As the Texas heat begins to rise during the summer, visitors to the Lone Star State will undoubtedly be looking for ways to cool off. Luckily, Texas is home to some of the biggest and best water parks in the nation.
Texas' original — and best known — waterpark, Schlitterbahn, is located in the Germanic Hill Country town of New Braunfels. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings, most notably the hilly terrain and clear, cold Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn offers visitors a unique and fun-filled way to cool off beat the Texas heat during the summer.
One of the top waterparks in the country, South Padre Island's Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark is located right on the beach and offers a wide variety of waterslides, rides, pools and other ways to get wet. Schlitterbahn Beach also features a restaurant, sports bar and evening entertainment during the summer season.
It certainly gets hot in El Paso. When it does, cool off at Wet-n-Wild Water Park. The park has been entertaining El Paso area residents and visitors for over 25 years and boasts numerous pools, waterslides and more than 200 shade trees for keeping cool out of the water.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island was the third in a series of Schlitterbahn Water Parks built in Texas. Like the other Schlitterbahn parks, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island features plenty of unique and innovative rides. However, unlike any other waterpark in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is convertible, offering outdoor fun in the summer and indoor water rides during the winter.
Splashtown USA offers over 20 acres of water slides and pools to help you beat the summer heat while visiting San Antonio. The park includes over 50 rides and other fun activities such as basketball and sand volleyball.
The newest in the chain of Schlitterbahn Water Parks, Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi opened in 2016. Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi features not only a ton of great rides, but also a full service hotel, the Veranda Restaurant, a golf club and tennis courts.
Opened in 2016 in Katy, just on the outskirts of Houston, Typhoon Texas features more than a dozen water rides as well as a half dozen eateries and food concessionaires, making it an ideal place to spend a day escaping the sweltering summer heat.