It’s no secret that July in Houston gets HOT. Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool down in and around Houston including beaches, lakes and more. Here are four options in case you’re looking to get your feet wet (and have a great time, too!).

1. Pirates Bay Water Park

For the most water fun in Baytown, we recommend taking the plunge into Pirates Bay Water Park.  This 7-acre water park has activities for children of all ages!  For the little swimmers, there is a zero beach entry pool with an interactive pirate-themed play center with a giant dump bucket and sprayers. For a laidback time on the water, spend the day in the 671-foot long lazy river or listen to tunes while floating around the wave pool. For the thrill seekers, there are 9 different exhilarating water slides that dot the park from tube racers to sharp drops; in addition to the Flowrider surfing machine which creates an endless moving mountain of water with all the excitement of ocean surfing! 

One secret for summer savings is to visit Pirate’s Bay Water Park, Monday – Thursday. On these weekdays entry fees are reduced.  For even steeper savings enter after 4pm (non-holidays, Mon-Thurs) for only $10.00 per person!  

2. Moody Gardens' Palm Beach

Palm Beach Moody Gardens Gavleston

Featuring attractions like the Lazy River, Wave Pool and a pair of 18-foot Tower Slides, Palm Beach is sandy refuge located at Moody Gardens that should make it on everyone’s Galveston to-do list. The Aquarium Adventure playground is tailor-made for families and includes the 25-foot Hydro Storm tower. And don’t forget about Bands on Sand, which brings a diverse lineup of some of the area’s hottest musical acts to Palm Beach every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Palm Beach is open daily through August 20 and weekends only through Labor Day.

3. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Galveston

Thrill seekers rejoice! Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is a 26-acre oasis of exciting adventures. A one-mile river connects the three distinct sections of the park, so even if you’re not looking to reach high speeds on any of the four exhilarating slides including Rohr!, Cliffhanger, and the immersive Screaming Serpents body slide, you’re still guaranteed to have a great time. Daredevils can also enjoy the world’s tallest water coaster when they climb to the top of MASSIV Monster Blaster. Families will feel right at home at Surfenburg, which has raft rides and water coasters with great picnic pavilions and the Tiki Tikes Kids Area for kids of all ages.

4. Splash pads in The Woodlands

Creekside Village splash pad The Woodlands

Looking for something a little more tame? The Woodlands has splash pads at convenient locations for kids to enjoy while their parents look on. Enjoy the patio of Tommy Bahamas as your kids splash and play at Market Street’s Splash Pad, or let them cool off after a day of shopping around. If you’ve just finished a hike at The George Mitchell nature Preserve, head over to Creekside Park Village Green, which offers a shaded space with a splash pad, all-weather turf and shaded seating that makes for the perfect picnic spot.

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