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17 of the Most Fun Water Parks near to Dallas Fort Worth and Texas

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We love the Water Parks season here in North Texas, especially when Memorial Day comes around and the kids are out of school for the Summer.

Some Water Parks open early in May and stay open at the weekends during September. If you live close by, you might find it worthwhile purchasing a Season Pass. If you’re only planning one visit a day pass would work best.

If the weather isn’t ideal, we have ideas for you to take your Water Park experience indoors too.

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Outdoor Water Parks nearby in Plano

Tom Muehlenbeck Center

Address: 5801 W Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093

Hours:

Mon-Fri 4 pm – 7:45 pm
Sat & Sun 1 pm – 4:45 pm

Tom Muehlenbeck Outdoors

Age 3-15 years

$3.00

$3 for residents/$5 non-residents

Age 16 and older

$6.00

$6 resident / $9 non-resident

For a budget friendly price, the Tom Muehlenbeck Center features a shallow-water leisure pool with a sitting area and fountains, water volleyball, play structure for toddlers and a variety of spray features.

The outdoor facility also has three large slides with run-outs, one of them is enclosed. The outdoor facility offers a separate entrance along with bathrooms, showers, concessions and party areas to rent.

The outdoor tables and private areas are popular for birthdays and celebrations and can be booked directly through Plano Parks and Recreation.


Jack Carter Pool

Address: 2601 Pleasant Valley Drive, Plano, TX 75023

Hours: Open for the Summer Season, Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day

The costs are the same as Tom Muehlenbeck Center. Access to both the Jack Carter Pool, Tom Muehlenbeck Center and all other Parks and Recreation facilities is included in a membership (monthly and annual options)

You can enjoy the

  • Body Slide
  • Concessions
  • Deep Water Pool with Platform Diving and Climbing Wall
  • Dual Rider Tube Slide
  • Flowrider Surf Simulator
  • Lazy River
  • Leisure Pool
  • Rentable Party Areas
  • Spray Features
  • Tot Pool
  • Wet Deck Areas

One of the best parts of Jack Carter Pool is FlowRider, which allows you to experience the thrill of surfing without the intense ocean experience! FlowRiders must be 42 inches tall to body board.


For more Parks and Recreation Centers and Local Pools and Splash Pads, our Directory has them listed! 

Frisco Athletic Center

Address: 5828 Nancy Jane Ln, Frisco, TX 75035

Open: Memorial Day Weekend (May 29) – August 11
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 14 – Labor Day (September 6): Weekends Only
Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Frisco Athletic Center
Photo Credit: City of Frisco

Year-Round per Day

$9.00

Prices start from

Youth (age 2-17) Toddlers under 2 are free
Adult (18+) is $11

Summer per Day

$11.00

Prices start from

Memorial Day – Labor Day weekends
Youth (age 2-17) Adult (18+) is $13


Splash Passes give you unlimited access to the Water park from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Splash Pass Rates

Individual $65 for Residents/ $75 for Non-Residents
Family* $95 for Residents/ $105 for Non-Residents

*Family Splash passes are valid for up to 5 members. Additional Individual Splash Passes must be purchased for families of 6 or more members.

Challenge a friend to a race down the Preston Plunge, conquer The Fort, or float the Lazy River, and much more. You’ll find plenty of shade and a concession stand, too.
They have a large pool and for little kids, the Squirt Station: a large interactive play structure is especially designed for young children with two water slides and multiple spray features. This area includes a large water tower called the Gully Washer. When the whistle blows, prepare to be drenched.

This is one of our really great local Water Parks, which is small but super fun and an easy experience.


Hawaiian Falls

Garland Address: 4550 N Garland Ave. Garland, TX 75040

The Colony Address: 4400 Paige Road, The Colony, TX 75056

Opening Times. Mostly opening at 10am and closing at 6pm or 7pm. The days differ and there may be special events happening on the calendar, so do check before you leave home.

Kids

$20.99

Adults

$27.99

Bring your own Cooler for $15 per day! It will be checked at the door

Hawaiian Falls is not too big and not too small – this is the perfect size to keep track of your kiddos. They have some great slides, a fun wave pool and sprinkle areas with a cute play area for little kiddos and a lazy river.

If you have little kids, The Colony location seems to be a better fit than the Garland one. 

Top Tip

Get there early for the best spots. Cabanas are available if you want to upgrade your experience for the day like a VIP! 

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Apex Centre

Address: 3003 Alma Road, McKinney, TX

Phone: 972-547-2739

Open: Hours vary by day.

Daily Pass ages 3-17

$12.00

Daily Pass age 18+

$14.00

You can also purchase a pass for $30/family. Resident discounts and memberships available

Super local to us, they have a large indoor aquatic center.


Paradise Springs Aquatic Park

Address: at Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day

Admission Price: One of our favorite Water Parks, included in a resort stay at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Resort in Grapevine.

