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The Perfect Summer Getaway… Splashway Waterpark and Campground

Address: 5211 Main Street, Sheridan, Texas 77475
Use code BIGKID5 to save$5 off online tickets valid Sunday-Friday

As I sat by the pedal carts and watched families cooking dinner on campfires and kids riding bikes around the cabins, RVs and playgrounds… I thought I might just be in a feel-good All-American movie.

Behind me, the big waterpark had just closed for the day and in front of me were my kids on pedal carts, riding around the campground. The sun was going down and we were busy riding the bikes, playing mini golf, competing at laser tag and kayaking before making our own campfire.

Visiting Splashway Waterpark and Campground is always a highlight of our summer. We drive just an hour past Katy… but get away from it all. We spend a few days swimming, playing, cooking and eating together… without all the distractions at home.

We like one day visits to the waterpark, but we love these three day trips to the campground. Splashway invited us out again this year, and it was like the 4th of July block party from The Sandlot… but every night of the summer (and without the Benny outrunning Hercules).

Splashway Waterpark is perfect for families. Which other waterpark has frequent calls over the intercom asking kids to check in with their parents?  Where else does someone accidentally bump into you and actually stop to apologize and make sure everything is okay?  And who else stops everything at 1:00pm, every day, for the national anthem?

The waterpark is big, but not TOO big. There are plenty of big slides for the 12, 10 and 7 year old… lots of little slides for the 2 year old… but it’s all small enough for mom to supervise. I can wait at the base of the slides, in a toddler pool, while the big kids race down.

And the slides generally do not have huge lines. Some days are busier than others… but while we were there, the kids were going down slides as fast as they could climb the ladders.

And after we’d done all the slides and pools, there are a lot of activities waiting for us at the campground! Scavenger hunts, mini library, fishing, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, playgrounds, giant chess and giant checkers! And for a fee, there is laser tag, mini golf, pedal carts, kayaks and paddle boats! And every night there are activities, like outdoor movies.

My kids like this place so much, they have been making plans to stay there all summer long. I hope they figure something out, because I’d also like to have a never ending All-American summer block party.

If you plan to go to Splashway Waterpark & Campground, here are some things to know:

  • Use code BIGKID5 to save $5 off online tickets valid Sunday-Friday.
  • You can load up your Splash Cash wristband, lock away your wallet and buy food, drinks, activities and merchandise from all over the waterpark and campgrounds.  This is very convenient and a good way to stay on budget!
  • All the big slides, except 2, are for kids 42″ and above.  (The others are for 48″ and above.)
  • There are 2 toddler slide areas and lots of slides for kids between toddler and 42″.
  • Parking is FREE!
  • Life Jackets and Tubes are free to use.
  • You can bring in COOLERS!  Food is also for sale and you can use any payment form… including your wristband.  (Bring a cooler on wheels to get it across the park.)
  • Lockers are available to rent.  If you rent a cabana instead, there are locked boxes you can use.
  • Arrive before opening.  You cannot go in the water until opening, but you might get in early, be able to find a table/cabana and be at your favorite slide at opening. 
  • Do your favorite rides first.  Ray’s Riptide and Loco Mono had the biggest line… so do it early if you can.
  • A new slide is about to open for 2019… but it wasn’t open while we were there.
  • There a picnic tables all over the park and people just claim tables with their coolers… and come back when they are hungry.
  • Consider wearing water shoes.  The sidewalks are hot!
  • Lifeguards are everywhere.  But, of course, you have to watch your kids!
  • Have a meet up spot planned in advance… just in case you get separated!
  • This is a lot of walking and climbing!  The stairs and ramps to the top of the slides can take you several stories in the air. Each summer I rediscover my waterpark muscles!
  • Strollers are allowed in the park.

If you want to rent the cabins, more tips are below:

  • Big families can stay comfortably. At hotels, a family of six is supposed to pay extra for two of the kids or get two rooms or just quietly cram everyone in. At Splashway you can bring the family plus grandma plus some friends and all stay together.
  • The cabins come with 3 queen beds and 2 full beds.  The mattresses and pillows are covered in a slick cleanable cover and they NOW rent linens.  (This is great because you don’t have to haul as much or do extra laundry when you get home!)
  • The cabins are air conditioned with a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, loft, screened in porch and satellite TV.
  • Splashway also has spaces for tents and RVs.  They have cabins that sleep 12 and smaller cottages.
  • You need to bring soap and shampoo. (Including hand soap for the bathroom sink.)
  • The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and plates and silverware… but you need to wash and return everything you use!
  • The campgrounds have a putt putt golf course, a high tech laser tag course, pedal cars and kayaks, pedal boats and golf carts to rent.
  • The campgrounds also have lots of free things to do including hikes, fishing, playgrounds, games in the family center, basketball, sand volleyball and more.
  • If you have room in your car, bring bikes and balls so you have even more to do!
  • The really cool campers seem to bring rope lights to decorate their cabins, RVs, golf carts and bikes… and one of these days we’ll be the cool campers!
  • This campground is nothing like Lake Houston Wilderness Park.  If you want wilderness, this is not it.  If you want fun, we found it here!
  • Do not expect to get lots of groceries in Sheridan.  There is a convenience store, but the closes real grocery store is probably 20 minutes away.  Also, if you need just a couple items, likely the camp store has what you need.
  • The campstore now has a little drink, icee, ice cream, cookie and breakfast bar… called The Hideaway Express!
  • There is now free wifi near the Camp Store!
  • If you plan to go in the winter, read THIS post!
  • Take a look at more pictures below… and decide if Splashway Waterpark & Campground is right for you!
  • If you need a list of things to bring, here’s what we packed.  (But remember, I’m not a real camping pro!)
    • Maybe the most essential:
      • Bug Spray
      • Sun Screen
      • Water
    • For the cabin:
      • Shampoo and Soap (including hand soap for the bathroom)
    • For the Fire:
      • Firewood (also available at the Camp Store)
      • Lighter/Matches
      • Lighter Fluid
      • Leather Gloves
      • Stick for roasting marshmallows
    •  Groceries:
      • Bread
      • Cheese and Turkey
      • Peanut Butter
      • Marshmallows
      • Graham Crackers
      • Chocolate
      • Water
      • Snacks (Granola Bars, Trail Mix)
      • Watermelon
      • Supplies for Foil Dinners
        • Foil
        • Tongs (for taking them off the fire)
        • Vegetables
        • Hot Dogs
        • Butter
        • Salt
      • Cooking Supplies:
        • Knife
        • Veggie Peeler
        • Cutting Board
        • Paper Towels
        • Paper Plates
        • Sporks
        • Cups/Water Bottles
        • Plastic Bags (for storing food)
        • Cooler
      • More supplies:
        • Flash Lights
        • Duct Tape
        • Pocket Knife
        • Hand Sanitizer
        • Trash Bags
        • Deck of Cards
        • Phone/Charger
        • For the waterpark:
          • Flip Flops/Water shoes
          • Swim Suits
          • Goggles
          • Towels
          • Cooler with water, sandwiches and watermelon
          • Swim bag

Take a look at more pictures below… and decide if Splashway Waterpark & Campground is right for you… and use code BIGKID5 for $5 off online tickets valid Sunday-Friday, which is already discounted $5 from at the gate!

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  1. […] Jill’s full experience, including great tips for both the waterpark and campground, can be found here.  […]

  2. […] Visiting Splashway Waterpark and Campground is always a highlight of our summer. We drive just an hour past Katy… but get away from it all. We spend a few days swimming, playing, cooking and eating together… without all the distractions at home. – Jill Jarvis, BigKidSmallCity  […]

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