9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills
Hours vary by Day, see website for details
Admission: $19.99 per person (season passes available for between $59.99 and $109.99 per person)
Summer’s here and we’re all looking for a way to get the kids to put down the controller and get some exercise. Try taking them for a day of fun at NRH2O. NRH2O, a water park located in North Richland Hills, Texas (near DFW airport), is a real family-pleaser because there’s just so much to do. But don’t pack up and head out the door just yet. Follow these tips to maximize your time.
Rides & Attractions
Part of the reason NRH2O is such a popular choice is the variety of activities to please everyone in your brood. Mom can relax in NRH2O’s Ocean or Endless River, or catch some sun in a lounge chair on the beach while Dad takes the teens for a wild ride on the new Viper water slide. The little ones will have a blast in Tadpole’s Swimming Hole, which has a special slide just for them. You can choose from any of the attractions, whether you’re trying to have a blast or just relax.
Note: Some rides have height and weight restrictions.
Save Money – Bring a Cooler
You can save some money by bringing a cooler. While they do serve food on site, it can get pricey. There’s no charge or size limitation, but you should check the website for content limitations.
Pack nuts and other high-protein snacks to keep your energy up if you’re spending the day there. You can also put water bottles in the freezer the night before. They’ll serve the dual purpose of keeping your food cold and making sure your water is ice-cold when you’re ready for it. Pack food that will stay fresh until you eat. Avoid mayo or bring mayo packets and keep them as close as possible to the frozen water. Or, go for things like PB and J, hotdogs, or pitas.
Have a talk with your kids about safety before you go, especially if some of them aren’t strong swimmers. Make sure they know to always obey the lifeguard and tell them what your expectations are, too. Also, while the park isn’t too busy during most days, NRH2O is still a pretty big place, especially if you’re small. Go to the website and print out the park map. Choose a place for anyone who gets separated to go the minute they realize they can’t see a parent or other adult the know. When you get to the park, walk them there so they know what it looks like. Make sure they know what it’s called and that if they can’t find it, they should ask a lifeguard or park official.
Now, Go Get Your Season Pass!
With all the fun and excitement that awaits you at NRH2O, having a season pass may be the only way to experience it all. As park season pass-holder Patricia commented, “you ALWAYS get your money’s worth” at NRH2O. It’s hard to pass up getting such a great value, especially when it means quality time with the fam. So the next time your kids say, “Mom, I’m bored!” you can say, “Let’s go to NRH2O!”
Heather Barnett is a freelance writer in Fort Worth. You can read more of her work in the SheKnows.com Dallas City Guide or at www.writinginredink.com.