In Texas, where the summer weather can be very hot, humid and at times unpredictable, indoor water parks make a lot of sense. While outdoor parks leave you at the mercy of the elements, indoor water parks have the luxury of controlling the climate around them. You can find many water parks in big cities like Dallas, finding one near Tyler can be a bit more tricky. If you are willing to drive however, there are some great possibilities.
The Waterpark @ The Villages
Easily the closest water park to Tyler, the Waterpark @ The Villages is one of the largest indoor waterparks in Texas. Just 30 minutes outside of Tyler in the town of Flint, the Water Park @ The Villages is a 25,000 square foot playground offering a lazy river with whirlpool, four water slides, a wave pool, kiddie section and more. Located at The Villages Resort on Lake Palestine, this family friendly resort is open year round. Silverleaf Resorts 18270 Singing Wood Lane Flint, TX 75762 903-534-8400 waterparkatthevillages.com
Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark
Just over two hours west of Tyler is the Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark in Grapevine, Texas. Only available to hotel guests, the water park is easily the star of Great Wolf Lodge. With nine slides, six pools, a giant water fort and a lazy river, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. A full-on resort, the Great Wolf Lodge also features guest suites and rooms, an arcade and several restaurants. Great Wolf Lodge 100 Great Wolf Drive Grapevine, TX 76051 817-488-6510 greatwolf.com
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
Considered one of the best water parks in the country (and a little over four hours from Tyler), the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark features three different sections, and tons of water slides, wave pools, spas, and more. Deemed the first convertible waterpark in the world, the Wasserfest area is covered by a roof allowing for heated swimming during the winter season. The other two areas are located outdoors and run seasonally. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark 2026 Lockheed Street Galveston, Texas 77554 409-770-9283 schlitterbahn.com
- Children"s water park with sun beds and slides on the seashore image by Supertrooper from Fotolia.com