive-in movies anymore. So if that is something you’ve always wanted do, now is your chance. An extra bonus is that free parking and life jackets are provided for all visitors.

Splashtown San Antonio

Address: 3600 North IH-35, San Antonio, TX 78219

Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 7 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10:30 am - 9 pm (Friday to Saturday), 10:30 am - 8 pm (Sunday) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 32.99 USD (adults), 27.99 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters) *Discounted prices for advanced online bookings, weekdays, and after 4 pm visits

Access: 6 miles (9.7 kilometers / 10 minutes) from San Antonio

Contact: +1-210-227-1400

Website: Splashtown San Antonio

12. Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the largest and most popular theme park in San Antonio. If you can’t decide whether you want to go to a regular theme park or a water park, this is the place for you. Even though it is not technically categorized as a water park, it encompasses a wide variety of regular rides (e.g. roller coasters) and water rides all in one complex. With 16 water attractions, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has more water rides than others on this list that are solely water parks.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Address: 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257

Opening Hours: 12 noon - 7 pm (water park), 10:30 am - 9 pm (theme park) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 72.99 USD (adults), 57.99 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters) *Discounted prices available if tickets are pre-bought online

Access: 17 miles (27 kilometers / 25 minutes) from San Antonio

Contact: +1-210-697-5050

Website: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

East Texas (around Houston)

13. Splashway Waterpark & Campground

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Splashway Waterpark is more than a regular water park; it is also home to a zip line and an on-site campground. With 11 thrill rides (including the tallest mat racer in Texas), 6 children’s rides, 3 chill pools, and beach volleyball courts, it is the ultimate center of fun for everyone. Spend an entire weekend at Splashway for a couple of days of fun. Between the water park, the zip line, and the campground, you are sure to be kept on your toes the entire time.

Splashway Waterpark & Campground

Address: 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 noon - 6 pm (Sunday) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 32.99 USD (adults), 17.99 USD (kids under 42 inches / 107 centimeters), 5.99 USD (kids under 36 inches / 91 centimeters) *Discounted prices for admission after 3 pm

Access: 90 miles (145 kilometers / 1.5 hours) from Houston

Contact: +1-979-234-7718

Website: Splashway Waterpark & Campground

14. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Waterpark - Galveston, Texas (5975714079)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user CJ TravelTips used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, the most recently built Schlitterbahn waterpark in Texas, has some of the fastest and most thrilling water slides in the state. Unlike many that close during the winter months (usually October to March, sometimes longer), part of Schlitterbahn Galveston is open throughout the year. It is a very popular choice, so go early to avoid the long lines. If you aren’t keen on water slides, the water park also has pools, rivers, hot tubs, and swim-up bars for your enjoyment.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Address: 2109 Lockheed Street, Galveston, TX 77554

Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm (peak season; June to July) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 50.99 USD (adults), 38.99 USD (kids) *Listed above are discounted online prices

Access: 50 miles (80.5 kilometers / 55 minutes) from Houston

Contact: +1-409-770-9283

Website: Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

15. Wet'n'Wild SplashTown

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Not to be confused with Splashtown San Antonio (see #8), Wet’n’Wild SplashTown offers many exciting water activities. It is a place of family-friendly fun, especially for families with younger children. Although it is not as popular or big as Schlitterbahn Galveston (see #11), Wet’n’Wild SplashTown has its upsides as well. Not only is it closer to Houston, it is also less crowded. This means that instead of wasting all your time in lines, you can make the most out of your visit and experience more rides.

Wet’n’Wild SplashTown

Address: 21300 I-45 N, Spring, TX 77373

Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 39.99 USD (weekend & holidays; adults), 35.99 USD (weekdays; adults), 30.99 USD (kids)

Access: 23 miles (37 kilometers / 25 minutes) from Houston

Contact: +1-281-355-3300

Website: Wet’n’Wild SplashTown

16. Pirate's Bay Waterpark

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Pirates Bay Waterpark on Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pirate’s Bay Waterpark is located in the city of Baytown, not far from Houston. Just because it is on a smaller-scale than most water parks, that does not mean Pirate’s Bay Waterpark has less attractions. With a general admission ticket, you can get access to 11 water rides, including a variety of slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool. Beach volleyball and rock climbing is also available if you wish to stay dry during your visit.

