Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park, Pfluegerville

We celebrated our first week of Summer with a trip to Austin and Hawaiian Falls in Pfluegerville, north of Austin!  We love all the slides, lazy river and wave pool at the waterpark, but what really makes Hawaiian Falls unique is that they also have an Adventure Park, and your ticket gets you admission into both parks!

 

Know Before You Go

Parking is $5/car.

Coolers/Outside food are allowed, but incur a $10 cooler fee.

Groups of 10 or more are allowed a walk-up discount, if all paid at the same time on one card or cash.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Bring lifejackets for weak/young swimmers, or the park has FREE loaner jackets.

Don’t bring floats, snorkles/mask/fins or those popular mermaid tails.

Only goggles are allowed at HF.  Mask that cover the nose are not allowed.

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The Big Island Adventure Trail is for anyone 42″ or above, and does NOT require a helmet and body harness!  It’s just a fun way to run around and explore, and preparing growing kiddos for the thrills of the Challenge Course!

Adventure Park 

We always plan to do the Adventure Park just as soon as they open, when (hopefully) it’s a little cooler, and while everyone is still dry.

You must wear close-toed shoes to do the Adventure Park, and water shoes are a-ok, and you can wear them in the waterpark, too!

Shirts and shorts (or pants) are required.  Be sure to wear shorts long enough to be a barrier between your skin and the harness, that fits around each leg, to avoid rubbing.

When you arrive, the park staff will help assist you in getting into your harness and helmet.

You MUST fill out waivers at the park, they do not have an online system, which is inconvenient if you are bringing children that aren’t your own.  I called ahead and was able to sign for everyone myself, but you may want to touch base with the parents of any additional children that you are bringing, and make sure that they are okay with you signing a release on THEIR child.

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There are many obstacles to cross on the 3-level Challenge Course!  You must complete each level to advance to the next, ending in a fun zip on the Tiki Zip Line!  Guest must be 48″ tall and weigh at least 60 lbs, but not over 250.

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While it looks a little scary from the ground, all participants must wear a helmet and a full body harness.  You are ALWAYS connected by TWO carabiners, their smart belay system, so that one is ALWAYS locked in when you are transferring obstacles.  It only takes a couple of tries to master it.  Kids right at 48″ do need to be able to reach the locks, or have someone go with them.

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My youngest is such a goof in this HUGE pair of sunglasses, which quickly fell to the earth from the course.  If you wear glasses, be sure to secure them with a strap so they avoid a similar fate!

The Pineapple Express Zip Tour takes you 500 ft. across the park, with a drop from 60′ to 15′!  Participants must be 48″ and at least 60 lbs.

Keep those little brains sharp this summer by challenging them to determine their speed on the zip line before you go, using a simple formula!  Check out this fun page from West Virginia University on the physics of zip lines, and they’ll forget they are learning!  Click HERE.

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Grab your courage and ride the Diamond Head Drop, The Rush and The Pipeline!

The Sky Pfall is a capsule you enter, and at the end of the countdown the floor opens and you drop almost straight down!  My kids say it’s awesome, and I’ll take their word for it!

All four of these rides are for anyone 48″ and above.

The 3 Aquatubes are for riders 42″ and above.

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The Pfluger Cooler is a fun lazy river that winds through the park.  You can sit back in tubes or swim along with the current.

The Cooler passes under the Big Island Adventure Trail, which does not require a helmet or body harness!

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I love that as we were floating along in the cooler, we passed so many banana trees, all bearing fruit!

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Reef Racers are probably our favorite slides, because as a family of 5 we can all race!  My 8-year-old always wants to race, although he never believes us when we tell him that at 50 lbs., there is no way he’s going to beat us!

We tell him to blame inertia, which sounds like a great word to an 8-year-old, and school to my teenagers!  But waterparks are all about physics, and it’s a fun way to introduce some simple science to them!  National Geographic has a fun article, titled The Physics Behind Waterslides by Melody Kramer.  Click HERE to read it, then astound (and inform) your family on your next waterpark trip!

Splashwater Harbor is the fun place for kids, with lilypads to cross over, a mushroom and a few water jets!

Breaker Beach is Hawaiian Fall’s wave pool, and where we spent the majority of our time, since I just love to swim!  You can grab a tube, they’re free, and just float, or swim and jump the timed waves!  There is a zero-depth entry, and gradually gets deeper, to about 6′.

As much as I love wave pools, I never really gave much thought to how they make the waves, or any of the science behind it, however it’s really very clever engineering on a basis physics principal.  Before you go, ask the kids HOW they think they generate the waves, then have the kids read this really cool article, and grab a jump rope for a hands-on demonstration.   Click HERE to read How Stuff Works!    Just because it is summer doesn’t mean they can’t be learning!

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Finding the best place to sit is always a challenge at a waterpark, especially if you haven’t been there before.  We grabbed a picnic table, but after scoping out the park, I really like these covered chairs on the sand.  But I really like sand.

Cabanas 

When we are at a waterpark, we are NEVER sitting down, so I’m not much on renting cabanas, which I usually don’t think are worth the money.  However, at Hawaiian Falls, it’s a little different.  When you reserve a cabana, which is $100 Mon – Thurs., and $150 Fri – Sunday, you receive $10 off your regular priced ticket, for up to 12 tickets, plus a locker rental and all you can drink wristbands!  So, if you have the right number of people and ages, the cabana can more than pay for itself!  Sweet Deal!

Food

Bring your own cooler for $10 cooler pass, or you can purchase food there.

There are several close-by restaurants, in walking distance, such as Raising Canes, Chipotle and Pie Five, if you just need a break from the sun for a little bit!  The park will give you a return wristband.

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Save Money With A PogoPass

A PogoPass gives you FREE Admission to lots of great venues, including Hawaiian Falls in Pfluegerville or Waco!  Click HERE to read more!

Things To Do in Pflugerville

Play

Austin’s Park n Pizza is a fun way to escape the heat with bowling, arcade and more.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Lake Pflugerville has a 2 mile walking and biking trail around the lake.

Town North has a 9 hole disc golf course.  Click HERE to read more.

For more fun things to do and see in Austin, click HERE to check out one of my favorite websites, Free Fun in Austin, which is filled with great ideas!


Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park

18500 TX-130 Service Rd, Pflugerville

Click HERE to visit their website.    


Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun! 

Michelle 

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