Abigail Atkins and Jonathan Lin
With summer coming to a close and the fall semester well underway, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie is keeping the thrill of summer alive all year long. The new indoor waterpark offers exciting water rides and entertainment, rain or shine. At 80,000 square feet, this is the newest and biggest waterpark in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Housed in a spectacular, glass-paneled warehouse with a curved, retractable roof, Epic Waters is the self-proclaimed “cruise ship on land.”
“You’re comfortable the entire time. You’re not sitting here freezing or too hot,” Jordyn Kledas, the aquatics supervisor said. “It’s [also] one of the only facilities in the area with rides for older kids.”
Thrill seekers looking for speed and power have 11 slides to choose from, including three that are first-of-their-kind. Those who prefer to relax can go with the flow and drift away along the lazy river or in the pools.
Each ride is tailored to a specific experience. For those who love the extreme side of physics, the Prairie Plunge offers a 50-degree drop. The Lasso Loop, billed as the tallest indoor aqualoop in the nation, offers an adrenaline rush of excitement. Those craving a slower pace can enjoy the Rio Grande, billed as the longest man-made lazy river in Texas. The Swimming Hole is the place to experience a refreshing dip.
“It’s a really great place to have fun,” said Angel Ramos, a student from Mountain View. “It’s a nice place if you want to get distracted.”
Epic Waters also hosts special events. A popular one is the FlowaPalooza FlowRider surf competition.
Participants can test their skills at riding the waves on the FlowRider, a surf wave simulator. It’s one of the most popular rides in the park.
Jack Knowles is a man who, despite his advanced age, can frequently be found riding the FlowRider almost every day. When he first started riding the FlowRider, he couldn’t surf and was about to quit.
“I was about to give up,” Knowles said. “I said [to myself] ‘I’m just too old to do this’ and ‘I’m really disappointed.’ And the next day I said, ‘Well, I’ll try it one more time. And I’ve been doing it ever since.”
He now competes in the FlowaPalooza competition and says the Epic Water staff has been welcoming during his visits to the park. “We’re like family,” he said.
Opportunities for fun aren’t limited to the water. Epic Waters also provides arcade entertainment with 50 games to enjoy solo or as a group, special rewards and a gift shop providing everything from swim wear to ATMs. Food and lockers are also available on site.