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The Best Theme Parks in Texas for Fun and Adventure!

By Nick K, Posted on 12 Dec, 2022 at 03:18 am

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Theme Parks in Texas

From roller coasters to water slides, Texas is home to some of the most exciting theme parks in the country.

Are you looking for a fun-filled adventure this summer? Look no further than the great state of Texas! With plenty of exciting theme parks to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy. From thrilling rides to live entertainment, there are plenty of memories to be made all across the Lone Star State. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular theme parks in Texas!


Morgan's Wonderland

For those who prefer something a little less intense than Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Morgan's Wonderland is the perfect choice. Located just outside San Antonio in nearby Schertz, this unique park was designed specifically with special needs individuals and their families in mind. With over 25 wheelchair accessible attractions ranging from amusement rides to water slides to playgrounds and gardens, it truly is a magical place where everyone can have fun together regardless of age or ability level. In addition to these attractions they also offer sensory-friendly shows during select times throughout the year.   


Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington 

This beloved park has been delighting visitors since 1961 and continues to be one of the most popular theme parks in Texas. There are over 100 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, splash water rides, live entertainment shows, and more! The food offerings are also plentiful and sure to satisfy every craving. With plenty of on-site lodging options available as well, this is definitely worth considering if you want to make it an extended getaway experience. 


Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels 

When it comes to waterparks, Schlitterbahn reigns supreme! This award-winning park is adjacent to Landa Park Lake and offers all sorts of unique aquatic adventures such as surfing simulators, lazy rivers, tube chutes, plus plenty of slides guaranteed to keep you cool during those hot summer days. Schlitterbahn also includes an indoor section that houses thrilling slides and raft rides perfect for families with young children who may not be ready for outdoor rides yet. You can even rent tubes or cabanas if you really want to kick back and relax during your day trip.


Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio

Located in San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is one of the biggest theme parks in all of Texas. With more than 38 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone here. The park has an impressive selection of roller coasters and thrill rides that appeal to both adults and children alike. Some of these include Iron Rattler, Superman: Krypton Coaster, Batman: The Ride and Goliath. There are also plenty of other attractions like shows, interactive games, carousels, water rides and even a splash pad!  


SeaWorld San Antonio – San Antonio

If you’re looking for a unique experience unlike any other, SeaWorld San Antonio is your go-to destination. This marine-themed park features thrilling roller coasters, animal shows featuring sea lions and dolphins, aquariums with exotic sea creatures, and more! There’s also plenty of food options including funnel cakes, tacos, and burger platters.


Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier – Galveston

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned carnival experience with modern twists then head on over to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier! This pier features rides like roller coasters, swings, bumper cars and Ferris wheels along with classic carnival games like skeeball or ring toss. There are also plenty of restaurants offering delicious treats such as funnel cakes or ice cream sundaes so make sure to save some room after all the excitement!


Wonderland Amusement Park 

Located in Amarillo, Wonderland Amusement Park has been entertaining guests since 1950. This traditional amusement park has something for everyone; take a spin on classic wooden roller coasters like The Rattler or enjoy family-friendly rides such as El Sombrero or Little Dipper Mini Coaster. Not enough? Wonderland also has mini golf courses, bumper boats, kiddie rides and plenty of tasty treats to refuel after a day spent exploring the park!


ZDT's Amusement Park

Located in Seguin, TX, ZDT's is a family-owned amusement park that has been delighting guests since 2007. This 28-acre park offers over 20 attractions, including go-karts, bumper boats, rock climbing walls, laser tag, mini golf, and more. The park is also well known for its extreme rides. These include the Megalodon rollercoaster—an exhilarating coaster with three upside-down loops; the Sidewinder—a 50ft tall pendulum ride that swings riders up to 30mph; and the Screamin' Swing—the only ride of its kind in the state! 


Typhoon Texas Waterpark

The perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer day, Typhoon Texas Waterpark is located in Katy, TX. This 25-acre waterpark features thrilling slides like the Double Trouble—an enclosed tube slide with a 360° loop; the MASSIV Monster Blaster—the longest water coaster in North America; and the Wall Breaker—a six story plunge down a vertical drop slide! There are also plenty of fun activities for people of all ages, such as a lazy river, wave pool, beach volleyball courts, and even a FlowRider surfing simulator. And if you get hungry during your visit? No problem! Typhoon Texas serves up tasty treats like burgers and tacos at their onsite restaurant. 


Joyland Amusement Park

Located in Lubbock, this amusement park offers something for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies, they have an array of thrilling rides that range from the classic Ferris wheel to the more extreme roller coaster. They also have rides specifically designed with younger children in mind such as bumper cars and kiddie boats. When you need some time away from all the excitement, there are plenty of places to sit back and relax including a picnic area and snack bar.


Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

This waterpark located near Houston is ideal if you want to cool off on a hot summer day. It features over 50 different slides and attractions for all ages ranging from mild-mannered lazy rivers to more daring water coaster rides. There are several designated areas just for kids so they can safely explore their surroundings without having to worry about bigger waves or other guests getting too close. If you’re feeling brave enough, don’t miss out on their newest ride ‘The Slingshot’!


Pirates Bay Waterpark

If your family loves pirates (or even if they don’t) there is no better place to explore than Pirates Bay Waterpark near Galveston. With its pirate-themed decor throughout, it will make you feel like you have stepped onto a real pirate ship! Besides its numerous slides and pools, there is also an interactive play structure called ‘The Wrecker's Lair’ that allows kids to climb around while navigating through obstacles such as bridges, ropes, cargo nets and more. Plus after all that exploring, you can refuel with delicious snacks at one of their many concession stands. 


Grand Texas

Grand Texas has over 40 acres of rides and attractions, including a full-fledged amusement park with thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides. It also has an RV park and campground, two restaurants (Coyote Cones & Sweets & Big Rivers), shopping centers, a mini golf course, go-karts, an arcade, bumper boats, batting cages—the list goes on! If you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience that will keep your family entertained all day long, this is the place to be. 


Hawaiian Falls Garland

Hawaiian Falls Garland is the perfect spot if you’re looking to cool off during a hot summer day. This waterpark features some amazing slides such as the Mine Shaft tube slide and the SuperSpeed Racer mat slide. It also offers a lazy river ride as well as kiddie pools with interactive water features like a tipping bucket and sprinklers. In addition to its thrilling slides and pools, Hawaiian Falls Garland also boasts concessions stands offering snacks and refreshments throughout the day. 


Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park

Last but not least is Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park—a unique adventure park located inside an ancient cave system! Here you can explore underground passageways filled with stalactites and stalagmites while learning about geology from knowledgeable guides. Above ground, visitors can enjoy rides like the Freefall Express drop tower or challenge themselves on one of four ropes courses reaching up to 50 feet in height. As if that weren’t enough excitement already, Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park also features mini golf courses, laser tag arenas and more!  


No matter what kind of adventure you're looking for this summer, there's something waiting for you in Texas! Whether it's thrills on roller coasters or relaxing days floating down lazy rivers - these popular theme parks have it all! So make sure to check out these amazing attractions while visiting the Lone Star State this year - you won't be disappointed!

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Nick K

Nick K, a travel blogger based in Europe, has been a solo traveler for over 15 years. He always has had his head over the skies and his backpack all over the world. He has traveled to over 30 countries and has penned down his experience with the motto of "on the next destination." He has written over 300+ blog posts written with a combo of videos and photography.