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

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Too hot to be outdoors? Throw on everyone’s bathing suits, grab a towel and sunscreen, and hit the town.  Dallas Moms Blog has you more than covered with the top area places to beat the heat! 

** When making plans, always be sure to visit the official website or Facebook page for openings, closings, and special hours as many pools may change last minute.

PUBLIC & PRIVATE POOLS:

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

Dallas

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.

Pool Hours: 12 – 9:00 PM // Friday – Monday Cost: Adults: $10, Kids (12 & under): $5; Tuesday- Thursday Cost: Adults: $7, Kids (12 & under): $5

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): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} The City of Dallas had a few hiccups in 2018 as they were building their newest water centers, but to much anticipation,  “The Cove” at Fretz Park, Crawford, & Samuell Grand finally opened just as the summer was dwindling down — which means families are going to be even more eager to start their summer here as soon as it opens! In addition to the main pool, you can enjoy a lazy river, tube slides, toddler pool, and concession stand.

Cost: 12 & up: $8, 11 & under: $6

** Kidd Springs Park & Lake Highlands North Community Aquatic Centers and Tietze Park Neighborhood Aquatic Center are scheduled to open in Summer 2019. Stay tuned!

Dallas City Pools: {Officially Opens June 1, 2019} Did you know the City of Dallas has 11 community pools?  And the best part? They are super cheap.  Make sure to check the online calendar for events like outdoor movie screenings! 

Pool Hours: Pools will be open 6 days a week for open swim. Days & Hours vary by location. // Cost: 12 & up: $2, 11 & under: $1

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 which permits smoking (cigarettes, vaping, and cigars). 

Pool Hours: 12 – 9:00 PM // Friday – Monday Cost: Adults: $10, Kids (12 & under): $5; Tuesday- Thursday Cost: Adults: $7, Kids (12 & under): $5

KayCee Club Pool (10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas): Chances are you’re either a member of this pool, or your not. If you’re not, just keep scrolling. Currently, the KayCee Club pool — in the heart of Lake Highlands — has a 5 year wait! That’s all ya’ need to know. 

 

Carrollton

FAVORITE :: Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemead Parkway, Carrollton): *This local favorite is under construction this year (2019) and will not be open in time for the start of Summer. Be sure to check their website for details on opening day. When it does open, expect brand new restroom, concession and office building, 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!

 

Farmers Branch

Frog Pond Water Park (14032 Heartside Pl, Farmers Branch): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} Farmers Branch recently revamped their aquatic system 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 over four feet deep, a lazy river, and a younger kid splash area.  Bonus: children over the age of 10 are allowed to be dropped off!  

Pool Hours: Monday/Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday/Thursday: 12 – 8 PM, Friday-Sunday: 12 – 6 PM // Cost: Non-resident: $8, Residents: $5

 

Garland

FAVORITE :: Surf & Swim (440 W. Oates Rd, Garland): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} What’s better than a giant pool? A giant WAVE pool.  The City of Garland has several public pool options, but my favorite is Surf & Swim with its wave pool for the big kids and nearby Wally’s Cove splash pad for littles under 6.  

Pool Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM, *Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM // Cost: 48″ & over: $8, Under 48″: $6 {$2 off admission after 4 p.m}

Bradfield Pool (1150 Castle Drive, Garland): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} Includes a pool with diving boards & Splash Pad for kids

Pool Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 1 -5 PM, Wednesday 2-5 PM, Saturday-Sunday 1 – 6 PM  // Cost: 48″ & over: $3, Under 48″: $2

Holford Pool (2322 Homestead Place, Garland): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} Includes a pool with lap lanes

Pool Hours: Monday 2 -5 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 1-5 PM, Friday 2:30 – 5 PM, Saturday-Sunday 1 – 6 PM  // Cost: 5 & over: $2

Wynne Pool (3858 South Glenbrook Drive, Garland): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} Includes a pool with lap lanes

Pool Hours: Monday, Tuesday, & Friday 1 -5 PM, Wednesday 2:30 – 5 PM, Thursday 2-5 PM, Saturday-Sunday 1 – 6 PM  // Cost: 5 & over: $2

 

Irving

FAVORITE :: Cimarron Family Aquatic Center (199 Red River Trail, Irving): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} The City of Irving remodeled this aquatic area in 2008 and updated the offerings with zero-depth entry pool areas, water slides, splash area for younger children, and concessions.

Cost: Resident Adults: $3, Resident 4-17: $2. Non-Resident: $8

FAVORITE :: West Irving Aquatic Center (3701 Conflates Road, Irving): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} The City of Irving overhauled this aquatic area in 2010 and updated the offerings with three pool areas including water slides, an 8-foot rock climbing wall, and a splash area for younger children.

Cost: Resident Adults: $3, Resident 4-17: $2. Non-Resident: $8

Irving City Pools: If you’re in Irving and looking for a simple way to stay cool, visit one of their 7 community pools

Pool Hours: Days & Hours vary by location.

