Summer’s finally here, and that means no school, high temperatures outside and the need for a way to keep the kiddos from melting. Thankfully, there are plenty of options around Tyler and East Texas.
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department will open the Woldert Pool and Sprayground and the Fun Forest Pool and Sprayground on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m.
Both pools will be open through Aug. 11 and will have trained lifeguards on duty.
Before they are allowed to enter the pool, all children under the age of 18 must be registered with the pool manager by their parent or legal guardian. Pool registration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. May 29 through June 1 and during regular pool hours beginning June 2.
Fun Forest Pool is at 900 N. Glenwood Blvd. Admission is free and hours of operation are: Sunday and Monday, closed; Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Lap swim is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-531-1370.
There also are multiple water parks near Tyler, though some a bit more of a drive to reach than others.
Splash Kingdom, the Christian-themed water park, is in Canton. Today is its first day of operation for the season and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Aug. 26, Splash Kingdom features smaller attractions for children, a wave pool, lazy river, giant tube slides, a sprayground and a glow-in-the-dark, 3D mini-golf course. Admission to the park is dependent on height, with prices ranging from $16.95 to $21.95. The park also offers concessions and food at the Courtyard Grill; however, coolers are not permitted inside the park. Picnic tables are provided outside the gates, however, for guests who bring their own food. For more information, call 903-567-0044 or visit www.splashkingdomwaterpark.com.
Rates are variable based on time of day and height, with discounts given to Silverleaf owners. For more information, call 903-534-8400.
Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine has an indoor water park, though access is limited to guests of the lodge. The park features a four-story interactive tree house-style water fort with spray cannons, cargo nets, slides and a 1,000-gallon tipper bucket, as well as the Crooked Creek and the River Canyon Run raft ride. There’s also the Howlin’ Tornado, a 6-story funnel slide and Coyote Cannon, a 436-foot enclosed slide. For information regarding stay packages and rates, contact Great Wolf Lodge at 1-800-693-9653.