By Kena Sosa

The Texas summer swelter is back. When the temperatures hit triple digits, all one can do is look for a cool place to splash. Dallas and Fort Worth are full of fantastic watery, fun-filled water parks and attractions, so get out of the house and get in to summer!

9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
(817) 427-6500

Conveniently accessible to Texans in Fort Worth and in Dallas, NRH2O in Richland Hills, when you need to find refreshment, NRH2O is where your family and friends should start looking for you. Spend hours tubing tranquilly on the Endless River, or find your inner adrenaline beast on one of the many relentless water slides. The tubes, life jackets and parking is even free of charge. And, instead of costing your entire budget for one day of fun, visitors can bring their coolers with food and drinks from home.

Hydrous Wake Park
280 E. Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, Texas 75068

This summer is the season to not only get wet, but to try something out of the ordinary. Make a day of visiting Hydrous Wake Park in Little Elm to try wake boarding in a safe, lively environment. Hydrous has the equipment, the trained staff, and the refreshing water waiting for you and your most adventurous friends for hour long blocks of speed, balance and thrills. After trying wake boarding, there are plenty of other activities to try too. Gather your best buds and laugh it up on water slides, climbing walls and logs. Whatever your skill level, a day at Hydrous give you something to brag about.

Bahama Beach
1895 Campfire Circle
Dallas, TX 75232
(214) 671-0820

Bahama Beach in Dallas is totally tubular! Slides tower rides at other parks measuring almost 50 feet in height. Recover from the rush of plummeting down these heart-thumping rides in the lazy river or at the beach. Tortuga Express will let you race your friends. Follow that up with an excursion to Water Wars to battle it out with them in a water balloon game. There are so many options to try here that you will literally need all day to experience them all. Then, when your appetite catches up to you, enjoy some chill time under a cabana. So lather up that sunblock, snap that swimsuit on, and head over to Bahama Beach in Dallas.

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Splash Dayz
8905 Clifford St.
White Settlement, TX 76108
(817) 246-2204

Splash Dayz is another worthwhile stop on the north Texas water park radar. All in all there are nine wild attractions including splashing pool for kids and insane water slides like Atomic Wedgiez, something for all water-lovers in your crew. One of the only places you can find a Splash Speedway, at Splash Dayz you can get your friends or relatives together and actually compete to see who makes it down the slide first. Engage your competitive side before recharging under that umbrella. Come out  to White Settlement and give Splash Dayz a try on for size.

Sycamore Sprayground
2525 E. Rosedale St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105
(817) 392-7691

When the kids aren’t ready for the pool, but they need a place to cool off, many north Texas communities have splash centers for families with smaller kids to visit at an affordable price and spend the day. Fort Worth has a wonderful watery spot called Sycamore Sprayground at Sycamore Community Center. Avoid the super crowds at the bigger water parks and enjoy a genuinely cool day with your family this summer at Sycamore Sprayground.

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