I'm sure I'm not the only one around these parts that haven't remembered a summer quite this hot in some time, if at all. No joke about it, the Abilene days are sweltering hot. Folks young and old alike are flocking for ways to keep cool.

One of the most fun ways I can think of is your good old-fashioned water park. Texas is fortunate to have quite a few. So, grab your swim fins and get ready as we check out 5 of the top waterparks close to Abilene according to Trip Advisor.

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LOOK: TOP 5 WATERPARKS CLOSE TO ABILENE ACCORDING TO TRIP ADVISOR

Photo: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor/Facebook
Photo: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor/Facebook
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Six Flag Hurricane Harbor - Arlington

Close to Abilene in Arlington, Texas is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Cool off with several rides including the Dive Bomber and Carinnean Chaos. Check out even more pictures and amenities.


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Photo: Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark/Facebook
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Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark - Grand Prairie

Don't want to be outside and still have a blast? Take it inside at this indoor waterpark in Grand Prairie. Climb aboard the Lasso Loop or the Yellowjacket. Explore more and take advantage of summertime fun.


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Schlitterbahn - New Braunfels

This one may be a little more than a day trip but it is worth it. Have a blast on the Black Knight or take it easy on the Butterfly Bayou. Find out about pricing and promotions.


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Photo: Great Wolf Lodge/Facebook
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Great Wolf Lodge - Grapevine

Another great indoor waterpark is not too far down the road in Grapevine, Texas. At Great Wolf Lodge, you can take a ride down Crooked Creek or take a spin in Coyote Canyon. Check out even more pictures and attractions.


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Photo: NRH2O/Facebook
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NRH2O - North Richland Hills

Great for a weekend getaway right here in Texas. Take a ride on the Accelerator or see if you can handle the Viper. Learn more about the park and what they offer.

Let's face it, it's so hot, you have to come up with new ideas to keep cool. If you're a mom or dad, you'll definitely look like a hero planning this fun way to cool down.

While you're on that road trip anyway, don't stop the fun. Below, check out some cool museums that could be along your way.

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