Texas summers can reach temperatures well over 100 degrees. Thankfully Colleyville’s family friendly community pools, splash pads, lakes, and rivers make the season bearable. If you need a new destination to dip your toes this year, use our guide. Here is our list of the best place to chill out in the water near home.
NRH2O Family Water Park
Find 17 acres of water park fun at NRH2O off North Electric Trail. The City of North Richland Hills has operated this cool attraction for the whole family since the city opened it in 1995. Whether your kids are teeny tots or experienced swimmers, they’ll find something exciting to do at this water park. The facility offers several water slides for a thrilling adventure, including the world’s largest uphill water roller coaster, or simply relax afloat the Endless River attractions. In addition, there’s a lagoon for wading and a wave pool for an authentic ocean experience.
Your littlest water babies are going to love the NRH2O’s children’s area. Parents will find the Tadpole Swimming Hole filled with tot-sized activities, while the big kids will want to brave the world’s first Viper with its high-banking turns and a heart-pounding, 20-foot drop. Opening day is May 7, 2022, so don’t miss it!
Since 1952, Lake Grapevine has been a cool 8,000-acre destination. Its beautiful, rolling shoreline offers a variety of ways your family can get wet. Go swimming, water-skiing, and windsurfing. Launch your boat from one of the lake’s three full-service marinas, or your family can rent jet skis or a pontoon.
One of the best attractions on Lake Grapevine is the enormous floating playground at Meadowmere Park. Altitude H2O operates this attraction, and it is the most expansive aqua-park obstacle course in Texas to slip and slide and the only one of its kind near Colleyville. WhoaZone is open seasonally through September 3rd, and you can access it off Meadow Lane.
Hawaiian Falls The Colony
Hawaiian Falls on Paige Road is one of Texas’ premier water parks. It’s a terrific spot for the whole family to enjoy a wet and wild day in the sun. Opening day for the 2022 season is May 21, and you don’t want to miss a single moment of the fun. Right now, you can buy two splash passes for just $99.
Once you’re inside the gates, head directly to Breaker Bay. Designers created this wave pool for families with young kids. Its gentle waves are perfect for inner tubing, swimming, or simply floating along with the artificial tide. When you’re ready for something a bit more invigorating, check out the Flyin’ Hawaiian. This tall slide will have you twisting and turning all the way to the bottom. Your smallest swimmers 12 and under will enjoy Keiki Kove’s interactive water features like three 40-foot slides, rope ladders, geysers, and a massive 1,000-gallon dumping bucket.
The Little Elm Fork
At 710 miles long, the Trinity River is the longest river in Texas, and its nearby Elm Fork is home to some of the area’s best spots to take a dip. The Little Elm Park on West Eldorado Parkway offers locals a fantastic public swimming beach. This enclosed sandy area doesn’t allow boat traffic, so it’s a safe place for families to enjoy this tributary. There’s no lifeguard on duty, however. So remember to practice your water safety skills.
To get in, you’ll pay $10 per vehicle every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from May 1 through Labor Day. In addition to swimming, this local park offers loads of fantastic amenities for kids and adults, like:
- Pavilion with grill.
- Tent camping sites.
- Boat ramp.
- Athletic fields.
- Hiking paths.
- Biking trails.
- Picnic areas.
- Sand volleyball.
Lake Park is a vast open space that spans 662 acres along Lake Lewisville’s shoreline, just east of Mill Street. The City of Lewisville manages this premier, year-round park, including its two golf courses, the lighted athletic facilities, fantastic day-use areas, and the marina.
This destination offers Colleyville residents an excellent place to while away the hot sunny days. There’s a beach, fishing barge, two boat ramps, picnic shelters, two playgrounds, and tree-covered tent and RV camping sites. A $10 entrance fee is required to access Lake Park’s sandy shore. You may also spot a variety of wildlife while you’re cooling off in the lake, including many species of birds, like mallard ducks, Northern cardinals, and house sparrows.
Your Neighborhood YMCA
The Airport Area YMCA on Central Drive in Bedford is your neighborhood branch. This nonprofit organization is home to a cool pool and athletics programs. So get a jump start on summer and register your child for lessons. Swimming is great exercise, a valuable skill, and it’s a fun activity just about everyone can enjoy.
Your whole family can take advantage of private and group swim lessons, water safety classes, and even join the swim team. The Y’s basic swim program for preschoolers teaches kids three to five years old skills like breath control, how to float on their front and back, and water safety techniques. By the end of the series, your little ones will know how to submerge, tread water, retrieve an object, and exit the pool.
Advanced swimmers in the family may be interested in the Y’s Aquatics Leadership Pathway. This specialized track enables teens to continue to cultivate their aquatic development after graduating from the Y’s swim lesson program. Junior opportunities like swim coach and lifeguard help teens build confidence and stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle.
So, who’s ready to dive in? Crème de la Crème of Colleyville just shared some of the city’s best places to make a big splash this summer. Which destination will you try out first? Did we skip your family’s favorite place to cool off — one other Texas parents are going to love? Let us know if we did! Drop us a line, and we’ll include your suggestions in one of our following local guides.