12 pools, splash pads, and water parks to cool off this summer

Summer is just heating up, cool off at these local pools and splash pads around Fort Worth.

FTW-Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Wave Pool

It’s not officially summer until you’ve had your first pool day. | Photo by The City of Arlington

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Texas summers are always hot, but this year could shape up to be even more blistering.

The Climate Prediction Center released its summer outlook for 2023 and it predicts warmer-than-average temperatures, along with above-average precipitation.

We’re helping you stay cool all summer with a guide to Fort Worth community pools, water parks, and spray grounds.

Burger's Lake

Burger’s Lake | Photo by Burger’s Lake

🌊 Pools

Marine Park Pool and Aquatic Center, 303 NW 20th St.
Get soaked by the giant water bucket on the interactive play structure, practice swimming in the lap lanes + take a ride down the massive slide.

  • Price: $5 for children, $6 for adults + $4 for seniors
  • Season dates

William M. McDonald YMCA, 2701 Moresby St.
Through an agreement with the city, residents have access to the seasonal outdoor pool + water park during the Forest Park Pool renovation.

  • Price: $5 for children, $6 for adults + $4 for seniors
  • Season dates

Tarrant County Aquatic Center, 2200 Circle Dr.
Enjoy an indoor workout in the six-lane, 25-yard heated lap pool, or sit back and relax in the three-foot therapeutic spa. Note: A reservation must be made in advance.

  • Price: $30 monthly membership
  • Season dates: Open through Monday, Sept. 4

Chisholm Aquatic Center, 2200 Norwood Dr., Hurst
Soak in the large, shallow pool with a beach-style entrance while the kids ride down the slide and splash in the toddler play area.

  • Price: $6 for residents, $12 for non-residents
  • Season dates: Open through Monday, Sept. 4
Fountains in a plaza surrounded by skyscrapers

Sundance Square is a must-see on any downtown tour.

💦 Splash pads

Safari Splash, Fort Worth Zoo
Chill out and relax while the kids play in the water area equipped with four slides, a water dump tower, animal-shaped cannon, and a designated toddler play area.

  • Price: $4-$5 with zoo admission
  • Season dates: Open for the summer season

Sycamore Spray Ground, 2525 E. Rosedale St.
Wear your swimwear to splash in the park with a tipping water bucket and interactive sprayers.

  • Price: Free
  • Season dates: Open through Monday, Sept. 4

Sundance Square Fountains, 420 Main St.
Stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to dip your toes in the fountain featuring 216 vertical water jets programmed to spurt at different heights.

  • Price: Free
  • Season dates: Year-round
FTW-Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

One of the newest attractions is Banzai Pipeline, a four-story waterslide complex with three unique body slides. | Photo via The City of Arlington

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🎢 Water parks

Splash Dayz, 405 N. Las Vegas Trail
There’s fun for everyone at this water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river, slides, and a kid’s splash pad. Pro tip: Purchase a Cooler Pass to bring your own snacks and drinks into the park.

  • Price: $21-$60
  • Season dates: Open through Monday, Sept. 4

Burger’s Lake, 1200 Meandering Rd.
Step away from the city and onto the sandy beaches at this 30-acre park featuring a slide and diving boards.

  • Price: $15
  • Season dates: Open through Monday, Sept. 4

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington
The water park is the largest of its kind in North Texas and features 40 rides, slides, attractions, pools, and a 1-million-gallon wave pool.

  • Price: $30-$160
  • Season dates: Open daily through Sunday, Aug. 13 + weekends only through the end of August.
Photo of concert over a river with people in inner tubes.

Float up to the best seat in the house. | Photo by @rockintheriverfw

⛱️ Hangouts

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.
The entertainment venue is the perfect spot to go tubing with friends or rent a paddle board on the Trinity River. Plus, don’t miss the annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration on Tuesday, July 4.

  • Price: Free
  • Season dates: Open for the summer season

Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 1300 Houston St.
Sit back and relax with poolside service at this downtown rooftop pool. Sign up for a day pass through Resort Pass to enjoy the luxurious amenities, plunge pool, and hot tub.

  • Price: $25-$30
  • Season dates: Open for the summer season
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