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Wading pools and water parks offer some relief from the heat in Dallas-Fort Worth

Wading pools and water parks offer some relief from the heat in Dallas-Fort Worth

The triple-digit heat is here. If you’re looking for something to cool off in this sweltering summer, North Texas has plenty of water attractions to help you cool off. We’ve rounded up some of the area’s free splash pools and water playgrounds, as well as several large paid water parks with slides, rides and lazy rivers. For other options, like municipal aquatic centers, check your city’s website. Before you make plans, check venues’ websites to learn about schedules, possible weather-related closures and other updates. For more events, check Go See DFW.

FREE SPRAYING PARKS AND SPRAYPARS

ALL

Celebration Park’s large water playground features water jets, rain buckets, sprayers and other kid-friendly water attractions. Details.

ANNA

The splash pad at Slayter Creek Park features splash tunnels, rain buckets and interactive play areas. Canopies protect children from direct sunlight. Details.

ARLINGTON

Free splash pads with fountains and spray areas are available at Don Misenhimer Park, 201 E. Lonesome Dove Trail; Brantley Hinshaw Park, 2121 Overbrook Drive; and California Lane Park, 2001 California Lane. Details.

CARROLLTON

Oak Hills Splash Park, 1225 Royal Palm Lane, and WJ Thomas Splash Park, 1955 N. Perry Road, feature water playgrounds with rain barrels, climbing frames and shade areas. Details.

COLLEYVILLE

McPherson Park, on the site of a historic Colleyville dairy farm, features a splash pool and playground surrounded by historic buildings. Details.

THE COLONY

The Kids Colony Splash Park has several splash features, including a ship’s mast with buckets that pour water and a splashing fish named Finn. Details.

DALLAS

  • City water playgrounds: There are free, city-operated water playgrounds throughout Dallas. Check the website for locations. Details.
  • Civic Garden: Located in downtown Dallas on Main Street, the park features an interactive fountain that shoots three arched jets of water. Details.
  • Klyde Warren Park: The Nancy Best Fountain, located at the east end of the downtown deck park, is the park’s newest water feature. During the day, it is an interactive play area with a 5,000-square-foot splash pad. After sunset, the fountain is illuminated and a water show is choreographed to music. Visitors are encouraged to play in the water during the light shows as well. For more water features, visit the Children’s Park at the west end of Klyde Warren Park. Details.
  • Main Street Garden: The park on the east end of downtown Dallas has a running layer of water at the bottom of its fountain that will keep your feet nice and cool as you walk around. Details.

EULESS

The splash area is located behind South Euless Elementary School in the 5-acre South Euless Park. Spray features include a rain bucket, mist arch, spray column and geysers. Details.

FORNEY

Cool off at the wading pool at Forney Community Park, complete with splash features and a shaded area. Details.

FORT WORTH

Sycamore Spray Ground features include a rain bucket, spray columns, and a geyser. Details.

FRISCO

There are three free water playgrounds in Frisco. Frisco Commons (8000 McKinney Road) is near the expansive playground at Hope Park. There are also neighborhood water playgrounds at JR Newman Park (8211 Twin Falls Drive) and Shepherds Glen Park (12012 Shepherds Hill Drive, Frisco). Details.

GRAPEVINE

Free spray play is available at Parr Park, 3010 Parr Lane. Details.

IRVING

The city offers water playgrounds at Northwest Park (2800 Cheyenne St.) and Southwest Park (2800 W. Shady Grove Road). Details.

Alivia Hicks, 4, reacts while cooling off at a wading pool at Wayne Frady Park in Lewisville on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

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Alivia Hicks, 4, reacts while cooling off at a wading pool at Wayne Frady Park in Lewisville on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

LEWISVILLE

The renovated Old Town Splash Park, located behind Wayne Frady Park, features water spray features such as towers, jets and spinners. Details.

SMALL ELM

In the back of McCord Park there is a splash pool with a slide and other attractions. Details.

MCKINNEY

Ten parks in McKinney have free splash pads. They are: Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex (2701 N. Brook Drive), Ash Woods Park (10301 JFK Blvd), Aviator Park (1201 Monticello Drive), Cottonwood Park (212 McMakin St.), Dr. Mack Hill Park (1849 Reagan Drive), Horizon Park (401 Flat Rock Drive), Inspiration Park (4212 Shawnee Drive), John M. Whisenant Park (3701 Hudson Crossing), Prestwyck Park (1651 Prestwick Hollow Drive) and Robinson Ridge Park (3900 Muscadine Drive). Details.

