Water parks are one of the best perks of  summertime. We've rounded up splash parks, spraygrounds, splash pads and play fountains -- many of them free -- to create a handy list of options for watery fun. Note  that sometimes spots are closed for maintenance or during inclement weather. Happy splashing!

Riders slide down the 45-foot, four-lane racer at Frisco Athletic Center Outdoor Water Park. 

Riders slide down the 45-foot, four-lane racer at Frisco Athletic Center Outdoor Water Park. 

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Water parks and other paid attractions

BAHAMA BEACH Opening on May 26, this southern Dallas water park houses slides and numerous other aquatic attractions, such as a winding lazy river and an interactive rain playground. $11-$15 for ages 3 and older. 1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas.

FRISCO WATER PARK You’ll find a 45-foot-tall, four-lane mat racer called The Preston Plunge as well as The Fort, a multilevel water playground bursting with 85 water features and three slides. A Lazy River is a pleasant place to bob along. $10-$112 for ages 2 and older.  At Frisco Athletic Center, 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco.

HAWAIIAN FALLS Rides and attractions at the Hawaiian-themed water parks vary slightly among locations in Garland, Mansfield , Roanoke, The Colony and Waco. All include a lazy river, wave pool, slides, thrill rides, kiddie pools, cabanas, shaved ice and other concessions. All parks open for the season on May 26.  $21.99-$28.99 or ages 3 and older.

HURRICANE HARBOR There are about 25 attractions at Hurricane Harbor -- including the Geronimo, which drops screaming visitors six stories into a shallow pool of water. In addition, the park features attractions such as the Dive Bomber, the Tornado and the painfully honestly named Mega Wedgie. There are also options for the little ones, including the kid-focused Hook's Lagoon Treehouse, a high-climbing aquatic jungle gym. There is also a Dive-In Movies series from June 8 through August 10. $31.99-$38.99 for ages 3 and older.

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NRH20 North Richland Hills’ NRH20 is the perfect park for the suburban family looking for a smaller setting. Single- and multi-rider slides, a wave pool and the Endless River are among the highlights. NRH20 also offers cabanas to reserve.  9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills

PLANO SPLASH PARKS You'll find an outdoor splash park and an indoor pool at Plano Aquatic Center, which has a $3 entry fee for those 3 and up. At Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, expect three large slides, water volleyball, a play structure for toddlers and spray features ($3 for ages 3-15, $6 for 16 and up). Outdoor swimming options at Jack Carter Pool include a shallow water pool with a dual-rider tube slide, body slide, climbing wall and spray features. ($5 for ages 3-15, $9 for 16 and up.)

PIRATES COVE Burleson's water park accommodates big and little pirates with fun slides, pools, rope crossings and beaches. The park also offers an indoor Fun Zone with arcade, video and prize redemption games, lazer maze and a safe-for-toddlers play structure. Opens for the season on May 26. $18.99-$24.99 for ages 3 and older.  2461 S. Burleson Road, Burleson.

EPIC WATERS Grand Prairie's 800,000 square foot, indoor-outdoor water playground has a UV-protected retractable roof and is home to a 600-foot lazy river, FlowRider surfing simulator, Lassoloop body slide, the Aquanaut inner tube ride and more. Little ones have a special area called Rascal's Roundup. There are also an arcade, picnic area and full bar. Open year round.  2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. Single day admission is $14 under 48", $19 over 48", non-residents add $5,  $10 for spectators.

SUN VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER Tucked behind Lewisville High School, Sun Valley Aquatic Center's amenities include two double-loop slides, a lazy river and a toddler pool. The center first opens May 26 from 1-6 p.m. with free admission.  ($3-$5 for 3 and up). 801 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville.

WATER WORKS PARK Denton's splashiest spot features a new wave pool, four big slides, a kiddie play pool, a continuously flowing river, a sand volleyball court, an outdoor amphitheater and more. Also cool: The ice cream at the Hula Hut concession spot is from local fave Beth Marie's.  2400 Long Road, Denton. Admission is $13-$17, non-residents add $2.

WET ZONE Nestled in Rowlett, Wet Zone offers a couple of slides, a lap pool and kid-friendly play areas. In keeping with its community feel, the water park also offers swimming lessons as well as Junior Lifeguard training. $5.50-$10.50 for ages 3 and older.  5304 Main St., Rowlett.

Hotel or spa parks

If you're looking for a vacation close to home, Great Wolf Lodge might be an option.

If you're looking for a vacation close to home, Great Wolf Lodge might be an option.

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GREAT WOLF LODGE Only lodge guests can enjoy the impressive water attraction as part of their stay. Slides range from a six-story funnel to a kiddie version, and there's a wave pool, a lazy river and more. It's open year-round.  100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine.

GAYLORD TEXAN RESORT  Paradise Springs seasonal park for the hotel's overnight guests boasts a Texas-themed, multi-level water play structure with three slides and interactive water features. There's also a 600-square-foot lazy river, 6,000-square-foot family lagoon with a 27-foot waterslide and zip line, toddler pool and private cabanas.  1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine.

Don't be afraid to get naked and spend all day at King Spa

JADEWATERS AT HILTON ANATOLE This attraction for hotel guests features a 4,000 square foot leisure pool, an activity pool with a play area, a lazy river, two slides, a swim-up bar and a restaurant. 2201 N. Stemmons, Dallas.

