It's no secret that Summer in East Texas is hot. I baked cookies in my car last summer, for Pete's sake (see the video here). But, East Texas is full of places to take the kiddos for an afternoon of beating the heat in the form of Splash Pads. Below is the many that cover the area. Most of these are either free or really, really inexpensive.

Tyler

Whitehouse

Jacksonville

Mineola

Gladewater

Henderson

Longview

Palestine

Mount Pleasant

Paris

Pittsburg

Most of these parks are open now or will be by Memorial Day weekend. Have fun getting your splash on.

BONUS VIDEO:

Michael Bakes Cookies in His Car on a Hot Summer Day in Tyler