The Lone Star State has a number of new attractions and installations coming in 2018. The new year will bring more educational centers, adventure parks, conventions and art spaces to Texas. No matter if you’re a fan of amusement parks, book conventions or live theater, all kinds of Texans will have something to look forward to in 2018.
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity at Six Flags Over Texas (Nearby Hotels)
Six Flags Over Texas, an amusement park in Arlington, is receiving a new and thrilling ride in 2018. Called HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, this futuristic ride will be located in the Gotham City section of the park. This spinning attraction moves riders in a 24-seat gondola in a continuous movement on three different axes. Park goers below will watch HARLEY QUINN riders spin seven stories above the ground. Expect to twist, flip and turn on this new exhilarating ride at Six Flags Over Texas.
Legoland Discovery Center (Nearby Hotels)
Lego-obsessed kids and adults alike will be happy to hear that a Legoland Discovery Center is opening up in San Antonio this upcoming year. Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center should expect a 4-D cinema, Lego-themed rides and plenty of play areas to tinker with Legos. This 65,000-square-foot center will be located at the mall, Shops at Rivercenter, in downtown San Antonio. Perfect for children ages 3 to 10, Legoland will also have plenty of party rooms for hosting birthday parties and other special occasions.
LeakyCon (Nearby Hotels)
Harry Potter fans in Texas will have a magical time at LeakyCon this year, since it’s located in Dallas. Fans of the J.K. Rowling book series will head to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on August 10th to the 12th. LeakyCon has been hosted in different cities around the world every year, and Texans should definitely take advantage that this widely popular Harry Potter convention will be in the Lone Star State. Meet incredible guests from actors to designers, while also experiencing unique talks, presentations and live entertainment. The costumes of convention goers alone will make you feel like you’re at Hogwarts.
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts' New Campus (Nearby Hotels)
Young performance artists along with lovers of theater and dance will be excited to hear that the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts’ new campus will be finished in 2018. Located in downtown Houston, this high school is a magnet school for young artists. The new campus is on a 1.32-acre site and will have a 168,000-square-foot facility. The five-story building will be able to accomodate audiences by having an 800-seat theater and two levels of underground parking. The new campus will be able to host 750 students, along with offering plenty of space for dance and music studios and art galleries.
WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Nearby Hotels)
Six Flags Over Texas isn’t the only Six Flags location in Texas adding a new ride to its roster. Texans should look forward to a new rollercoaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio called WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster. This roller coaster will be the world’s single rail coaster, meaning the the roller coaster’s train will ride on a single track instead of a traditional two-track coaster. The single track design was created to make a smoother ride. Riders will face massive hill drops and 180-degree stalls. WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster will be the newest addition to the superhero rides at the park, BATMAN and SUPERMAN. Expect this ride to be ready in Spring 2018.
Grand Texas Theme Park (Nearby Hotels)
Grand Texas will be a huge entertainment complex located in New Caney, which is located 30 minutes north of Houston. When completed, Grand Texas will be an amusement park and shopping center. However the one part of Grand Texas that is expected to open in summer of 2018 is the Big Rivers Water Park. The new water park will span 40 acres and have plenty of thrilling water rides to keep the Texas summer heat at bay.
Sea Life Aquarium (Nearby Hotels)
Along with the Legoland Discovery Center, San Antonio’s mall, Shops at Rivercenter, will also welcome the Sea Life Aquarium. This will be Texas’ second Sea Life Aquarium with one in Grapevine near Dallas. The aquarium will feature a walk-through underwater tunnel that will be full of unique marine life. Complete with live animals and interactive exhibits, this underwater attraction will be a fun experience for both adults and children in the new year.