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Ways to Get Wet : A Dallas Guide to Splashpads, Pools, and Water Parks

Too hot to be outdoors? Throw on everyone’s bathing suits, grab a towel and sunscreen, and hit the town.  Dallas Moms Blog has you more than covered with the top area places to beat the heat.

POOLS:

  1. Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles Pool – To the locals, this nostalgic slice of summer is more commonly known as the “FOE“.  But call the East Dallas pool whatever you fancy because the atmosphere around here embraces anything and everything.  Sit next to the lady in jeans, the young family of five, or the hipster couple down the way.  Bring your own pool toys and learn the true meaning of community.  Cost: Adults: $8, Kids: $3; 8500 Arturo Dr
    photo courtesy: The Texas Pool

    photo courtesy: The Texas Pool

  2. The Texas Pool – Outsider might say we are a little proud of our great state.  But, is building a pool in the shape of Texas a little excessive?  Nope, absolutely not.  This family favorite has been around since the Hunt family built it in 1960 and although a membership is required, joining is open to the public.  Your Instagram account is begging you for a shot of the kids in this pool. Cost: Family Annual Membership: $200; 901 Springbrook Dr, Plano
  3. Surf & Swim – What’s better than a giant pool? A giant WAVE pool.  The City of Garland has several public pool options, but my favorite is Surf & Swim with its wave pool for the big kids and nearby Wally’s Cove splash pad for the littles under 6.  Cost: Adults: $6, Kids: $5; 440 W. Oates Rd, Garland
  4. Dallas City Pools – Did you know the City of Dallas has 17 outdoor community pools?  And the best part? They are super cheap.  Make sure to check the online calendar for events like the upcoming outdoor movie screening of Inside Out at Tietze Park Pool on June 10.  Be on the lookout for upcoming updates over the next few years as the city overhauls the entire aquatic system- think zero-entry pools and addition of features like tube slides. Cost: 12 and up: $2, 11 and under: $1
    photo courtesy: TexasWaterWorks.com

    photo courtesy: TexasWaterWorks.com

  5. Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex – Kudos to the City of Carrollton.  You nailed it when designing your city’s aquatic center.  The Rosemead complex combines the best of both worlds with a main 50 meter Olympic size pool nestled next to the Rainforest section, a zero-entry pool with water slides, water cannons, and a lazy river. Cost for non-residents: $9-10, depending on the day of the week; 1334 E. Rosemead Parkway, Carrollton
  6. Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center – Come to Plano, rain or shine.  With two indoor pools and one outdoor pool, pool parties always have a rain-out option.  The indoor pools feature lap lanes, a diving board, and a big tube slide.  The outdoor pool has additional water slides and a splash pad for younger kids.  Cost: Adults: $6, Kids: $3; 5801 W Parker Rd, PlanoIMG_5539
  7. Sandy Lake Amusement Park – A lot of you probably know about Sandy Lake’s nostalgic amusement park (and some of you may have even grown up riding those rides!) But, don’t forget about their huge outdoor pool.  Spend the afternoon in the water and then follow up with a round of mini-golf or games in the arcade.   Your kids will think they won the parent lottery! Cost: $7/person; 1800 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton
  8. Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium – Year-long, kids can enjoy Allen’s 7,000-square-foot indoor water playground.  Check out the water slides, lazy river, indoor rock climbing wall, and lap lanes.  Oh- did I forget the most important part? You can leave your kids if they are over the age of 10 while you knock out an on-site workout in the fitness center.  Now, we’re talking! Cost: Memberships and punch cards are available and vary based on city residency. Daily-rate: Adult: $5, Kids: $4; 110 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen
  9. West Irving Aquatic Center – The City of Irving overhauled this aquatic area in 2010 and updated the offerings with three pool areas including water slides, an 8-foot rock climbing wall, and a splash area for younger children. Cost: Season passes are available to Irving residents or non-residents can get in daily for $8; 3701 Conflates Road, Irving
  10. The Heights Family Aquatic Center – Although Richardson has five city-run pools, their newest aquatic center on Arapaho is the crown jewel.  Choose between the leisure pool with splash features and a beach-front entry or the lap pool with a basketball hoop.  As per trend, there is a also a kiddie pool and slides. Cost: Non-resident, $8, Richardson residents, $4; 709 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson
  11. The Frog Pond – Farmers Branch recently revamped their aquatic system with an additional new state of the art water park called The Frog Pond.  Enjoy two 30-foot slides, a lagoon pool that goes a up to over four feet deep, a lazy river, and younger kid splash area.  Bonus: children over the age of 10 are allowed to be dropped off!  Cost: $8/Non-resident, $5 Farmers Branch residents; 14032 Heartside Pl, Farmers Branch

 

SPLASH PADS:

