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 Lucky Luau Sept. 23rd to benefit Mansfield Animal Care & Control   

Hawaiian Falls Mansfield is hosting an end of season doggie swim so guests can splash and play in the water with their dogs. The Lucky Luau will be held noon – 3 pm Saturday, September 23rd and will benefit the City of Mansfield Animal Care and Control’s Lucky Fund, which helps provide medical care for stray pets.

“We can’t wait to see our guests splashing and playing with their dogs on the last day we’re open,” said Ron McKenzie, Hawaiian Falls Marketing Director. “We’re even setting aside a special area on our island just for small dogs! We’ll also have our wave pool and the Turtle Bay Kiddie Cove open.”

Admission is $19.99 per person (or $10 per person for Hawaiian Falls season pass holders) which includes up to two dogs. All dogs must be spayed or neutered and have a valid City Pet License. For more information or to register go to http://bit.ly/MACCLuckyLuau

Hawaiian Falls 2024 Season Passes are on sale now for the lowest price of the season, which come with three 2024 Buddy Passes per season pass, each good for one free visit for a friend when accompanied by the pass holder. Other 2024 season pass perks include: one pass – three parks: enjoy unlimited visits to Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco; a 2024 Souvenir bottle; 20-percent discount on all food & beverage purchases; and 20-percent off all cabana rentals. Season pass holders also get to enter the park 30 minutes before the gates open to the public.

More information about special events, operating hours, directions, tickets and season passes, are at hfalls.com.

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Say Hello to the Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Blizzard Treat & Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat

Tacos just may be the perfect food. Crunchy tortilla shells, delicious, seasoned beef, crispy lettuce, fresh tomatoes, grated cheese… it’s no wonder that Americans consume more than 4.5 billion of these delectable delights every year. 

And now, DQ restaurants in Texas are offering an irresistible double-header. Just order a Texas T-Brand Taco® Combo and get a FREE TREAT with a choice of a DQ® Sandwich Treat, or a small cone (plain or dipped), or a wonderfully refreshing Dilly® Bar. This mouthwatering combo is only available through September 24 at participating DQ locations in Texas.

In addition to the great T-brand Tacos, DQ Fans will appreciate the Fall Blizzard® Treat menu which has returned for a limited time. 

While the temperatures are still in the triple digits in Texas, autumn is right around the corner so let’s dream of cooler days and enjoy the Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Blizzard Treat and Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat while supplies last.

Snickerdoodle cookie dough pieces and flavors of cinnamon and sugar are blended with our world-famous DQ soft serve to create one of the most iconic flavors of fall, the Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Blizzard Treat.  

The Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat blends DQ’s world-famous soft serve with pumpkin pie pieces and is garnished with whipped topping and nutmeg. 

The Fall Blizzard Treat Menu also includes:

  • Caramel Fudge Cheesecake Blizzard Treat
  • Oreo® Cookie Hot Cocoa Blizzard Treat
  • REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup Pie Blizzard Treat
  • Choco Dipped Strawberry Blizzard Treat

For more than 75 years, DQ restaurants in Texas have been friendly, gathering spots where fans enjoy delicious treats and eats and create fond memories. 

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes more than 7,000 franchised restaurants in over 20 countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas.

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

 

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Brandi Wolfe Biggest DQ Fan in Texas

Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council Reveals Winner and Four Semi-Finalists

 

Everyone knows that everything’s bigger in Texas. It’s certainly true of the enormous reputation enjoyed by DQ® restaurants in Texas. In fact, Lone Star state residents have been big DQ fans for more than 70 years! Who in Texas isn’t familiar with the Dude® CLASSIC Chick’n Fried Steak Sandwich? Or the Hungr-Buster®? Or the BeltBuster®? Or the Blizzard® Treat? And of course, the truly iconic, world famous vanilla soft-serve.

For generations, DQ restaurants in Texas have been known as one of the big reasons why we’re all so fond of saying, “That’s what I like about Texas!” All that love got us wondering: out of all our great fans, who is the BIGGEST DQ Fan in Texas? 

The Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council has been scouring the state to answer that super-important question. The exhaustive search for “The Biggest DQ Fan in Texas” involved hearing stories from fans living everywhere from the Gulf to the Panhandle, and from the bayous of East Texas to the plains of North Texas, and everywhere in between. “Exhaustive” is the right word — 268,596 square miles never looked so huge.

It was an absolute joy hearing from more than 6,700 worthy contenders who emerged from the search. But there can only be one winner. So drumroll, please. Say hello to … Brandi Wolfe of Lumberton, Texas!

