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What better way is there to ring in summer break than by spending a day chasing water slides and wave pools? North Texas might not be the most tropical area, but it plays host to several parks that will make you feel like you're in Orlando for a few hours. Here are some of the most popular, well-reviewed places to get your splash on. 

Bahama Beach Waterpark - Dallas 
Opens May 26 

Once school gets out, grab your sunscreen and a season pass to this water attraction. Divided into six main areas, this park isn't the largest, but people often claim it feels less crowded than others. This makes it the perfect place for youngsters and parents who aren't ready for ultra-packed pools. Cool off in the lazy river, climb a 45-foot tower and slide back down, or simply bask in the Texas sun while observing the fun.  

NRH20 Family Waterpark - North Richland Hills 
Opens May 13 

There are water slides galore at this thrilling park, which makes it a fun spot for visitors of all kinds. Snag a shady cabana and spend a day exploring the park and soaking in that summer air. There are also great packages for special celebrations like birthday parties or family gatherings, so look into those if you're bringing more than a few people. Then slip into your suit and take on rides like the thrilling Green Extreme or the Double Dipper. 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Arlington 
Open on weekends now! 

If you're really excited for summer, then maybe it's time to go big with your family. Hurricane Harbor is known for its huge amount of attractions, from a water treehouse to some of the most intense slides in the state. Whether you're someone who just wants to relax or a thrill-seeker who's ready to take on the scariest rides, this park has something for you. If you want a little more privacy, consider renting one of their private cabanas for the family. 

Water Works - Denton 
Opens on select dates starting May 19 

Locals consistently praise this water park for its quality and fun attractions. Right now, you can snag a valuable season pass at a discount if you purchase by May 20. The park offers everything from kayak camps to swim lessons, along with plenty of water slides and pools for the whole family. Be sure to check out the wave pool that was added last year for a bit of extra excitement. 

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks - Multiple Locations
Opens May 26 

With this park, you can choose from five convenient locations: Roanoke, Garland, Mansfield, Waco, or The Colony. All of the parks are perfect for relaxing and seeking a bit of summer adventure under the hot sun. Throughout the season, they'll offer daily specials and unique events that will keep you coming back for more fun. Some of the best events include Best Friends Day, the 4th of July Celebration, and multiple dates of a Hawaiian-style Luau. 

Great Wolf Lodge - Grapevine 
Open now! 

If you're really looking to pull out all the stops for your summer bash, consider booking a weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge. It's an enormous indoor water park located inside a themed-hotel that's perfect for kids of all ages. Avoid sunburns and the blistering heat by sticking inside and embracing the cool wave pool, slides, and more. Right now, Great Wolf Lodge is even offering a summer booking discount, so don't wait to plan your stay. 

Where do you like to take your kids for some fun in the sun? Comment with your favorite local water park! 

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