If you are staying at the resort, it’s an exclusive amenity you can use: Paradise Springs. It is a Western-themed, 10-acre resort pool and lazy river complex and fun water features.

They have lawn games, sunbathing decks and a full-service Pool Bar and Grill at their Grapevine waterpark 


NRH 20 North Richland Hills

Address: NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills, TX

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm and Friday-Sunday, 10am – 7pm (including July 4th and Labor Day)

Monday – Thursday

$15.99

Prices start from

Under 48″
GATE PRICE $27.99
ONLINE $15.99

48″ & TALLER
GATE PRICE $32.99
ONLINE $24.99

Friday – Sunday

$19.99

Prices start from

UNDER 48″
GATE PRICE $27.99
ONLINE $19.99

48″ & TALLER
GATE PRICE $32.99
ONLINE $24.99

If you plan on multiple visits, invest in Season Passes (starting from $79.99), which give you unlimited visits, early entry every day, you also will get 2 FREE buddy tickets & discount coupons. They offer 4 easy payments of $19.99. Enjoy unlimited admission and amazing perks that pay for itself in just 2 visits.

You can book cabanas and luxury loungers there too.

What we love about this Water Park

Frogstein’s Splashatory is a five level interactive water playground that offers an opportunity for the entire family to have fun in the water together. The attraction consists of eight slides, interactive water activities and a giant 317-gallon tipping beaker that periodically spills water on the guests waiting below. Their shaded structure covers a portion of the pool so families can play for hours without exposure to direct sunlight.

The Tadpole Swimming Hole is for younger kids. Kids can slide down various slides and try their skills on the balancing nets and lily pads. There are also three smaller water-slides for the kids; the yellow slide is the only place where a parent can ride a slide with a child in their lap.

The NRH2Ocean, more commonly known as the wave pool, is a 12,000 square foot, 225,000 gallon wave pool that can be enjoyed by all guests. Generally, the waves are on for 10 minutes, then off for 10 minutes.

Slides including the Green Extreme: At 1,161 feet long and 81 feet tall, the Green Extreme is the world’s largest uphill water-coaster. Take a virtual ride of the Green Extreme and the Viper: The Viper is a thrill ride for the family. Guests will experience high banking turns and a heart-pounding drop into a 20 foot MEGAtube, creating a one-of-a-kind attraction and ride experience the whole family will enjoy together.

Guests can recharge on the white sand beach or in the relaxing waters of the 5,300-square-foot pool at Beachside Bay. The bay also features a sand volleyball court and Tech Deck- a charging station for devices such as cell phones, computers and tablets

And obviously the Lazy River, a must have in most Water Parks!

Top Tips

Bring your own cooler, but know it will be checked at the door.
Don’t bring glass containers, sharp knives, alcohol and restaurant/store prepared packaged food and beverages, such as boxes of pizza, fast food, and drinks from restaurants, gas stations, etc.
NRH2O has multiple food outlets that serve a variety of items, such as pizza, hamburgers, snacks, and ice cream.


Hurricane Harbor Arlington

Address: 1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006

Check ARes for discounts

Part of the Six Flags family, Hurricane Harbor brings you that Six Flags version – making this one of our mega Water Parks!

Day tickets start at $24.99 or you could combine and get a 2-park Season pass for $59.99 to include the main Six Flags park too (link).

Sometimes they offer deals where you can get free parking and unlimited visits during a set time period.

All the waterpark attractions you would expect to see, and there are a ton of them.

Family slides, thrill rides and play areas for littles, a big Wave Pool lagoon, Lazy river and all of the attractions are amped up as you’d expect as a sister park of Six Flags! 


Jade Waters at the Hilton Anatole

Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday – Thursday

$15.99

Friday – Sunday

$19.99

Jade Waters is not one of those typical big scale Water Parks; it is a resort-style pool which also has:

They have 180-foot slides (one tubed and one open) for endless splashing fun, a Kids area with a 7000 sq. Ft. Splash and Play Kids Zone. It includes a large water dump bucket tower that empties every minute, water playscape and basketball hoops.

The 630 ft Lazy River that flows past waterfalls, spray bars, and several garden sculptures and a 4-ft leisure pool, open year-round allowing guests to splash and sip with their favorite cocktail.

Cabanas and Day Beds are available to hotel guests for daily rental during operating hours. The cabanas include exclusive amenities such as reserved chaise lounges, a large flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, water bottles, tropical fruit platter, a welcome amenity, and a dedicated server.

Bar and Grill:  It is a food court-like area that offers sit-down service, but you can have your food at your lounge area as well, service is also available for you. The menu is limited at this time, but nothing could go wrong with hot dogs, burgers, and chicken strips. 

To add onto your visit to Jade Waters, consider a Staycation at the Hilton Anatole and you’ll get your Day Visit for free


Water Parks a further drive from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)

Some of these are good options for a day trip, allowing an hour to two hour-drive each way so you can include on these Water Parks on your visit. The rest are options which you can include as part of a Road Trip or a longer vacation if you travel around Texas.


