Summer is in full swing and when the temps are scorching, there’s no better way to cool off than hitting the water park. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Houston on the weekend or any day of the week! Thankfully, there are plenty of great water parks in Houston, TX and the surrounding area.
This summer, the rules at water parks in Houston will be a bit different than usual due to the pandemic. As of late May, water parks in Texas are officially allowed to be open, but only at 25% capacity and proper social distancing must be followed in addition to any park-specific rules and regulations.
That said, you can still get out and have some fun while staying safe at our great local water parks! Check out our run-down of the best water parks in Houston and the surrounding area with the most amenities, and get the scoop on prices below:
Schlitterbahn water parks will be reopening in mid-June with enhanced safety measures and changes to operations.
“The safety of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be, our top priority,” Schlitterbahn officials said recently.
The largest of Schlitterbahn parks is located in Galveston with 30 attractions and slides to try. Whether you’re looking for a heated pool, to slide down the Cliffhanger, or relax on Kristal Cove, this is one water park which has it all.
The indoor/outdoor park is open at various times throughout the year. You can buy day passes online for ($38.99 for kids and seniors, and $50.99 for adults in 2019, still awaiting news on 2020 pricing). Best of all, the park allows you to bring in your own picnics and coolers! Parking is also free as are inner tubes and life jackets. It’s definitely the park where you can get the most bang for your buck!
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown
For the time being, Six Flags Harbor Splashtown remains closed, but when they do reopen, they have said they will have a new online guest reservation system and a number of safety enhancements to slow the spread of coronavirus, including temperature scans of guests, no-touch bag checks, mobile concessions ordering, and more.
When it is open, this is one of the favorite and longest-running Houston area water parks. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown truly has something for everyone. In recent years, they’ve added a new six-story water slide — Wahoo Wave — while also making other improvements throughout the park.
The newly redesigned Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown play area has plenty of room for the youngest of kids. If that isn’t thrilling enough for the little ones, they can frolic in the Tree House which has three levels of interactive fun for the whole family. From the Paradise River to the Big Drain, you have your choice of a lazy afternoon or a thrilling adventure.
The park is open from May through August and offers a variety of options for day or season passes. Purchase your tickets online for a $5 savings. Tickets are regularly priced $45.99 for adults and $34.99 for kids. If you buy tickets online at least 5 days in advance, you can save a few more bucks too!
Or, you can purchase a season pass for $69.99 and go all summer long. Parking is extra, and you’ll want to purchase food and refreshments from their concession stands. All of those costs can add up quickly so the park now offers Online Meal Deals which include a drink and entree for just $12.75. With 42 slides and attractions, you’ll definitely work up an appetite!
Palm Beach Moody Gardens, Galveston
Palm Beach at Moody Gardens reopens June 5 on weekends only. The website states that “due to COVID-19 restrictions, capacity will be limited to 400 people. Please arrive early at the Palm Beach ticket window to get a ticket and get in line.”
Moody Gardens is more than just another Houston area water park- it’s a zoo, a hotel, a water park, museum, and amusement park all in one. Some of the best attractions include the Aquarium Pyramid is teeming with creatures like tuxedo-clad penguins to slippery stingrays. Or, you can bask in the sun on Palm Beach with a lazy river, wave pool, tower slides, and more. For those wanting a more relaxing, in-door experience, check out the 3D and 4D theaters playing a range of shows to excite your senses.
Each attraction has its own separate cost but a Summer Value Pass can get you into nine of their best attractions for just $64.95. A seasonal membership will run about the same price and will afford you unlimited summer admission to Palm Beach as well as other benefits like attending Bands on the Sands and discounts for zip-lines, cabana rentals, and concession stands. Purchase an annual membership to Moody Gardens and enjoy unlimited entrance to most of their attractions year round. It pays for itself in just two visits!
Typhoon Texas, Katy
Typhoon Texas in Katy is one of the smaller Houston area water parks, but it’s still packed with attractions and family fun. The water park recently reopened with new safety protocols in place, including only selling tickets online (no walk-ins allowed), no lines for attractions, and more.
Kick back and cool off in Tidal Wave Bay, hold onto your hat on the slides at The Snake Pit, or time your wait for the water bucket at Gully Washer park. There are attractions for all ages and abilities!
The water park in Katy is open during the summer months and the prices depend on the day of the week. Tickets range from $19.99- $39.99 for choose-your-day tickets. Any-day passes are $39.99, purchased online, and you can go any day of the week. The real deal here is the Season Pass for $69.99 and you can return to the Katy and Austin locations again and again all summer long!
Pirates Bay, Baytown
As of this time, Pirates Bay doesn’t yet have its 2020 opening date planned. They have said they plan on reopening this summer, but are unsure of when. Make sure to follow their Facebook page for announcements.
Flowrider, Body Slides, Space Bowl, and Mat Racer are just some of the attractions you’ll find at Baytown’s own Pirate’s Bay. The crossing activities, play structure, and lazy river are perfect for younger kids. Teenagers and grown-ups can get their kicks on the Colorado Drop Slide and the rest of the park.
Admission to this park is completely affordable- just $20 Monday through Thursday for people above 48″ tall. Below 48″ and you’ll pay $15. Weekends are $5 more. Season passes are discounted for residents of Baytown but even for non-residents, you can get in for the whole summer at a price that won’t break the bank! The park also allows you to bring in your own picnics and coolers with no extra charge, making this one of the most affordable water parks in the Houston area!
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Waller
Just 35 miles northwest of Houston lies Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, which recently reopened on May 29.
This is an all-inclusive park where you can camp, rent a cabin, or park the RV, and play all day. Camping has its own separate rates but you can get a Visitor’s Day Pass to play in the water park all day long. With two water slides, a lazy river, play structures, and a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, there is definitely something for everyone.
A Visitor’s Day pass is just $19 per person with kids 3 and under free! The Visitor’s pass includes admission to the water park as well as fishing in the lake, walking the nature trails, playing horseshoes, and all of the amenities. Outside food and drink are permitted but Day Visitors are not allowed to use the bbq pits so pack some snacks and sandwiches instead. It’s not only an affordable park, it is one of the more unique places to visit in the Houston area!
Water parks are a great way to have summer fun with the whole family. Let us know which you think are the best water parks in Houston by commenting below! And don’t forget you can find fun stuff to do in Houston every day all across our site!