WE LOVE WATER PARKS

The ultimate guide to Houston's best water parks for splashy summer fun

There's major bounce for the ounce at Altitude H20. Altitude H2O/Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

When beating the summertime heat, few excursions are more enjoyable than diving into a big, welcoming water park. Americans so love these aquatic adventures that theres's even a National Waterpark Day.

Fortunately, as the temperatures rise (and you and the kids need a day-long activity), Houston offers several options that are well worth the drive. We've rounded up a list of water parks that'll have you swimming, slipping, and sliding away the Houston sultriness. 

Altitude H2O
Located off Highway 288 and CR 418 in Rosharon, Altitude H20 is a new and wildly popular floating water park. Here, guests can bounce around on a 25,000-square-foot, inflatable aqua park and obstacle course. Expect obstacles such as a balance beam, wiggle bridge, monkey bars, trampolines, and half-pipe. Each 45-minute session costs $20. Noon-5 pm.

Moody Gardens
The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink amusement complex in Galveston also has its own water park hangout, known as Palm Beach. That's where you'll find its Lazy River attraction, its 18-foot tower slides and, of course, the wave pool. Tickets are $23.95 ($18.95 kids and seniors; free for children 3 and under). 9 am-7 pm. (9 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday)

Pirates Bay
This Baytown park has all the required attractions: wave pool, lazy river, slides, and play structures. But the complex also has such amusingly named, high-speed rides as the Flowrider, the Space Bowl, and the Boomerango. Anyone taller than 48 inches pays $20, while people below four feet pay $15. ($5 more Friday-Sunday) 11 am-7 pm. (10 am-7 pm Friday-Sunday)

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15-mile course offers fun for competitors, leisure and spectators alike

Buffalo Bayou Regatta set for March 7

BuffaloBayou.org

The 48th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is scheduled for March 7 from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The 15-mile course is open for both competitive racing and pleasure. The race begins at 7700 San Felipe and concludes at Allen's Landing (Commerce and Main).

Entry fee is $55 before March 5, $60 on the day of the race. Entry includes t-shirt and lunch. Canoes and Kayaks are not included but there are several renting options available.

Prices are just $30 for military and student ID (email a copy to nfo@buffalobayou.org) and $40 for members of The Currents, BBP's YP Group.

Course Map

Buffalo Bayou.org

Team sponsorships are available and spectators are welcome. Go to BuffaloBayou.Org for more information.


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