shutterstock_567884983Looking for a fun weekend getaway? Seeking some excitement and thrills or making the most of your summer vacation?  Look no further than Texan amusement parks! Like ultimate playgrounds, they have been delighting visitors year after year and leaving them with happy memories and smiles. Here a few of our suggestions so you can make some memories of your own:


Six Flags Fiesta Texas, home of the Iron Rattler, is a picturesque park built into a former rock quarry with a charming and unique feel. The rides are absolutely thrilling and the park is beautiful with thrill rides, family rides, rides for kids, live entertainment and even a water park! With park admission, you get access to some of the best rides in Texas, as well as a fun place to splash around. The top attractions are the new White Water Rapids, Superman’s Krypton Coaster and Goliath, a roller coaster relocated from Florida, but, the star of the park is the Iron Rattler. Formerly a wooden coaster, the Iron Rattler’s renovations brought back a smooth hybrid ride in 2013 that takes full advantage of the limestone rock around it to create a visually stunning experience. The food and shopping options are great and, as always, the Looney Tunes theme adds an entertaining dimension to its Six Flags associates.

The dynamic duo of Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor, provides the fun to theme park goers in the greater Dallas area; both are situated between Dallas and Forth Worth. Six Flags Over Texas has a cool collection of Batman themed rides which includes: Batman: The Ride, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler Revenge, and the Joker. However, people travel to this park for the Texas Giant and the Titan… you could say they are the “biggest” attractions to the park. Though the park is known for its thrilling rides, there are plenty of great options for all ages. Also, keep an eye out Six Flags Over Texas original cotton candy flavored push pops, Pink Things. If you’re looking to add more of a splash to your day, Hurricane Harbor is the water park alternative to its sibling park. It’s family-friendly with a wide variety of events from May to mid-September which never fails to keep things lively. The lazy river that tours the park is sublime on a hot day in August and the mandatory water park wave pool is a blast, but, nothing beats the Geronimo, a six-story high steep body slide.

SeaWorld San Antonio. This Texan aquatic zoo and amusement park is famous for providing visitors with shows of dancing Orcas, visits with dolphins, and exciting roller coasters. This well laid out park is kept very clean and staffed with very friendly park employees. Unlike many other parks, you will be pleasantly surprised with healthy food choices that include wraps, salads, fruit and vegetable sides along with traditional theme park food. Even when watching what we eat it’s very hard to pass up funnel cake sometimes!  This park’s specialty is the variety of shows: A Shamu Story will captivate and drench the audience, Azul dazzles and awes with acrobatics feats, and Hydro Power is an exciting water ski show that will leave you cheering and smiling. Steel Eel and Great White. Wear a swimsuit and brings towels since you’ll either want to swim with the dolphins or you risk getting showered by Shamu!

Wet’n’Wild SplashTown. Cool off in Houston’s summer heat at Wet’n’Wild Splashtown where you can dance in the giant wave pool or cruise down tubes to splash around with friends and family. It is by far the biggest waterpark in the Houston area so there is no shortage of entertainment. There is a large variety of rides and great kids play areas so it is especially friendly to all ages and the water is always kept very clean and well filtered. The Texas Freefall has always been a fan favorite, but, our updated “Best Ride Award” goes to the Octopus Racer with its fun racing of friends and family down its hills and loops. Splashtown is perfect for a summer celebration since cabanas can be rented for the day, which come with food and beverage service, meal deals, and discounts at the Beach Shop. Grab a towel and a swimsuit and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Schlitterbahn. The King of Texas water parks resides in New Braunfels, Texas and garners suitors from across the land as one of the more famous water parks in the country. This fantasy land of chutes and slides is nestled amidst the trees and next to the Comal River. The Comal is a large part of the magic of this older area since it is filtered into the rides while the newer park area looks more like your modern day waterpark. This park has it all with tube chutes galore, multiple lazy rivers, gargantuan and innovative slides with some weaving their way across the hills and under the shade of trees. There are plenty of places to shop for souvenirs and to grab a bite or a drink but you can bring your own food and drink should you choose to. The park is meticulously maintained and everyone from staff to visitors is typically beaming with a smile. It’s not hard to see and feel what’s so special about Schlitterbahn. As a matter of fact, Schlitterbahn has been so successful, we have seen the expansion of the kingdom in the last few years. Other Schlitterbahn water parks have opened in Galveston and South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico’s coast which serve as testaments to the brand’s success.

Kemah Boardwalk. “The fun never stops at the Kemah Boardwalk” is an apt slogan for this Kemah home for amusement. Just Southeast of Houston, and sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, is this cluster of restaurants, amusement-park rides, game arcades, and inns that is the perfect family oriented destination to enjoy the coastal life. Grab a bite of seafood, do some shopping, feed the stingrays, or hop on the Boardwalk Bullet for a roller coaster on the water’s edge. It’s perceived as more of a commercial spot than the traditional amusement parks we’ve mentioned but that doesn’t take away from how unique it is or the joyful experience.

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