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Texas’ 10 Hottest Summer Waterparks

by On May 16 2017

As a matter of necessity, Texans have devised plenty of ways to cool down on a hot summer day. One of the most fun ways—especially for families—is a trip to the nearest waterpark! Texas is a big, hot place, and there are a lot of water parks to choose from. Some of them, though, are just a little taller and whole lot wetter than the others.

Whether you live in the Texas Hill Country, behind the Great Pine Curtain, or somewhere between the bayous, chances are that there’s a top-notch waterpark nearby. Just don’t forget to leave your electronics at home—water and electricity don’t mix!

How many of the parks on this list have you been to?

10. SeaWorld Aquatica San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio has more to offer than seals and dolphins. Be sure to wear your swimsuit, because right next door are 13 family-friendly rides and splash pools guaranteed to help you beat the heat.

9. Wet ‘n’ Wild Splashtown

This homegrown waterpark in Spring offers up some of Texas’ craziest water rides, including the knee-wobbling Texas Freefall. Say your prayers and take the plunge!

8. Bear Track Landing at Great Wolf Lodge

Rain or shine, the fun never stops at Bear Track Landing. This terrific water park at Grapevine’s Great Wolf Lodge is the largest indoor water park in the state! Splash all day without worrying about sunburn.

7. Wet’n’Wild Waterworld

There’s no better place for a waterpark than smack-dab in the middle of a desert! This Wet’n’Wild park in Anthony, right on the New Mexico border, is a wet and welcome oasis for families across two states.

6.Six Flags Fiesta Texas

When it comes to fun parks, San Antonio is tough to beat! Not far from SeaWorld is this Six Flags park that could land on this list just for its giant, Texas-shaped wave pool alone. But it also happens to boast the world’s steepest water slide, the Bahama Blaster. Maybe wait until after you’ve ridden it to eat lunch!

5. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Fiesta Texas isn’t the only Six Flags attraction that likes to make a splash. After a long, hot day riding the coasters in Arlington, slap on some sunscreen and dive into Hurricane Harbor—its 25 water rides are almost as thrilling and perfect for chilling!

4. Hawaiian Falls

The only waterpark on this list with more than three locations across the state, Hawaiian Falls has taken care to ensure that Texans from the Red River to the Rio Grande have plenty of slides to scream on! Make a trip to one of their seven locations this summer and see what all the fuss is about.

3. Schlitterbahn South Padre Island

When it comes to water parks, nobody beats Schlitterbahn. The industry leader’s location on South Padre Island has been the scene of many spring-break hijinks, but in the summertime, it’s a great family destination with 25 resort and waterpark attractions.

2. Schlitterbahn Galveston

Schlitterbahn’s newest attraction puts a welcome spin on its waterpark formula: half of it is indoors! It has the state’s best lazy river as well as one-of-kind thrill rides such as Screaming Serpents—all a short drive from the beach.

1. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

It’s not just the best in Texas—it’s the best in the world! Schlitterbahn’s New Braunfels location boasts three miles of both lazy rivers and rushing rapids, 17 speed slides, and plenty of pools and beaches for the family. It’s got more and better water attractions than any other park in the state. Don’t miss it!