Texas can be brutally in the summer, and one way to stay cool is to visit a water park. Whether you want a huge mega park experience or a fun local park, there are some great parks to visit in the Austin and San Antonio area.
400 N. Liberty Ave.,
New Braunfels, TX, 78130
Children and seniors: $42
When people in central Texas think water park, they usually think of Schlitterbahn first. This 70 acre water park has over 40 attractions, from wild to mild. Tubenbach is the world’s longest tubing ride, and Blastenhoff is an incredible six story tunnel. You can learn to surf at Surfenburg or just relax near one of Schillterbahn’s heated pools.
Schlitterbahn is unique in that it has plenty for kids of all ages as well as a more grown up oriented pool scene. Schlitterbahn is also a very green company, as it recycles 98% of its water. There is plenty of great food to eat at Schlitterbahn, from burgers to BBQ. If you want to save some money, you can bring your own picnic as long as it doesn’t include alcohol or glass.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas White Water Bay
17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257
Want a water park experience without having to give up going to a regular amusement park? Six Flags Fiesta Texas has its own water park, White Water Bay, that any ticket holder can enjoy. Most of the rides are for older kids and adults, and I like how many rides can be enjoyed with family and friends. As a proud Texan, I love that there is a gigantic Texas shaped wave pool, Lone Star Lagoon. White Water Bay is the perfect park for those unsure about the water park experience or for families with varied preferences. Spend as much time as you want at the water park, and then go enjoy the rest of Six Flags Fiesta’s attractions.
Shore Club Volente Beach Water Park
16107 Farm to Market 2769, Volente, TX 78641
If you’re looking for a water park that’s very low key and laid back, Shore Club Volente Beach Water Park is a nice alternative to crazier water parks in the area. The rides are tamer and perfect for younger or shyer kids. Adults may not enjoy the more kid focused park’s rides, but the view at Shore Club Restaurant & Bar makes up for the lack of adult entertainment. The view at Shore Club Restaurant & Bar can’t be missed, and I recommend budgeting enough time and money to visit it as well.
Coming Soon: Hawaiian Falls, in Pflugerville, TX
Season pass: $89
Hawaiian Falls is set to open in early June 2014, and it will be the largest water park in the Austin area. One cool thing I like about Hawaiian Falls is that it will recycle 90 percent of its water from the very start. This 25 acre water park will be a short drive from the city of Austin, and right in the middle of the north Austin suburbs. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend an afternoon at a water park without having to drive very far.