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Texas summer vacations and water park fun go hand in hand, and no matter which Texas city you find yourself in, there’s a water park waiting for you. While fun twists on classics like the lazy river and the giant water slide are water park staples, other Texas draws like live music and BBQ are finding a home in water parks across the state.
Hurricane Harbor Arlington - Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington
This Six Flags water park in Arlington boasts a lazy river and Boogie Beach for surfing. Park-goers can race friends on a two-tier water slide with multiple lanes or feel the rushing 40-ft waves at Hurricane Harbor Arlington.
Hurricane Alley Waterpark, Corpus Christi
In the beach town of Corpus Christi, Hurricane Alley features “Dive In” movie nights in the summer, luxurious cabanas, surf-friendly waves, and lots of slides. Catch a wave on the Flowrider Double surf simulator, test your bravery on the 6-story Cat 5 slide or enjoy twists and turns on the Momentum.
Castaway Cove Waterpark, Wichita Falls
Wichita Falls’ Castaway is the place to take the 40 miles per hour Pirates Plunge, sip a cold beer or frozen cocktails at the Tropical Bar, and snack on foods that’ll force you out of the water for an hour at Castaway Café.
Typhoon Texas Waterpark, Katy
Right outside of Houston, Typhoon Texas offers weekly live music and water slides with names like the Rattler, the Copperhead, and the Diamondback in its snake pit area. Dine on BBQ or Tex Mex when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine
Near Dallas, the city of Grapevine is the home of Great Wolf Lodge, one of the top hotels with an on-site water park in Texas. The entire water park is located indoors and is part of a larger family-friendly style resort with attractions like a 4D movie theater and aerial rope course.
The Water Park at the Villages, Flint
Set in a more intimate space than most parks on this list, the Water Park at the Villages is part of a resort situated on Lake Palestine. The park is totally encased in glass and perfect for kids’ birthday parties.