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.

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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,...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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