15 Awesome Waterparks in Texas

Written by Jan Meeuwesen
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If you’re looking for a great way to cool off and experience some unique rides and attractions, look no further than the Waterparks of Texas. Most Waterparks feature something for everyone.

From the avid thrill seeker to the daring wave rider, the relaxation of the lazy river to the kiddie pools and activity areas, most parks offer a plethora of ways to stay cool and wet and beat the heat of a hot day.

Here are 15 great waterparks in Texas:

1. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort, New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort, New BraunfelsSource: wanderbat
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort, New Braunfels

Set along the scenic banks of a beautiful river and extending over seventy acres, Schlitterbahn is one of the world’s best waterparks!

Take a ride on the thrilling Uphill Water Coaster, enjoy the world’s longest waterpark ride, give surfing a whirl, explore the children’s water playgrounds, try the many amazing slides, or check out a cabana.

The AquaVeyer conveys you to the top of the ride all without leaving your tube. You also have the option of booking a room at the resort. With something for all ages, this waterpark is a must see!

2. Hawaiian Falls, Pflugerville

Hawaiian Falls, PflugervilleSource: freefuninaustin
Hawaiian Falls, Pflugerville

One of the newest parks in Texas, Hawaiian Falls features the Sky Pfall which is over six feet tall. There are also slides of all sizes that are less intimidating.

The park also boasts the Pfluger Kooler River and a wave pool where you can tube or body surf. On select summer weekends there are concert series that you can take in after an exciting day of riding the waves.

For a great bang for your buck, check out the other Pflugerville Adventure Park activities like zip lining, which are included in the park’s admission tickets or season passes.

If you’re looking for a way to jazz up a work event, check out the four thousand square foot Aloha Event Center.

3. Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, Arlington

Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, ArlingtonSource: wikipedia
Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, Arlington

If you’re up for a race, check out the Wahoo Racer. If it’s a challenge you desire, take a ride on the Black Hole which stands over eighty feet tall.

Made of enclosed tube slides, the Black Hole is just that, black, with little flickering lights to guide you on your way down and through the twists and turns of this wild ride.

If you’re not quite up to the wild rides, there are smaller, tamer rides that go all the way down to tot pools.

This park in Arlington features Dive in Movies during the summer where you can enjoy the wave pool and your favorite flic at the same time.

4. Splashway Waterpark & Campground, Sheridan

Splashway Waterpark & CampgroundSource: greaternorthhouston
Splashway Waterpark & Campground

If you’re looking for something a little more family oriented, look no further than Splashway. Offering great deals, zip lining, and a beautiful campground with cabin rental options as well as RV and tent sites, this waterpark is all around fun for the family.

The park features attractions like wave pools, speed slides and racers, tube slides, kiddie parks and a winding lazy river. You might even be lucky enough to spot the park mascot, Ray, while you’re there!

5. Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine

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Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge is an unforgettable experience that takes indoor waterparks to another level. This park features over eighty thousand square feet of water fun including many different pools, slides, and a huge tree house with a thousand gallon bucket that tips over.

Raft down the Alberta falls, shoot down the thrilling Howlin’ Tornado or enjoy the wave pool.  If you want to dry off there’s other great attractions and activities including story time for the kids, the Great Clock Tower, Howlers Peak Ropes Course, the Howly Wood XD Theater, an arcade as well as great dining and shopping options.

Be sure to check out the giant wolves on the outside of the building as you go in!

7. Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown, El Paso

Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTownSource: visitahoustontexas
Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown

Featuring a brand new facelift, this park in El Paso offers tons of different activities and attractions. Featuring Dive in Movies, concerts during the summer, a lazy river, and many thrill rides, this park is sure to please.

Try a ride on the Big Spin where you spin around and down a funnel shaped slide. Whoosh down the Brain Drain which stands seven stories tall, or try your hand at the FlowRider. The RipQurl, Texas Freefall and Tornado are other rides you can use for a thrilling good time.

The park also features a wide selection of family and kids rides  including the Big Kahuna, the Runaway Rapids, Stingray Racer (which includes six lanes of racing fun) or relax in the river or wave pool.

For smaller water enthusiasts there’s the Tree House which includes net ladders, slides and a huge tipping water bucket. There’s also Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr, a massive children’s area.

8. NRH20 Family Waterpark, North Richland Hills

NRH20 Family WaterparkSource: keyj
NRH20 Family Waterpark

Located between Fort Worth and Dallas, the park has everything anyone could want from family entertainment, double rider rides, to thrilling heart stopping drops.

Try the Sidewinder if you dare – it features a plummeting sixty foot drop. On the Double Dipper parents can ride on the tube slide with their children. For a unique experience try the Purplepalooza, in which you embark on a three hundred and sixty five foot journey in darkness with surprises along the way. Don’t worry, it’s a double tube ride so you don’t have to go alone.

