As the long, hot summer of 2018 draws to a close, Dallas-area pools and water parks are hosting end-of-season pool parties, and dogs are the guests of honor. Pups can dive, paddle and splash, compete in cute costume pageants and friendly competitions. Pet-friendly vendors will set up with all the latest doggie gear. Remember to bring proof of your dog's current vaccinations. Check the website for the event you will be attending for any additional requirements.

Sept. 8

Bedford 

CANCELED BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONCERNS: Dog Splash & 2K-Nine Make a day of it with the family pooch starting at 9 a.m. with a walk around Boys Ranch Park. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. at neighboring Bedford Splash for water play, games, prizes and doggie swag bags until 2 p.m.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bedford Splash at Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford. Dog Splash is $5 per dog, free for owners. 2K-Nine registration is $10 per family. Combo ticket for both events is $12.

Milton, a 2-year-old golden poodle, jumps into the pool for a tennis ball

Milton, a 2-year-old golden poodle, jumps into the pool for a tennis ball

Brandon Wade/Special Contributor

Frisco

Paws in the Pool Splash in the Lagoon Pool or float down the Lazy River with your doggie. There will be separate swim times available for large and small dogs. 

9:30 to 11  a.m. for dogs up to 35 pounds, 1:30 to 3 p.m. for dogs 36 pounds and over, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all dogs at Frisco Water Park, 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco. $10 for one dog and one human.

Garland

Wags & Waves  Beach party includes access to all the park's water attractions and slides with separate areas for large and small breeds. Doggie costume contests, amazing pet tricks, goodie bags, vendors and concessions will add to the fun. Proceeds benefit the animal nonprofits Cat Matchers, Dallas Companion Animal Project, DFW Rescue Me, Feral Friends and Legacy Boxer Rescue.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4550 N. Garland Ave., Garland. $22 for one person and up to two dogs.

Grapevine

Doggie Dive In Pups can have a blast in and out of the pool with distance diving competition and a dogige swimsuit pageant.

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. $5 per dog, free for owners. Limit of two dogs per person.

Lewisville

Doggie Dive-In Dogs can take a morning dip in the pool and compete for canine prizes and treats in a variety of cute contests: best tricks, best costume, longest jump and fastest ball retrieval. 

9:30 a.m. to noon at Sun Valley Aquatic Center, 801 S. Valley Parkway, Lewisville. Admission is $4 per dog, free for humans. 

Dozens of dogs and their owners came out to Pleasant Glade Pool for "Doggie Dive In" in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.  The event offered different games and activities  for all. (Lawrence E. Jenkins/Special Contributor)

Dozens of dogs and their owners came out to Pleasant Glade Pool for "Doggie Dive In" in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. The event offered different games and activities for all. (Lawrence E. Jenkins/Special Contributor)

Lawrence E. Jenkins/Special Contributor

Sept. 9

Where to take (almost) any dog to play in Dallas-Fort Worth

Plano

K-9 Kerplunk Dog Swim Drop in for a dogs-only swim party in the outdoor shallow pool. Admission is a donation to the Plano Animal Shelter, either money or goods. Check the website for a list of suggested items.

9 a.m. to noon at Oak Point Recreation Center Pool, 6000 Jupiter Road, Plano.

Mansfield

Hounds at Hawaiian Falls Dog-friendly day at the water park includes fun in the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, the Splashwater Reef Kiddie Pool and the Kona Kooler lazy river. Pups and people can also enjoy games, giveaways and refreshments. The community event offers free admission to active military members, veterans and first responders who reserve a ticket online and show proof of service at the gate.

Noon to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 490 Heritage Parkway South, Mansfield. $20 for adults, $15 for children (under 48 inches). One dog is included with adult ticket purchase, $5 for an additional dog with a limit of two dogs per adult. 

The Colony

Bow-Wow Luau Hawaiian-themed party at the water park features splash time, contests, games and giveaways. The event benefits The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund.

1 to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4400 Paige Road, The Colony. $15 per person in advance, $20 at the gate. Limit of two dogs per owner.


Sept. 29

North Richland Hills

Doggie Beach Bash Summer will be oficially over when NRH20 hosts the final doggie splash of the year. Admission includes access to NRH2ocean, Endless River and Beachside Bay. Little dogs and tykes can play in Frogstein's Splashatory and the Tadpole Swimming Hole. The bash benefits the North Richland Hills Animal Adoptions and Rescue Center.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NRH20. $20 for one person and up to two dogs;  children 2 and younger get in free with a paid adult.

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