Though almost every neighborhood in the Houston area includes a community pool, there is always something special about loading the family up and heading to the water park. No longer just a wave pool and three-story slide, today’s water parks include massive play structures, waterfalls, and death-defying water slides making the water park truly an experience and destination for people of all ages. Celebrate summer by slathering on some sunscreen, inhaling the chlorine-laden air, and enjoying the top water slides in Houston.
Wet ‘n Wild Splashtown
21300 I-45 N
Spring, TX 77373
(281) 355-3300

After undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation, Wet ‘n Wild Splashtown is better than ever with more options for families with children of all ages. The newly constructed Wet ‘n Wild Junior is ideal for families with young children while the park’s Flow Rider attraction allows for anyone a unique surfing experience on a never-ending wave. The park’s top rides, the Brain Drain, Big Spin, and RipQurl, are perfect for water slide lovers, as well as the classic Texas Freefall and Wala Wals Falls. Look for special pricing promotions on the web site, and consider purchasing season passes if you have a family of four — at $59.99 each, it’s the best season pass deal around.

Typhoon Texas
555 Katy Fort Bend Rd.
Katy, TX 77494
(832) 426-7071

Located off of I-10 in Katy, Typhoon Texas is Houston’s latest and greatest waterpark. Opening in May 2016, the park hosted its first annual kids triathlon with a record number of participants to help kick off the summer season. The park has variety of heart-pounding slides–such as a seven-story free fall down the open-air slide called The Gunslinger–in addition to the standard tidal pool and lazy river for the more laid-back visitor. Admission prices range depending on the day and height of the guest, but visitors can join the park’s Double-T email list to receive discounts and details about the park’s upcoming events.

Splashway Family Waterpark
5211 Main St.
Sheridan, TX 77475
(979) 234-7781

Though it began with just a couple of slides and pea-gravel walkways, Splashway Family Waterpark has grown to include a multitude of attractions, a campground complete with cabin rentals, as well as RV sites and tent spaces. Along with zipline rides and cabana rentals, Splashway has a variety of slides and pools geared towards families with kids ages 14 and under. First-timers can warm up on Hurricane Hill before testing their courage on the park’s 45-foot slide, Pirate’s Plunge. Visitors may bring a picnic lunch and reserve a table for a small fee for guaranteed seating. Admission is $32.99 for guests 42 inches and taller, $17.99 for guests 42 inches-36 inches tall, and $5.99 for children under 36 inches.

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Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
2026 Lockheed St.
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 770-9283

With both indoor and outdoor water slides and attractions, Schlitterbahn Galveston is the only waterpark in the Houston area open year round. The park is consistently rated the world’s best indoor waterpark by Amusement Today, and continues its reign this year for the eighth year in a row. Though Schlitterbahn has a variety of slides and attractions suitable for all age levels, guests can gauge the intensity of each ride based on the color-coded attraction rating posted at each ride entrance. For thrill-seekers, the sound and light effects of the intense Screaming Serpents twin slides make it a must-ride, as well as the park’s newest ride, MASSIV, which is dubbed the world’s tallest water coaster. Entrance to the park includes both the indoor and outdoor sections and is $52.99 for anyone over the age of 12 and $40.99 for kids 3-11 years old, with discounts during the winter months.

Noah’s Ark Pool At Quillian Recreation Center
10570 Westpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 781-9195

Even the youngest kids can join in the waterpark fun at Noah’s Ark Pool at the Quillian Recreation Center. Located off of the Beltway, Noah’s Ark Pool is perfect for preschoolers through early elementary school-aged kids who aren’t quite ready for a big waterpark, but are still eager and able to ride small slides. The facility is made up of two pools: one large swimming pool that contains two large slides and two diving boards geared towards youth and adults, and one smaller, shallow pool for young children. Voted the best pool in Houston by Great Day Houston, Noah’s Ark has an Ark structure in the middle of the pool, three slides, a crawl-through area, and a number of waterfalls and sprays throughout the space. Admission is $7.50 per person (children under the age of one are free) and includes entry to both pools.

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Mary Evett is a yoga-loving, Houston-area, freelance writer, with a healthy DIY addiction. As the mother of three boys, she always knows where to find the best deal on sneakers. Her work can be found on, in addition to a number of other online publications.