MESQUITE

The Spray Zone at Clay Mathis Park is an interactive playground with several water attractions such as jets that spray upward and showers that spray down from above. Visit the Spray Zone on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon for a pop-up in the park with free popsicles and games. Details.

PLAN

Enjoy the splash pools at Liberty Playground in Windhaven Meadows Park (5400 Windhaven Parkway), Plano Aquatic Center (2301 Westside Drive) and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center (5801 W. Parker Road). Details.

THRIVE

The splash pool is located in Frontier Park, near the windmill playground and shade pavilion. Details.

STONE WALL

The City of Rockwall has three free spraygrounds. They are located at Harry Myers Park (815 E. Washington St.), the Park at Foxchase (4475 Tubbs Drive), and the Park at Hickory Ridge (1910 Walnut Ridge Drive). Details.

SAXON

The splash pad at JK Sachse Park (4310 Ranch Road, Sachse) features a slide, tipping bucket and water splashers. Details.

WATER PARKS

BAHAMA BEACH
This water park in south Dallas features water attractions such as a winding lazy river, whitewater slides, high-speed inflatable slides, a splash pool and an interactive rainforest playground.

1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas. $11-$15 for children ages 3 and up; discount available for Dallas residents. Details.

Zayn Raza, 11 (top), and Armaan Rizvi, 11, whizz down a water slide at Epic Waters in Grand Prairie, Texas, Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

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Zayn Raza, 11 (top), and Armaan Rizvi, 11, whizz down a water slide at Epic Waters in Grand Prairie, Texas, Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

EPIC WATERS
Grand Prairie’s 800,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor water playground features a UV-protected retractable roof. There are plenty of water play options, including a 600-foot lazy river, daring slides, a FlowRider surf simulator, an Aquanaut inflatable ride and Rascal’s Roundup, a special area for the little ones. Even more adventure awaits at Epic Waves, an outdoor pool with 4-foot waves every 10 minutes.

2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. Tickets start at $29 for ages 4 and up, but vary based on availability and dates; Grand Prairie residents receive a discount. Details.

FRISCO WATER PARK
If you’re feeling daring, you can take a ride on the Preston Plunge, a 45-foot-tall mat racer with four lanes. Play in the Treehouse, a multi-level water playground with 85 water attractions and three slides. And the Lazy River is a fun place to float.

5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco. $11-$13 for ages 3 and up. Details.

HAWAIIAN WATERS/HAWAIIAN WATERFALLS
The Hawaiian-themed water parks in Garland (4550 N. Garland Ave.) and The Colony (4400 Paige Road) have been renamed Hawaiian Waters. Hawaiian Falls parks can be found in Roanoke (290 W. Byron Nelson Blvd.) and Mansfield (490 Heritage Parkway S.). All offer attractions such as a lazy river, wave pools, slides, rides, kiddie pools and cabanas.

$20.99-$35.99. Children under 2 are free at Garland and The Colony. hawaiianwaters.com, hfalls.com.

NRH2O
NRH2O in North Richland Hills is the perfect park for families looking for a smaller park. Highlights include rides and slides for one or more people, a wave pool, and the Endless River.

9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. $22.99-$37.99 for children ages 3 and up. North Richland Hills residents receive a discount. Details.

PIRATE BAY
Burleson Water Park offers pirates of all ages winding slides, adventure pools and a 750-foot lazy river. The park also features an indoor fun zone with arcade, video and prize games (games available for an additional charge).

2461 S. Burleson Blvd., Burleson. $20.99-$28.99 for ages 3 and up. Details.

SAFARI SPRAYING
The Fort Worth Zoo’s 15,000-square-foot water park features slides, animal-shaped water cannons, a water tower and a play area for toddlers. Visitors can fill their water toys at the fill wall.

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. $6 in addition to zoo admission for children ages 3 and up. Details.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor has about 25 attractions, including Geronimo, which sends screaming visitors plummeting six stories into a pool of water, and the Banzai Pipeline water coaster. There are also activities for the little ones, including the kid-friendly Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse, a water climbing frame and Splashwater Beach. Get some fresh air on a lazy river ride or soak up the sun at Suntan Lagoon.

1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. Tickets start at $25. Details.

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