By Kelli N. McClain, Contributor
Arriving at Grand Prairie’s waterpark-megaplex Epic Waters when it opened was probably the best idea because it was already 80+ degrees and would only get hotter. Yay that Epic Waters is an indoor water park. There is so much to do!
First my guest and I changed in the restroom/locker room and then stored our valuables in an electronic locker for a nominal amount. This is a place for families because not only do you have the children’s section with one of those giant buckets that dumps all over the crowd below when it’s full of water, there is also a pool just to play water basketball in and cannonball into. So cute!
Epic Waters provided us a cabana by that pool, and if you are a parent, this is great to rent for the kiddos and you can watch the people in the lazy river. Wait, there’s a lazy river? Yes — the Rio Grand is a little over 3 feet deep, so it’s perfect for smaller children to grab an inner tube or even just bounce around in without one.
[Disclosure: Epic Waters provided The Dallas Diva with complimentary entry and meals. The opinions here are the writer’s own.]
But enough about the kiddos — have I mentioned that there is a full bar at Epic Waters? If one is perched there for hours, might as well enjoy an adult beverage, right? There’re cocktails, beer and wines available for poolside sipping (just don’t get waterpark-wasted!). Not only that, you can grab a bite to eat from among a selection of theme park classics like burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and pizza. It was nothing fancy, but it did the trick come meal time …
As for the signature rides at Epic Waters, there is a mind-blowing circuit of tubes going up, down and everywhere for the wild rides like the Lasso Loop (death drop in a tube), the Yellow Jacket Drop (below), The Aquanaut (Farah’s note: My niece tricked me onto this two-person-innertube slide, and the two domes you slosh around in mid-ride terrified the ISH out of me!! But, whew, what a rush!), and E-Racers (above, a four-part belly slide race).
I almost forgot about the arcade! There are more than 50 classic and state-of-the-art games like skeeball, Wack-a-Minion, an enormous game of Pac-Man and the usual fun stuff. Kids and kids-at-heart can collect as many tickets as possible to redeem for fun prizes!
Keep an eye on Epic Waters; by the end of the summer, the waterpark hopes to open a wave pool in the towering building next door. Summers in Texas demand it!
Epic Waters, 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. 972-337-3134