“I have lived in my hometown for more than 30 years and Dairy Queen has been my go-to spot since I was a child,” said Brandi Wolfe, the Biggest DQ Fan in Texas. “I went on dates to DQ with my high school sweetheart, who is now my husband, and we love taking our children there which is beyond special in itself. I am ecstatic to be named the Biggest DQ Fan!”

As the Biggest DQ Fan in Texas, Ms. Wolfe receives free Treats & Eats, DQ swag, Josh Abbott items (Josh sings the jingle That’s What I Like About Texas for DQ restaurants in Texas), Dr Pepper® shirts and a fun celebration at her DQ in Lumberton! 

The four semi-finalists are all winners too and include:

-       Aidan (AJ) Adamek of Yoakum, TX 

-       Cassidy Keuhl of Allen, TX

-       Garrett Estes of League City, TX

-       Hannah Baker of Deer Park, TX

The four semi-finalists will receive DQ gift cards, DQ shirts and Dr Pepper swag. 

“We loved hearing all the stories and seeing all the photos from our fans enjoying their favorite Treats & Eats,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the Texas Dairy Queen Operator’s Council. “And while it was difficult to choose, Brandi Wolfe made a great case for being our number one fan in Texas. We’re thrilled to recognize her passion for everything DQ. We were also impressed with AJ’s passion for our Jalitos and are recognizing him as the Biggest Jalitos Fan in Texas.”

“For the past several years, a group of my close friends and I have made Thursday our official Jalitos meeting day,” said Aidan (AJ) Adamek of Yoakum. “I have been ordering the same meal for so long, the employees know my order by heart. DQ is truly what I like about Texas! I am honored to be named the Biggest Jalitos Fan in Texas.” 

No purchase was necessary to enter or win, and the contest was open to legal residents of Texas, 13 years of age and older. Entries had to be received by 8 am CST on August 6, 2023.

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

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Azalie Arevalo; Inventory Specialist Park Place Corporate, Josselyn Jimenez; GM Admin Land Rover DFW, Lauren Morgan; GM Admin Lexus Grapevine, Kara Connor; Experiential Marketing Manager Park Place Corporate, Nicole Curtright; Social Media Manager Park Place Corporate, Amber Garrison; Marketing Director Park Place Corporate, Jessica Perez; GM Admin Mercedes Benz Arlington, Evangelina Gaytan; Sale Experience Manager Acura, Joni Tsosie; New Vehicle Administrative Assistant Mercedes Benz Dallas, Michael Crowder; Pre-owned Sales Manager Mercedes Benz Dallas kicked off the “Rev Up Your Creativity” coloring contest to bring joy to Children’s Health patients.

Public Invited to Vote for Their Favorite Coloring Page

 

Park Place Dealerships and Children’s Health kicked off the “Rev Up Your Creativity” coloring contest to bring joy to patients. During “Automotive Week” at Children’s Health, kids of all ages had the opportunity to color their favorite car from the Park Place coloring book or draw a creation of their own. 

The public is invited to view the top five entries at bit.ly/ParkPlaceArt and vote for their favorite between August 1-15.  Voting is permitted once a day. A grand prize winner will be announced on Park Place Dealerships social media channels on August 17. The winner will receive a special Park Place experience tailored to their age and interests, plus a goodie bag of special prizes. The patient family will receive a complimentary detail of their car. The winning entry will be displayed in the children’s area within the Park Place client lounge.

More than 20 Park Place Members visited Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health, to launch the contest, hand out Park Place coloring books featuring luxury vehicles and meet with some of the staff and patients. Park Place members also visited the Ryan Seacrest Studios and participated in fun games and activities that aired on Children’s Health Red Balloon Network.

“Park Place has been partnering with Children’s Health for over 20 years and we always enjoy collaborating with them on meaningful projects,” said Kara Connor, Park Place Dealerships’ Experiential Marketing Manager. “We had the opportunity to meet a few of the children as we kicked off this contest. Regardless of age, everyone loves to color and especially cool cars.”

In addition to voting for their favorite artwork, the community also has the opportunity to donate to Children’s Health to further their mission to make life better for children. Donations Children’s Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. 

About Park Place Dealerships

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com

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Dallas Restaurants to Support Children's Health

 

Miracle Treat Day is set for Thursday, July 27 at participating DQ restaurants in Texas. Fans can easily support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® just by ordering and enjoying a Blizzard® Treat in Dallas that will benefit Children’s Health.

For every DQ Blizzard purchased, $1 or more will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Any Blizzard flavor will do the trick, but the NEW Caramel Fudge Cheesecake, available through August 27 while supplies last, is a tasty option. 

Cheesecake pieces and fudge-covered salty caramel pieces blended with world-famous DQ soft serve, the Caramel Fudge Cheesecake Blizzard Treat is the perfect way to handle the summer’s heat.

