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The 20 Best Water Parks Within Driving Distance of San Antonio 

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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
23808 Resort Pkwy, (210) 276-2500, marriott.com
Though not a water park per se, the JW Marriot’s resort includes lots of H2O fun. The biggest attraction here is the 1,100-foot lazy river that courses through the water attractions. You can also enjoy the slides, infinity edge pool or a special kid-friendly space.
Photo via Instagram / jwsanantonio
Hurricane Harbor Splashtown
21300 Interstate 45 N, Spring, (281) 355-3300, sixflags.com/splashtown
Not to be confused with San Antonio’s own Splashtown, this Houston-area park has all the water fun worth driving for. The Six Flags park offers classic rides like the Tornado and RipQurl for Texas-sized thrills. There’s also a surf simulator for big kids and adults, as well as kid-friendly zones.
Photo via Instagram / hurricaneharborsplashtown
Splashtown
3600 I-35, (210) 227-1400, splashtownsa.com
Likely a park you’ve already visited, Splashtown is a solid option for when you want some water park fun without going too far. With more than 50 rides and attractions situated throughout the park, you’re in for plenty of fun.
Photo via Instagram / adelaaortegaa
Typhoon Texas Austin
18500 TX-130 Service Road, Pflugerville, (512) 212-7792, typhoontexas.com
Formerly known as Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, this Central Texas water getaway has all the fun you’re looking for this summer. There’s plenty of water-based attractions here, from Buckaroo Bayou and Tidal Wave Bay to the PFlowRider surf simulator and Lazy-T river. Everyone in the family can enjoy age-appropriate attractions that they’ll come to love.
Photo via Instagram / tuberides
Waterpark at the Villages
18270 Singing Wood Ln, Flint, (903) 534-8400, waterparkatthevillages.com
Ok, so this one is a bit of a drive. But if you care more about the memories than the time spent in the car, make sure to head north to the Dallas area for this badass park. The glass-enclosed park lets you enjoy the variety of water slides, play areas and the wave pool without feeling the full extent of the Texas heat. This place is almost too good to be true.
Photo via Instagram / jerikomendoza
Morgan's Inspiration Island
5223 David Edwards Dr, (210) 495-5888, morganswonderland.com
As the country’s first inclusive theme park, Morgan’s Wonderland went above and beyond with Morgan’s Inspiral Island, the water park. Complete with rides and attractions that accommodate handi-capable individuals with attention to sensory needs, the park allows folks of all walks of life to have fun in the sun.
Photo via Instagram / morganswonderlandtexas
Big Rivers Waterpark
23101 TX-242, New Caney, (832) 509-1556,
Over near Houston you’ll find Big Rivers, a still-new park here for your water enjoyment. The park is home to the Houston area’s largest lazy river (appropriately titled the Rio GRAND River), plus water coasters, a wave pool and lots of slides that you can easily spend hours going up and down. Trust us, fun is waiting to be had here.
Photo via Instagram / smackv
Splashway Waterpark & Campground
5211 Main St, Sheridan, (979) 234-7718, splashway.com
About two hours east of the Alamo City you’ll find this water haven. The family-friendly water park has an abundance of slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and on-site campgrounds if you’re looking to make an overnight trip out of your visit. While the most fun attractions are for bigger kids, teens and adults, little ones have their own designated fun too.
Photo via Instagram / santosreyeslope
White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 W I-10, (210) 697-5050, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
For double the fun, you’ll thank yourself for hitting up Fiesta Texas. Have your fun on the regular coasters at night when it’s slightly cooler, but first beat the heat at White Water Bay. There’s a variety of water rides and attractions, such as the Bahama Blaster, Bermuda Triangle, Big Bender and more! Of course, you can’t forget about the Texas-shaped pool, nicknamed the Lone Star Lagoon, and the massive Tornado. Seriously, you’ll be sorry if you don’t stop by before summer ends.
Photo via Instagram / sixflagsfiestatexas
Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, (409) 683-4200, moodygardens.com
A theme park and resort all in one, Palm Beach at Moody Gardens has all the water attractions you want to hit up. Explore the tower slides, splash pad, lazy river, wave pool and of course the aquarium adventure for a true water-filled experience.
Photo via Instagram / moodygardens
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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

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