There’s nothing quite like the feeling of jumping into the water on a hot, Texas summer day. And this year, families living in the Katy area, will have a new way to beat the heat.
It’s called Typhoon Texas, and it’s a state-of-the-art waterpark that will open its doors May 28. The one-of-kind, Texas-themed park will give families in the Katy area a place to enjoy the sights and sounds unique to Texas, cool off with thrilling water rides, and provide a place for families to enjoy some family fun.
“The owners really wanted to open a family attraction in the Katy area, but weren’t sure where to build,” said church groups sales manager for the company, Antoinette Chew. “They originally looked further out of town, but kept coming back to this site in Katy because they felt like there was such a need with all of the families in Katy.”
Construction began on the park within a few months, and now the park is ready to thrill and entertain hundreds of area kids and their families with 30 slides and other water-themed attractions.
Some of the attractions to check out:
The Bullchute – one of the most thrill-seeking ride at the park. Patrons enter a launch capsule, and when the floor drops, the capsule is pushed through a loop and drops nearly six stories.
The Texas Twister – this six-person water raft ride sends patrons through a serpentine splash zone, before dropping the raft into a Texas-sized boomerang wall.
Lone Star Racers – this is a head-first race against friends, through a winding loop with a wet and wild finish.
The Snake Pit – These two-rider tube slides twist and turn like a west Texas Rattler.
Slide Boarding – this is a video game and water slide all in one. Use your board controller to shoot at targets as you’re speeding down the slide.
The Gully Washer – an area designed specifically for kids aged five to 12. It has spray areas, slides and rope bridges perfect for cooling off and having fun.
Bucaroo Bayou – this area, complete with mini slides and a splash pad, are geared towards the youngest Typhooners.
The Lazy-T – this lazy river stretches across the entire park and is the length of five football fields. Its design is meant to give park patrons the feel of floating down the Guadalupe River in the heart of hill country.
“Some of the owners like to vacation in the Hill Country, so they really wanted to have that hill country feel, especially when you’re going down the lazy river,” Chew said.
This Texas river feel also comes through in the park’s landscaping.
“[We] have put a lot of time and money into the landscape,” Chew said. “It’s not like the typical waterpark where you go in and it’s a lot of concrete. You’re going to see a lot of plants and greenery native to Texas. It’s going to feel like you’re on vacation.”
Another aspect of the new park that sets it apart from others like it is the state-of-the-art water filtration system that turns the water completely around every two hours.
“There are only a handful of waterparks in the country that have this type of system,” Chew said. “The owners have put a lot of attention into the cleanliness of the park, and have made sure that everything is very clean for our guests.”
And patrons will not only have clean facilities and attractions to enjoy, but also the park’s theme nights and faith-integrated events like the faith and family night on June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m., and a youth lock-in on June 10.
“The lock-in is for youth and their pastors, and will be from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.,” she said. “We’re going to have guest speakers from the NBA, the NFL, and performances by several bands.”
NGEN Radio, a Christian rock and hip-hop station, will be emceeing the event along with the group Can You Hear Me Now.
Along with lock-ins, the park can also be rented out for VBS kick-offs, church family days, and even Sunday services.
“We already have the stage and AV equipment for their bands to come in and hook up, and the pastor can come in and preach from the park,” Chew said. “This can be a great way to encourage families to come to services in the summer when attendance is generally lower.”
For more information about Typhoon Texas and how your family or church group can enjoy the waterpark, contact Antoinette Chew at Antoinette.firstname.lastname@example.org or (832) 942-8869.