The NRH20 is home to the world’s first Viper, an innovative and exciting ride for your entire family that includes wild turns and drops as well as a twenty foot MEGAtube.

9. Hawaiian Falls, Roanoke

Hawaiian FallsSource: whitewaterwest
Hawaiian Falls

For a great bang for your buck, the Hawaiian Falls passes let you into all Hawaiian Falls locations. The Roanoke location features the brand new water balloon game- the Tsunami Soaker. Kick your water balloon skills up a notch.

You can also try the Beach Blasters, the world’s first tube racer. Start at the top and race your friend down the opposite slide in an exciting race to the bottom! For a heart racing adventure try the Pipeline Plunge, a sixty five foot free fall slide. Give the Hawaiian Halfpipe a try- load up a tube with up to six riders and ride raft style down exciting turns and drops.

There’s something for all ages including Mega Waterworld, the world’s largest aqua play structure featuring a three lane race, raft rides, slides, a thousand gallon dumping bucket, and more. Don’t forget to give the lazy river a go. Sample the great food or book a room at the hotel.

10. Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island

SchlitterbahnSource: schlitterbahnnews

This Schlitterbahn location is home to the MASSIV Monster Blaster, the world’s tallest water coaster. The ride is brand new to the 2016 season as part of the ten year celebration for the park.

Try your luck at the Boogie Bahn where you can grab a body board and surf like you’re on the ocean.

This park features great rides for all ages including thrill dropping slides, kiddie pools, swim up bars, kid’s areas, rivers, beaches, lagoons, white-water, and even zip lines!

11. Hawaiian Falls, The Colony

Hawaiian Falls, The ColonySource: wikipedia
Hawaiian Falls, The Colony

Try all the Hawaiian Falls locations, as the season pass gives you access to all the Hawaiian Falls water parks. With rides and attractions for everyone, the park is sure to please.

Try The Flyin’ Hawaiian, a huge slide that stands over sixty five feet high, The Torpedo, or The Waikiki Wipeout if you’re looking for a thrill.

The Keiki Kove is a huge interactive zone with rope ladders, slides, and a thousand gallon dumping bucket. Try the lazy river or the wave pool for a relaxing way to cool down.

Sample the variety of food when you decide to dry off. During the summer months, camps are also offered. Check the website for scheduling and booking details!

12. Castaway Cove Waterpark, Wichita Falls

Castaway Cove WaterparkSource: waterfunproducts
Castaway Cove Waterpark

Castaway Cove boats a host of different attractions for all ages. For something a little different try the Cliffhanger.

The ride combines wet and dry areas that shoot the rider back and forth over the valley of the unique “u” shaped design.

The park also has the Pirate’s Plunge slide, the beautiful Shipwreck Beach and for smaller water park enthusiasts, try the Storm Watch Tower or the Buccaneer Bay. Of course, don’t forget the lazy river.

13. Bahama Beach Waterpark, Dallas

Bahama Beach WaterparkSource: dallasparks
Bahama Beach Waterpark

Bahama Beach in Dallas has something for everyone including the Cocoanut Cove for children, the lazy river, a zero depth beach, or the mat racing slides.

If you’re looking for a thrill there’s two high speed slides over forty five feet tall that you can tube down by yourself or with a friend.

This park also features the thousand gallon dumping bucket for your children’s delight. Reserve a private cabana if you like or sample the food and drink after your time in the water.

14. Splash Town, San Antonio

Splash TownSource: roadtrippers
Splash Town

Featuring over twenty acres of thrilling water fun, this park in San Antonio is sure to please. Try one of the numerous rides or attractions, take in a Dive in movie, sample the food at one of the restaurants or give sand volleyball a try.

There’s something for everyone from the daring wild rides down to the Kids Kove and wave pool. There’s often specials and meal passes if you’re looking for a great bang for your buck.

15. Schlitterbahn, South Padre Island

Schlitterbahn, South Padre IslandSource: schlitterbahnnews
Schlitterbahn, South Padre Island

Located on the Gulf of Mexico Beach, this park really features something for everyone. Check out the swim up bars, the Sea Trek, the Pirate’s Cove or Plunge, the Tempest or Black Beard’s Twister, the Playa Beach or the Sand Castle Cove, which is a must see.

The park also features some spectacular restaurants and great loading. If you come in the off season, you’re not out of luck as there’s an indoor waterpark. During the summer months live entertainment may be offered.

15 Awesome Waterparks in Texas:

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort, New Braunfels
  • Hawaiian Falls, Pflugerville
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbour, Arlington
  • Splashway Waterpark & Campground, Sheridan
  • Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown, El Paso
  • NRH20 Family Waterpark, North Richland Hills
  • Hawaiian Falls, Roanoke
  • Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island
  • Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
  • Castaway Cove Waterpark, Wichita Falls
  • Bahama Beach Waterpark, Dallas
  • Splash Town, San Antonio
  • Schlitterbahn, South Padre Island