 

Mesquite

City Lake Aquatic Center (200 Parkview, Mesquite): Even Mesquite knows its residents need to stay cool in the summertime, and their 3 neighborhood pools don’t disappoint. The largest aquatic center in the city may not be huge, but it definitely 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

 

Plano

FAVORITE :: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (5801 W Parker Rd, Plano) – Come to Plano, rain or shine.  With two indoor pools and one outdoor pool, pool parties always have 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 Leisure Pool & Lap Pool. Check Website for Details. // Cost: 16 & up: $6, 3-15: $3 

FAVORITE :: The Texas Pool (901 Springbrook Dr, Plano): {Officially Opens May 28, 2019} Outsider might say we are a little proud of our great state.  But, 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 and although membership is required, joining is open to the public.  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; Monday Closed for maintenance and special groups // Cost: Family Annual Membership: $185

Jack Carter Pool (2601 Pleasant Valley Dr, Plano): {Officially Opens May 25, 2019} 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, Flow Rider surf simulator*, tot pool, leisure pool with some lap lanes, wet deck areas, spray features, rentable party areas and concessions.

Pool Hours: Monday 12-6 PM, Tuesday-Sunday 12-8 PM *Tuesday & Thursday (7 & under only) 10 AM – 12 PM // Cost: 16 & up: $9, 3-15 $5

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 11 AM -3 PM, Saturday-Sunday 1-6 PM, *Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:15 PM-9:30 PM // Cost: 3 & up: $3

 

Richardson

FAVORITE :: The Heights Family Aquatic Center (709 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson): {Officially Opens June 1, 2019} 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 is also a kiddie pool and slides.

Pool Hours: 12 – 8PM Monday-Sunday // Cost: Non-resident, $8, Richardson residents, $4

 

SPLASH PADS:

Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway): It is no secret that Dallas Moms Blog loves the downtown Klyde Warren Park, however, the park really takes it up a notch with the various water features available to find some relief from the Texas heat.  Unless we are there during a weekday, the popular kids’ area can get a bit crowded.

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

Dallas City 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.

The Village at Fairview (148 Fountain Ct, Fairview): Sit on the patio and enjoy your meal at Gloria’s or Cane Rosso while your kids splash in the interactive fountains nearby! The Village Fountain’s dancing waters are choreographed to Celine Dion and Michael Jackson.  I call that culture for the kids!

Continental Avenue Bridge (109 Continental Avenue, Dallas) Grab dinner or dessert (or happy hour!) at the family-friendly Trinity Groves area and then walk over to the pedestrian-only Continental Avenue Bridge.  Typically, this spot is not overcrowded.  With sweeping views of downtown, fun can be had on the bridge’s water features or get caught up in a fierce game of over-sized chess.

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

W.J. Thomas Splash Park (1955 N. Perry Rd, Carrollton):  a former swimming pool was torn down and now Carrollton families love the city’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.  *If it looks like it’s not running when you arrive, tap the sensor on the fire hydrant to activate!

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

Addison Circle Park (4950 Addison Circle Drive, Addison) I appreciate the shade this park has along the fountains and shallow-water area where the kids play. 

Celebration Park in Allen (701 Angel Pkwy, Allen) Come for the park, stay for the water. Krystal wrote about this awesome playground a couple of summers ago.  The handicapped-accessible KidMania park is huge and has both a splash pad and a fantastic playground- important for maximizing time at the park.  

Main Street Garden (1902 Main St, Dallas) You’re so urban, you’re so hip.  Here’s a fun summer outing: grab the DART rail downtown and enjoy the water features amidst the piped in music and xeriscaped gardens at the downtown block park, Main Street Garden.  Grab an upscale picnic lunch at the on-site Ellen’s Southern Kitchen.  We like to meet my husband, who works downtown, for a special lunch outing when the weather is nice.

Frisco Commons Park (8000 McKinney Rd, Frisco) 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.  

Forney Community Park (241 S. FM 548, Forney) 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 (815 E Washington, Rockwall) Although Rockwall has a great pool in the Harry Myers Park, sometimes you don’t want the time or financial commitment of entire pool experience. Sneak in the other side of the park and discover the wonderful and free sprayground to burn off an hour or so of fun. Also try The Park at Foxchase Sprayground (4475 Tubbs Road, Rockwall, Tx) or The Park at Hickory Ridge Sprayground (1910 Walnut Ridge, Rockwall, Tx)!

 

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 an even larger crowd now that this indoor waterpark has also 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. 

Insider Tip: We HIGHLY recommend purchasing tickets online and in advance of going as they do hit capacity frequently. 

Cost: Grand Prairie Residents Over 4’/ $22, Under 4’/ $17; Non-Resident Over 4’/$34, Under 4’/ $29

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.  Don’t forget the wave pool- my personal favorite.  

Cost: Tickets bought on-site are $41.99/General Admission and $36.99/under 48″.  There are other daily deals and membership options, so do your homework ahead of time.  

Hawaiian Falls (4550 North Garland Avenue, Garland and 4400 Paige Road, The Colony): Let your kid fuel his inner Shaun White on the Hawaiian Half Pipe or race alongside her 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 $10 cooler pass fee and bring everyone’s snacks, drinks, and lunches from home.  

Cost: General Admission/$28.99, under 48″, $20.99; 

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 a devoted wait-staff throughout the day.  See the event calendar here for occasional fireworks shows and Friday evening poolside movies.  

Cost: General Admission/$32.99, under 48″/$27.99

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 should 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.

Dallas Resident Cost: General Admission/$13, under 48″, $9; General Public: General Admission/$15, under 48″, $11

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. Tip: They’re closed on Tuesdays!

Rowlett Resident Cost: General Admission/ $8.50, under 48″, $7.50. General Public: General Admission/$10.50, under 48″, $9.50

1 COMMENT

  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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