Hawaiian Falls' fun parks may be in Texas, but they're special thanks to thoroughly Hawaiian touches. Take the Shaka Meter, for instance. Most mainlanders know the shaka hand gesture, originally from Hawaiian surf culture, as the hang loose-sign; in the context of the park, it's a measure of a ride's intensity. Each attraction gets rated with up to five shaka signs, five meaning "as intense as surfing a wave after downing five cups of espresso."
Other Hawaiian touches include football-field-sized wave pools perfect for body surfing and cafes that cool off tongues with flavorful shaved-ice treats. Hawaiian Falls' water parks also feature attractions such as inner-tube rides and ziplines that end with cannonballs in aquamarine pools.
Two locations entertain guests with adventure park activities, too. Visitors safely strapped into harnesses can scale ropes courses, race up climbing walls and cargo nets, and plunge to the ground during a 60-foot free fall.
Ellen's Amusement Center features tons of mini golf amusement right in the middle of Cedar Hill.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the park.
Grab the kids when you head to this park — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Seek out some friendly competition on the track at Ellen's Amusement Center, and gear up for a day of go-kart racing.
Get out your goggles and your (paintball) guns and head to Ellen's Amusement Center for competition at its best.
Ellen's Amusement Center provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Grab your friends and head on over to Hell House in Cedar Hill for a funtastic day of rides and excitement.
With food just the way you like it, this park elevates your restaurant experience just on the level of taste.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this park.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The bright blue sky and the puffy clouds in the air might fool less-observant patrons, but Celebrations Indoor Adventure's 5,400-square-foot playground is all indoors. Inside, kids leap around in the bounce house and scoot down slides. In the main-street playset, they cruise in kid-sized cars, searching for a place where they don't have to parallel park. Games such as foosball and air hockey let older kids enjoy some friendly competition, while other toys entertain tykes as young as toddlers.
The coasters at Cowtown Cattlepen Maze in Fort Worth are a blast for the whole family!
While you're enjoying this park, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this park.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Consider activities that take about an hour to complete: a trip to the grocery store, a relaxing massage, watching a favorite television show. Rarely, if ever, do haunted houses fall into this category—unless you're talking about Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth. In 2009, the attraction’s length caught the attention of Guinness World Records, which deemed Cutting Edge the longest walk-through haunted house in the world.
Looming in a section of the city dubbed “Hell’s Half Acre,” Cutting Edge populates an abandoned meatpacking plant that was originally built in the late 1920s. The plant’s equipment is still fully operational, and still resides inside—only today, it processes humans. To escape such a grisly fate, guests must grope through a multi-storied labyrinth replete with unthinkable horrors such as live monsters, realistic special effects, and salsas made in New York City. Cutting Edge is so terrifying, in fact, that it even earned the top spot on HauntedHouseRatings.com's list of the best haunted attractions in 2013.