KING SPA This eclectic 24-hour Korean-inspired spa and waterpark has attractions ranging from a slide to a swim-up bar, hot tubs to a shallow area for little splashers. Important note for those unfamiliar with King Spa: There are select gender-specific spa and locker room areas where there is communal nudity. Admission is $45 for adults, $20 for kids 3-12. 2154 Royal Lane, Dallas.

Free splash parks

The fountain at Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson is a favorite place for kids to play.

The fountain at Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson is a favorite place for kids to play.

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ANNA SPLASH PAD The splash pad at Slayter Creek Park opens for the summer on May 25 with favorite features including spray tunnels and raining buckets. The park also is home to a playground, skateboard park, horsehoe pit and more. Note: The splash pad is closed on Mondays, except for Memorial Day, May 28. 425 Rosamond, Allen.

CARROLLTON SPLASH PARKS Oak Hills Splash Park at 1225 Royal Palm Lane and W.J. Thomas Splash Park at 1955 N. Perry Road both have free water playgrounds. Water features run automatically at Oak Hills, but activation by tapping the silver sensor on the fire hydrant is required at W.J Thomas. 

CELEBRATION PARK (ALLEN) Allen's big-and-bustling splash park with water jets, buckets and more is open for the season. Keep in mind the sprayground is closed for maintenance every Wednesday. Bonus: It's next to the big KidMania playground for extra fun. 701 Angel Parkway, Allen.

Dallas offers plenty of splash spots.

Dallas offers plenty of splash spots.

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DALLAS SPRAYGROUNDS There are 11 city-operated spray parks that are open every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, as well as weekends only from Labor Day through the end of September.

EULESS SPLASH PAD The splash pad, which includes a raining bucket, spray fountain and geysers, is activated by touch. 600 S. Main St., Euless.

FRISCO SPRAY PARKS There are three free water playground options in Frisco. Frisco Commons at 8000 McKinney Road is one of the best spray parks in town, plus it's close to the sprawling playground at Hope Park. There are also spray parks at J.R. Newman Park (8211 Twin Falls Drive), and Shepherds Glen (12012 Shepherds Hill Drive). All three parks are open through Sept. 30.

GALATYN PARK URBAN CENTER The plaza features a kid-magnet fountain that sends up bursts of water that’ll get everyone soaked quickly. It’s often lighted at night, and during special events the water show is sometimes choreographed to music. The fountain’s right in front of performing arts venue the Eisemann Center, and there’s a DART station nearby. Near 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson.

GRAPEVINE SPRAYGROUNDS You will find free spray play at Parr Park at 3010 Parr Lane and Dove Park at 1509 Hood Lane, and the new REC of Grapevine at 1175 Municipal Way. There is also a sprayground at Dove Waterpark, which charges a $3-$6 admission fee.

HALTOM CITY SPRAYGROUNDS Both Broadway Park at 4839 Broadway Ave. and Whites Branch Park at 5290 Western Center Blvd. will turn on their free spraygrounds Memorial Day through Labor Day.  No water balloons are allowed on the spraygrounds.

HILLSIDE VILLAGE (CEDAR HILL)  The centerpiece of this shopping center is the free interactive fountain, which sends water shooting up at delighted kids (it's for ages 10 and younger and those 48 inches tall and shorter). Near Barnes & Noble, at 305 W. FM1382, Cedar Hill.

IRVING SPRAY PARKS At both Northwest Spray Park at 2800 Cheyenne St. and Southwest Spray Park at 2800 Shady Grove in Irving, fountains, picnic areas and grills make for a refreshing summer field trip for the kids and a relaxing barbeque for the adults. Both locations are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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KLYDE WARREN PARK In the Children's Park, a shallow splash pool reminiscent of a giant saucer and the caterpillar fountain (the arcs of water turn it into a "butterfly") in the play area are kid magnets. There are also interactive fountains at Hart Boulevard and Moody Plaza. 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas.

MAIN STREET GARDEN The park on Main Street in Dallas has a flowing layer of water on the bottom of its fountain, which keeps feet nice and cool as you walk around. There are also some benches within the fountain space, so you can have a seat and cool your toes. Main Street Garden also features a mini playground, a lawn and a dog run. 1902 Main Street, between St. Paul and Harwood streets, Dallas. 

McKINNEY SPLASH PADS Eight McKinney parks have free splash pads. Get the details here. Plus, there's also a spray park just for dogs at Bonnie Wenk Park.

ROCKWALL SPRAYGROUNDS The city of Rockwall has three free spraygrounds. They're at Harry Myers Park, 945 E. Washington; The Park at Foxchase, 4475 Tubbs Road; and The Park at Hickory Ridge, 1910 Walnut Ridge. (In case you're wondering how to activate the water features, touch the top of the white tube.)

THE FOUNTAIN AT  FAIRVIEW TOWN CENTER The free-to-splash-in fountain at this shopping center is for those 12 and younger, and it's a great end to a shopping trip. There are also periodic shows where the water movement is choreographed to pop music and lights, and all splashers have to get out. Good news if you're hungry: It's right by the patios for Gloria's and Cane Rosso. 329 Town Place, Fairview.

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