More fun in Grapevine
The largest floating aqua park obstacle course in Texas has opened on Lake Grapevine — just for the summer. Altitude H20, in Grapevine's Meadowmere Park, is a gargantuan floating playground that will be open through Labor Day, September 3.
Kids ages 6 and older can slide, slip, and splash around an inflatable Witbit Aqua Park that features obstacles like a balance beam, wiggle bridge, monkey bars, trampolines, and half-pipe. The entire playground floats above lake water that's 8 feet deep.
The 25,000-square-foot attraction is a partnership between the city of Grapevine’s Parks and Recreation Department and Vertical LLC, which operates Altitude Trampoline Park in far north Fort Worth.
“We are always discovering new ways to make being outdoors and staying active fun for everyone,” Kevin Mitchell, director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation, says in a release.
Certified lifeguards watch the course, and all participants must wear a park-issued life jacket. The water park has many other rules in place to keep kids safe. Among them:
- All participants must know how to swim.
- No selfie-sticks allowed.
- Go-pro cameras are allowed, but if they fall into the water, no one is allowed to dive under to retrieve them.
- Guests wearing casts of any kind cannot play.
- Parents or guardians must accompany anyone under age 18.
- All participants must sign a waiver and attend a 15-minute safety orientation.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase, and guests may bring in coolers with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in non-glass containers. Meadowmere Park has grills, fire pits, and areas to picnic.
One commenter on the water park's Facebook page warns about a lack of shade, so parents should be sure to slather kids up and down with SPF.
With its opening, Altitude H20 seemingly makes Grapevine the center of the recreation universe. Grapevine Mills mall recently announced it will open the first Peppa Pig World of Play permanent attraction in the U.S.
Great Wolf Lodge is consistently one of the top getaway and staycation destinations in Dallas-Fort Worth. Nearby Gaylord Texan Resort, the highest-grossing hotel in the state, recently unveiled a $120 million expansion.
Altitude H20 is open daily from 12 pm-5 pm at 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine. You must pay a $5-per-car city fee to get into Meadowmere Park ($1 for walk-ups or bikers).
Water park tickets are $20 for a single, 45-minute session; $30 for a double session. Currently, tickets are available on site only but will be sold online soon, the website says.