Schlitterbahn’s New Braunfels location is 70 acres of water wonderland, where looping waterslides, tube chutes and lazy rivers cater to both young’uns and adults. An on-site resort means you can head straight from your room to the Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster, a six-story tall attraction that shoots riders up and down (à la Tower of Terror) before spiraling back to firm ground. Or, you know, there’s the kiddie pool.
Drive time: 1hr
As temperatures rise in Austin, finding the nearest scoop of ice cream, a frozen cocktail or a body of water becomes more than necessary. But for all-day relief, there's little that beats a water park. Though you may have to drive a bit to get to these water parks near Austin, plummeting down a water slide or floating down a lazy river makes the trip worth it. The next time you're looking for things to do during a heat wave in the city, check out our favorite water parks—just be sure to bring the sunscreen.