San Antonio is known for its unpredictable weather, but during the summer you can be sure of one thing: Heat. The temperature in San Antonio during the summer ranges from the 80 degrees to over 110. If you plan on taking a trip to San Antonio, you have to find a way to cool off. Here are 5 of the best water parks in the area.
1) Six Flags Fiesta Texas www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas 17000 IH-10 West 78257
Six Flags is the largest amusement park in the San Antonio Area. It also has a pretty decent sized water park. There are water slides and a huge Texas shaped pool. The park can get a bit crowded the weekends, but if you can make it on a weekday you should be fine.
Ticket Prices: Tickets will run you about $50 at the gate for an adult and $34 for kids. Children under two get in for free. Online tickets are $34 for any age. If you plan on going to the park more than once during the season, a season pass might be a better deal. At $50, you can purchase a Season play pass for unlimited admission to any Six Flags park in Texas for the whole season. For only $10 more, you can get a season pass good for unlimited admission to any park and a booklet full of coupons for free drinks, and skip-in-line passes, and free tickets on certain days for your friends.
Parking: One day parking is $15. Like the tickets, if you plan on visiting the park more than once or twice, it’s cheaper to buy a season pass. Season parking is $45.
Food: The food in the park is a little overpriced, but the park doesn’t allow coolers.
2) Splashtown 3600 North IH-35 San Antonio 78219 (www.splashtownsa.com)
A five minute drive from downtown San Antonio, Splashtown is an ideal spot for San Antonio locals to cool off during the boiling summer months. Splashtown has a very relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. There are enough large rides to appease a teenager travelling with their family, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a group of college students on Spring break. The food is good, and not too overpriced.
Ticket Prices: Children under the age of 2 and adults over the age of 65 get in park for free. General admission is $27. For children under 48 inches, tickets are $20. Splashway offers a discount to groups of 15 people or more, at $16 per person. Season passes are $50 for the entire season.
Food: Outside food is not allowed.
3) Sea World www.seaworld.com/sanantonio SeaWorld San Antonio 10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251
If you’re looking for a little education along with your summer fun, Sea World is the place for you. Sea World has a water park, rollercoasters, and plenty of adorable sea creatures. The park doesn’t open until late may and stays open all summer long.
Ticket Prices: Adults pay $59 at the door, while kids only pay $49. Season passes are the same price as regular tickets. If you want to see Shamu twice, buy the season pass.
4) Splashway www.splashwaywaterpark.com 5211 Main St. Sheridan, TX 77475
Splashway is about a 2 hour drive away from San Antonio, but it’s worth the time and the gas money. Splashway is by far the cheapest water park in the area and they allow you to bring outside food in. They may be a bit smaller than the other parks, but it’s still fun.
Ticket Prices: Anyone above 42 inches tall pays$19 at the door, $16.50 online. Children fewer than 42 inches pay $15.50 at the gate, $13.50 online. Children fewer than 32 inches are $5.50.
5) Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels www.schlitterbahn.com/nb/ 381 East Austin Street. New Braunfels, TX 78130
Schlitterbahn is by far the largest water park in the area. It is also the most crowded. During the summer, Schlitterbahn is packed with teenagers and tourists. It may be big, but personally I prefer Splashtown and splashway.
Ticket Prices: General admission for children 12 and up is $41 at the gate, and $39 online. Children from 3 to 11 are $34 at the gate, and $32 online.
If you’re looking for a cheaper way to cool off, San Antonio has several community pools. There is also an Olympic size pool on Durango Street down town.