July 12, 2019

The 20 Best Water Parks Within Driving Distance of San Antonio

If you want to stay cool or just spend some time in water without dealing with the natural elements, pools are your best bet. But if you want to have a bit more fun, with tubes and splash pads and lazy rivers and so much more, a water park is the way to go. Here are 20 badass spots to have a variety of water fun that you can get to in four hours or less.
Scroll down to view images

Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Join the San Antonio Current Press Club for as little as $5 a month

Waterloo Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail, Leander, (512) 614-1979, waterlooadventures.com
Just outside of Austin you’ll find one of the most badass outdoor attractions in the area. This water park is floating – mean that it’s on water! You’ll get to bounce off the slides and jump around the obstacle course and straight into the water. What more could you ask for?!
Photo via Instagram / waterlooadventures
Waterloo Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail, Leander, (512) 614-1979, waterlooadventures.com
Just outside of Austin you’ll find one of the most badass outdoor attractions in the area. This water park is floating – mean that it’s on water! You’ll get to bounce off the slides and jump around the obstacle course and straight into the water. What more could you ask for?!
Photo via Instagram / waterlooadventures
Rock’n River Water Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, (512) 218-5540, roundrocktexas.gov
Just up the road in Round Rock you’ll find a family-friendly water park that has fun for everyone. With a lazy river, water playgrounds, slides for days and tipping buckets that douse you in water, it’s hard not to find an attraction that will get your soaked and keep you having fun all day long.
Photo via Instagram / mikeboudreaux
Rock’n River Water Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, (512) 218-5540, roundrocktexas.gov
Just up the road in Round Rock you’ll find a family-friendly water park that has fun for everyone. With a lazy river, water playgrounds, slides for days and tipping buckets that douse you in water, it’s hard not to find an attraction that will get your soaked and keep you having fun all day long.
Photo via Instagram / mikeboudreaux
Pirate's Bay Water Park
5300 E Road, Baytown, (281) 422-1150, baytown.org
Thankfully open for the season, Pirate’s Bay grants you access to an abundance of water slides, wave pools, a lazy river and designated areas for the kids to play! Everyone who packs it into the car will be glad they made the trip out ot Baytown.
Photo via Instagram / tuberides
Pirate's Bay Water Park
5300 E Road, Baytown, (281) 422-1150, baytown.org
Thankfully open for the season, Pirate’s Bay grants you access to an abundance of water slides, wave pools, a lazy river and designated areas for the kids to play! Everyone who packs it into the car will be glad they made the trip out ot Baytown.
Photo via Instagram / tuberides
Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, schlitterbahn.com
Head east and you’ll be able to explore the Galveston Island outpost from Schlitterbahn. The park features outdoor attractions open seasonally as well as a heated indoor park for cooler months that allows it to open year-round. Take advantage of the high-thrill speed slides, raft rides and water coasters. Adults should definitely make it a point to visit the swim-up bar.
Photo via Instagram / aaronmarcmartinez
Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston, schlitterbahn.com
Head east and you’ll be able to explore the Galveston Island outpost from Schlitterbahn. The park features outdoor attractions open seasonally as well as a heated indoor park for cooler months that allows it to open year-round. Take advantage of the high-thrill speed slides, raft rides and water coasters. Adults should definitely make it a point to visit the swim-up bar.
Photo via Instagram / aaronmarcmartinez
Hurricane Alley Waterpark
702 E Port Ave, Corpus Christi, (361) 883-9283, hurricanealleycc.com
Head to the coast and you’ll be able to have loads of water fun without actually visiting the beach (if you care about that sort of thing). The park’s wave pool, lazy river, slides and thrill rides will have you forgetting that you’re not actually in the ocean, you’ll be having that much fun.
Photo via Instagram / hurricanealley
Hurricane Alley Waterpark
702 E Port Ave, Corpus Christi, (361) 883-9283, hurricanealleycc.com
Head to the coast and you’ll be able to have loads of water fun without actually visiting the beach (if you care about that sort of thing). The park’s wave pool, lazy river, slides and thrill rides will have you forgetting that you’re not actually in the ocean, you’ll be having that much fun.
Photo via Instagram / hurricanealley
Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark
16107 Farm to Market Rd 2769, Leander, (512) 258-5110, beachsidebillys.com
