by Cynthia Marple
Heading off to water park or playing water sports is a great way to find refuge from the heat of a Houston, Texas summer. There is a terrific new water park and based on my recent visit, it makes the grade with flying colors – or should I say waves of color?
Typhoon Texas – Great New Water Park in Katy
Head west from Houston and you will find a fabulous new water park with lots of slides for all ages. Privately owned by three Texas A&M graduates, this park celebrated its grand opening on May 28, 2016. Featuring more than 30 waterslides, a lazy river the length of five football fields, a Texas-sized wave pool and a massive children’s waterpark play structure, this park is an awesome water wonderland! I was able to visit the park on Tuesday May 31st and it did not disappoint.
Something for everyone can be found at this water park. After entering the main gate, I immediately noticed the intimidating Dueling Dalton’s water slide in the distance. To my left was Tidal Wave Bay, a wave pool surrounded by lots of lounging chairs and a row of private Cabanas for rent. Note: each private Cabana comes with wait service so I plan to save a bit and gather my group so we can reserve one together on my next visit. How wonderful to have our drinks refreshed and area kept tidy while out and about enjoying the amusements – never expected to find such pampering available at a water park!
In line with the wave pool was a set of slides called The Snake Pit. These cool slides allowed people to ride on single or double tubes. Chicken that I am, I opted to try the pink, open to the outside slide and screamed happily the whole way down. The Snake Pit also offers the newest waterpark gaming experience, Slide Boarding, which uses a hi-tech ride vehicle with an embedded game controller to create a futuristic video game integrated waterslide.
To the right of the entrance was the eight-lane Lone Star Racers where you start in a twisted closed tube that opens onto a long race down. The open racer section reminded me of the long slides from my childhood where we used a burlap sack to sit on while charging down.
But at the farthest end from the entrance were the larger, scarier slides. One set included family slides with large rafts that required multiple passengers. However, the Dueling Daltons are for the brave souls… or the young teenage folks with no fear. Talk about some heart pounding, palm sweating “fun” – such as:
- The Gunslinger: a seven-story free fall down an open-air slide
- The Bullchute: drop nearly six stories after the floor drops from underneath
- The Shootout: shoot through a flatline loop after the floor drops from beneath
- The Bronc Buster: high-speed ride full of twists and turns
- The Mutton Buster: exhilarating ride full of tight winding turns
I walked close by and watched some teenagers on a school field trip whooping it up about the twist and turns. I thought about quotes from Top Gun and the “need for speed.” Yet, I turned yellow-bellied, listened to my inner chicken and moseyed back to the Lazy River. No really, I reckoned my husband and sons would never believe me unless they saw me drop down the Bullchute. So, I have to wait, truly, it’s for the good of my kids; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I passed by the Gully Washer, a massive play area for smaller children with lots of slides just perfect for them (and chicken-me but I’m too tall). I know my 6 year old will just live here when I bring him. Private Cabanas are conveniently dotted around the park so you rent one close to your family’s favorite types of slides or pools. There is even a large splash pad for the smallest of water lovers.
Lunchtime will not be a problem at this water park near Houston, Texas. Roegels Barbeque Company trained the cooks how to make BBQ, and they smoke fresh Texas brisket, sausage and chicken onsite daily. The River Grille serves fresh hamburgers, salmon, chicken and French fries. There is pizza, a taco stand, and freshly-made funnel cakes plus lots of other treats.
Summer camp at a water park, seriously? Yes!
Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 can attend weekly summer camp at Typhoon Texas that includes lunch and two snacks plus a T-Shirt and lots of fun water activities. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; early drop off or late pick up are available. Check out all the details at www.iquriouskids.com.
Private parties are welcome here and covered party areas can be rented. There is a birthday barn area and another private picnic area for non-birthday celebrations. The park can even set of a giant Jenga game or regular-sized volleyball near the private picnic area.
Typhoon Texas is located at 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd. next to Katy Mills Mall, 1.5 miles west of the Grand Parkway. Normal operating hours will be daily from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. The only bad news – the park closes in early September.
Movie nights and live bands are also scheduled on a regular basis. Life vests are available for free. Every ride and tubes, if needed, are included at the park so once you are there, the only extras to budget for is food and drinks or a locker rental.
Single-day passes range in price from $44.99 to $39.99 depending on the day. Children under 48” tall are $32.99, children age two and under are free. Seniors (55 and over) are $32.99, military personnel are $32.99 with military identification. There is a Twilight deal – entrance after 5:00 p.m. is $25.00. Season passes and Cabana rentals are also available. All can be found at the Typhoon Texas website www.TyphoonTexas.com.
While at the Typhoon Texas website, guests can sign up for special offers from the Typhoon Texas Double-T Club. Also, follow the waterpark at www.Facebook.com/TyphoonTexas and on Instagram and Twitter @TyphoonTexas.
Another great thing about this new water park in Texas is that it has a state of the art water filtration system that uses less water than an average high school. Think about your favorite water activities for summer and add a visit to Texas to the list. Have you sent your children to a water park summer camp before? What is your family’s favorite water park or water sport? Tell me all about that experience in the comments.