Dreading the return of Houston heat this summer? Relief is on the way. A brand new waterpark in Katy called Typhoon Texas is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. The park covers 45 acres and 16 rides: 1.3 miles of water slides, a children's play area, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, and of course -- a relaxing lazy river.

Bernard Kaplan, a representative from the waterpark, explains one highlight of the park known as the “Snake Pit.” The Snake Pit consists of four “heart-stopping slides” – the Rattler, Copperhead, Water Moccasin and an all-new slide boarding experience. “The board experience uses a hi-tech ride vehicle with an embedded game controller to create a futuristic video game integrated waterslide,” says Kaplan.

Typhoon Texas is located right next to Katy Mills Mall, just south of Interstate 10. This is good news for those living in Katy, as well as anyone living in or visiting other areas of Houston, since the park will be easily accessible.

Other developments to enhance amenities available in Katy are underway, including additions in retail and restaurants. Kaplan explained that one reason Katy was picked as the location was to better serve the high concentration of young families, which are the park’s core customers. Before this new addition, the nearest waterpark from Katy was 40 miles away. The park is also hoping to attract more visitors west and northwest of Houston.

The Houston area is also home to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston Island, which has been in operation for nearly a decade. Schlitterbahn will open its indoor park again for the 2016 season on March 5th. Wet 'n' Wild Splash Town, located to the North in Spring, will begin opening for weekend hours starting May 7th.

Season passes to Typhoon Texas are already available on the website.