Some of our favorite summertime childhood memories are of exciting days at amusement parks. Throwing our hands in the air as we sped down the roller coasters, chasing our siblings in bumper cars, getting soaked on the water rides, eating more fried food than we were ever normally allowed. Yep, theme parks and water parks make for some terrific summer fun. Thankfully there are plenty of parks to choose from in Texas! Below we’ve rounded up a list so you can start planning for some family thrills.
–> Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)
Home of nine world-class roller coasters and the giant White Water Bay Water Park, kids rides, thrill rides, live entertainment, and more. New rides coming May 14. Visit the website for ticket info; park hours, and more.
–> Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington)
Dallas/Ft. Worth’s biggest, most popular attraction featuring dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities. Visit the website for ticket info, list of rides, park schedule and more.
-> SeaWorld (San Antonio)
SeaWorld is a marine-life theme park with roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions, and a Sesame Street area for young children. Visit the website for park hours & schedules, tickets and more.
–> Kiddie Acres (North Austin)
Kiddie Acres has been a fun destination for families with young children since 1979. This very small amusement park features a little assortment of classic carnival-style rides for little children, including a tiny Ferris wheel, boats, cars, airplanes, a miniature train, carousel, and pony rides. For one child to go on all the rides, it will cost $18 plus tax. (Single ticket is $2.25.) Click here to read our review for more info.
–> Kiddie Park (San Antonio)
Similar to Kiddie Acres, this is a classic amusement park in San Antonio geared towards young kids, with an old-school carousel & Ferris wheel, a snack bar, etc. It is actually the Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country. Tickets here cost $2.50 each. Visit the website for more info.
–> Morgan’s Wonderland (San Antonio)
Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first accessible family fun park located in San Antonio, designed for children and adults with special cognitive and physical needs. Visit the website to learn about the rides & attractions, admission prices, park hours and more.
–> ZDT’s Amusement Park (Seguin)
This family amusement park is located in Seguin and is open year-round, with its water rides only being open from March through September. You’ll find rides, go-carts, arcade games and more. Visit the website for pricing and hours.
–> Austin’s Park & Pizza (Austin)
Popular for birthday parties, Austin Park & Pizza includes go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, a rock-climbing wall & bowling, as well as a few little rides. Visit the website for pricing and more info.
–> Schlitterbahn (New Braufels)
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels was voted the World’s Best Waterpark in 2015. Located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River, it has 40 attractions on over 70 acres. Plenty of rides, slides, tube chutes, wading pools, and other water adventures for all ages. Visit the website for info about hours, tickets, and more. Click here to read 10 things we love about Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. (Also take note that there are Schlitterbahn locations in South Padre and Galveston, too.)
–> Hawaiian Falls (Pflugerville)
This recreational center features water slides, a lazy river, a zip line, a ropes course & concessions. Fun for all ages! Visit the website for a list of activities, admission info, hours and more.
–> Aquatica (San Antonio)
Next to SeaWorld, this water park features water slides, a raft ride that travels under the stingray habitat, a lazy river, a water playscape, and a wave pool and more. Visit the website for a list of attractions, park hours and tickets.
–> Great Wolf Lodge (Grapevine)
Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park and hotel. With over 80,000 square feet, 9 water slides, 6 pools, and one massive water tipping bucket, this indoor water park resort is a unique family getaway destination.Water park admission is included with hotel stay. Visit the website to learn more.
–> Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center (Round Rock)
Run by the City of Round Rock, this water park features a huge “sprayground” with hose jets, tipping cone, water curtain, water guns, water slides and net obstacles. Rock’N River also includes a 12-foot jumping platform, rock wall, and a drop slide. Click here for a review and more info.
–> Volente Beach Water Park (Lake Travis)
If you’re looking for a place to splash the day away within a really short drive from Central Austin, you can take a trip out to Shore Club Volente Beach Water Park on Lake Travis. This water park is small, making it extremely manageable with the kids. You’ll find a cute pirate ship play area for young children, a handful of water slides, an obstacle to cross in the pool, volleyball court, plenty of picnic space and a restaurant. Click here for a review and more info.
What is your family’s favorite theme park? Tell us in the comments below!