Top Texas Water Parks to Cool Off Your Family This Summer

Houston summers can be hot.  Ok, they can be brutally hot.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE this city we call home but when the heat index is over 100 degrees for weeks at a time, you need to get creative.  Lucky for us, the Houston area is home to some pretty amazing water parks.  Outside of that, Texas boasts some fun water parks in cities not too far away {I’m looking at you New Braunsfels}.  Whether you’re wanting a day of fun close by, or a mini vacation in our great state, this guide is here to help your family beat the heat and have a little fun this summer.

Moody Gardens {Galveston}

  • One Hope Blvd.
  • Open :: Daily May 31 – August 18 // weekends Aug. 24 through Labor Day
  • Hours :: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Admission :: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for children ages four and older; Children ages three and younger are free;  Bands on the sand entry nights {select Fridays and Saturdays in summer} are $15.95.

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 7 through Aug. 10.  You can play for the day or stay the night and enjoy the Moody Gardens for 2 days.  Between the pyramids, water park, ropes course and paddle boat, there is enough to keep you busy the whole time.  

Noah’s Ark {West Houston}

  • 10570 Westpark Drive
  • Open :: May 27 to August 23
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Admission :: $8 for adults and children two and older; Children under the age of one are free

Noah’s Ark splash pad in west Houston was a regular stop for my boys for about five straight summers.  The ark themed splash pad was a huge hit with my littles and watching their proud faces as they braved the “big slide” made my mama heart swell.  As they got older we moved over to the big pool with the large alligator float, diving board, and even BIGGER slide.  Get there early, pick out a table and spend the day there, you won’t be disappointed. 

Noah's Ark Water Park

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 Monday through Thursday // $25 Friday through Sunday; $15 for children less than 4-feet tall Monday through Thursday // $20 Friday through Sunday; 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. on select Wednesdays in June and July {$5 admission for ages two and older}. The water park also hosts Special Pirate Parties for special needs families from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on select Monday nights {$5 admission for everyone ages two and older}. Be sure to make plans to swim by every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. for a dive-in movie {included with daily admission}.  For all of those select dates, click here.

Schlitterbahn {Galveston}

  • 2109 Lockheed Rd.
  • Open:: 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.

Just a short drive from Houston, Schlitterbahn Galveston features indoor and outdoor slides, splash pads, and a lazy river.  Open all summer long, and weekends in the fall, the fun never stops at Schlitterbahn Galveston.

Schlitterbahn {New Braunfels}

  • 400 N. Liberty Avenue                                                              
  • Hours :: Vary
  • Open :: Now through Sept. 21
  • Admission :: $54.99 for adults; $41.99 for children; free for children ages 2 and younger
  • Discounts :: After 3 p.m., receive up to $15 off.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels includes three separate water parks. Lovingly dubbed, the “old waterpark” by my boys {the original Schlitterbahn} consists of rides with spring fed waters of the Comal.  Early season can be a bit chilly, but it’s definitely my favorite section.  A short bus ride away is the newer section with some of the faster pace rides that thrill seekers will love as well as fun play structures for the kids.

Schlitterbahn {South Padre}

  • 33261 State Park Road 100
  • Open :: Outdoor features are open from April 13 to Sept. 15 & the heated, indoor water park is open year-round
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. {Closing time varies by season.}
  • Admission :: $50.99 for adults; $38.99 for children
  • Discount :: Stay at a property resort, and receive up to 40 percent savings.

Not a day trip, but still worth the drive is the Schlitterbahn water park in South Padre.  This  beachfront Texas water park 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 :: $44.99 for guests over 42 inches; $32.99 for children under 42 inches; Children 2 and under are free.
  • Discounts :: After 3 p.m. $24.99 and up; Special discounts for groups, military and teachers on select days.  Details here.

In addition to being a full-fledged water park, Splashway also is a family destination – including campgrounds with cabins, recreational vehicle spots, and tent sites. 

Typhoon Texas {Katy}

  • 555 Katy Fort Bend Road
  • Open :: May 28 to Labor day
  • Hours :: 10: a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Admission :: Any day admission is $39.99; children age 2 and younger are free
  • Discounts :: Choose your day tickets can be as little as $20.

Greater Houston’s newest water park, 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. 22
  • Hours :: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. {Closing times vary seasonally.}
  • Admission :: $45.99 any day tickets; children two and younger are free
  • Discounts :: Purchase your tickets 5 days in advance and receive up to $4 discount; Group discounts available as well.

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

Big Rivers Waterpark {New Caney}

  • 23101 State Hwy 242
  • Open :: May 25 through September 15
  • Hours :: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. {closing times vary seasonally.}
  • Admission :: $44.99 for adults; $34.99 for children under 48 inches and guest ages 62 and older; children two and younger are free.

This new waterpark boasts family fun in the water, on the ground and flying through the sky.  With all the adventures available, its sure to keep even the pickiest of kids entertained. 

Aquatica {San Antonio}

  • 10500 Sea World Drive
  • Open :: Daily now through August 25, weekends only through year.  Check here for updated calendar. 
  • Hours :: 10 am to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends {closing times vary seasonally}
  • Admission :: $54.99 single day ticket; $71.99 three day, two park ticket

Aquatica is nestled in Sea World so of course it has some interactive animal opportunities.  Besides hanging out with stingrays and tropical fish, Aquatica has all the slides, pools, and kid play structures that will keep you cool and entertained all day.  You can stay and play there for the day, or visit Sea World as well for a full day {or two} of fun.  


Make it a getaway and a water park visit all in one! These nearby hotels include water parks 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 water park 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 water park 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 water park 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 water park, 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 water park or two along the way! 

Looking for more summer fun? Don’t miss our ULTIMATE HOUSTON SUMMER BUCKET LIST below!

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and various business details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other great Texas water parks, include them in the comments to continue the list too!

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One Response to Top Texas Water Parks to Cool Off Your Family This Summer

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    Kim July 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    You are missing Jellystone properties. They have everything from RV to Luxury Cottage rentals, and the North Texas location has a water park attached called Pirates Cove. Its nice and new!

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