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A young man going down a blue water slide on a sunny day.

CHECK OUT OUR FAVORITE SPOTS ON THE WATER NEAR HOUSTON

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Summer is officially here and it’s time to get out on the water! Get outside and get your gear all set for a visit to one of these three favorite water spots near Houston.

Typhoon Texas

Are you into big thrills? Soaring water slides? Lazy rivers? Typhoon Texas Waterpark is calling your name! This large waterpark is full of some of the best attractions that everyone and anyone is sure to love. Take the little ones to The Gully Washer, intended for ages 3-10, featuring a play structure more than four stories tall. There’s even a new splash pad for the little littles, ages 2-4. Looking for a “drop-your-stomach” thrill? The Bullchute, a 7-story free-fall down an open-air slide will ramp up your adrenaline. And when it’s time to chill out in the summer sun, the Lazy T River is a perfect spot to relax, if you’re not into thrill-seeker activities.

Buffalo Bayou

The Buffalo Bayou is that hidden gem that’s not so hidden anymore, offering plenty of fun for the whole family. A place to run, bike, watch the sunset, and picnic, you can also get on the water and cool off on a hot summer day. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Bayou City Adventures and cruise the calm waters of the Bayou. Don’t worry about the murky color, the Bayou is tinged red due to the red clay in the Houston ground. Not ready to take the water on yourself? Tour the Bayou by boat aboard the Spirit of the Bayou!, hosted by Buffalo Bayou Partnership. You’ll ride through the heart of downtown along several historic spots including Sesquicentennial Park and Sabine Promenade. A great way to cool off, the Buffalo Bayou is a hit amongst Texans.

Surfside Beach

Hang ten at Surfside Beach, the small Texas Gulf Coast destination nestled on the Gulf of Mexico about an hour south of Houston. Soak up the sun on the soft white sand, which spans four miles of pristine coastline. The beach itself is great for lounging, swimming, and especially surfing. Waves are consistent and up to par with the best surfing in Texas. And if you’re an angler, there’s plenty of solid spots to cast a line, including Surfside Jetty Park, where you can throw your line and sit back and relax, all while cargo ships sail by.

Cool water calls on these hot summer Texas days. Make sure to check out these top water spots near Houston to cool off, and for more local favorites, visit the Olympus Katy Ranch blog.

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