Oooweee, it’s hot out there! The only thing we want to do these days is swim, swim and swim. Cooling down in some refreshing water is our favorite way to beat the heat. So we were very excited to take a recent visit to the newest water park in the Austin area — Typhoon Texas. Located in Pflugerville, just about 20 minutes north of Austin, this is a great place to splash the day away.

Photo Credit: Typhoon Texas Facebook page

Previously the site of Hawaiian Falls, Typhoon Texas is under completely new management and did a pretty big overhaul of the old property. Additions include tons of shade, new landscaping, and two great new children’s play areas.

As with any big park like this, we arrived right when it opened in the morning. It’s our best bet for beating the crowds, maximizing our fun-in-the-sun day, and getting the most out of the admission price.

We were impressed with the easy-to-manage layout. It’s not anywhere near as large as Schlitterbahn, which made it simple to navigate and gave us the opportunity to cover all territory without the feeling of rushing from one thing to the next. The park is a nice size for a day of playing and relaxing with the family.

Photo Credit: Typhoon Texas Facebook page

When it comes to water-play, Typhoon Texas has it all. We love a good lazy river and a wave pool! We tested out all the slides and had a blast. The splash play areas for younger kids are really fun. We were happy to see such a nice mix of activities to appeal to kids of all ages. Plus, everything felt really clean and there were lifeguards everywhere.

In addition, Typhoon Texas has a few activities out of the water. You’ll find a cool ropes course with bridges and various obstacles as well as a zip line (which you can try for an additional $12.99). Do take note that close-toed shoes and dry clothing are required in this section of the park.

There are plenty of places to eat within Typhoon Texas where you enjoy burgers, corn dogs, BBQ, pizza, shaved ice, and more. Our kids were quite pleased with food options. Adults can even enjoy a frosty beverage at the bar. You are also welcome to leave and re-enter the park (don’t forget to get your hand stamped) if you wish to walk to nearby restaurant to dine instead (there are many options in the shopping area directly across the street).  Do note that no outside food is allowed.

While we were there, we also enjoy listening to live music. Be sure to check the park’s calendar of events for a listing of free concerts as well as these weekly activities:

  • Thursdays – Movie Night –  Watch a kids movie in the park at dusk
  • Fridays – Night Slides – Enjoy the park as the sun goes down with a DJ ’til 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays – Family Night – Local bands play all summer long from 5-9 p.m.

We really had a fantastic experience at Typhoon Texas! The kids loved it, as did the adults. We’ll definitely be back this summer.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind when planning your trip:

  • Parking is free
  • Inner tubes and lifejackets are provided for your use
  • You can rent cabanas if you prefer to reserve your own seating area
  • Lockers are available to rent to store your belongings
  • Bring closed-toe shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, hats, etc.
  • Hours: Sun – Wed: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursdays in July 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.;  Fri & Sat 10:30 a.m – 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Weekdays – $29.99; Weekend & Holidays – $34.99; Under 48″ Tall – $24.99, Age 2 & Under – free; Zip Line Tour – $12.99

For much more info, visit the Typhoon Texas website. You can also check out photos, updates, and discount announcements (like the one below) on their Facebook page.

Discount Offer: Bring any empty Coca-Cola product to Typhoon Texas Austin through July 31 for $8 OFF a General Admission pass (48″ and above).

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