The heat wave has the bills skyrocketing this summer, but there are ways to take advantage of family fun venues without traveling very far and saving some cash. Check out these popular local destinations to help plan your next day trip.

  • Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark

    Canton, TX or Shreveport, LA

    Feature attractions for the whole family, where Mom can relax in the the Lazy River or Wave Pool, and the kids and Dad can exhaust themselves on the thrill of the Flash Flood, Monkey Business, Big Bends and Bonzai water slides. Great prices, great fun!

     

     

    Splash Kingdom Waterpark.com
  • Fire Mountain Amusements

    Tyler, TX

    Enjoy amusement rides such as the Scrambler, WildCat, Space Train, and the cage-ferris wheel, or you can check out the bumper boats, go-carts and mini-golf at affordable prices for the whole family.

    goldberg, Flickr
  • Jubilee Petting Zoo

    Shreveport, LA

    Take a trip to the Jubilee Zoo for a petting fun adventure. Ride the carousel ponies, take a Safari Hayride where the animals come right up to the trailer, pet and feed the animals, or bounce in the inflatables and enjoy the playground. Located off Hwy. 1, North Market in Shreveport.

    madaise, Flickr
  • Water Park at the Villages

    Silverleaf Resorts, The Villages in Flint, TX

    Indoor water park featuring a lazy river, massive water tunnels that are enclosed for extra safety and a wet jungle gym that drops a gigantic bucket of water on everyone every twenty minutes. Guaranteed laughter and fun for the whole family.

    Amanda Currier, Arte Bella Portraiture
  • Gators & Friends

    Greenwood, LA

    You and your family can watch massive alligators in their natural habitat as they feed, wrestle around and swim. Also, you can enjoy a fully stocked petting zoo that features animals such as cuddly miniature horses, kangaroos, and ring-tailed lemurs. Admission just $7.95 for adults, $5.95 for kids 3-12, and free for all children 2 and under.

    Bohemianism, Flickr
  • Caldwell Zoo

    Tyler, TX

    Caldwell Zoo is the home of many wildlife animals, and features attractions such as the Wild Bird Walkabout, African Aquarium and Savanna, and North American Herpetarium. Admission is $9.50 for adults ages 13-54, $8.25 for seniors 55 and over, and $6.00 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free.

    Amanda Currier, Arte Bella Portraiture
  • Dallas World Aquarium

    Downtown Dallas, TX

    Visit the exotic exhibits from Mundo Maya, Orinoco, and Borneo on display. Your journey begins in the rainforest exhibit, where you can see exotic birds such as toucans and continue on to visit the Antillean Manatees and giant river otters. Guaranteed educational fun for the whole family.

    DWA Zoo.com
  • Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

    Monroe, LA

    Enjoy train rides through this beautiful zoo while viewing the 440 animals on display representing 167 species on 82 acres including the new Australia exhibit. Fun for the whole family and only an hour and a half drive! Adult admission is $4.50, Youth 3-12 $3.00, and 2 and under is free. Seniors 65+ only $3.00.

    AfrikaForce, Flickr
  • Great Wolf Lodge

    Grapevine, TX

    This extremely large indoor water amusement park is a guaranteed hit for any age from the Cub Paw Pool to the Howlin' Tornado, Fort Mackenzie, and Alberta Falls, there is fun to be had by everyone. Check out the hot deals for summer now!

    Great Wolf.com