Dallas, TX: home to the Cowboys, the iconic State Fair, and, you guessed it, some of the most entertaining water parks in North Texas. Whether you’re a local or visiting the Lone Star State, navigating through the sea of water parks can feel like being a fish out of water. Fear not! As a mom of three teens who’ve practically turned into amphibians every summer, I’ve become somewhat of an aficionado in the art of water park evaluation. So, grab your swimwear, and let’s dive into the best water parks Dallas has to offer, categorized neatly for your preference: indoor for the stormy days and outdoor for when the sun graces us with its presence.

Indoor Water Parks: Year-Round Water Fun

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark 

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie is a marvel with its retractable roof that beckons sunshine on bright days and keeps the fun going when the weather decides otherwise. Boasting 80,000 square feet of pure bliss, this largest indoor waterpark in the region offers a lazy river for the laid-back, high-speed water slides for the family’s thrill-seekers, and a variety of slides including the notorious double-rider Aquasphere and a tantalizing black hole slide. Epic Waters is open year-round, ensuring your water fun isn’t dependent on the temperamental Texas weather. And for the little ones? The zero-depth splash ground and interactive water features are a hit.

Great Wolf LodgeGreat Wolf Lodge Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine brings the Northwoods to North Texas. While it may be relatively smaller, this indoor water park packs a punch with its 80,000-square-foot facility featuring a cozy indoor pool, a lazy river that meanders gently, and tandem tube rides for those who believe ‘the more, the merrier.’ Its interactive tree house and water rain fortress will leave your kids enchanted. And yes, for those who prefer relaxation over excitement, the hot tub is heavenly. The lodge’s charm is its ability to merge family fun with comfort—private cabanas, a variety of dining options, and an impressive privacy policy for those wary of too much public exposure.

Outdoor Water Parks: Sun-Soaked Fun

NRH2O Family Water Park NRH2O Family Water Park 

NRH2O Family Water Park in North Richland Hills offers a plethora of outdoor water park joys with free parking (a rarity!). From a sprawling lazy river and wave pool to high-adrenaline water slides and a swim-up bar (because, adults need fun too), there’s something for everyone. Dive-in movies and special events like birthday parties are part of the package, making it a great spot for creating those summer memories.

Bahama Beach Family Water ParkBahama Beach Family Water Park

If you’re on the lookout for something more laid-back and perhaps a bit closer to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Bahama Beach Family Water Park might just be your summer oasis. It’s a great spot with interactive water features, smaller slides for the kiddos, and a delightful lazy river. The park’s ambiance, with its sandy beaches and picnic tables, offers a slice of tropical paradise without having to leave the city.

The Cove Aquatic Center at Crawford The Cove Aquatic Center at Crawford 

The Cove Aquatic Center at Crawford offers a community-centered water park experience with a variety of pools, slides, and play areas for families looking to beat the heat without the overwhelm of larger parks.

Hawaiian FallsHawaiian Falls The Colony

Hawaiian Falls The Colony and Hawaiian Falls North Garland bring the spirit of the islands to Texas, with lush landscapes, thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools that cater to both the adrenaline junkies and those in search of relaxation.

Jade WatersHilton Anatole

Jade Waters at the Hilton Anatole offers a more upscale water park experience with a luxurious resort pool, lazy river, private cabanas, and a range of water features that make it a perfect escape for hotel guests and visitors alike.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, the behemoth of Texas water parks, where the wave pools, towering slides, and family-friendly attractions like the surf simulator and sandy beaches promise a day (or more) of unforgettable fun.

 

Tips and Tricks for Your Water Park Adventure

  • Arrival Day: Aim for a weekday to beat the crowds. The early bird catches the best sun lounger!
  • Special Deals: Look out for day passes, special events, and great deals on hotel rates if you’re planning an overnight stay.
  • Dining Options: While some parks offer great dining options, packing a picnic can save you a few bucks (where allowed).

Whether you’re a seasoned water park enthusiast or a first-time visitor, Dallas area water parks offer an abundance of options for family fun, from the indoor, climate-controlled environments of Epic Waters and Great Wolf Lodge to the sun-drenched expanses of NRH2O and Bahama Beach. Each park has its unique charm and set of thrills, ensuring that no matter where you choose to splash down, your family’s adventure will be memorable. So, slather on that sunscreen, grab an inner tube, and make a splash in Dallas’s best water parks!

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