Beat the Texas heat with a trip to one of College Station’s swimming pools, water parks, or splash playgrounds. Especially for families with kids, the city’s water attractions are an excellent place to cool off and enjoy quality time together. From public pools to city parks, these are the best places to swim and splash around in College Station. 

Adamson Lagoon

A waterslide at Adamson Lagoon

Bask in a tropical paradise in East Central Texas. One of College Station's most popular water attractions, Adamson Lagoon is a mini-water park featuring an Olympic-sized swimming pool, towering water slides, and a separate baby pool. With so many aquatic delights, spending the whole day here is easy. Other on-site amenities include a bathhouse and (weekend-only) concessions. Visitors are also allowed to bring in their own refreshments, except for alcohol and glass containers. Daily admission is $7. 

Location: 1900 Anderson Street

When it’s Open: May 25-August 11; Monday-Friday, 1-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 12-7 p.m.

Memorial Day (May 27): 12-6 p.m.

Independence Day (July 4): 12-6 p.m.

Labor Day (September 2): 12-6 p.m.

Cindy Hallaran Pool

An outside pool at Cindy Hallaran pool

Cindy Hallaran Pool is the closest you’ll come to the ocean in College Station. This 25-yard, zero-depth pool has a unique beach-style entry that slopes to a depth of four feet. The shallow area is well-suited for younger kiddos, and lifeguards are always on duty. At Adamson Lagoon, you can bring in your own snacks and drinks (no alcohol or glass containers). Daily admission is $4.

Location: 1600 Rock Prairie Road

When it’s Open: May 28-August 11 (closed July 4); Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 12-7 p.m.

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park 

Originally developed in 1979, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park is a popular spot for old-fashioned family fun in College Station. Enjoy a picnic at the pavilion (the barbecue pit is perfect for grilling hot dogs and hamburgers), go fishing in the pond (stocked with catfish through early November), and walk or bike along the paved trails. There’s also a fantastic splash pad here. The Fun for All Playground Splash Pad is a covered wheelchair-accessible splash pad complete with a water shower, tipping buckets, and directional spray areas. It’s free and open to the public.  

Location: 1000 Krenek Tap Road

When it’s Open: March 1-October 31; open daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

WA Tarrow Splash Pad

Kids of all ages will love splashing around at the WA Tarrow Splash Pad. Located next to the Lincoln Recreational Center, this splash pad offers tons of outdoor playtime. Little ones can get creative with spray areas and tipping buckets while frolicking through the water (just keep in mind that running is prohibited). As with other city parks and splash pads in town, the WA Tarrow Splash Pad doesn’t have an admission fee and is open to the public.

Location: 1000 Eleanor Street

When it’s Open: March 1-August 31; open daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

September 1-October 31; open daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dive Into Fun

Spend your family vacation in College Station cooling off at one of the city’s water attractions, then check out the other kid-friendly activities in the area.