The Best Indoor Texas Waterparks to Chase Away the Winter Blues

  • The Best Indoor Texas Waterparks to Chase Away the Winter Blues

    In lieu of a trip to the Caribbean, these Texas resorts promise water slides, entertainment, and spa treatments.

    Winter certainly has its challenges, and not being able to easily take a dip in a pool or relax in a hot tub during one of the most stressful times of the year is one of them. Not everyone can make it to Hawai‘i or the Caribbean to enjoy sun and sand, but there are plenty of places in Texas that make it easy to shake off the winter blues and let the whole family let their hair down (and get it wet). Many of these locations fall in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so visitors from the surrounding Ark-La-Tex region will find that many of these standalone indoor waterparks make great Texas day trips, although having an overnight stay at one of these Texas resorts with indoor waterparks and pools is hard to pass up once those temperatures start dropping. Before you head out, be sure to check specific park details for important details like whether or not they allow outside food and drinks, if your wristband lasts all day, and more. If you have an adventurous little one, be sure to check the height requirements for some of the more exciting attractions so that you know which areas of the park to avoid. Even if you skip the regular FAQ, if you’ve got little kids, you’ll want to check requirements for floaties, adult ratios, etc., to avoid any unforeseen situations that can result in meltdowns for all ages. Whether you’re traveling through Texas, to Texas, or you’re staycationing in Texas—these resorts and indoor waterparks offer wet and wild experiences throughout the entire year.

    Kalahari Resorts

  • Kalahari Resorts

    WHERE: Round Rock

    For an amazing all-around experience, Kalahari Resorts appeals to all age groups. This sprawling resort isn’t just home to the United States’ largest indoor waterpark; it also has a bowling alley, huge arcade, ropes course, and lots of dining options for kids once those fingers become too pruney. At the waterpark, there’s no shortage of activities, including two massive water playgrounds for toddlers, a splash zone, colossal waterslides that rival outdoor waterparks, a lazy river, a wake pool to try out wakeboarding and surfing, and a wave pool that brings the ocean inside and pairs it with music videos. There’s even an adults-only section and private cabanas with their own hot tubs to give parents a break. The waterpark is included when staying at the well-appointed hotel, and they even provide the option to stay at the waterpark all day until closing on the day that you check out (showers and lockers are available).

    Kalahari Resorts

  • Great Wolf Lodge

    WHERE: Grapevine

    Another all-around great option, Great Wolf Lodge, offers a truly memorable waterpark experience. There are options for all ages ranging from the Howlin’ Tornado (their signature waterslide) for adults and teens to the Whooping Hollow playground for the little pups. Great Wolf stands out by adding to their lazy river experience and offering the river canyon run, adding a bit of white water to a family floating adventure. After everyone has dried off, there’s an on-site arcade, ropes course, and unique quests that kids who love games and adventures will be thrilled to undertake. Their “come early and stay late” policy lets guests access the waterpark from 1 p.m. on arrival day to closing on departure day.

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