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Water Parks in Dallas-Fort Worth

Cool off at these family-friendly destinations this summer.

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. 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.

Water Parks

Bahama Beach
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.
Dallas, 214/671-0820

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Epic Waters
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
Garland, 972/675-8888
Mansfield, 817/853-0050
Roanoke, 817/853-0099

NRH2O
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

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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.
Arlington, 817/640-8900

Splash Dayz
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

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Water Works
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.
Denton, 940/349-8800

Hotel Resorts Water Parks for a Weekend Staycation 

Great Wolf Lodge
This staycation 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, or book a day pass, which includes all-day fun, free life jackets and free passes for kids age 2 and younger.
Grapevine, 800/693-9653

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 is a 6,000-square-foot family lagoon on a 10-acre western-themed water playground. The resort is only open to hotel guests, so why not make a weekend of it and 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.
Grapevine, 817/778-1000

Wake Board Parks

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 (think on-the-water bounce house) 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.
Allen, 214/390-3088
Little Elm, 214/310-1105

Wild Card Water Parks

Whoa Zone 
This one-of-a-kind water park is actually an inflatable, over-the-water obstacle course. Think bounce houses over the water, how refreshing! There’s a zone designated for kids ages 4–6, as well as a zone for kids over age 7.
Grapevine, 866/946-2966

Burger’s Lake
If you’re hesitant to step foot into a murky lake, you must visit this serene spot in Fort Worth. The spring-fed lake with a sandy beach 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

Water Parks for Children with Special Needs

Epic Waters
A retractable roof and climate controls make for a wet and wild time all year round at this 80,000-square-foot water park crammed with slides, a lazy river and a boogie board ride. Kids with sensory sensitivities will enjoy the air and water temps, which are kept at 85 and 82 degrees respectively. If the crowds get to be too much for your clan, retreat to the quieter 45-game arcade.
Other perks: Chow down at the Hungry Wave Café—just wait 30 minutes before getting back in the water! Parents can even kick back at a full-service bar.
Good to know: Designated Twilight Swim sessions and Family Fun Friday events allow you to take the kiddos after work.
Cost: $29 general admission; $24 for kids under 48 inches; $9 for spectators; Grand Prairie residents receive $10 off admission
2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, 972/337-3131

Hawaiian Falls
Twice a summer, each Hawaiian Falls location opens up two hours early for Champions Day, a special swim time for guests with special needs. Additional staffers are on hand to assist families while lifeguards hang up their whistles and turn down the music for a morning of sensory-friendly fun. Visit Roanoke on June 30 or all parks on Aug. 3 to take part.
Other perks: All four parks offer free parking. Also available are life jackets (for free) and shaded cabanas (not for free).
Good to know: Wave pools and lazy rivers feature zero-depth entry. Attractions with stairs have handrails, but it is up to you to decide if your child can take part.
Cost: On Champions Day, admission is free for champions and $10 for companions (limit four).

Hurricane Harbor
The Six Flags water park offers plenty of fun for kids of all abilities. Though major attractions like rides and slides require climbing stairs, there are wheelchair-accessible ramps at the lazy river, Boogie Beach, Suntan Lagoon and portions of Hook’s Lagoon. Check in with Guest Relations, and a team member will help design an itinerary tailored to your child’s specific needs.
Other perks: Most restrooms, restaurants and shops are wheelchair accessible, and the park offers accessible parking for cars and vans.
Good to know: Trained service animals are welcome but must remain leashed and out of the pools. (Sorry, Fido.)
Cost: $38.99 general admission; $33.99 for kids under 48 inches; free for age 2 and younger
1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, 817/640-8900

Wet Zone Family Waterpark
Suit up for Rowlett’s monthly Angel Swims all summer long. On July 21 and Aug. 11, the park opens 2 ½ hours early for kids with special needs and their families to splish-splash without the crowds. Play with spray features at the wheelchair-friendly Kiddie Playground, ride down one of the park’s three slides or take shelter from the sun under shaded pavilions and umbrellas.
Other perks: Parking is free, and life jackets are available free of charge.
Good to know: While your family can snack on burgers and nachos at Haley’s Hunger Hut, the park permits you to bring in your own food and drinks.
Cost: On Angel Swim days, allday admission is free for Angels and $4 for companions
5304 Main St., Rowlett, 972/412-6266


Photo courtesy of Gaylord Texan Resort