Celebrate National Water Park Day with Our Guide to Dallas Water Parks


water parks in DallasI like to call my daughter a lazy river connoisseur. She loves a good water park, and her favorite is the lazy river. We often decide where we are going based on their lazy rivers! Everyone is trying to squeeze in one last activity before school starts, so let’s celebrate with National Waterpark Day on July 28!

Pro Tip: Once the older kids are back in school, it’s the best time to take your toddlers to these venues and live like kings. Just check their hours to see when they’re open post-school starting.

Guide to Dallas Waterparks

Jade Waters at Hilton Anatole

The Hilton Anatole has our favorite lazy river. It also has two slides, an adult section, activity pool, and children’s area. They also have movie nights and non-water activities. You can stay the night and use the park both days (it’s included), or you can get a day pass if you don’t want to book a hotel room.

Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan

We love staycations at the Gaylord Texan. Everyone knows about the ICE exhibit in the winter, but did you know about Paradise Springs? It’s exclusive to hotel guests and open through October 9. They have a lazy river, activity pool, a huge kids’ area, and water slides. When you’re done with the pool, you can get tickets/passes to all the other fun activities the hotel offers!

Hawaiian Falls

You can’t beat a huge water park. Hawaiian Falls in Garland has it all. Slides, lazy river, wave pool, activity pools, and more slides! Most of the slides are a bit more intense for my daughter Maggie Lynn, so she usually spends her time in the lazy river, wave pool, and on a few of the more low-key slides. It’s a great value for a day ticket, or you can buy a pass and go a few times.

Hurricane Harbor

It’s hard to beat Hurricane Harbor for water slides and fun. They boast slides, lazy river, kids’ zone, rapids, wave pool, and activity pools. If you have a Six Flags season pass, you know you get in free. If not, they are having a great sale!

McKinney Apex Centre

Rowlett Wet Zone

Several cities run great water parks for less money than the large ones. McKinney and Rowlett both have slides, activity pools, and lazy rivers! They also schedule community events like movie nights in the pool and doggie splash days. Definitely don’t sleep on the local city waterparks.

Epic Waters

If it’s too hot to go outside (it is!), Epic Waters is a great alternative. It’s an indoor water park with all the fun of an outdoor…and you don’t have to worry about a sunburn. They are also open year-round so you can enjoy water park fun even when the others are closed! They have slides, a wave pool (this part is outdoors), a pool, and even a surf machine!

The Cove at the Lake Front | Little Elm

Another great city-sponsored water park, only this one is indoors! It also has the slides, the activity pools, and a lazy river. And they have the Flow Rider Surf Machine so you can try your hand at surfing! You can opt for a membership or a day pass and have the best time.

Great Wolf Lodge | Grapevine

Last but certainly not least, you have to experience Great Wolf Lodge. Enjoy the slides, wave pool, lazy river, and activity pool all day, then join in all the fun activities they have scheduled around the hotel. We love the Magic Wand game at the end of a long day at the pool. All of their rooms have a theme, and Maggie Lynn loves the ones with bunk beds.  They have an indoor pool area and an outdoor pool area, so it’s versatile for the whole year!

Wherever you decide to spend the day, I hope you enjoy and celebrate National Waterpark Day!

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Jen was born and raised in the DFW metroplex. She now lives in Rockwall on a family "compound" with her husband and 9-year-old daughter (9 going on 18!). Her parents and brother's family live on the same patch of land. They have had cows and chickens (and dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish). Jen graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with her master's in counseling and almost finished her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has worked at a school counselor for all levels and in the special education world. She now works from home with an online school in the state testing department—it's the best of both worlds! When she's not driving her daughter to all-star cheer, sideline cheer, or girl scouts, she's saying YES! to something. There's not much spare time left, but she likes to spend it cooking, buying supplies to craft with, planning things months in advance, reading, coaching her daughter's sideline team, serving on the PTA, listening to Christmas music year-round, and Starbucks.



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