Texas summers might be hot, but it isn’t enough to keep Houstonians indoors. Find locals—and in-the-know visitors—keeping cool at one of the area’s award-winning water parks, splash zones, lakes and beaches.
Wet ’n’ Wild SplashTown—Houston’s largest and most diverse water park—features 80-acres of action-packed, water-filled entertainment. Last year, the park unveiled multi-million dollar improvements, as well as three new attractions. Don’t miss the Brain Drain, a seven story, floor-dropping thrill ride, and the Big Kahuna, a mega-thrill raft ride that blasts through twisting tunnels.
Open year-round, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island offers swimmers more than 30 rides and attractions, including a wave pool, uphill water coasters, thrilling slides, water playgrounds and whitewater rapids. There are also hot tubs, family raft rides and the not-to-be-missed Screaming Serpents. The body slide twists and turns, using music, fog and special effect lighting to add to the experience.
Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach will welcome visitors to its white-sand beach and water park. Guests can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two, 18-foot tower slides or squeeze in a game of beach volleyball on the regulation courts. Pint size patrons will enjoy the Splashpad, which features interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains.
Get your summer fun fix right at Typhoon Texas Water Park! The Katy 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. Visitors also have a wide selection of Texas-style dining options.
Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green is a fanciful play area that's one of the park’s most popular summer features. When the mercury rises, hundreds of children flock to Downtown’s favorite “cool spot.” Lively jets create a joyful water park atop a gently sloping granite surface, with 14-foot high arcing jets.
Baytown’s three-acre Pirates Bay offers a slew of family-friendly attractions, less than an hour from Downtown Houston. The large and colorful park boasts a water playground with a large dumping bucket and a fabulous array of spray nozzles, tot slides and water guns, along with a winding lazy river and two large slide towers.
Wake Nation is one of a handful of watersports complexes in the U.S. and Houston's only full-scale cable wakeboarding park. The pay-as-you-go facility enables riders to board, ski and skate without a boat and is equipped with a full pro shop, equipment rental shop, concessions area and outdoor observation deck.
Escape the bustle of city life at the 32-acre Sylvan Beach Park. In addition to a refreshing ocean breeze, the beach boasts fine sand, smaller waves for more enjoyable swimming and no seaweed, making it a prime paradise, less than an hour from Downtown Houston.
Cool off at one of the many Houston area’s fun-filled splash parks. These water playgrounds—set within some of the city's most-loved park spaces—feature jumping water jets, misting palm trees and showering towers, situated atop slip proof and cushioned surfaces. Edna Mae Washington Park, Gene Green Beltway 8 Park, McClendon Park and Bane Park are just a few area parks with splash park features.
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