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Summer is in full swing and when the temps are scorching, there’s no better way to cool off than hitting water parks. 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.

We have put together information including location, hours of operation, entry costs for each of these parks and also included some tips to make your fun adventure a success! 

Editor’s Note: The staff at HoustonOnTheCheap tries to bring you the most up to date information. However, as always, please confirm before making plans. 

Best Water Parks In And Around Houston

1. Schlitterbahn Galveston Water Park

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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. 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!

Where: 2109 Gene Lucas Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
When: 11 am to 6 pm Mon- Fri, 11 am to 7 pm Saturday, Sunday
How Much: Daily tickets start at $39.99, while season passes are $105


2. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

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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.

Where:21300 I-45, Spring, TX 77373
When: 11 am to 6 pm Mon- Fri, 11 am to 7 pm Saturday, Sunday
How Much: Daily tickets start at $29.99, while season passes are $49.99

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!


3. Palm Beach Moody Gardens, Galveston

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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.

A seasonal membership will be $60 includes Palm Beach, Ropes Course and the Zip Line. Valid only for the current season. An annual membership costs $100 and allows unlimited entrance to most of their attractions year round. It pays for itself in just two visits!

Where: 8928, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
When: Jun 11 to Aug 15, 2021 – Wednesday to Sunday only, 9 am to 6 pm
How Much: Daily tickets start at $26 for adults and $20 for children and seniors 


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4. Typhoon Texas Water Park In Katy Near Houston

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Typhoon Texas in Katy is one of the smaller Houston area water parks, but it’s still packed with attractions and family fun. 

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!

Where: 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
When: Mon-Thu 10:30 am to 6 pm, Fri-Sun 10:30 am to 7 pm
How Much: Daily ticket starts as low at $20.95 for weekdays if booked in advance


5. Pirates Bay, Baytown

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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.

 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!

Where: 5300 E Rd, Baytown, TX 77521
When: Jun 12 to Aug 15 Mon-Thu 11 am to 7 pm, Fri-Sun 10 am to 7 pm
How Much: Daily ticket starts as low at $20 for adults, $15 for children with discounts for booking in advance and online


6. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Waller

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Just 35 miles northwest of Houston lies Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

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 $29 per person with kids 3 and under free! 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!

Where: 34843 Betka Rd. Waller, TX 77484 US
When: Day camp is 11 am to 7 pm Sun-Thu
How Much: $29 per person, free entry for kids under 3


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!

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