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This Is The Last Weekend To Enjoy These Pools & Splash Pads In North Texas

Two kids and two adults are sillhoutted at the blue sprayground, where different water activities are built for kids, like buckets full of water and a water mill.
Keren Carrión
Kids play at the Lake Highlands North Sprayground, with supervision from family, on Aug. 24, 2021.

Enjoy the last days of summer at these free or public water attractions around Dallas-Fort Worth before they close for the season.

With the 2021 Pool Sessions closed for the summer by Dallas Aquatics, you may be looking for another another way to cool off before the summer is officially over.

Here's a list of water attractions around the area open for a last summer splash this weekend.

For A Quick Splash Check Out A Sprayground

Dallas Aquatics has over 15 spraygrounds or splash pads around the city. Because they use less water than regular pools, they are accessible to the public every day of the week until 8 p.m., through Labor Day.

With small buckets of water and water mills, some of the spraygrounds and splash pads have had significant improvements over the years to make them more enjoyable for families looking to beat the heat.

Wondering where the nearest one is? Find it on the map below.

For A Full Day Of Water Activities

Bahama Beach Waterpark, in Oak Cliff, was closed last summer due to the pandemic. This year, the waterpark received $5.9 million in upgrades and added several new attractions.

Visit Bahama Beach, operated by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, and check out the new lagoon pool, the Boomerango slide and the Bermuda slide.

Don’t forget to take a tube and relax at Bahama Beach’s lazy river before the waterpark closes to the public this weekend.

For A Dip In The Pool

If you’re looking for the closest saltwater pool, look no further than the historic Texas Pool. Located in Plano, this pool is shaped like the state of Texas, and decked with Texan flags and umbrellas around the perimeter.

Swimmers can also enjoy several slides, pool volleyball, and a jumping platform inside the pool. The Texas Pool will be celebrating its 60th Year Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 5, before it closes for the season.

An aerial view of the Texas pool, a pool that has the shape of Texas, with chairs around the perimeter.
City of Plano
The Texas Pool will be celebrating its 60th Year Anniversary this Sunday.

For A Lake-Like Experience

For the families who enjoy water activities in nature, check out Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth. The spring-fed lake is chlorinated and micro-filtered, but it has a sandy beach and shore line.

Children and adults alike can live their best lake dreams, swinging from the trapeze rope, or jumping from high platforms into the chilly water.

The park also has multiple water slides, picnic areas, and lots of shade.

Hurry, because Sept. 6 will be the last day before the lake closes for the summer season.

Burger's Lake

Keren Carrión is a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Got a tip? Email Keren at You can follow Keren on Twitter @kerencarrion8.

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Keren I. Carrión is a visual journalist for KERA in Dallas as well as The Texas Newsroom, a journalism collaboration among the public radio stations of Texas and NPR. She is currently a Report for America corps member.