Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures set to add 11 new attractions
Lafitte’s Fury, a rocking pirate ship that sends riders soaring through the air, is one of 11 new attractions coming to Big Rivers Fairgrounds, which will partially open in Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures in December. (Courtesy Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures)
The water and adventure park is part of Grand Texas, a 630-acre entertainment, dining and shopping destination in New Caney.
According to Carl Foy, Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures’ marketing director, the new portion of the park, dubbed Big Rivers Fairgrounds, will feature 11 amusement park rides, including a spinning rollercoaster, a rocking pirate ship, a 360-degree spinning pendulum and several attractions for children.
“Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures is all about providing positive family experiences,” he said. “[The fairgrounds] is designed to be fun for all.”
The new rides will add to the variety of attractions already available at the park, including water slides, a wave pool, rock climbing, a forest maze, ax throwing, a concert venue and a large aquatic obstacle course.
According to Foy, the addition of the fairgrounds will allow the park to open earlier in the year than it has in the past.
“It adds more length to our season and more components that we can grow with,” Foy said. “We can open up in March for spring break, for example, when the kids are out of school and it might still be too chilly to swim.”
Foy noted officials were still in the planning phase of developing extended hours as of press time Nov. 16.
“It depends on the time of year and weather conditions,” Foy said. “If it’s too cold, people don’t want to be climbing up and down walls and doing zip lines.”
While Foy said the new rides that will be included in the fairgrounds are still under construction, some of them will be open to the public for the park’s upcoming Christmas at Big Rivers event in December. The rest of the new rides will be open by March 2022, he said.
Looking to the future, Foy said Grand Texas’ main goal will be the construction of a theme park, although he said there still was not a timeline for when it would arrive.
“The theme park is the ultimate goal, but it’s still a little bit away,” he said.