It's heating up and that means many of you will be searching for a water park to stay cool this summer. In my continued quest for finding the best water parks within a day's driving distance of Texarkana, I have found Parrot Island located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Parrot Island Water Park is guaranteed to keep you cool and wet with over 400,000 gallons of aquatic fun in a tropical-type atmosphere. With the areas only two-lane Flowrider where you can learn how to surf on the most popular surfing machine in the world.

Troy Jarrell
Troy Jarrell

And when you feel like relaxing, jump into the lazy river and just chill or take in the waves in the cool-refreshing wave pool. For you adventure seekers there are eight thrilling water slides, that will excite the senses with all sorts of turns and twists.

The newest water ride for 2021 is the OHana Highway Tube Slide that will give you the thrill of a rollercoaster ride. The OHana which means family in Hawaiian is designed for just that, parents can ride with their kids on a double tube or you can ride solo. Standing at nearly 40 ft. tall, this exciting new open flume slide will send riders sloshing high up the sides of the slide while being swung through three 360-degree turns.

Mario Garcia

Other Rides and Slides

Pineapple Plunge - 40 ft plunge

Blue Macaw - Open Air Slide

Tangerine Twist - Twist and Turns

Pelican Plunge - Totally Tubular Fun

Parrot Island also features a themed children’s aquatic play area with activity/splash pools cabana rentals, party pavilions for large groups, food and drinks, and a gift shop. Inner tubes and deck and lounge chairs are FREE to use. FREE Car and Bus Parking!

For tickets and more information please visit their website or Facebook page.

So, if your vacationing in Arkansas this summer it will be worth the drive to paradise or parrot-dise for a water-filled day in the sun at Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith. Now open through Labor Day.

Located at Ben Geren Park, residents and visitors can not only enjoy Parrot Island Water Park but miniature golf, go-karts, playground equipment, outdoor picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, disc golf courses, and more are located within walking distance to Ben Geren Regional Park.

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