It’s also a deliciously easy way to provide critical lifesaving equipment and pediatric healthcare resources for local hospitals to treat sick and injured children throughout Texas.

Here’s how it works: 

  • Fans purchase their favorite Blizzard Treat (any size or flavor) at a participating DQ restaurant in Texas.
  • $1 or more is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for each Blizzard Treat purchased.

Rarely has fundraising been so deliciously satisfying.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 27, to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Visit a DQ dining room or use the convenient drive-thru. 

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals supporting the health of 12 million kids annually across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together, we can change kids’ health. Together, we can change the future. To learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and your local children’s hospital, visit cmnhospitals.org.

 

 

 

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Mermaid to Welcome Special Needs Guests in Mansfield Waterpark from 9 am – 10 am

 

Special needs families can be overwhelmed by all the stimuli of a regular day at a waterpark. Some with disabilities may feel out of place. For more than 10 years, Hawaiian Falls has hosted a day for special needs individuals (Champions) and their families before the park opens to the public.

On Saturday, July 22 Hawaiian Falls Mansfield will open at 9 am exclusively for the Champions and their families/caregivers with special guests greeted by a Mermaid!

“Champions Day is an extraordinary event for the families and our team,” said Hawaiian Falls Marketing Director Ron Mckenzie. “We can’t wait for them to meet our Mermaid in Mansfield. This is our second and final Champions Day of the 2023 season. Time and time again families tell us how important this event is to their family.”

The event will start at 9 am at both Mansfield and Roanoke waterparks and will be managed to accommodate special needs individuals. Hawaiian Falls turns down the music, adds more staff to assist families, and reminds the staff to use restraint in blowing their whistles. The park will open to the public at 10:30 am.

Champions are welcome to stay all day at no additional cost. Tickets for champions are free and family members can get in for a reduced cost of $10 per ticket, with a limit of four family members or caregivers per champion.

Hawaiian Falls Mansfield also will host Aloha Fest from 10:30 am – 8 pm Saturday July 22nd. Throughout the day guests can enjoy tropical music and photo opportunities with a Polynesian Princess.

“We’re proud of the warm Aloha spirit which embodies love and friendliness,” explained McKenzie. “Aloha Fest gives guests the opportunity to escape to a tropical atmosphere without leaving DFW.”

Guests can savor a taste of Hawaii with pulled pork sandwiches, Hawaiian Pizza, Dole Whip swirled-pineapple soft-serve treats, Pina Coladas, and a refreshing Hawaiian Draft beer. Texas fare includes Cheeseburgers, Chili Cheese Dogs, Tacos, Pizza, frozen Slush drinks and a variety of different flavors of HteaO.

There’ll be Ohana (family) games with fun activities for kids of all ages. Guests can also enjoy playing together in a Foam Party, splash in the wave pool, race down slides or just float down the Lazy River.

An All-Day Admission Pass is $35.99; guests under 48” tall $25.99. Guests can save $5 per ticket when purchased online. A family 4-pack of daily admission tickets is only $99. Hawaiian Falls Season Pass Holders are admitted free and can enter the park at 10 a.m. Kids two & under are always free when accompanied by an adult.

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are located in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. More information about special events, operating hours, directions, tickets and season passes, are at hfalls.com.

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Hawaiian Falls Roanoke to Host 3rd Annual Aloha Festival to

Celebrate the Aloha Spirit

 

Hawaiian Falls Roanoke is hosting the 3rd annual Aloha Festival, an all-day event celebration bringing the sights, flavors and sounds of the Hawaiian Islands to the heart of Texas.

Aloha Fest 2023 will be held 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday July 15th at Hawaiian Falls Roanoke. Throughout the day guests can enjoy the soothing sounds of Tropical music, and photo opportunities with a Polynesian Princess.

“We’re always welcoming families with a warm Aloha spirit,” said Hawaiian Falls Marketing Director Ron McKenzie. “The Aloha spirit embodies love and affection. Aloha Fest gives families the opportunity to escape to a Tropical island without ever leaving home.”

Guests can savor a taste of Hawaii with pulled pork sandwiches, Dole Whip swirled-pineapple soft-serve treats, Pina Coladas, and a refreshing Hawaiian Draft beer. Texas fare includes Cheeseburgers, Chili Cheese Dogs, Tacos, Pizza, frozen Slush drinks and a variety of different flavors of HteaO.

There’ll be Ohana (Family) Games with fun activities for kids of all ages. Guests can take a hula lesson from authentic Polynesian dancers, who will also perform a show with traditional dances from the islands.

