First Look: Epic Waters in Grand PrairieBy Beth McGee
It’s 48 degrees outside — the perfect day to explore Dallas-Fort Worth’s newest waterpark, Epic Waters. Before you imagine us chattering our teeth all the way down a loop-de-loop waterslide, we should clarify — it’s all indoors! The 80,000 square foot waterpark situated in the middle of Grand Prairie is completely covered and open year-round, thanks to a controlled air temp of 85 and a water temp of 82 degrees.
On Monday, January 8, City of Grand Prairie mayor Ron Jensen and the Epic Waters team welcomed an enthusiastic crowd for a sneak peek media day. We were lucky enough to get the invite, and we’re back with the scoop— or should we say loop?
First off, you absolutely must go. Between the walk-in activity pool, 4,000 square foot arcade, FlowRider surfing simulator, a plethora of slides, and the accessible Rio Grand lazy river that encircles the facility, there’s truly fun for everyone in the family. Plus, a curved, retractable roof (which happens to be the longest in the U.S.) provides the capability to let in sunshine during the warmer months.
If you have little ones in tow, head straight for the Rascal’s Round-Up, an aquatic play area filled with sprinklers, sprayers, and a 300-gallon bucket that delivers a gentle downpour every 5 minutes. There are also a few mini slides built for tots. Nearby cabanas and beach chairs with umbrellas provide an easy and close by spot for mom to watch — or hop in! Cabanas seat up to 8 guests and can be rented for an entire day, starting at $150.
If your squad is 48 inches or taller, take your pick among any of the slides — or try them all! Forty-two inchers can choose from a smaller selection of the slides. Test out your bravery in the Lasso Loop, a super tall body slide that starts with a straight drop which gives the rider enough speed to be sent up a hill! Inner tubers will love the bright blue and green Aquanaut, which twists and turns with incredible speed.
Competitive kiddos should take advantage of the E racers, which involve 4 thrill-seekers racing side-by-side on mats. Winning isn’t everything, but we’ve heard rumors about the blue slide being extra speedy.
When you need a break from the water, we recommend a trip to the 45-game arcade, which is filled with the latest and greatest, plus a little Pac-Man throwback for mom and dad. Swimmers can fuel up at the Hungry Wave Café, which offers kid-pleasers such as pizza, hot dogs, fries and ice cream. Parents can take advantage of Longboards, a full-service bar in front of the activity pool.
Before you leave, be sure to check out the gift shop, which is filled with fun tanks, towels, and everything you forgot, including swim diapers. It’s also worth noting that family changing rooms are available, so mom need not face diaper duty alone, and automated lockers keep all of your belongings safe. Life jackets are free, scattered throughout the park, and come in baby sizes, so everyone can stay safe.
Day passes start at $24 for those under 48 inches and $29 if you’re over 48 inches. If you’ve committed to staying dry, spectator passes are just $9. If you’re in it for the long haul, consider the annual pass, which is $239 for the individual. If you’re a Grand Prairie resident, we’re officially jealous. Day passes start at $14 and annual passes start at $199.
Doors open on Friday, January 12 at 5pm, and the first 50 people in line will receive an annual pass. Consider your weekend plans made.
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