Summer is tough in Texas so load up the kids and head to Schlitterbahn to keep cool while having fun. I did a few weeks ago with my kids and their 75-year-old grandpa. We spent two days exploring what’s really two separate water parks. The hours floated by and the kids were wiped out by the end of the day. Located in-between Austin and San Antonio, it’s an ideal getaway for a long weekend. Read on for 9 Reasons Schlitterbahn is the best water park in Texas for families.
Best Water Park in Texas for Families
BYOC-Bring Your Own Cooler packed with Snacks
Lots of Shaded Tables
Fun River Rides with Wave Action or Alligators to Ride
Not just one Water Park, it’s Two
Boogie Board Heaven
Uphill Water Coasters
No Wait Option with Blast Pass
Set in Quaint New Braunfels
BYOC—Bring Your Own Cooler
Imagine bringing in all your favorite foods to nibble and snack for your day? You can at Schlitterbahn since it allows picnicking at all its parks.
Though no glass or alcohol allowed. And Schlitterbahn does a cooler check when you walk through the gates.
Shaded Tables Everywhere
Not only can you bring in your own cooler, I found a picnic table in the shade. That way the older kids can come and go. The table makes a great meeting place for older kids exploring on their own.
It seems every family-friendly hotel in Texas has a lazy river. So Schlitterbahn reinvented it.
The Falls—This might be my favorite ride. Ride in-between Sclitterbahn’s Surfenburg and Blastenhoff. Grab a tube and ride the rapids on the world’s longest water park ride. Then take the Aqua Veyor, a conveyor that take tubers uphill, to make The Falls a continuous loop.
Krystal River— Look out, the Krystal River is infested with friendly foam alligators. Wrestle one and climb on its back to float through Surfenburg. My 10-year-old caught one for Mom to ride. For a splashy entrance, take the Backsplash and body surf into the river. It’s a channel of swift-moving run-off from the Boogie Bahn.Find the Krystal River wrapping around Surfenburg in a continuous loop.
Torrent River—Take a turn on a tidal river with ocean-inspired swells that roll through every minute. A wave of screams and squeals warns all of an approaching wave. Adds crazy amount of fun as the waves chase down and tip floaters out of their tubes, like me.Wraps around the Blastenhoff Tower of waterslides and find a wave pool at the entrance.
Water Slides and Chutes
Don’t forget the water slides and chutes. Schlitterbahn offers seven water slides.
The Original Section Water Slides
Der Bahn Triple Speed Slides
Double Loop Body Slides
Soda Straw Body Slide
The Original Section Chutes and Black Tube Rides
Congo River Expedition
Hillside Tube Chute
Ragin’ River Tube Chute
White Water Tube Chute
Blastenhoff Section Water Slides
Tubenbach Clear Tube Rides
Though not labeled chutes, the rides in Tubenbach are similar.
Twice the Fun with Two Water Parks
Set in the quaint Germany-inspired town of New Braunfels, Schlitterbahn offers a pair of water parks. With a free tram, families can sample both parks on the same day. Though Sclitterbahn is so big it’s really hard to do all of it in one day.
The original section of Schlitterbahn opened nearly 40 years ago. It uses the natural water from the Comal River in a series of chutes and slides. Century-old cypress trees shade the park and tubers use traditional black inner tubes to ride the rapids. It’s all the fun of the river without the mud on the banks.
For all the latest in water park fun, head to the Surfenburg, Blastenhoff and Tubenbach. It features all the thrills and even some spills while riding the waves. And it’s connected by The Falls river ride so don’t have to get out of the water to cross the park.
Free Stuff at Schlitterbahn
Don’t tell the people over at Schlitterbahn but some parks charge for parking. Not at Schlitterbahn, parking is free. And the city of New Braunfels charges $20 to park at the park with Comal River access.
Not only is the parking free so is the shuttle.
Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride
Hand your teen a board and they know what to do. Drop into a specially designed ride where 50,000 gallons of water rush over the undulating surface. Mimicking the form of a wave most teens find the flow easily and love the rush.
Though a wipeout at Schlitterbahn offers a soft foam landing. In the Surfenburg section and use the Blast Pass for no-wait access to Boogie Bahn.
Uphill Water Coasters
Grab a tube and blast off for thrills. The force of the water shoots riders up inclines and around hairpin curves for maximum fun. The water coasters were my 75-year-old Dad’s favorite ride.
Schlitterbahn offers a pair of uphill water coasters, the Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster and its original, Dragon’s Revenge. Though tiny teens and tweens go a lot faster than adults. And remember to pull up your bottom or you might get a swimsuit full of water.
Dragon’s Revenge—The first edition water coaster combines fierce uphills along with blasts from a dragon and special lighting effects.
Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster—Climb the Blastenhoff Tower six-stories up and grab a double tube float. Start with a three-story fall and blast up again to twist and turn over a 1,000 feet to the pool at the bottom.
A park favorite and voted best water coaster in the U.S. by water park enthusiasts. Located in the Blastenhoff Section and use the Blast Pass for no wait access to the Boogie Bahn.
Blast Pass Option for No Wait Fun
Hate waiting? I do. So buy a Blast Pass for the day and save a place in line while enjoying another ride. Starting at $35 for the day, per person, reserve a spot on the most popular rides.
- Dragon’s Revenge
- White Water
- Ragin’ River
- Hillside Tube Chute
- Congo River Expedition
- Master Blaster
- Wolf Pack
- Black Knight
- Boogie Bahn
New Braunfels Perfect for a Weekend Away
In the middle of the quaint small town of New Braunfels, find lots of German inspired fun for the family. If the kids want more water fun, then rent some tubes and float the Comal or Guadalupe rivers.
Take a ride out to the historic town of Gruene for shopping and dining. After dinner, swing on into the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall.
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