Splash Kingdom Waterpark (near Canton)

Address: 18814, I-20, Canton, TX 75103

Over 42″ Admission

$27.95

Per Day. All guests entering the park must have a ticket

Under 42″ Admission

$21.95

Height must be verified at the park.

Free parking and tubes are included.. Season passes start at $95 and have varying levels above that for upgrades.

Their slides, combined with a huge wave pool, a lazy river and a Met Racer with a bonus Flow Rider too makes this a great water park to go to within an easy drive from Plano.

Lockers and cabanas are both available for rent

Bring life vests, arm floats and float rings for little kids with you.


Pirates Cove, Burleson TX

Pirates Cove, Burleson

Address: 2641 S Burleson Blvd, Burleson, TX 76028

Hours: Open Daily 11am – 6pm

General Admission

$24.99

Per day.
Season passes are also available

Under 42″ Admission

$18.99

Height must be verified at the park. 2 years and under are free

South of Dallas Fort Worth and being one of our closer Water Parks, we think it’s worth it!

At only 20 miles south of Fort Worth and 46 miles west of Dallas, Pirates Cove is perfect for a family-friendly, affordable day trip from anywhere in the metroplex!

Pirates’ Cove is a pirate-themed water park adventure! Just beyond the south shores of Fort Worth in Burleson, TX, it is an oasis of water, sun, and shade for the entire family.

You’ll have plenty to explore:

  • 11 water slides
  • 2 waterfalls
  • 4 activity pools
  • 1 750-foot-long lazy river
  • 3 beach style entries
  • Pirates’ Cove Grill
  • Joe’s Peg Leg Grill
  • Shark Bite Cafe
  • Shaded indoor games!

You can rent lockers and cabanas and the usual food options are available

For those who wish to bring a cooler for a picnic or who have special diet requirements, we welcome you to bring coolers to leave in your vehicle. You may exit the park and tailgate or use available picnic at tables, nearby outside the park.

Pirates’ Cove Water Park does not permit outside food and drink, except for bottled water.


Castaway Cove, Wichita Falls

Address: 1000 Central E Fwy East, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Owned by the City of Wichita Falls, it’s well maintained and clean. The pricing is on par with most waterparks. Food and snacks are pricey but that’s normal for Water Parks.

Great for littles with plenty of shade and covered tables. Parking is free



Splashway Waterpark


Address: 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475

Hours: 11am – 6pm

Splashway Waterpark offers both a water park and a campground!

At the Texas waterpark they have heart-pounding thrill slides, a lazy river, 2 wave pools, private cabana rentals, toddler-only splash zones, 2 cafes, tableside service, Dippin’ Dots, the list goes on.

Credit: Splashway Water Park for the images

Lifejackets, tubes, and parking are always free and personal coolers are welcome inside this waterpark.

Top Tips

The weekend is busy but the weekdays, there are minimal guests. The staff are friendly and accommodating. The snack bars have inexpensive food and snacks. You can also bring in your own food. Just no alcohol or glass bottles or containers. The artisan pizza is amazing. Lots of cheese. You can get it by the slice or buy a whole pizza. The refillable cups and tall fruit slushy are really a bargain.

They also have their own campground, each of the lodging options come with a fire pit and access to amazing amenities.

This Texas campground offers fishing, kayaking, peddle carts, a dog park, cabins and cottages for rent, RV sites, tent sites, an on-site camp store, and so much more!

The RV sites can accommodate a wide range of RVs, motorhomes, pop-ups, and fifth wheels. Each RV site comes with full hook ups and your choice of 30- or 50-amp sites and pull through or back in options. We definitely recommend renting an RV through RVShare.com (affiliate link) too!

If you want to be truly one with nature, there are spacious tent sites with access to electricity, water, and, of course, all the family fun Splashway has to offer.

Why not rent an RV?

One of the best ways to explore Texas is by renting an RV! Recently, we discovered a great platform to connect with local owners called RVShare.com.

A family RV vacation is one of the most Budget-friendly ways to travel and you can save up to 57% on your vacation costs!

Every rental booked includes roadside assistance and a 24-hour travel concierge.

Think of it like an AirBnB but for RV’s!!

Typhoon Texas (Austin and Houston)

With two locations in Austin and Houston, you can easily combine this with a Road Trip or Weekend stay in Hill Country or San Antonio or if you’re heading to one of our beaches in Texas, like Galveston or heading east towards New Orleans or to Orange Beach, Gulf Shores or Destin, Florida.

Austin:

Address: 18500 TX-130 North Service Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Houston:

Address: 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd. Katy, TX 77494

Guests are not permitted to bring coolers or outside food or beverages into Typhoon Texas Waterpark with the exception of one factory sealed bottle of water per person.

Lockers are available for rental onsite.

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