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  1. Klyde Warren Park – It is no secret that Dallas Moms Blog loves the downtown Klyde Warren Park, however the park really takes it up a notch with the various water features available to find some relief from the Texas heat.  Unless we are there during a weekday, the popular kids area can get a bit crowded.  Insider tip: the fountains in front of the Muse Family Performance Pavilion aren’t as packed and offer a wide open space for everyone to jump in and cool off a bit.  2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
  2. Dallas City Spraygrounds – The City of Dallas operates eleven different splash pads, with the East Dallas Ridgewood location being our family favorite.  For a complete listing of Dallas splash pads, check out their locations and individual hours.
  3. The Village at Fairview – Sit on the patio and enjoy your meal at Gloria’s or Cane Rosso while your kids splash in the interactive fountains nearby! The Village Fountain’s dancing waters are choreographed to Celine Dion and Michael Jackson.  I call that culture for the kids!  148 Fountain Ct, Fairview
  4. Continental Avenue Bridge – Grab dinner or dessert (or happy hour!) at the family-friendly Trinity Groves area and then walk over to the pedestrian-only Continental Avenue Bridge.  Typically, this spot is not overcrowded.  With sweeping views of downtown, fun can be had on the bridge’s water features or get caught up in a fierce game of over-sized chess.  109 Continental Avenue
  5. Sweet Mix – Cassidy has written about her obsession with Sweet Mix in Richardson before.  During the summer, this is another go-to destination.  While parents are enjoying shaved ice or crepes, kids can run around in the fountain feature across the street.  Beware that on occasion, it seems like every other area family has the same idea.  1811 N. Greenville, Richardson13321844_10100695500034595_5937760517469062769_n
  6. W.J. Thomas Splash Park – A former swimming pool was torn down and now Carrollton families love the city’s first and only splash pad, complete with spray features and large shady trees for picnics.  Parents can stay dry at a nearby wooden deck and spread out all the towels and sunscreen on large picnic tables.  1955 N. Perry Rd, Carrollton
  7. Addison Circle Park – I appreciate the shade this park has along the fountains and shallow-water area where the kids play.  Also, mark your calendars for any Saturday night, June thru August at Addison’s Cinema in the Circle series- enjoy live music, entertainment, and movies under the night sky.  4950 Addison Circle Drive, AddisonCelebrationPark11
  8. Celebration Park in Allen  Come for the park, stay for the water.  Krystal wrote about this awesome playground a couple of summers ago.  The handicapped-accessible KidMania park is huge and has both a splash pad and a fantastic playground- important for maximizing time at the park.  701 Angel Pkwy, Allen
  9. Main Street Garden – You’re so urban, you’re so hip.  Here’s a fun summer outing: grab the DART rail downtown and enjoy the water features amidst the piped in music and xeriscaped gardens at the downtown block park, Main Street Garden.  Grab an upscale picnic lunch at the on-site Ellen’s Southern Kitchen.  We like to meet my husband, who works downtown, for a special lunch outing when the weather is nice.  1902 Main St13331076_10108253956851184_6553651386089686459_n
  10. Frisco Commons Park – This splash pad is operational, even in times of drought, because of its reliance on recycled well water, not drinking water.  Pack a picnic and enjoy the large pavilion or the several other shady picnic table areas.  8000 McKinney Rd, Frisco
  11. Forney Community Park – The booming town of Forney is home to a fun park and playground, with features including a rock-climbing wall and large climbing structures that the older kids will enjoy.  When everyone is hot and sweaty, head on over to the splash pad.  The water centerpiece is modeled after a grain elevator silo, giving nod to the city’s farming heritage. 241 S. FM 548, Forney
  12. Harry Myers Park – Although Rockwall has a great pool in the Harry Myers park, sometimes you don’t want the time or financial commitment of an entire pool experience.  Sneak in the other side of the park and discover the wonderful and free sprayground to burn off an hour or so of fun.  815 E Washington, Rockwall

 

WATER PARKS:

  1. Hurricane Harbor – Go big or go home.  Don’t judge, but I’m still going to call our metroplex’s largest water park “Wet N Wild”- but this is coming from the same person who also calls the Texas Rangers stadium “new”.  Whatever you call it, plan an entire day for the park filled with thrills ranging from the toddler-friendly Hook’s Ship area to 24 rides, drastically ranging in intensity.  Don’t forget the wave pool- my personal favorite.  Cost: Tickets bought on-site are $34.99/General Admission and $29.99/under 48″.  There are other daily deals and membership options, so do your homework ahead of time.  1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlingtonphoto 2
  2. Hawaiian Falls – Let your kid fuel his inner Shaun White on the Hawaiian Half Pipe or race alongside her friends on the four lane head-first competitive racing slide.  Hawaiian Falls also has a lazy river and kiddie area for the younger and less extreme crowd.  Insider tip: “Splurge” on the $10 cooler pass fee and bring everyone’s snacks, drinks, and lunches from home.  Cost: General Admission/$27.99, under 48″, $20.99; 4550 North Garland Avenue, Garland and 4400 Paige Road, The Colony
  3. NRH2O – My son the thrill seeker loves NRH2O, conveniently situated nearby to our Nana’s house!  The park boasts both single and multi-rider large rides, a wave pool, lazy river, and large kiddie area.  The kiddie area can be a little intense- I had so much water dump on me from up above that I wore a ball cap to shield my face.  For those of you with littles who need a midday nap, the cabana option is a premium service that might be worthwhile with its guaranteed shade and a devoted wait-staff throughout the day.  See the event calendar here for occasional fireworks shows and Friday evening poolside movies.  Cost: General Admission/$26.99, under 48″/$20.99; 9001 Blvd 26, North Richland Hills
  4. Bahama Beach – Did you know the City of Dallas runs their very own water park? Bahama Beach is a great place to get bang for your buck.  Complete with a lazy river, kiddie play area, and a handful of towering tube and open slides, the entire family should find something up their ally.  Dallas residents can cash in on an entry or season pass discount with proof of address on a drivers license or utility bill. Dallas Resident Cost: General Admission/$13, under 48″, $9; General Public: General Admission/$15, under 48″, $11; 1895 Campfire Circle

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One Response to Ways to Get Wet : A Dallas Guide to Splashpads, Pools, and Water Parks

  1. Ellen Kudlicki June 10, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Two splashparks left out of the mix were the Castle Hills splashpark right in the center of the Shops at Castle Hills and the Fields at Carrollton Parkway-which are run by First Baptist Carrollton as part of their ministry, but which is open to the public when there’s not church activities ongoing. My grandson loves the latter.

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