Texas may have towering mountains and rolling plains full of vibrant wildflowers, but we don’t have much in the way of natural waterfalls (aside from the breathtaking Gorman Falls, of course). But that’s okay – we have plenty of man made falls to make up for it! Rest assured, you don’t need to go road tripping across the country to see water cascading down a series of rocks. You can stay right here in Texas and visit these nine waterfalls that, although artificial, are still amazingly beautiful.
1. Savannah Neighborhood Waterfall (Savannah)
This 25 foot wide, 15 foot tall waterfall is part of the Savannah Neighborhood Pool and Water Park. While the pool isn't available for public use, visitor parking is available outside the clubhouse and the falls can be viewed and photographed from there.
2. Fern Grotto Waterfall (San Antonio)
You'll find this relaxing waterfall in the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. It's about 15 feet tall and is the center of attention amidst a room full of beautiful fern trees.
3. Fort Worth Zoo Waterfall (Forth Worth)
Can you believe how realistic this looks? I can't either. And even though you might not be able to get in it, the mere presence of water is a nice cooling element during a long, hot day at the zoo. Definitely worth a visit!
4. Pioneer Park Waterfall (Dallas)
It may be hidden by all the greenery growing around it, but that doesn't mean it's any less beautiful. You'll be awed once you get a clearer view of this 50 foot wide, 15 foot tall cascading stream.
5. Downtown Aquarium (Houston)
The front of the aquarium is literally a giant waterfall. How cool is that?! It stands tall and proud at 40 feet, and it's truly a sight to see the next time you're in the Houston area. You can barely tell where the water ends and the actual building starts!
6. Hemisfair Park (San Antonio)
The most popular attraction at this city park is most definitely its breathtaking man-made waterfall. The falls trickle down a series of intricately designed steps for a spectacle that will relax and excite you at the same time.
7. Rainforest Cafe (Galveston)
Did somebody say VOLCANOOOO? This restaurant is arguably the most popular on the island, and while the ferocious animals inside might not be real, but this amazing waterfall that flows from the top of the building all the way down certainly is. I've never even noticed it because my mind is always too preoccupied with thoughts of the delicious chocolate lava cake I'm about to eat.
8. Lucy Park (Wichita Falls)
These falls are probably the most famous of the man-made category in Texas. The landmark was resurrected recently after washing away in a flood over a century ago as an effort to reinstate the city's namesake. I'd say they did a pretty good job with this three-tiered, gorgeous landmark that can easily be seen from I-44 as you pass through the town.
9. Williams Water Wall (Houston)
I've definitely saved the best for last. This 60-foot tall semi-circle of roaring falls cascading down a series of steps is truly a spectacular sight. You can actually walk underneath the arches and stand in the middle of the semi-circle, surrounded by the white noise of rushing water. It's located near the Williams Tower in the Uptown District of Houston.