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Splashtown

Splashtown in Spring, Texas
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Recommended Ages:  4-70
Park Hours:  Times Vary For During The Season
Location:  21300 I-45 North
               Spring, TX  77373
Cost:  $34.99 At the Gate
            $24.99 Online for Mon-Fri
            $29.99 Online Adult
            $24.99 Online Child
Parking: $15 Regular Parking
                $20 VIP Parking
Food: $10 - $20 per person
Rentals:  $6.00 - $12.00


Splashtown is a Houston classic when it comes to Summer family fun!  For 20+ years kids and parents have enjoyed the splash of the wave pool and the easy drifting of the Guadalupe River Adventure.  In recent years, Splashtown has added rides like the Tornado, where riders fall down a 132 foot long tunnel and are thrown into the giant open-ended funnel splashing back and forth, but has still kept the classics like Texas Freefall where riders fall 5 stories. 

Most of the slides and tube rides have a minimum height requirement of 42 inches, with some requiring 48 inches, but there is plenty for the younger kids as well.  In addition to the already mentioned wave pool and lazy river, Crocodile Isle, Tree House Island and the Leaky Pipes have several smaller slides for younger kids. Parents that are riding with their kids are also allowed to go down the slide.

For everyone's safety, Splashtown provides plenty of life jackets for visitors to enjoy with their little ones who are not able to swim or are learning to swim.  There are 3 or 4 sizes available at most pool entrances and life jackets can be used in any of the pools. 

Some extras you may want to consider are tube and locker rentals.  Prices start at $6.00 and to up from there depending on the size of your tube or locker.  There are several alternatives to these rentals that will help families pinching pennies.  For the tubes, all rides requiring tubes do have some available to use on location.  If going during the week, the wait to receive a tube is very short and sometimes not at all.  On the weekends however, lines are longer everywhere and it may be better to go ahead and rent a tube to save time and experience more of the park. 

For locker rentals, it really depends on what you bring into the park.  Items that are very valuable should be left at home, but should you have them with you a locker is a must.  While leaving towels and shoes at a chair could be risky, we did not see or hear of any problems with stealing.  We did see many visitors wearing a blue plastic Splashtown bag around their wrist or neck.  These bags run $3.75 and are perfect for holding cash, credit cards, keys or any other small necessities.

Expect to spend $10 - $20 per person on food if you are there longer than 4 hours.  Splashtown has a pretty good selection of snacks and meals.  Our favorite is the Snow cone, which is served in a large plastic cup.  Also available are Icees, Dip N Dots, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, fudge and french fries to name a few.  The best deal we found was the $9.00 Splashtown cup with $1.00 refills.  Don't hesitate on this purchase; it is well worth it to have the $1.00 refills all day.

The best place to save money is on the ticket price.  Splashtown is currently offering adult tickets for $24.99 when purchased online and used Monday - Friday.  This is a $10 discount on regular adult prices and the best savings we have found.  Pepsi is also running a promotion of $26.99 for adult tickets with specially marked cans; of course you must have the can with you to receive the discount.  The best overall deal is the season pass.  While you can upgrade your pass after the purchase of your one day ticket (the cost is $34.99 to upgrade), it is cheaper to buy a season pass (starting at $59.99) before either online or at Fiesta Mart. 

A couple of things to remember before you head over to Splashtown.  Bring sun screen.  There is not a lot of shade and if your party is sensitive to the sun, think about renting a Cabana ($100 - $175).  Towels are allowed but food is not.  Splashtown does provide picnic tables outside of the park near the parking lot where visitors can eat food they brought.  This is a great way to save money, but is some what of a hassle to walk to and from in the heat. 

Towards the end of the summer, staff can be limited, which means some rides might be closed.  June, July and August is the perfect time to visit!  We would like to Thank Kathrine Sanchez and Splashtown for inviting Family Fun Houston out to the park.   We had a wonderful time and strongly recommend everyone head over to Splashtown before the Summer season is over. 




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