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Much Anticipated Grand Texas Theme Park is Finally Opening for Real (Really! — We Think)

After Years of Delays, Houston Area Amusement Park is Ready to Blow You Out of the Water

BY // 05.03.19

Good things come to those who wait. And wait, and wait, and wait. Part of New Caney’s hotly anticipated new greater Houston area theme park, Grand Texas, is finally about to open.

The date? May 25 — as it’s being touted on the park’s website. Big Rivers Waterpark is finally ready for real.

After literally years and years of setbacks, delays and hold-ups, it looks like the waterpark is set to open — and it had better blow us out of the water. Grand Texas was first announced all the way back in February of 2013.

Its first season is set to kick off in just a few weeks. Of course, the developers sort of tested the waters with this kind of announcement before. In April of last year, they announced a June 29, 2018 opening.

And they didn’t inform eager park-goers that they were cancelling the whole opening shebang until June 19, 2018.

After that weather-related push back, it was mid-summer 2018 by the time the most recent slew of construction obstacles were resolved, so the developers figured it was worth waiting until 2019.

Gator Bayou Adventure Park, which was initially a separate park broken out of Big Rivers Waterpark, is now a part of it.

The uber-hyped waterpark will include tons of rides and attractions, starting with the Rio Grand Lazy River, set to be the very biggest lazy river in the Houston area (the park advertises itself as being “about nine miles north” of Bush Intercontinental Airpot). Its mammoth lazy river is meant for relaxing afternoons of kicking your feet up, settling into a tube and working on that tan.

For the more active, there’s the Boca Chica Wave Pool with mega waves.

The Gator Bayou Adventure Park adventures, now under the Big Rivers Waterpark umbrella, include such action-packed options as rope courses, ziplines, a seven-story free-fall tower and a giant maze.

The massive, 600-acre Grand Texas complex is still under construction. By the time this project is completed, plans call for it to boast a theme park, a sports complex, several hotels, and an outlet mall in addition to Big Rivers Waterpark.

If you bought a pass back in 2018, no worries — you can use your pass now. Tickets and passes are on sale now, with Daily Passes set at $39.99 for general admission and $34.99 for “juniors” under four feet tall, and season passes running $69.99 for general admission and $64.99 for junior admission.

Let’s just hope Grand Texas gets it right this time. Otherwise, it won’t just be water over the dam.

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