Pack up the car and make it day trip to this Central Texas spot. Not only is there a beach area, sand and all, but there is a load of water activities, including the Texas Twister, Gator’s Crossing, the Pirate Ship and lots of tubes! Dry off with a game or two of sand volleyball before you head back home.
Photo via Instagram / volentebeachresort
Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark
16107 Farm to Market Rd 2769, Leander, (512) 258-5110, beachsidebillys.com
Pack up the car and make it day trip to this Central Texas spot. Not only is there a beach area, sand and all, but there is a load of water activities, including the Texas Twister, Gator’s Crossing, the Pirate Ship and lots of tubes! Dry off with a game or two of sand volleyball before you head back home.
Photo via Instagram / volentebeachresort
Schlitterbahn, South Padre Island
100 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, (956) 772-7873, schlitterbahn.com
If you like a mixture of natural waters and water park fun, your best bet is to head to the South Padre Island location of Schlitterbahn. The beach-inspired park features a badass river system that connects almost all of the water rides and tube chutes within the park. With 24 rides, slides and rivers throughout the space, there’s lots of points for you to explore and splash around.
Photo via Instagram / mommysnippets
Schlitterbahn, South Padre Island
100 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, (956) 772-7873, schlitterbahn.com
If you like a mixture of natural waters and water park fun, your best bet is to head to the South Padre Island location of Schlitterbahn. The beach-inspired park features a badass river system that connects almost all of the water rides and tube chutes within the park. With 24 rides, slides and rivers throughout the space, there’s lots of points for you to explore and splash around.
Photo via Instagram / mommysnippets
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Hill Country
12915 FM306, Canyon Lake, (830) 256-0088, jellystonehillcountry.com
Yogi Bear fans and anyone who loves outdoor fun will want to make plans to head to this Central Texas gem. You’ll be able to explore the interactive water zone, swimming pool, splash pad and tubing! There’s also non-water activities for your consideration, like laser tag and mini golf, in case you need to spend some time on dry land.
Photo via Instagram / jellystonehc
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Hill Country
12915 FM306, Canyon Lake, (830) 256-0088, jellystonehillcountry.com
Yogi Bear fans and anyone who loves outdoor fun will want to make plans to head to this Central Texas gem. You’ll be able to explore the interactive water zone, swimming pool, splash pad and tubing! There’s also non-water activities for your consideration, like laser tag and mini golf, in case you need to spend some time on dry land.
Photo via Instagram / jellystonehc
Hawaiian Falls, Waco
900 Lake Shore Dr, Waco, (254) 892-0222, hfalls.com
If you find yourself in Waco, know that there’s at least one thing to do in this sleepy college town: head to Hawaiian Falls. The outpost of this water park chain features a number of ways to get wet – from the wave pool and lazy river to the slides and the splash ground. If you’re an inexperienced swimmer, you can even take lessons.
Photo via Instagram / hfallswaco
Hawaiian Falls, Waco
900 Lake Shore Dr, Waco, (254) 892-0222, hfalls.com
If you find yourself in Waco, know that there’s at least one thing to do in this sleepy college town: head to Hawaiian Falls. The outpost of this water park chain features a number of ways to get wet – from the wave pool and lazy river to the slides and the splash ground. If you’re an inexperienced swimmer, you can even take lessons.
Photo via Instagram / hfallswaco
Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels
400 N Liberty Ave, New Braunfels, (830) 625-2351, schlitterbahn.com
Perhaps Central Texas’ favorite summer destination, this Schlitterbahn outpost pretty much gives you four water parks in one. This park is located on the Comal River, using the space for tube chutes, rides, tube slides and pools using the spring-fed river water. That means the water is always a cool 72 degrees! There’s plenty of ways to cool down and have fun, so make it a point to explore it all!
Photo via Instagram / schlitterbahnwaterparks
Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels
400 N Liberty Ave, New Braunfels, (830) 625-2351, schlitterbahn.com
Perhaps Central Texas’ favorite summer destination, this Schlitterbahn outpost pretty much gives you four water parks in one. This park is located on the Comal River, using the space for tube chutes, rides, tube slides and pools using the spring-fed river water. That means the water is always a cool 72 degrees! There’s plenty of ways to cool down and have fun, so make it a point to explore it all!
Photo via Instagram / schlitterbahnwaterparks