An All-Day Admission Pass is $35.99; guests under 48” tall $25.99. Guests can save $5 per ticket when purchased online. A Family 4-Pack of daily admission tickets is only $99. Hawaiian Falls Season Pass Holders are admitted free and can enter the park at 10 a.m. Kids two & under are always free when accompanied by an adult.

Hawaiian Falls 2023 special events include:

  • Aloha Fest – July 22 in Mansfield, and July 29 in Waco.
  • Family Fun Fridays throughout July with Ohana Games led by Hawaiian Falls Activity Director.
  • Champions Day – July 22 Champions (individuals with special needs) and their families will have exclusive access to the park from 9 am -10 am. Champions tickets are FREE and family companion tickets are only $10 (limit 4).

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are located in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. More information about special events, operating hours, directions, discounted tickets and season passes, are at hfalls.com.

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Summer Blizzard Treat Menu Features Five Yummy Flavors

 

Cake Batter Cookie Dough Blizzard® Treat is the featured Blizzard of the month at DQ restaurants in Texas throughout July. For a limited time, fans can enjoy Dairy Queen’s soft serve with cake batter flavor, confetti cookie dough pieces and DQ signature sprinkles.

This summer, participating DQ restaurants in Texas also will feature the NEW Peanut Butter Puppy Chow Blizzard®, the NEW! Oreo® Brookie; Cotton Candy; S’mores; and Choco-Dipped Strawberry. 

For more than seven decades, Texans have been enjoying the delicious Treats & Eats® at DQ® restaurants. Memories have been made with family and friends throughout the Lone Star state on the first day of school, after a football game, on a family road trip or celebrating a special milestone. Along the way, Texans became big fans of DQ classics such as Blizzard® Treats, the Hungr-buster®, the Steak Finger Country Basket®, and the Dilly® Bar among others. Now, the hunt is on to find “The Biggest DQ Fan in Texas.”

DQ fans can make their case as to why they are “The Biggest Fan in Texas” by visiting dqtexas.com/biggestdqfan.  Whatever their story, the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council wants to find the number one fan in Texas.

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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Park Place Lexus Plano Greg Duerr; Parts Director at Park Place Lexus Plano, Sonja Brock; Allen ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, John Garrott; Secondary Teacher of the Year; Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus General Manager

Park Place Lexus recognized Allen Independent School District Teachers of the Year, Sonja Brock and John Garrott. Brock was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Garrott was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year. 

The two Allen ISD teachers were offered a Lexus IS or Lexus NX for the summer; two tickets to a Texas Rangers game with parking pass and access to the Lexus Lounge which includes all you can eat buffet and cocktails; four passes to the Dallas Arboretum; a $100 gift card to the Shops of Legacy; and a Park Place insulated bag with Park Place swag.

“We have partnered with Allen ISD for many years,” said Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano. “We are honored to continue the tradition of recognizing those teachers who are exceptional in their profession and go above and beyond to inspire students.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com

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Being able to go to a waterpark isn’t simple for some special needs individuals. Some are overwhelmed by all the usual stimuli. Others may just feel out of place. For the past 10 years Hawaiian Falls has hosted special Champion Days to offer Special Needs individuals and their families a unique waterpark experience. Hawaiian Falls is partnering with Special Olympics to help spread the word about Champions Day in the Special Needs community. 

Hawaiian Falls is welcoming champions (individuals with special needs) and their immediate family members or caregivers to a morning of fun with special accommodations. The park will open early and exclusively to champions and their families. 

“This is one of our favorite days of the year,” said Hawaiian Falls Marketing Director Ron Mckenzie. “The pure joy on our special guests’ faces is priceless. We often meet guests who are experiencing a waterpark for the first time. Their excitement is amazing! Time and time again families tell us how important this special day is to their family.”

This event will start at 9 a.m. on June 20th and will be managed sensitively to accommodate special needs individuals. Hawaiian Falls will turn down the music, add more staff to assist families, and remind staff to be thoughtful about using their whistles. The park will open to season pass holders at 10 a.m. and to the public at 10:30 a.m. A second Champions Day is planned for July 22nd.

Champions are welcome to stay all day at no additional cost or are free to leave whenever they choose. Tickets for champions will be free and family members will have a reduced cost of $10 per ticket, with a limit of four family members or caregivers per champion.

Other upcoming special events include:

  • Father’s Day weekend – Dads get in free June 17 – 19
  • World’s Largest Swimming Lesson – June 22
  • Independence Day weekend – Active duty and retired military personnel as well as first responders receive free admission.
  • Aloha Fest – July 15 in Roanoke, July 22 in Mansfield, and July 29 in Waco.
  • Family Fun Fridays throughout July with Ohana Games led by Hawaiian Falls Activity Director.

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are located in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. More information about special events, operating hours, directions, tickets and season passes, are at hfalls.com.

 

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