Top Texas Waterparks

Bobbing in a tidal wave pool, floating along a lazy river, speeding down the fastest slide in the park – all are treasured childhood memories for me. Growing up in Alief, I spent many summers at the area’s Fame City Waterworks.  I recently stumbled upon a mile-long post about the waterpark when I joined an Alief Facebook group, and so many members shared the same fond memories.

Waterparks just seem to exude the smells, sights, sounds, and sensations of summer, so as we officially enter into the season, here is a guide to help you and your family make some lasting memories too.

Top Texas Waterparks

Moody Gardens {Galveston}

  • One Hope Blvd.
  • Open :: Weekends May 21 through June 3 // daily June 4 through Aug. 21 // weekends Aug. 22 through Sept. 10, including Labor Day
  • Hours :: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Admission :: $23.95 for adults; $17.95 for children ages four and older; Children ages three and younger are free;  Movie and karaoke evening entry nights are $15.

Swim, dance, and sing at Moody Gardens. The park features a splash pad, lazy river, water slides, and bar, as well as a live-music series from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays June 4 through Aug. 13.

Noah’s Ark {West Houston}

  • 10570 Westpark Drive
  • Open :: May 28 to Sept. 5
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Admission :: $7.50 for adults and children two and older; Children younger than two are free

Tiny tots will love the ark-themed splash pad, and big kids will enjoy the new speed slide opening this summer and the large alligator float. The park has been completely restored for its 20-year celebration this summer. On June 4, the clock will “turn back” 20 years to include $4 adult admission and $2 child admission.

Pirate’s Bay Waterpark {Baytown}

  • 5300 East Road, Baytown
  • Open :: Weekends in May // daily June through Aug. 21 // weekends Aug. 22 to Labor Day
  • Hours :: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday & 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday
  • Admission :: $20 for adults and children more than 4-feet tall; $15 for children less than 4-feet tall; and children younger than two are free
  • Discounts :: $10 admission after 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays

Children ages five and younger can swim from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays {$5 admission for ages two and older}. The waterpark also hosts Special Pirate Parties for special needs families from 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 27, July 27, and Aug. 15 {$5 admission for everyone ages two and older}. Be sure to make plans to swim by every Thursday at 8 p.m. for a dive-in movie.

Schlitterbahn {Galveston}

  • 2109 Lockheed Rd.
  • Openm:: Now through Sept. 18
  • Hours :: Vary
  • Admission :: $52.99 for adults; $40.99 for children
  • Discounts :: Hotel guests receive a discount, and there are reduced ticket prices daily after 3 p.m.

Schlitterbahn Galveston features indoor and outdoor slides, splash pads, and a lazy river.

Schlitterbahn {New Braunfels}

  • 400 N. Liberty Avenue                                                              
  • Hours :: Vary
  • Open :: Now through Sept. 18
  • Admission :: $50.99 for adults; $38.99 for children; free for children ages 2 and younger
  • Discounts :: After 3 p.m., receive up to $15 off.

The original Schlitterbahn includes three separate waterparks. At points, some rides run along the hill country’s Guadalupe River.

Schlitterbahn {South Padre}

  • 33261 State Park Road 100
  • Open :: Outdoor features are open from April 16 to Sept. 18 & the heated, indoor waterpark is open year-round
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. {Closing time varies by season.}
  • Admission :: $52.99 for adults; $42.99 for children
  • Discount :: Stay at a property resort, and receive up to 40 percent savings.

This South Padre beachfront waterpark includes multiple splash pads, bar areas, a lazy river, a 1950s carousel, and one of the largest man-made surf rides in the country.

Splashway {Sheridan}

  • 5211 Main Street Sheridan, TX 77475
  • Open :: Daily beginning May 28
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday & 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission :: $32.99 for adults; $17.99 for children under 42 inches; $5.99 for children under 36 inches
  • Discounts :: Check the website on Wednesdays for discounted ticket prices.

In addition to being a full-fledged waterpark, Splashway also is a family destination – including campgrounds with cabins, recreational vehicle spots, and tent sites. Themed weekends at the waterpark feature s’more nights, arts and crafts, kayaking, nature trails, and live music on Saturdays.

Typhoon Texas {Katy}

  • 555 Katy Fort Bend Road
  • Open :: May 28 to Labor day
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Admission :: Adult admission is $44.99 on weekends and holidays / $39.99 on weekdays; child admission is $32.99 for children under 48 inches; children age 2 and younger are free
  • Discounts :: Beginning June 12, pick up discounted admission passes for $32.99 on Sundays at any Houston-area Academy store.

Greater Houston’s newest waterpark, Typhoon Texas brings the rustic hill country to Katy with smoked barbecue on site every day, a lazy river, and looping waterslides. Season pass holders can leave their wallets behind and make in-park purchases with their sMART Lynq wristbands.

Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown {Spring}

  • 21300 Interstate 45 North
  • Open :: May 26 through Sept. 11
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. {Closing times vary seasonally.}
  • Admission :: $39.99 for adults weekends and holidays / $35.99 for adults weekdays; $30.99 for children under 48 inches; children two and younger are free

One of Houston’s longest-running waterparks, Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown features dive-in movies as well as many themed festivals throughout the summer.

>>> TOP HOTEL WATERPARKS <<<

Make it a getaway and a waterpark visit all in one! These nearby hotels include waterparks as part of the amenities.

Great Wolf Lodge {Grapevine}

  • 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 
  • Open :: Year-round
  • Hours :: 24 hours a day

There isn’t a wrong time of year to visit Great Wolf Lodge. The hotel and indoor waterpark boast rides for the entire family, which includes a splash pad, speed slides, a lazy river, and a bar and grill.

Hyatt Hill Country {San Antonio}

  • 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
  • Hours :: 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Admission :: Included with hotel stay

Set in the Texas Hill Country, this hotel waterpark features water basketball and volleyball, pools, hot tubs, a lazy river, and a wave simulator for body, knee, and stand-up boarders.

Hyatt Lost Pines {Cedar Creek}

  • 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd

A great destination for young kids, this hotel waterpark includes children and adult pools, a sandy beach-entry pool, water volleyball and basketball, a splash pad, and a speed slide.

The Woodlands Resort {The Woodlands}

  • 2301 North Millebend Dr.
  • Open :: Year-round; slides and lazy river are open at set seasonal times Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Hours :: Hours are posted on resort website via the weekly activity guide

Make it a staycation at this area hotel and waterpark, which includes a lazy river, a  lagoon-style pool, underwater music, and dive-in movies.

JW Marriott San Antonio {San Antonio}

  • 23808 Resort Parkway  
  • Open :: Year-round
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This hill country resort features an adult swimming pool, a whirlpool spa, a large activity pool, a sandy beach entry pool, a children’s pool, as well as two tower water slides and a lazy river.

Whether you are venturing farther from home or hanging close for a summer staycation, we hope you enjoy a waterpark or two along the way! 

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