The Texas heat can be brutal and June is only the beginning of summer. What’s the best way to beat the heat? Play in the water, of course! From community pools to splash pads to water parks, we’ve got you covered with this list of great ways to cool off close to home.
You don’t have to live in The Woodlands to go to Rob Fleming Aquatic Center located on Creekside Forest Drive. One of the unique features of the Aquatic Center is the lazy river. Little ones will enjoy the water play structure and accompanying splash pad. You can get a day or season pass and tubes for the river are included with admission.
Near the intersection of FM 1960 W and I-45, you’ll find Lents Family Park. A great family play area featuring a large splash pad, the park is a perfect (and free!) place to cool off this summer. Note, there are two sections of the park, East and West, and the splash pad is located in the East. Several other splash pads or “spraygrounds” in The Woodlands include Sawmill Park, May Valley Splash Pad, Shadowbend Park and Timarron Park.
If you’re looking for water play on a much larger scale, spend a day at one of the nearby water parks! The closest is Wet ‘n’ Wild Splash Town in Spring and it has recently been renovated to include more activities for toddlers and younger kids. A quick drive down Grand Parkway will take you to Typhoon Texas, the new water park next to Katy Mills Mall. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is enormous and has something for everyone in the family, including an indoor section in case the weather isn’t cooperating. Group raft slides, a whitewater river, and boogie boarding are highlights at this park. A little farther west you’ll find Splashway Water Park where speed waterslides and mat racers are all the rage. Toddler splash pads and shallow pools are great for little ones while older kids and adults will love the brand-new Riptide 4-person raft thrill slide.
No matter what fun adventure you choose, have fun and keep cool this summer!