Where to Cool Off This Summer

From exhilarating water parks to immersive sprayground experiences, Dallas and its neighboring cities offer plenty of water activities all summer long.

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 By Angela Roe

Whether you have kids home for the summer or are just looking for a place to kick back and cool down in the heat, water activities are a solid option. Everything is bigger in Texas, including our water parks, so check out these 10 ideas for a fun summertime day.

Lake Highlands North Aquatic Center

This pool is brand spankin' new, boasting a 20-foot slide and a six-lane lap pool with diving board. Enjoy your concessions in a shaded lounge area while your little ones check out the climbing wall. There's a daily admissions fee for kids and adults, or you can purchase a season pass.
Hint: Don't forget about the City of Dallas' other aquatic centers all over town.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
Grand Prairie

While summer isn't the only time of year you can enjoy Epic Waters, it's a must-visit water park. Located in Grand Prairie, just 20 miles west of Downtown, no sunscreen is needed at this indoor/outdoor aquatic attraction. With the number of pools and slides here, you can make an entire day of it. Are you brave enough to attempt the "yellowjacket drop," simulating a zero gravity feeling? Or maybe you'd like to learn how to boogie-board – Epic Waters has all that and more!

Photo credit: Epic Waters

North Richland Hills

Home to the world's largest uphill water-coaster, this family water park features "dive-in movies" throughout the season plus two separate events with fireworks. Rent an NRH2o cabana for the day, or book your birthday party at the park. The kids will love the wave pool while the adults chill out in the lazy river.

Wet Zone

Venture just east of Dallas to the city of Rowlett's Wet Zone, where you'll find slides and splash grounds fit for your tiniest swimmers. Three times per summer, they offer "Flick and Float" for movies plus swimming, and the park offers a "pooch plunge" for dogs in August. Wet Zone regularly offers "Angel Swims" for those swimmers with special needs, too.

Gaylord Texan Resort

Plan a staycation at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort, and you'll get admission to the hotel's 10-acre water attraction, Paradise Springs. The Western-themed park includes a lazy river, an impressive family-friendly lagoon, slides, toddler pool and zip line.

Photo credit: Gaylord Texan

Hawaiian Falls
Garland, Mansfield, Roanoke, The Colony

This park is a top summer destination and features locations across the Metroplex. While each Hawaiian Falls has unique offerings, they all offer slides fit for adrenaline junkies and pools dedicated to little swimmers. Pack some snacks and relax under a cabana while the kids roam free.

Klyde Warren Park

It's not primarily a water park, but you can pop on over to Klyde Warren for a run through its spraying caterpillar fountain. A quick splash of cold H2O after lunch and lawn games will be just what you need before heading to the Dallas Museum of Art or the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags' sister water park won't disappoint, with attractions like the Wahoo Racer - a massive multi-lane water slide - and the Black Hole. There's something for everyone at Hurricane Harbor, like a water playground and a whitewater rapids pool. Plus, you can grab whatever you want to eat here - veggie burgers, ice cream cones, or both!

Photo credit: Hurricane Harbor

Bahama Beach

Get refreshed while standing under Bahama Beach's 1,000-gallon dumping bucket or zipping down the Riptide Slide. The park's water playground, Coconut Cove, offers tons of activities to keep your kids busy (and tire them out!) Bahama Beach is undergoing an expansion in 2020, adding attractions such as a children's splashpad, so this park will only get better. In the meantime, hit up the "World's Largest Swim Lesson," or be there when nearby Dallas Zoo animals stop in for a visit.

City Spraygrounds/Splashpads

When in doubt, check your local community's parks and recreation websites for where the closest splash areas are. From Celebration Park in Allen to Harry Myers Park in Rockwall, you're bound to find a place to cool off right in your neighborhood. The best part? They're completely free.

Header photo credit: Klyde Warren Park 

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