Texas summers are hot and water parks are a great way to chill. Most parks open in May and remain open until Labor Day weekend. Water parks usually have lockers for rent, food, and beverages for sale and picnic tables.
Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park/resort with a seasonal outdoor section located in Grapevine, Texas. You must be a guest of the hotel to have access to the waterpark (or be the guest of a hotel guest). The good thing is there's a climate-controlled indoors area in case it's 112 degrees outside. There is a large outdoor swimming area with an indoor/outdoor hot tub. It's going to be noisy. And fun.
Fun factor. Perfect for all ages. There's a special area for little swimmers and thrilling slides and rides for the big kids. Mom and Dad will make a splash if they take the kids here for sure!
Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
Owned by the city of North Richland Hills, this water park just north and east of Fort Worth has slides, wave pools, a play area for small children, and picnic tables and pavilions. In the summer, popular kids' movies are shown. With free parking and coolers are welcome, it's a very family-friendly place!
9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
More than twenty rides with slides, pools, rapids (for tubing), and kids' splash areas. Order your tickets online and save some cash.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
1800 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
This water park opens in late May and remains open through Labor Day weekend. Slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, inner tube rides, and much more can be found at the five Hawaiian Falls parks.
Locations: Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco.
Champions Day: Hawaiian Falls hosts a special day each year offering free admission to those with special needs, and discounted tickets for companions. How cool is that?
Bedford Splash at the Boys Ranch Activity Center is designed for younger kids and their parents with milder rides and plenty of splash play centers.
Check their website for many events, including a dog splash, movie nights, and special holiday programs. Swim lessons, both private and group, are offered throughout the summer.
Bedford Splash at Boys Ranch Park
2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway
Bedford, TX 76021
Four giant slides, a children's play pool, and a lazy river mean fun for everyone at Denton Water Works. Pavilions, picnic tables, and lounge chairs provide space for relaxation. Sand volleyball.
2400 Long Road (near Loop 288 and FM 428/Sherman Drive)
Slides, pools, splash areas for the little ones and water wars can be found at this park.
Angel Swim: On certain dates, a time is set aside for those with special needs and their families. Enjoy the area without the crowds.
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088
This water park has a shallow water play area, vortex pools, current channel, water slide, and shaded pavilions.
Randol Mill Water Park
1924 Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76102
Dallas Spray Parks
Dallas has several spray parks open and best of all, it's free. A spray park is a type of park where water shoots up out of the ground and streams from pipes and spouts, bubbles up from the ground or falls from waterfalls. The water is extremely shallow -- no deeper than a puddle -- so it's safe for kids (and adults) of all ages. There are also three pretty cool fun spray parks in Arlington.