Top 5 water parks in Texas

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The Texas Heat makes it hard to stay #TexasCool, that’s for sure. But that’s where a good water park can come in handy. Luckily, the state has some great ones. Here are what we judge as the five best.

5 – Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, which is much more than just a water park. If you’re looking for a full-on weekend retreat, this resort is for you. In addition to lodging and the park, which is indoors for yearlong fun, there’s also a ropes course, an arcade, and plenty of other amenities for the whole family.

4 – Splashway Waterpark in Sheridan is an outdoorsman’s water park, offering the traditional waterslides and wave pools you know and love alongside cabins, RV parks, and campsites so you can make a weekend out of it. Profit from miniature golf, fishing, kayaking and more, all located on Splashway’s grounds.

3 – For a more unique outdoor experience, try Waterloo Adventures in Austin. Located on Lake Travis, you won’t find any chlorine here, but you will find a floating water park and obstacle course different from any other spot on this list.

2 – This top 5 wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Schlitterbahn parks. Head to New Braunfels for the world’s longest ride and its aquaveyer, a.k.a. an excuse to never leave your tube. In Galveston the MASSIV Monster Blaster takes the prize for the world’s tallest water coaster and on South Padre Island “swim up” bars are all the rage.

And the No. 1 water park in Texas … Epic Waters in Grand Prairie is the newest park on the list, first opened in 2018. It’s an indoor park for those winter weekend getaways with a retractable roof for sunny summer fun. A word of advice: Get there early. Only 1,500 guests at a time, so if it fills up you might be waiting a while.

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