Beat the Texas Heat at Dallas Water Parks This Summer!
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Get some much needed relief from the hot Texas sun while in Dallas. Just because the temperatures are sweltering, doesn't mean you have to melt on your trip! Pack up the family and take them one of the area's favorite water parks!
Dallas and its surrounding cities and towns have a wide variety of water parks that are sure to meet your needs. If you're looking for an exciting water park that'll get your adrenaline flowing, check out the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park located near Six Flags Amusement Park. This water park is the largest in the Southwest, and it features a wide variety of speed slides, body slides, tube slides and wave pools. Visitors who simply want to relax can unwind in the long lazy river or take in some shopping. If you want to please the entire family, go to NRH20, a new water park located in North Richland Hills. This water park has the big rides and slides, but it also has a huge play area for the little ones.
Want to escape the heat but don't want to break the bank? Visit one of many small neighborhood water parks that feature a handful of fun large slides, but also have relaxing pools, umbrella fountains and plenty of shaded areas. Many of these parks cost around $6 per person, and you can also bring in your own food to save money.
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark - The Colony
Located in The Colony, a suburb north of Dallas, this Hawaiian Falls was the second location opened in the chain of water park resorts. This family-friendly location has 15 main attractions, including 11 water slides, an interactive tree house, a lazy river and a wave pool. Visitors can rent the private cabana area or private picnic areas for parties. The Colony location, along with all the other Hawaiian Falls Waterparks, features a ride rating system based on the Hawaiian hand gesture, the shaka sign. Rides rated a one are the easiest, while rides rated a five are the most thrilling. (972-370-4327)
Surf and Swim
Surf and Swim is a Garland City park that is designed for fun! This water park opens on Memorial Day weekend each year. Surf and Swim is not your ordinary commercial water park - it's a large wave pool park, and a place visitors can have fun in the sun and waves with committing all day to a large, expensive water park. It's like the ocean came to north central Texas! Surf and Swim features a water play area especially for children six and under called Wally's Cove Splashground. Older kids and adults can enjoy the large wave pool, shade areas and the onsite grill. (972-205-3993)
Water Works Park
This popular Denton-area water park is open during the long Texas summer season, from the end of May until the beginning of September. Denton Water Works Park is situated next to the Denton Natatorium and skate park off FM 428 (Sherman Drive). It features a large children's play pool, a slow-flowing river feature perfect for chilling and relaxing, 4 giant water slides that are fun and thrilling, and a sand volleyball court ideal for small groups. Other park features include a variety of party and picnic pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater and lots of green space perfect for playing in the sun! ((940) 349-8810)
Wet Zone Waterpark
Wet Zone Waterpark is located in the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, just east of downtown off of I-30. This fun water park opens on weekends starting at the end of April and then daily starting every June. It has a wide variety of features, including several large water slides, splash areas and swimming pools. It also holds parent-tot swim classes and children-only lessons that occur between Wednesday and Saturday in two-week blocks. Swimming lessons start out at $55 for eight days of group classes. Visitors can rent out the pavilion areas for private parties as well. Some of the most popular rides there include (972-412-6266)
Bedford Splash, located in HEB between Dallas and Ft. Worth, features three different pools: a tot pool, leisure zero grade entry pool, and a multi-purpose recreation pool. The tot pool, also called "Guppy Cove," has a squirting sea turtle water feature and a Tiki boat slide. Older children will have fun at "Splash Beach," which has a waterfall feature, an interactive playground, a lily pad walk, tipping palm trees and 2 slides. There is also a Pro Bowl water slide, called the "Turbo Twister." This small water park also has an onsite concession stand and a party pavilion for organized activities. (817-952-2380)
Great Wolf Lodge
This year-round family resort, defies the seasons by featuring an indoor waterpark experience that is fun for visitors of all ages. The water park is exclusive to Lodge guests, as well, so it's never overcrowded. The popular 80,000 sq. ft. water park has nine waterslides, six pools, and a four-story treehouse water fort. There are also many organized daily activities for guests, such as a family-themed restaurant and bar, a confectionery and much more. There are also a wide variety of organized and supervised kids activities, such as story time complete with milk and cookies, and it also has a huge arcade. Kids who want to be pampered can even visit the onsite kid-themed spa! (817.488.6510, 800.693.9653)
Bahama Beach Family Waterpark
If you're searching for a Dallas water park with local charm that won't require a 20-minute (or more) drive to Arlington, go with Bahama Beach Family Waterpark. Located just 10 miles south of downtown Dallas, it's the perfect haven during sweltering Texas summers. The Calypso Cooler Lazy River was engineered for prime relaxation, while the Riptide Slide and Bahama Bullet offer thrills. There are also plenty of on-site options for eating, shopping and group events. Kids will love Coconut Cove, an area designated for beginner swimmers and little ones. Visitors of all ages can compete in the ultimate water balloon fight, Water Wars. (214-671-0820)
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark - North Garland
Just a short drive from Dallas, Hawaiian Falls is a water park poised to offer relaxation and revitalization for adults and hours of fun for kids. Rides like the Torpedo and The Rush are engineered for thrill seekers, while attractions such as Splashwater Harbor, a shallow pool set in a playground, and Waikiki Beach, the park's popular wave pool, are sure to be a big draw for younger kids. Hours vary seasonally, so call ahead! This park, along with other Hawaiian Falls Waterparks, features a ride rating system based on the Hawaiian hand gesture, the shaka sign. Rides rated a one are the easiest, while rides rated a five are the most thrilling. (927-675-8888)
This 17-acre family water park is located in North Richland Hills, between Dallas and Ft. Worth. It is one of the finalists in D Magazine's Best Place For Family Fun contest, as well. It features a wide variety of rides and attractions for single riders, groups and families. Guests can also rent out one of several private cabanas for a day of luxury and relaxation. Little kids will love Frogstein's Splashatory, a 5-level interactive water playground that has eight slides and shaded area for guests with sensitive skin. This popular Dallas water park also offers swimming lessons for little ones. (817-427-6500)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
During your trip to Dallas, visit the water park that holds the coveted accolade, "largest in the Southwest." If you've been to Texas, you know that's quite a claim, but Six Flags Hurricane Harbor doesn't disappoint. Wild rides like the Wahoo Racer, Typhoon Twister, Sea Wolf, Black Hole and Kamikaze pack a real punch for daredevils and adventure seekers, but the park also shows a softer side with its lazy river, wave pool and dozens of shaded sitting areas. You can also enjoy the day at one of several private cabanas, perfect for napping or relaxing in the shade between rides. (817-265-3356)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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