Extend your day of summer fun into the night. Like Splashtown San Antonio (see #8), Pirate’s Bay also hosts dive-in movies every Thursday evening at 8 pm from June to August. Check the website below for more information on what movies they are showing on a specific date.

Pirate’s Bay Waterpark

Address: 5300 East Road, Baytown, TX 77520

Opening Hours: 11 am - 7 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am - 7 pm (Friday to Sunday)

Price: 20 USD (adults), 15 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters) *Discounted prices for admission after 4 pm from Monday to Thursday

Access: 27 miles (43.5 kilometers / 30 minutes) from Houston

Contact: +1-281-422-1151

Website: Pirate’s Bay Waterpark

Others

17. Wet’n’Wild Waterworld

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Wet n Wild Waterworld on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Wet’n’Wild Waterworld is located right on the border between the states of New Mexico and Texas, and is also very close to the border of Mexico. Because it is the only major water park around the city of El Paso in West Texas, it can get very crowded. Be sure to get there early to avoid the lines. Whether you visit with friends or family, you will definitely have a blast at Wet’n’Wild Waterworld. Other sporting attractions, such as volleyball courts and a slippery rock challenge, can also be enjoyed on-site for you to take a break from the water.

Wet’n’Wild Waterworld

Address: 8804 South Desert Boulevard, Anthony, TX 79821

Opening Hours: 11 am - 6 pm (weekdays), 10 am - 7 pm (weekends & holidays)

Price: 24.99 USD (adults), 19.99 USD (kids under 48 inches / 122 centimeters), 4.99 USD (toddlers under 3 years old) *Discounted prices for advanced online bookings

Access: 21 miles (33.8 kilometers / 25 minutes) from El Paso

Contact: +1-915-886-2222

Website: Wet’n’Wild Waterworld

18. Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark & Resort

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Beach Park Waterpark is excited to announce our Season Pass Payment Plan, which will allow you to get ready for next...

Posted by Beach Park South Padre Island on Saturday, October 2, 2021

Taking a trip to South Padre Island this summer? Visit Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark & Resort while you are there. Located on the southern tip of the island by the Gulf of Mexico beach, Schlitterbahn South Padre Island is very close to the Mexican border. While it is not near to any major cities like the other water parks above (its closest city is Brownsville), the island itself makes for a perfect short beach vacation. Stay in the water park’s lodging for convenience. With its outdoor summer attractions and indoor winter complex, Schlitterbahn South Padre Island was voted the #1 kid-friendly attraction by Texas Family Magazine, and is a place of fun all year round.

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark & Resort

Address: 33261 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm (peak season; June to July) *Hours vary; see website below for current schedule

Price: 50.99 USD (adults), 38.99 USD (kids) *2-day admission package also available

Access: 28 miles (45 kilometers / 45 minutes) from Brownsville

Contact: +1- 956-761-1160

Website: Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark & Resort

Make a splash

Summer is all about being carefree and appreciating the weather before the temperature changes. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Texas this summer, bring out the inner-child in you. With countless parks scattered over the state, even just a half-day getaway is easily doable. So next time you feel like you need to escape the heat, head to a water park. You only get summer once a year; enjoy it while it’s still here!

Tip: most of the water parks above offer season passes that give you admission to the park as many times as you want during the season for a fixed price. If you plan to visit several times over the next few months, these passes will definitely give the best bang for your buck.

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Verena is currently a journalism student in New York City. Having to move around a lot throughout her childhood triggered her passion for traveling at a young age. She believes that exploring new...Read more

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