Make A Splash At Dallas Area Water Parks, Swimming Holes And Aquatic Retreats



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.

There's also NRH2O, an impressive city-run water park 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 aquatic oasis, JadeWaters. The summertime resort features everything from water-slides to multiple swimming pools, plus it has a 630-foot-long lazy river.  

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.



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Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex
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Never too crowded and perfect for those with very young children--this tropical oasis, operated by the City of Carrollton, offers everything from a 200-foot long lazy river to a zero-depth pool with water cannons, bubblers, spray bars and a jumble of slides. And if that's not enough to keep everyone soaking, then the mini tsunami, brought on by a 600-gallon dump bucket– should certainly do the trick. In addition to a snack bar, picnic tables and shady lounging spots, visitors can dive into several pools, including a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool for swimmers to practice their freestyle. The complex stays open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


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Bahama Beach Family Waterpark
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This tropical-themed wet zone, operated by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department-- packs in the fun with water balloon launchers, a lazy river and slides galore. And though the park may be smaller in size compared to most, there's certainly no shortage of activities to keep kids entertained for the day. Not-to-be-missed is Coconut Grove, a massive water rain fortress--tricked out with pulleys, ladders, geysers, three 40-foot slides and a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket. Plus, Bahama Beach offers up everything from terrific food to private cabanas and fun events like dive-in movies. The park is open from the end of May through mid-August.


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Outside the City
Burger's Lake
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Forget the man-made stuff--the best water parks are the ones created by nature itself. Case in point: Burger's Lake, a 1950s-era spring-fed watering hole located on the outskirts of Fort Worth. Offering sandy beaches, a plethora of diving boards, a 20-foot-high slide and a 25-foot trapeze that swings over the water--this retro swimming spot has something for everyone, no matter what age they are. In addition to swimming, the 30-acre park features tennis and volleyball courts-- as well as grills, picnic tables and concession stands. And though it's a slight hike from Dallas (about 45 minutes from downtown) this aquatic treasure makes the trek worthwhile.


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King Spa & Waterpark
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If you're looking for a water park that caters to both adults and kids then you may want to head over to the King Spa, a family-friendly Korean bathhouse where guests can soak, steam, swim, eat and even spend the night. Along with a veritable smorgasbord of feel good treatments, guests can enjoy a massive indoor water park that features everything from a therapeutic bade pool to a whirlpool to a children's play pool-- complete with a 30-foot water-slide and lazy river. The complex also includes a movie theater, a childcare room, work stations and a food court that serves up Korean fare as well as tacos, burgers and pizza.


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Great Wolf Lodge
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No matter what the weather is like outside, it's always a balmy 84 degrees inside this 80,000-square-foot tropical paradise. And one of the best parts about coming here is that you never have to worry about waiting in long lines since the resort is only accessible to hotel guests. But, don't let that deter you--because an overnight stay here can sometimes end up being less costly than a family outing at a public water park. As far as attractions go, the Great Wolf Lodge has it all--seven pools, twelve water slide rides plus a multi-level tree house tricked out with a boat load of interactive features. Oh, and did we mention that in addition to the indoor water park, the lodge features a seasonal outdoor water park (Racoon Lagoon) too?


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JadeWaters at the Anatole
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Another hotel that has splashed into the waterpark action is the Hilton Anatole, located in Dallas' Design District near downtown. Created to appeal to hotel guests of all ages, this 4-acre, Asian-inspired resort not only features a heated, 4,000-square foot leisure pool with a swim-up bar, but also a 7,000-square-foot, beach-entry family pool--complete with a pair of 30-foot-tall water slides and a 630-foot-long lazy river. Additional amenities include luxury cabanas, daybeds and an outdoor bar and grill. Along with water activities, the resort dials up the fun with lawn games, dive-in movies and a host of family-fun events. The leisure pool stays open year-round and the family pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


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Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
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Owned by the City of Grand Prairie, this 80,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor aquatic paradise boasts eleven different waterslides, including the nation's tallest indoor Aqualoop and the first indoor double rider Aquasphere inner tube ride. Not into water slides? No problem, the park also features a surf simulator, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, a kiddie play area and one of the longest lazy rivers in America. Add in a 4,000-square-foot arcade, a café and a full-service bar– and good luck convincing your family to leave. Best of all, you don't need to wait for summertime to get your splash on, the park is open year-round. Daily admission rates for non-residents run $24-$29, plus children 3 years and younger are free.


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Hawaiian Falls Waterpark - North Garland
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While not as large as some of the major waterparks on this list, Hawaiian Falls packs in plenty of soak-filled fun for family members of all ages. And one of the best things about this park is that there are four Dallas-Fort Worth locations to choose from. Along with wave pools, lazy rivers and interactive water-play complexes, expect to find state-of-the-art rides that feature everything from four-story drops to tube slides equipped with laser lights and music. All of the parks stay open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Check online for prices, exclusive discounts, events and a description of the park you're planning to visit.


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Outlying Dallas Suburbs
NRH2O Family Water Park
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Ranked among the top water parks in the nation, NRH2O is a city operated park located mid-way between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Richland Hills. Situated on 17-acres, the park features over twenty-two water-slides, a 660-foot long endless river, a 12,000-square foot wave pool and a children's swimming hole complete with a five level water playground. NRH2O is also home to the Green Extreme, the world's largest uphill water-coaster, measuring over 1,100-feet long and 81-feet high. Aside from rides, guests can play volleyball on a white sand beach and take a dip in a 5,300-square-foot pool. Be sure to keep an eye out for weekly events like music festivals, dive-in movie nights and fire-works displays. The park is open from May to September, be sure to check the website for specific hours of operation.


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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
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If you thought Six Flags had it all, wait until you dive into the company's behemoth water wonderland. Here you'll find 47-acres filled with everything from a million-gallon wave pool and a lazy river to over a dozen different water-slides and jaw-dropping rides. Highlights include the Black Hole, which plunges riders 80-feet down a twisted tube into total darkness, and the Geronimo, a steep body slide ride featuring a free-fall drop down six-stories. As an added bonus, visitors can purchase combination tickets and enjoy admission to both parks. Keep a lookout for ongoing events during the season, which runs from May through mid-September.


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