~ Water Parks around Houston!!

Summer is in full swing!! All my Houston Peeps need some place to cool off in the middle of this crazy hot summer Texas heat that we have going, so I thought why not round up some water parks around Houston… So read on!

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Big Rivers Waterpark – New Caney
23101 State Highway 242, New Caney

Big Rivers Waterpark is the newest to join Houston’s water park scene as a part of the Grand Texas theme park and entertainment district. Located about 30 minutes north of Houston in New Caney, Big Rivers recently opened on May 25, 2019 and embraces both nature and fun with its array of attractions.

Hurricane Harbor SplashTown – Spring
21300 I-45 North, Spring

After being acquired by Six Flags in 2018, Wet’n’Wild SplashTown is now Hurricane Harbor Splashtown featuring more than 40 rides and attractions for kids of all ages. The season passes purchased here can be used at other Six Flags properties across the state. Win-Win!!

Pirates Bay Water Park – Baytown
5300 East Road, Baytown

Pirates Bay has fun rides for all ages, including many different types of slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a play structure, and water crossing activities.

Typhoon Texas Waterpark Houston – Katy
555 S Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy

This one is a stone throw’s away from our place!! Typhoon Texas has the Gully Washer, a dream play land for children with 7 different slides, over 100 spray areas, a splash pad playground, and a massive water bucket that douses the entire play space. It’s our family favorite 🙂

Palm Beach Moody Gardens – Galveston
1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston

We went here a couple of year back, and even though it’s a small one, we had a great time! Attractions at Palm Beach include a lazy river, wave pool, two 18-feet-tall enclosed tower slides, and a splash pad.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Galveston
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston

This is the most frequented water park by us, and hands down our favorite – be it summer or winter! There is something here for everyone including water slides, heated pools, a lazy river, zip line, exciting rides, and kids areas and pools. Their winter park is very fun too!

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark – New Braunfels (~2 hrs 50 min from Downtown Houston)
588 S Union Avenue, New Braunfels

We went here a couple of years back, and whoa! This is huge!!!! This is the biggest one of all Schlitterbahns and is nestled along the beautiful banks of the Comal River. You’ll find world-famous attractions and slides, wild river adventures, heated pools, kid’s water playgrounds, and beautiful spots to relax and share a picnic.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Corpus Christi (~3 hrs 30 min from Downtown Houston)
14353 Commodore Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

On our recent weekend getaway to Corpus Christi, this is where we stayed. It was great! Movie on the pool, with an accessible bar, tubing the many different lazy rivers, or be it the super thrilling slides, it’s a great park which even has a salt water pool with a swim up bar!

Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine (~4 hrs from Downtown Houston)
100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine

On our list for sure, is this resort. This is an indoor water park located at a resort just outside of Dallas, which could be a great spot for a fun, weatherproof family getaway. This park is only available to guests of the lodge and does not offer day passes. The park has many different slides, raft rides, hot springs, a lazy creek, a wave pool, activity pools, and areas for kids and toddlers. There is also an outdoor pool with slides, basketball, and more.

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** All images are courtsey Google!! **

~ Splash Pads around Houston – Part 1!!

It’s only June mid, but man, has Houston been hot or what?! We want to take our kiddos out to play, but it’s so dang hot that playing at the park may not always be an option – enter the best of both worlds – Splash Pads!!

We often carry (sometimes I forget to – Oopzy!) a change of clothes and a towel along with us when we go to parks, because they might have a splash pad and we do not want to miss out on the opportunity for LilMissK to play!

I thought it would be a great idea to make a quick list of my favorite splash pads around Houston and share it with all you wonderful mommies out there! So here goes!!

Levy Park – This park has a super fun and creative vibe! This splash pad is great for children who don’t like surprises as the water sprays in more of a mist and a shower than a dumped bucket!! LOL! The playground itself offers so much “scope for the imagination”. We were just there a couple of Saturdays back for their Summer block party! Location: 3801 Eastside Street, Houston, Texas 77098

Houston Zoo (The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park) – This could be a fun exercusion after a super sunny hot day around the zoo. We have’t tried this one yet, but from what I hear, this fun installment includes a bucket dump zone, a splashy dragon and other fun squirty features. The splash pad is included in the cost of zoo admission, but swim suits and swim diapers {if necessary} are required. They do sell some of those items on location, if you’re in a pinch, but plan ahead, coz those are expensive when sold at a gift shop!! Need to change? No problem! There are changing rooms available. The park is in operation from 10:00am to 6:00pm April through October. Location: The Houston Zoo {near the giraffes and the Wildlife Carousel}, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030

Downtown Aquarium – Heading to the aquarium to ride the Ferris wheel or just need to cool off while you’re downtown? Bring along the kids’ swimsuits {or just let them have at it in their play clothes like a lot of kids you’ll see there} and they can cool off in the small splash pad located outside the aquarium. It’s free, and there are restrooms to change before you head inside, a win win if I do say so myself. This is yet another one on our list for the summer. Location: 410 Bagby St @ Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas 77002

Kemah Boardwalk – This one beats the heat in every which way and I love playing in it, now to introduce LilMissK to it, I can’t wait!! There is so much fun to be had at the Kemah Boardwalk, it’s never ending and the best is that there is something fun for all ages! Also, there’s no entry fee to walk the Boardwalk. Location: 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565

Here in Katy, the one closest to us, and most frequented by us (even on the weekdays sometimes) is the Mud 71 splash pad at Directors Park. Location: 21437 Clay Road.

I am working on putting together a list for Katy parks and splash pads more specifically, so stay tuned for that.

Tell me what’s your favorite splash pad around town?!

Until next time, stay cool…