4 epic San Antonio water parks the whole family will love

Just like a water slide with a twist that you never saw coming, the San Antonio area is home to a host of splash pads and some wildly unique water parks.

At Schlitterbahn, a legendary water park in New Braunfels, families don’t have to leave the park after the rides stop running: there’s whimsical tree houses and cottages inside the park that can be rented for epic slumber parties. At Aquatica, you’ll find one-of-a-kind rides and a reef area, and at White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, you can bob in the waves in a giant, Texas-shaped pool.

Ahead, four epic San Antonio water parks that will make a splash with the whole family.


Schlitterbahn Waterpark & ​​Resort – New Braunfels

For water park lovers, Schlitterbahn is one of the best water parks in Texas and is worth planning a vacation (or staycation) around. To really get this right, you can have the ultimate sleepover in a treehouse or a cabin that’s located inside the park and that’s perched on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River.

Schlitterbahn is located just outside of San Antonio in New Braunfels, and this legendary water park is broken up into two sections, with a tram that runs between them. The original part of the park is nestled under a canopy of mature cypress trees and has some classic attractions, like the Raging River tube ride. While most amusement park rides seem to end faster than you could scream “Schlitterbahn !,” this tube ride goes for nearly 45 minutes and commences with a float in the Comal River, which runs alongside the park. In the newer section of the park, water park enthusiasts will find newer rides, like a high-tech, six-story tall Master Blaster water roller coaster.

The Master Blaster is an uphill water coaster at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.

Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels via Yelp

This supersized 70-acre park boasts 51 attractions, including some surprises like heated pools with swim-up bars, surf simulators and a not-so-lazy serpentine river that takes tubers through a swift-moving canyon with wild waves. (Think: Lazy river meets wave pool). Schlitterbahn also has several attractions for water babies, like the Butterfly Bayou that has pint-sized slides and Kiddie Coast, where children can play on a pirate ship, a yellow submarine or slide down the arms of a friendly octopus.

The best way to conquer Schlitterbahn is to spend at least two days here, so you can divide your time between the historic park and the newer side.

Find it: 400 N Liberty Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Aquatica San Antonio

Picture this: you’re schussing down a water slide in a raft and, as a grand finale, you proceed underneath a waterfall and enter into a grotto. Behind arched glass walls, stingrays graciously glide about above you and tropical fish so bright they look as though they’re dressed for a spring fashion show dart about. This is the perk of going to a water park that has an aquarium influence.

Adjacent to Sea World, Aquatica San Antonio has rides that range from mild to wild, plus plenty of swim areas perfect for cooling down and a Stingray Encounter in which guests can wade with the friendly sea creatures. Worth noting: Aquatica isn’t included in SeaWorld San Antonio admission. To access the park, you’ll need to purchase an Aquatica annual pass or single day ticket, a two-park pass or be a “Platinum Pass Member.”

A new way to race your family and friends has been unveiled at Aquatica.

A new way to race your family and friends has been unveiled at Aquatica.

Sea World San Antonio

Some of the must-try rides at Aquatica San Antonio include the Tonga Twista, a 400-foot, multi-sensory body slide that lights up and plays music while you plunge from a height of 50 feet and the Walhalla Wave — a clover-shaped tube ride that sends riders up a three-story, zero-gravity wall.

Aquatica also has a 1,200-foot-long lazy river, Loggerhead Lane, with misters, as well as several pools, including a huge wave pool that churns out 5 foot swells, an interactive fun house with geysers, spouts and dump buckets and a pool. for toddlers that has tiny slides.

Find it: 10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251

White Water Bay Waterpark at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

If you’re headed to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in the spring or summer, pack a swimsuit: White Water Bay is included in your price of admission. (In 2022, the water park is open on select days from April 30 to Sept. 5).

Proudly Texan, the water park is home to Lone Star Lagoon, which is a 500,000-gallon, Texas-shaped wave pool that’s ideal for cooling down in on those sizzling hot summer days. The park also has 15 more water attractions, including a Texas Treehouse with a big ol ‘cowboy hat that tips over when it fills up with water and Splash Water Springs which has tiny slides for kids and a pirate ship they can explore.

White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Stan C. via Yelp

For extreme thrillseekers, the Bahama Blaster has a trap door-style launching capsule that drops riders down six stories into a free fall of twists and loops at 40 miles per hour or Thunder Rapids statea state-of-the-art rollercoaster with gravity- defying uphill blasts and spiraling turns.

For a slower pace, grab a tube and take a float in the White Water Canyon, a lazy river that drifts underneath the park’s crazy speed slides.

Find it: 17000 W I-10, San Antonio, TX 78256

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Hotels with pools are par for the course. But if you’re searching for hotels with water parks in Texas, zero in on Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The family-friendly hotel has its very own five-acre water park that’s heated and open year-round.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa via Yelp

A highlight of the resort’s water park is a winding lazy river that’s designed to mimic an authentic Texas float experience (for the uninitiated, river tubing is a summertime tradition), complete with a dark bottom and shaded by live oak trees. Hyatt Regency Hill Country also has a two-story water slide, multiple pools, hot tubs for soaking and a FlowRider Wave Machine that’s great for learning how to surf (or catching waves when you’re miles from the ocean).

Find it: 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251

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