Reporting Jane Slater
Splash your way through the season on a tube or just let the waves carry you away in DFW this summer. For a little relief from sweltering temperatures, the DFW Metroplex offers awesome options. From mammoth slides to serene pools, you’ll find the perfect way to cool down at the area’s best waterparks and pools.
Bahama Beach Waterpark
1895 Campfire Circle
Dallas, TX 75232
Price: $15 for those 48 inches and taller/$11 for those shorter than 48 inches tall/free for those 2 and younger
Located minutes south of Dallas, the Bahama Beach Waterpark is a family friendly venue that offers thrills for kiddos and a chance for the adults to either join in the fray or float down a lazy river. Coconut Grove is a great spot for the younger ones to experience their own watery adventure with 40-foot slides and a 1,000-gallon dump bucket. The Tortugas Express will probably be the destination spot for your older kids, so get ready with camera in hand to capture their descent from the top of this 300-foot racing slide. For a little relaxation away from the crowds Bahama Beach Waterpark offers private cabana rentals, creating a true mini vacation experience for the whole family.
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Wet Zone – Rowlett Family Waterpark
5304 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75008
Price: $10.50 for adults/$9.50 for children shorter than 48 inches/$5.50 for seniors older than 60/free for children younger than 2
The city of Rowlett operates this waterpark, which contains kiddie playground, sand volleyball court and lap pool. Sign up for classes that range from swimming lessons to junior lifeguard training. And don’t forget about the special events planned for the season, including Pirate Play Day — eye patch not required but strongly recommended. Families with swimmers, or lifeguards, in the making will appreciate access to swim lessons, lifeguard training and Aqua Fit Boot Camps to keep everyone up to snuff. No need to worry about carrying around cash in this waterpark, splash cash is a convenient way to load your spending money for the day on a card and stow your funds away in a locker.
Water Works Park
2400 Long Rd.
Denton, TX 76208
Price: $13 for 48 inches and taller/$9 for those shorter than 48 inches/$5 for non-swimmers/free for those 2 and younger
Aside from being a welcome respite from the heat with water slides and a children’s pool, Water Works Park offers a delightful area to enjoy a shaded picnic with family and friends. For a little competition, get a group together for a sand volleyball tournament. Located next to the Denton Skate Park, snag a vigorous workout on the ramps and then relax with a float down the water surrounding the park. Those with birthdays in the summer months will surely enjoy a party at Water Works which includes admission to the next door Natatorium and its indoor pools. Hit the park on a Friday and finish out the day at the Natatorium’s family fun nights from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Teicha Mailhes is a freelance writer and avid family historian living in North Texas. She has written numerous articles on family history research and has enjoyed speaking about family history research at regional conferences and local genealogical societies. Currently she is working on her first cozy mystery novel. See her work here.