Sure, Dallas gets ridiculously hot during the summer (usually hovering in the triple digits), but rather than fight it, Dallas locals gleefully embrace it by plunging into the myriad of splash zones that dot the city.
For slippery adventures and heart-pumping thrills, you can't go wrong with any of the area's water parks–and there's not a bigger one than Hurricane Harbor–which is literally stuffed to the gills with rides, slides and splashing attractions for park goers of all ages. Nor is there's ever a dull–or dry moment at any of the four metroplex Hawaiian Falls locations either–where there's enough rip roaring rides to please even the youngest adrenaline junkies in the group.
There's also NRH2O, one of the most impressive city-run water parks in the nation, that's tricked out with water-slides, water cannons, endless rivers and a massive wave pool. The place also boasts one of the largest uphill water-coasters on the planet.
Not-to-be-missed is the Hilton Anatole's new aquatic oasis, JadeWaters. The summertime resort, which opens in June–features everything from water-slides to multiple swimming pools, plus it has a 630-foot-long lazy river.
Of course, we'd be remiss not to mention the great, Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water wonderland that's open year-round– no matter what the weather is outdoors. Though, you have to be a hotel guest to take a dip, the lodge's dizzying amount of rides and activities make it worth every penny.
And, of course, there's not a better place to beat the heat than at Burger's Lake, a natural spring-fed swimming hole with diving boards, slides and even a trapeze.
But, the fun doesn't stop here. Whether it's high-speed slides and gut-wrenching rides or chilled-out lazy rivers, be sure to add these top H20-fueled attractions to your Dallas to-do list.