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. 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.

Bahama Beach Family Waterpark
Photo courtesy of Bahama Beach Family Waterpark Facebook

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. Not-to-be-missed is Coconut Grove, a massive water rain fortress--tricked out...  Read More

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Photo courtesy of Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

No need wait for summer to take the plunge--this indoor aquatic center offers plenty of splashing fun all year long. Maintained by the City of Allen Parks & Recreation department, the natatorium boasts 7,000-square-feet of leisure...  Read More

King Spa & Waterpark
Photo courtesy of King Spa & Waterpark

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...  Read More

Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex
Photo courtesy of Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex Facebook

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...  Read More

JadeWaters at the Anatole
Photo courtesy of JadeWaters at the Anatole Facebook

Dallas' Hilton Anatole is giving guests more reasons to take the plunge this summer with the debut of Jade Waters, a spectacular 4-acre watery oasis that will make anyone rethink whether going to a traditional water park is even necessary....  Read More

Outside the City
Burger's Lake
Photo courtesy of Yelp User Cara H.

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...  Read More

Great Wolf Lodge
Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine Facebook

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...  Read More

Hawaiian Falls Waterpark - North Garland
Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Falls Waterpark

Whether it be free-falling from a 60-foot-high body slide, floating down a lazy river-- or exploring a fortress filled with ladders, geysers and a thousand-gallon dump bucket, Hawaiian Falls provides a myriad of opportunities to get wet-- and it...  Read More

Outlying Dallas Suburbs
NRH2O Family Water Park
Photo courtesy of NRH2O Family Water Park Facebook

Going beyond an average public swimming pool, NRH2O, operated by the City of North Richland Hills is a water-filled wonder in every sense of the word--and it has consistently ranked among the top water parks in the nation since it opened in...  Read More

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Photo courtesy of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene