Ways to Get Wet: A Dallas Guide to Splash Pads, Pools, and Water Parks

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What do you do when it’s too hot to function? Throw on bathing suits, grab towels and sunscreen, and hit the town! Dallas Moms has you covered with the top spots to beat the heat. (To make this list more manageable, jump to whichever section or city you want to browse.)

When making swim plans, always be sure to visit the official website or Facebook page for openings, closings, and special hours. These things can be variable.

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POOLS | WATER PARKS | SPLASH PADS


PUBLIC & PRIVATE POOLS:

DALLAS :: CARROLLTON :: FARMERS BRANCH :: GARLAND :: IRVING :: MESQUITE :: PLANO :: RICHARDSON

DALLAS

OUR FAVORITE :: The Cove at Fretz Park (14778 Hillcrest, Dallas)
The Cove at Crawford (
375 S. Prairie Creek Rd, Dallas)
The Cove at Samuell Grand
(
3201 Samuell Blvd., Dallas)

The Cove” aquatic centers are the largest city-run options (followed by mid-sized community pools and smaller neighborhood pools). These centers opened late summer 2018 and are each a little different but all quite nice. In addition to the main pool, you’ll find features like tube slides, climbing wall, lazy river, toddler pool, current channel, concession stand, and more.

Cost: 12 & up: $8, 11 & under: $6
Open daily starting June 18, 2021, and select weekends prior to that. See here for specific open dates and times + operating hours/sessions.


Kidd Springs Community Aquatic Center (807 W Canty, Dallas)
Lake Highlands North Community Aquatic Center (9400 Church Rd, Dallas)

These are the 2 medium-sized facilities in Dallas, complete with lap pool, climbing wall, slides, and toddler pool. See the links for a list of the specific features and amenities at each location.

Cost: 12 & up $6, 11 & under: $4
Open daily starting June 18, 2021, and select weekends prior to that. See here for specific open dates and times + operating hours/sessions.


Tietze Neighborhood Aquatic Center (6115 Llano Ave, Dallas)

The Dallas Neighborhood Aquatic Centers are the “smallest” format, featuring a lap pool (with fewer lanes), diving board, climbing wall, single slide, and toddler pool. See the link for a complete list of features and amenities.

Cost: 12 & up $4, 11 & under: $2
Open daily starting June 18, 2021, and select weekends prior to that. See here for specific open dates and times + operating hours/sessions

Coming Soon: Exline and Harry Stone Neighborhood Aquatic Centers are both under construction. We’ll post details when they open!


Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles Pool (8500 Arturo Dr, Dallas)

To the locals, this nostalgic slice of summer is more commonly known as the “FOE.” But call the East Dallas pool whatever you fancy because the atmosphere around here embraces anything and everything. Sit next to the lady in jeans, the young family of five, or the hipster couple down the way. Bring your own pool toys and learn the true meaning of community. Warning: There is no lifeguard on duty. There’s also a full bar on site.

Hours: 12-9pm daily
Cost: Adults: $10, Kids (12 & under): $5
Now Open.


Dallas City Pools

Did you know the city of Dallas has 9 community pools?  And the best part? They are super cheap. Check the link for a map of all the locations and find the pool closest to you!

Hours: Open six days a week. Hours and closed days vary by location.
Cost: 12 & up $2, 11 & under: $1
Community Pools are currently closed. 2021 opening TBA.


KayCee Club Pool (10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas)

Putting this on the list so your jaw can drop like mine did. Currently, the KayCee Club pool, in the heart of Lake Highlands, has a 6-7 YEAR WAITING LIST. That’s all ya need to know.

CARROLLTON

OUR FAVORITE :: Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemead Parkway, Carrollton)

This local favorite was renovated in 2019 and now boasts new restrooms, snack bar, a toddler splash pool with shade, zero-depth entry main pool with water features, a four-foot activity area in the main pool with a seating wall, makeover to the diving well, and more.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm, weekend open times vary but close at 6pm
Cost: (M-F): $5 resident, $9 non-resident; (Sat-Sun): $6 resident, $10 non-resident)
Officially opens May 29, 2021.

FARMERS BRANCH

Frog Pond Water Park (14032 Heartside Pl, Farmers Branch)

Farmers Branch recently revamped their aquatic center with an additional new state of the art water park called The Frog Pond. Enjoy two 30-foot slides, a lagoon pool that goes up to 4+ feet deep, a lazy river, and a younger kid splash area. Bonus points for free wi-fi.

Hours: Monday/Wednesday: 9am-7pm, Tuesday/Thursday: 12-8pm, Friday-Sunday: 12-6pm
Cost: $5 resident, $8 non-resident; $5 to bring outside food
Officially opens May 29, 2021.

GARLAND

OUR FAVORITE :: Surf & Swim (440 W. Oates Rd, Garland)

What’s better than a giant pool? A giant WAVE pool. The City of Garland has several public pool options, but our favorite is Surf & Swim with its wave pool for the big kids and nearby Wally’s Cove splash pad for littles under 6.

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6pm, Sunday: 12-6pm
Cost: 48″ & over: $8, Under 48″: $6 {$2 off admission after 4pm}
Open select dates starting May 29, 2021. See link for complete list of open dates.


Bradfield Pool (1150 Castle Drive, Garland)

Includes a pool with diving boards, water slide, and a splash pad for kiddos.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1-5pm, Wednesday: 2-5pm, Saturday-Sunday: 1-6pm
Cost: 48″ & over: $3, Under 48″: $2
Officially opens June 14, 2021 (until August 2).


Holford Pool (2322 Homestead Place, Garland)

Includes a pool with lap lanes, deep water for advanced swimmers, and shallow water for beginners and those looking to chill.

Hours: Monday 2-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday 1-5pm, Friday 2:30-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-6pm
Cost: Ages 5 & up: $2, under 5 free.
Officially opens June 12, 2021 (until August 2).


Wynne Pool (3858 South Glenbrook Drive, Garland)

Due to the aging condition of Wynne Pool as well as the recent impact of this winter’s freeze, Wynne Pool will not be open to the public for Summer 2021. The City of Garland is currently working on new and exciting updates to Wynne Park which include a new splash pad, playground and library kiosk! Improvements are scheduled for completion in 2022.

IRVING

OUR FAVORITE :: West Irving Aquatic Center (3701 Conflates Road, Irving)

The City of Irving has a few reopening rules that you’ll want to look at before visiting. This aquatics center has three pool areas including water slides, an 8-foot rock climbing wall, and a splash area for younger children.

Hours: 12-8pm. Register online to reserve a time slot.
Cost: RESIDENTS ONLY at this time. Purchase a membership card for $5.
Officially opens May 28, 2021.


Cimarron Family Aquatic Center (199 Red River Trail, Irving)

This aquatics center boasts zero-depth entry pool areas, water slides, splash area for younger children, and pre-packaged concessions.

Hours: 12-8pm. Register online to reserve a time slot.
Cost: RESIDENTS ONLY at this time. Purchase a membership card for $5.
Officially opens May 28, 2021.


Irving City Pools 

If you’re an Irving resident looking for a simple way to stay cool, visit one of their two recently opened indoor pools: Heritage Aquatic Center, 200 S. Jefferson St.
North Lake Natatorium, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Hours: See link for hours and modified schedule based on age groups.
Now open.

MESQUITE

City Lake Aquatic Center (200 Parkview, Mesquite)

Mesquite’s 3 neighborhood pools don’t disappoint. The largest aquatic center in the city may not be huge, but it brings the fun. Families can enjoy tube slides, splash pads, and water play structures in addition to the lap pool.

Pool Hours: Monday-Sunday 12 – 7 PM
Cost: Resident 3 & up: $4, Non-Resident 3 &  up: $7
Officially opens May 29, 2021.

PLANO

OUR FAVORITE :: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (5801 W Parker Rd, Plano)

Come to Plano, rain or shine. With two indoor pools and one outdoor pool, your pool day always has a rain-out option. The indoor pools feature lap lanes, a diving board, and a big tube slide. The outdoor pool has additional water slides and a splash pad for younger kids.

Pool Hours: Times vary by lap swim and leisure swim. See here for details.
Cost: Ages 3-15 years: $3 resident / $5 non-resident
Ages 16 & older: $6 resident / $9 non-resident
Now open.


(ALSO) OUR FAVORITE :: The Texas Pool (901 Springbrook Dr, Plano)

Is building a pool in the shape of Texas a little excessive? Nope, absolutely not. This family favorite has been around since the Hunt family built it in 1960. Your Instagram account is begging you for a shot of the kids in this pool.

Pool Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday Noon-6pm; CLOSED MONDAYS
Cost: $10 per person, under 2 free. Family membership $225.
Now open.


Jack Carter Pool (2601 Pleasant Valley Dr, Plano)

Another popular outdoor Plano pool that features a dual rider tube slide, body slide, lazy river, deep water pool with platform diving and climbing wall, FlowRider surf simulator, tot pool, leisure pool with some lap lanes, wet deck areas, spray features, rentable party areas and concessions.

Pool Hours: TBA
Cost: Ages 3-15 years: $5 resident / $8 non-resident
Ages 16 & older: $9 resident / $13 non-resident
Officially opens May 29, 2021.


Plano Aquatic Center (2301 Westside Dr, Plano)

For when the heat gets to you, head over to an indoor aquatic facility with a 25-yard lap pool, play area, and outdoor spray ground.

Pool Hours: Monday- Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-6pm
Cost: Ages 3 & up: $3 resident/ $5 non-resident
Now open.

RICHARDSON

OUR FAVORITE :: The Heights Family Aquatic Center (709 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson)

Although Richardson has five city-run pools, their newest aquatic center on Arapaho is the crown jewel. Choose between the leisure pool with splash features and a beach-front entry or the lap pool with a basketball hoop. As per the trend, there’s also a kiddie pool and slides.

Pool Hours: Monday-Sunday: Noon-8pm
Cost: $4 resident/ $8 non-resident
Officially opens May 29, 2021.


WATER PARKS:

Epic Waters (2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie)

We’ve written about how to make the most of your Epic Waters trip, but be sure to plan for even more fun now that this indoor waterpark has moved its way outdoors with their newest pool edition. Epic Waters features 11 waterslides, the largest indoor lazy river, and a FlowRider Surf Simulator. Plus an activity pool and children’s splash area. Purchase tickets online in advance.

Cost: Grand Prairie residents over 4′ tall: $22, under 4′: $17;
Non-resident over 4′ tall: $34; under 4′: $29; kids under 3 free.
Open year-round.


Great Wolf Lodge (100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine)

A year-round indoor water park and hotel with a seasonal outdoor section, this spot is appropriate for kids of all ages. Check out a Dallas Moms contributor experience here. And you don’t have to be a hotel guest to party at the water park—you can purchase day passes instead (note: limited number of day passes available each day). Life jackets are provided to all guests for free. No outside food allowed.

Cost: Day passes starting at $40. Kids under 2 free.
Open year-round.


Hurricane Harbor (1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington)

Go big or go home. Plan an entire day for the park filled with thrills ranging from the toddler-friendly Hook’s Ship area to 24 rides, drastically ranging in intensity. You must purchase tickets online in advance.

Cost: One-day tickets as low as $24.99. There are other daily deals and membership options, so do your homework ahead of time.
Now open.


Hawaiian Falls (multiple locations around DFW)

Let your kid channel their inner Shaun White on the Hawaiian Half Pipe or race alongside friends on the four lane, head-first, competitive racing slide. Hawaiian Falls also has a lazy river and kiddie area for the younger and less extreme crowd.  Insider tip: “Splurge” on the $15 cooler pass fee and bring everyone’s snacks, drinks, and lunches from home.

Cost: General Admission $27.99, under 48″ $20.99, kids under 2 free. Buy online for $5 discount.
Opens May 8 or May 22 depending on location.


NRH2O (9001 Blvd 26, North Richland Hills)

The park boasts both single and multi-rider large rides, a wave pool, lazy river, and a large kiddie area. For those of you with littles who need a midday nap, the cabana option is a premium service that might be worthwhile with its guaranteed shade and wait-staff throughout the day. See the event calendar here for occasional fireworks shows.

Cost: Monday-Thursday: $19.99, under 48″ $15.99; prices increase Friday-Sunday and when you purchase at the gate, so order online in advance!
Now open.


Bahama Beach (1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas)

Did you know the City of Dallas runs their very own water park? Bahama Beach is a great place to get bang for your buck. Complete with a lazy river, kiddie play area, and a handful of towering tube and open slides, the entire family can find something up their ally. Dallas residents can cash in on an entry or season pass discount with proof of address on a drivers license or utility bill.

Cost: Dallas resident $13, under 48″ $9; Non-resident $15, under 48″ $11; kids under 2 free. Cooler Admission $5.
Opens May 29, 2021.


Wet Zone (5304 Main Street, Rowlett)

The City of Rowlett has made this a family-fun zone! Enjoy tube slides, kiddie zones, and lap pools. There are several options for seating including cabanas for rent. Check for lots of special events throughout the summer. CLOSED TUESDAYS.

Cost: Rowlett resident $10, under 48″ $9; Non-resident $12, under 48″ $11; kids under 2 free.
Now open on select days. Open daily starting June 5, 2021.


Denton Water Works Parks (2400 Long Rd, Denton)

Run by the city of Denton, Water Works Park offers four giant slides, two toddler slides, one giant indoor slide, a lazy river, children’s play pool, sand volleyball, cabanas, and more.  Kids ages 10 and older can be dropped off without an adult.

Cost: 48″ and taller $14; under 48″ $10; kids 2 and under free. Non-swimmers pay $5 admission. Non-residents add $2.
Open daily starting May 29, 2021.


SPLASH PADS:

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas (2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway)
It’s no secret that we love Klyde Warren Park. And the park really takes it up a notch with various water features that provide relief from the Texas heat. Keep in mind that unless you’re there during a weekday, the kids area can get a bit crowded.

Insider tip: the fountains in front of the Muse Family Performance Pavilion (park map) aren’t as packed and offer a wide open space for everyone to jump in and cool off a bit.

City of Dallas Spraygrounds The City of Dallas operates 11 different splash pads. For a complete listing of Dallas splash pads, check out their locations and individual hours. We like the Campbell Green sprayground, which is steps away from their regular playground, so the kids can easily go back and forth.

Ronald Kirk Bridge, Dallas (109 Continental Avenue)
Grab dinner or dessert (OR HAPPY HOUR!) at the family-friendly Trinity Groves area, then walk over to the pedestrian-only Ronald Kirk Bridge and Felix Lozada Gateway (formerly Continental Avenue Bridge). Have fun on the bridge’s water features or get caught up in a game of over-sized chess as you take in the sweeping views of downtown.

Sweet Mix, Richardson (1811 N. Greenville)
Enjoy shaved ice or crepes as the kids run around in the fountain feature across the street. Beware that on occasion, it seems like every other area family has this same idea! 

W.J. Thomas Splash Park, Carrollton (1955 N. Perry Rd.)
They filled in an old swimming pool and replaced it with Carrollton’s first splash pad, complete with spray features and large shady trees for picnics. Parents can stay dry at a nearby wooden deck and spread out all the towels and sunscreen on large picnic tables.

Oak Hills Splash Park, Carrollton (1225 Royal Palm Lane)
Open May 1 to October 15 from 9am-8pm, this is another spot in Carrollton where you’ll run into people you know on hot summer days! There’s a pavilion, restrooms, tables, and grills for public use.

Addison Circle Park, Addison (4950 Addison Circle Drive)
We appreciate the shade this park has along the fountains and shallow water area where the kids play. And there’s a Marble Slab nearby, in case you feel like being an extra nice mom.

Belo Garden, Dallas (1014 Main St.)
You’re so urban, so hip. Belo Garden, located in the center of downtown Dallas, underwent an extensive landscaping and fountain renovation in summer 2020 that saw the addition of lots of native plants, flowers, and grasses. The three interactive water features in the park light up with colorful LEDs at night, which you know makes things extra fun and magical.

Main Street Garden Park, Dallas (1902 Main St.)
Speaking of urban… head downtown for a fun summer outing and enjoy the toddler play area, water features, and piped in music at this downtown block park. They even have Wi-Fi. How about lunch or all-day breakfast at Overeasy, the cool diner in The Statler across the street?

Windhaven Meadows Park, Plano (5400 Windhaven Pkwy.)
If you need a splash pad that’s open before May 1, the all-abilities Liberty Playground at Windhaven Meadows Park has you covered. There’s a bigger kid playground, toddler playground, and great splash pad all in the same spot. It’s a big, well-designed play area, and you can’t go wrong spending the afternoon here.

Parr Park Sprayground, Grapevine (3010 Parr Lane)
Another great option that’s right next to a playground for plenty of back and forth opportunities. There’s a couple covered picnic tables here and surrounding trees that would be good to post up under with chairs and blankets.

Heritage Springs Splash Pad at Heritage Park, Flower Mound (600 Spinks Rd.)
Looking for a perfectly shaded splash pad? This one has 14 unique water features plus a separate area for toddlers. In addition to the shade structures over the splash zone, there are also shaded seating areas to help you avoid that harsh sun.

The Fountain at Fairview Town Center, Fairview (329 Town Place)
Run errands at the shops, then get chips and black bean dip from Gloria’s to snack on while your kids splash in the interactive fountain. The Fountain’s dancing waters are choreographed to music during their Fountain Shows, although these are suspended for summer 2021 due to COVID. Fingers crossed they can come back soon!

Frisco Commons Park, Frisco (8000 McKinney Rd)
This splash pad is operational, even in times of drought, because of its reliance on recycled well water, not drinking water. Pack a picnic and enjoy the large pavilion or the several other shady picnic table areas. Hint: the link above lists a couple other Frisco splash pads if you need ’em.

Celebration Park, Allen (701 Angel Pkwy)
This park is huge and has both a splash pad and a fantastic inclusive playground – you’ll be able to spend a long time here is what we’re saying. Make a note: the splash pad is closed every Wednesday for maintenance.

Forney Community Park, Forney (241 S. FM 548)
The booming town of Forney is home to a fun park and playground, with features including a rock-climbing wall and large climbing structures that the older kids will enjoy. When everyone is hot and sweaty, head on over to the splash pad. The water centerpiece is modeled after a grain elevator silo, giving nod to the city’s farming heritage.

Harry Myers Park, Rockwall (815 E Washington)
Although Rockwall has a great pool within Harry Myers Park, sometimes you don’t want the time or financial commitment of an entire pool experience. Sneak over to the other side of the park and discover a wonderful and free sprayground to burn off an hour or so of fun. Also try The Park at Foxchase Sprayground or The Park at Hickory Ridge Sprayground if you’re in the area!

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  1. Two splashparks left out of the mix were the Castle Hills splashpark right in the center of the Shops at Castle Hills and the Fields at Carrollton Parkway-which are run by First Baptist Carrollton as part of their ministry, but which is open to the public when there’s not church activities ongoing. My grandson loves the latter.

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