Texas is a huge state, so it should come as no surprise that there are endless things to do. However, if you’re looking for all-day fun, visiting a theme park is where it’s at!
When other states may only have one or two theme parks to choose from, Texas goes big by offering multiple theme park choices to residents and visitors alike.
If you’re looking for a theme park adventure in Texas this year, consider one of these five must-visit parks.
SeaWorld San Antonio
If you are looking for the fun for the whole family, it doesn’t get any better than SeaWorld. This rendition of the popular SeaWorld chain of parks is located in San Antonio and features thrilling rides, exciting adventures, and enchanting encounters with a wide variety of amazing wildlife. There are tons of things you can do at SeaWorld that include:
- Get your heart pumping on one of their rides that include The Great White and the Steel Eel.
- Relax and catch a show that includes Pets Ahoy and A Beluga Story.
- Mosey your way through an exhibit like Dolphin Cove, Flamingo Cove, and Alligator Alley.
- Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that include the Rio Grille and Shamu’s Smokehouse.
SeaWorld also partners with Aquatica, enabling you to buy a ticket bundle so you can enjoy both parks during your vacation.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
What SeaWorld is to animals, Six Flags is to rides, and it doesn’t get any better than Six Flags Fiesta Texas if you’re looking for a thrill.
This theme park is located in San Antonio and features over 100 rides. Some of those rides are perfect for those who are seeking thrills they won’t find anywhere else. This park features many coasters, but none are as daring Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso Coaster. It is the world’s first single rail coaster, and it’s the only floorless roller coaster in the southwest.
There are plenty of rides that are perfect for the whole family too. Pile the crew into the Crow’s Nest Ferris wheel, have some fun driving bumper cars, or let the kids hop on the Kiddee Koaster.
Wonder World Park
If your idea of a fun time at a theme park includes taking in natural wonders and moseying through the park at your own pace without the distraction of long roller coaster lines and thrill rides, Wonder World Park is the perfect choice for you.
This park is the first show cave in Texas. Located in San Marcos, it has been in operation for over 100 years.
In addition to touring the cavern that was created by an earthquake, you can take a train ride, make a pit stop at the petting zoo, or shop at the gift shop.
Although there are dining opportunities, another perk of this park is the fact that you can bring your own food. It’s a great way to have fun without spending a small fortune on food that commonly costs an arm and a leg in other theme parks.
Western Playland is favorite amusement park for those who are looking for the classic theme park experience with a carnival feel. You aren’t going to find fancy, modern, record-breaking coasters at this theme park, but you’re sure to find plenty of thrills.
The Tsunami is a favorite on hot days because it features a drop that results in a massive splash. The Hurricane is a fun coaster to try, while dizzy rides like Wipeout and El Loco 360 will have the whole family holding their breath.
Six Flags Over Texas
Texas is one of only a few states that are home to more than one Six Flags theme park. Texas is extra special because it is home to Six Flags Over Texas, which is the first park built by Six Flags.
It sits on over 210 acres in Arlington, Texas and has been open since 1961. It offers the perfect combination of new thrills and old favorites, which includes multiple roller coasters, family-friendly rides, shows, and more. If you love theme parks, and if you particularly love Six Flags, you definitely have to visit the park where it all began.
Theme parks are great because they can keep the entire family entertained all day long. That’s especially the case if you visit one of the amazing theme parks in Texas! Whether you’ve lived your whole life in the Lone Star State or you’re visiting for the first time, every theme park on this list is worth a visit.