Just Add Water

Houston's Best Pools, Water Parks, and More to Beat the Heat

From Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to Stewart Beach in Galveston, here's where to swim and cool off in the Houston area this summer.

05/22/2023 By Daniel Renfrow

Heat Heroes

When Temperatures Rise, These Houstonians Come to the Rescue

A local librarian, lifeguard, and snow cone shop owner share how they get to work even during Houston's peak summer heat.

05/11/2023 By Angela Cabotaje and Geneva Diaz


Grab Your Towel! Great Wolf Lodge Gulf Coast Texas Opens in 2024

The country’s largest water park franchise is taking to the Gulf Coast to give Houston-area families the best stay-cation possible.

09/26/2022 By Anna Rajagopal

Open Road

8 Water-Based Activities to Experience in Texas

Escape the Texas heat at Great Wolf Lodge, Balmorhea State Park, Barton Springs Pool, plus more.

06/02/2022 By Stephanie Bartels

Fun in the sun

Big Rivers Waterpark Set to Reopen this April in New Caney, TX

With added attractions, the fairgrounds hopes to have a successful 2022.

02/10/2022 By Jessica Lodge

Uh oh 

What Happened at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown This Weekend? 

A chemical leak sickened dozens of park goers July 17. 

07/20/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

Chomp Chomp!

Get a Free Taste of Gator Bayou Adventure Park in November

Preview a water obstacle course, ziplining and more fun in New Caney.

10/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Jump In

Wet'n'Wild Splashtown Opens For Season on May 5

Cool off this summer at this beloved Spring waterpark.

04/27/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Water World

A New Waterpark Heads to Houston in 2018

Big River Waterpark breaks ground in New Caney. But what's up with Schlitterbahn?

12/07/2017 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Far out

Aliens Invade Wet’n’Wild Splashtown with a New Six-Story Water Slide

The question is: Will little green men make the lines feel shorter?

06/13/2017 By Julia Gsell

Play It Cool

Ways to Stay Cool This Summer: Waterpark Wars

Which park reigns supreme, brand-spanking-new Typhoon Texas in Katy, or 10-year-old Schlitterbahn in Galveston?

07/25/2016 By Ellie Sharp

Play It Cool

100 Ways to Beat the Houston Heat

Summer may be our winter, but at least no one has to shovel the sunshine, so chill out—we’ll show you how.

06/20/2016 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt With Ellie Sharp, Marianella Orlando, Layne Lynch, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Alice Levitt

Water Parks & Rec

Katy's New Typhoon Texas Will Take Your Breath Away

You haven't ridden a water slide until you've ridden one with laser guns.

05/31/2016 By Teresa Rodriguez