WaterWorks Park in Denton is a city owned waterpark with a fun play area for younger kids, a lazy river, slides, sand volleyball and access to an indoor natatorium with another slide, swim areas including one that is 12′ deep and a low and high dive! Just minutes from historic downtown Denton with great shops, restaurants and college-geared night life, it’s the perfect place to cool off when visiting the home of UNT Eagles!
This was the third summer that Water Works Park has invited us out, and we look forward to planning a fun day of swimming, along with visiting some of our favorite stops in Denton, and exploring a few new ones!
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Know Before You Go
Coolers are welcome at no additional charge.
Infant floats are not allowed, but they provide tubes with bottoms for younger guest!
The park offers visitors 4 water slides. The height requirement for 3 of the slides is 48″, and only 42″ for the orange slide, which my five-year old was able to do….. over and over again!
The park also has a lazy river, which my son kept referring to as the silly river, because of a section of the river where bubbles come up from the bottom. I liked that the depth of the river is only 3′, and he was able to walk the entire river.
The park also provides life jackets at no cost to guest.
What the park doesn’t allow is anything that isn’t US Coast Guard certified, which includes arm floaties and kiddie tubes like this. They do offer tubes with bottoms for younger guest.
Admission to the park also includes entrance into the Denton ISD Natatorium, which is located next to the park. It was so nice to be able to go inside to get out of the sun once in a while. The natatorium features a play pool with a slide, which is open year round and can even be rented out for birthday parties.
If you have followed this blog, you know I love to swim in deep water, and that I am a proponent for getting kids swimming, not just playing in the water! The natatorium also has a deep pool for swimming, and three diving boards of different heights. The kids loved diving and jumping off the board, and of course, watching those who were doing flips, etc.
There is also a splash pool for younger guest, with slides and water spouts!
Water Works also offered us a complementary cabana, to use for the day. Since we spend ALL our time in the water, I thought it was an unnecessary item, but once we got there and had shade all day to eat our lunch and even rest a few minutes out of the sun, I was thrilled! It really was terrific!
Children can enjoy the Splash area FREE on Friday mornings from 10am -10:45am. In conjunction with the Denton Public Library, the parks offers a storytime, followed by water play until 10:45.
Coolers of any size are allowed in the park free of charge. No glass is allowed. There are plenty of shaded tables, scattered around the park.
There is also a food stand which offers concession type foods.
And of course, a Sno Cone stand!
A small store sells snacks, water proof cameras, towels and some water toys.
There are lockers for your purse, wallet, car keys, etc.
Kayaks at a water park? We are HUGE paddling enthusiast so this really caught my attention! Well, the natatorium offers 4 day kayak classes, teaching basics like paddling and rolling. The park occasionally offers kayak opportunities on their lazy river, check with the park for more information and dates, (because that sounds like LOTS of fun!).
This is one of the fun pictures I took with my Samsung Galaxy 5 Sport phone. It’s completely waterproof up to 30′, and great to have on the lazy river for cute pictures in the water!
My Mommy Tips:
- The park has a sand volleyball court, and of course, we didn’t bring our volleyball. In fact, I never saw it being used, it just sat their lonely. You could probably bring some sand toys from home for a near beach experience.
- The restrooms are located at the front of the park, and have changing tables. Children of the opposite sex over the age of 3 are not allowed in the restrooms, and you must use the VERY NICE family restroom over inside the natatorium.
We stayed all day, and I think we were probably the last to leave at 8pm when the park closed. Even after 8 hours, my kids weren’t ready to leave, having had a great time!
Denton’s Water Works Park offers season and monthly passes, as well as coupons and twilight discounts. Click HERE for more information.
Things To Do in Denton
The Park is located next to the stadium, and a FREE city owned Skate Park. If you have skaters, you may want to let them bring their boards, too! The park does allow in-out privileges.
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center offers nice day hikes on their over 2900 acres! Click hERE for more information.
Historic Denton County Courthouse Square has great little shops, like Recycled Books, Records and CDs. We also love grabbing an ice cream cone at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, which also offers tours.
Water Works Park
2400 Long Rd, Denton
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