Dallas-Fort Worth is packed full of water parks, so we’ve collected a few of our favorite destinations, including wake parks, stand-alone surfing rides and the biggest parks with the most daring slides. Stay the weekend at one of the local resorts with spectacular water parks of their own, get more out of your day with special events such as outdoor movies over the water, or take it easy with a spa-water park hybrid experience.
Go Big Time
Water Wars, Riptide Slide and Coconut Cove will have your family splashing in the sunlight. With six main attractions, this modest park provides a less crowded feel compared to bigger name parks in Dallas-Fort Worth. Cabanas, tables and umbrellas can be rented for additional fees. Open through mid-August. Kids and adults 48 inches or taller are $15. Kids under 48 inches are $11. Kids under 2 are free. Find additional discounts online.
This indoor waterpark in Dallas County offers a year-round splash-tastic time. Epic Waters is home to one-of-a-kind feature, such as the body slide Lassoloop (the “tallest indoor Aqualoop” in the country”) and the twisty-turvy Yellowjacket Drop, which is a combination of the popular Boomerango and Constrictor features and gives you the feeling like you’re floating in air! If the water features aren’t enough, check out the park’s Twilight Swim and Family Fun Friday events. Admission: $22 Grand Prairie residents / $34 general; $17 GP residents / $29 general for under 48 inches; spectator passes cost $15 for everyone.
Grand Prairie, 972/337-3131
Hawaiian Falls Waterparks
At each of the four locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, kids enjoy rides, slides and water adventures. Teens and tweens will enjoy The Torpedo, The Waikiki Wipeout and Whirlwind 360 slides.* All slide amusements require heights of 36 inches or taller. Younger kids can explore the Water Walkway, Kona Kooler and Keiki Kove. Private picnic or cabana areas are available for reservation. An additional park in White Settlement offers non-water activities such as a ropes course and zip lines. Day admission starts at $29.99 for 48 inches or taller and $22.99 for shorter than 48 inches. Discounts on tickets when purchased online or for tickets Monday–Thursday.
*Attractions vary by location
The Colony, 972/464-2048
Slide down the newest slide tower with four slides (Blue Sky, Thunder, Riggamaroll and Sidewinder) to boast high thrills for bigger kids. Or visit Beachside Bay’s 5,300-square-foot pool with a nearby sand volleyball court. If the kids are in for a whole day of romping in the water, stay through the evening for one of the park’s special events. Fireworks shows and Drive-In Movies events are held throughout the summer. Admission: $24.99; $19.99 for under 48 inches on weekends. $19.99; $15.99 for under 48 inches on the weekdays. Free for ages 2 and younger.
North Richland Hills, 817/427-6500
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor has plenty of rides for those who don’t fear gravity (the Dive Bomber) or the dark (the Black Hole), and for families, there’s even more for you with the boogie boarding ride, lazy river, wave pool and several slides open to kids 36 inches and taller. For the younger ones, you could easily spend the entire day at Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse—complete with a tree house (of course), water cannons, water sprayers and slides—but this is one of the biggest and baddest water parks in the state. Don’t miss their newest slides, including the Wahoo Racer that’s bound to bring out your competitive streak. Admission: $41.99; $36.99 for kids under 48 inches; free for ages 2 and younger; buy your tickets online for discounts.
This former Hawaiian Falls Waterpark reopened under new ownership as Splash Dayz in 2016 and boasts plenty of water attractions to cool off families on a hot day. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, float along the Lazy Dayz River or zip down one of many twisty slides. If you need a break from the water, there is a basketball court, sand volleyball court, cabanas and a gift shop, as well as shaved ice to snack on. Day passes cost $19.95 for anyone taller than 48 inches and $17.95 for those under 48 inches.
White Settlement, 817/246-2204
Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark
This water park with a Wild West theme will help your littles cool off during the summer months. Attractions include wave pools, slides, a lazy river and a kids’ play area modeled after an abandoned mine shaft. Tickets are $15.95 for little ones under 42 inches and $18.95 for adults. Go on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Family Night for discounted tickets—check the website for more details.
1001 Cinema Drive, Weatherford, 817/598-0777
With a variety of slides, and play pools, Water Works entertains kids of all ages. Test the waters in the lazy river or children’s play pool before making a splash in the Pike Slide or Kahuna Slide. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for kids under 48 inches, $5 for non-swimmers and free for kids under 2. Denton residents save $2 on admission.
Make it a Weekend
Great Wolf Lodge
This guests-only retreat is an eight-story woodlands-themed resort with an equally towering 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine has it all: a giant water fort, a floatable river, rides, slides and pools for all age groups, plus an outdoor water park. Amenities such as laser tag maze, kids’ spa and interactive movie theater will keep the entire family busy, and for some parents-only playtime, head to the 24-hour arcade, which becomes adults-only after midnight. Multiple room packages are available. Go online to check their nightly rates calendar for deals on suites. Book one night and get nearly two full days of resort access.
JadeWaters at Hilton Anatole
This gem is exclusively for hotel guests. There is plenty to do at this attraction, including the Leisure Cove Pool (which is adults only on the weekends), an enormous (7,000 square-foot) splash and play area for kids, a 630-foot lazy river, two 180-foot water slides, a 23-seat swim-up bar, and more. The hotel is also known to host multiple kids activities, such as duck races, movies under the stars, pool parties and more. The resort pool is open until September 2, but the cove pool is open on the off season. Multiple room packages are available.
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 214/748-1200
Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan
The town within a town that is Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort is already impressive, but from Memorial Day to Labor day, the resort’s Paradise Springs water park boasts family fun for all. With its 6,000-square-foot family lagoon on a 10-acre western-themed water playground, the resort lives up to the “everything’s bigger in Texas” trope. Resort guests can get properly waterlogged in the lazy river, waterslides, horseshoe-shaped hot pools and another pool designated just for toddlers. The kicker: Swimmers who have a reach height of 72 inches can zip line over the 11-foot-deep plunge pool. Room rates vary, so call for current prices.
Get on Board
Hydrous Wake Parks
Once you’ve suited up with a rented helmet, life vest and board, get in line for a spin around a manmade lake for a sport that’s similar to snowboarding. Grab on to the handle bar and an overhead cable system will tow you down the straightaways and around the curves. It takes some practices and beginners can try it out on a smaller lake. The thrill seekers behind Hydrous Wake Parks have two locations in DFW: one at Allen Station and one in Little Elm on Lake Lewisville. Try the Aqua Park, an agility course in the water, only at the Little Elm location. Admission: One-hour cable passes are $20 for teens and adults. Passes are available for one hour, two hours and four hours. Bring your own equipment or rent for small fee.
Little Elm, 214/310-1105
Take it Easy
If you’re hesitant to step foot into a murky lake, you must visit this serene spot in Fort Worth. The spring-fed lake has water park features including diving boards, slides and even a trapeze, but the water is filtered and chemically treated, so it feels more like a pool. Through Labor Day, you can walk on the sandy bottom, spread out your towels on the beach under shade trees, and bring your own picnic or grab a snack from the concession stands. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 1–6 and free for kids under one.
Fort Worth, 817/737-3414
Are your kiddos not yet ready for big time water parks? Try one of these free splash pads and spray parks in Dallas-Fort Worth.