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Get your slide on: 6 water parks near Austin area to check out this summer

Kelsey Bradshaw
Austin 360
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels is a summer staple in Texas, with the cool waters of the Comal River helping people get their float on.

School's out and water parks are in. That goes for you, too, people without children —water parks are for everyone.

We've decided to round up a list of spots within driving distance of Austin to get your slide on. 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort New Braunfels 

400 North Liberty Ave., New Braunfels

It's a Texas staple, an icon and a classic. We could really go on and on about Schlitterbahn. The New Braunfels-based water park, which has another location in Galveston, is one of our favorite spots to cool off during the summer. Take a short drive down to New Braunfels and spend the day riding Dragon's Revenge and eating huge turkey legs. Daily tickets start at $39.99.

For all the details on Schlitterbahn, head to: schlitterbahn.com.

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Volente Beach Resort and Waterpark

16107 FM 2769, Leander

Slides, volleyball and a pirate ship: What could be better? This water park is located along Lake Travis, making for nice views and a nice drive through some hills to get there. You can lounge on the water's edge with a beach pass or spend the day at the park. You can also bring your own food. 

More information can be found online at: beachsidebillys.com.

Mario Ezeh rides a water slide at Volente Beach Water Park in 2017.

Typhoon Texas Waterpark

18500 Texas 130 Service Road, Pflugerville

Sometimes you just need to spend a while in a lazy river, you know? Typhoon Texas has that slow float option, plus slides, a wave pool, a splash pad and more. You can expect classic water park grub, like corn dogs and Dippin' Dots ice cream. Make time to check out the bars, too! 

For more information, go to: typhoontexas.com.

Crowds enjoy the Lazy-T River at Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Pflugerville in 2021.

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Kalahari Resort

3001 Kalahari Blvd., Round Rock

For those looking to avoid the sun but still have a good time, may we recommend an indoor water park? Kalahari Resort has one of those, and it comes with a swim-up bar, a wave pool, a lazy river, slides (obviously) and a wave simulator for those wanting to try their hand at surfing. Access to the water park is included with your resort stay, or you can purchase a day pass starting at $89.99.

More information can be found online at: kalahariresorts.com.

Quin Vallier of Round Rock boogie-boards at the indoor water park at Kalahari Resort in 2020.

Quest ATX

10815 FM 1625, Austin

If you've been looking to try you hand at wakeboarding, this is the spot for you. Quest ATX includes an area for wakeboarding, and it has a blob, slides and a tower swing. You can also paddleboard. 

More information can be found online at: questatx.com.

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Splash Shack

1801 Clover Lane, Cedar Park

This one's for the kids. Well, mainly. They will need you to give them a ride there. This indoor water park was designed with kids up to 10 years old in mind. It has an interactive water structure for kids to play in. There is no water depth, save for the spots at the end of slides. 

"Splash Shack is an ideal place for your little kiddos to enjoy a smaller water park experience," the water park's website says. 

More information can be found online at: splashshacktx.com

Can't make it to a water park this summer? There's still fun to be had! Austin's splash pads are open through Sept. 18. 

Find a splash pad near you:

  • Bailey Splash Pad, 1201 West 33rd St.
  • Bartholomew Splash Pad, 5201 Berkman Drive
  • Chestnut Splash Pad, 2205 East 16th St.
  • Clarksville Splash Pad, 1811 West 11th St.
  • Eastwoods Splash Pad, 3001 Harris Park Blvd.
  • Liz Carpenter Splash Pad, 200 Dawson Road
  • Lott Splash Pad, 1180 Curve St.
  • Metz Splash Pad, 2407 Canterbury St.
  • Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad, 1100 Brodie St.
  • Rosewood Splash Pad, 2300 Rosewood Ave.