When discussing our plans for this summer, we knew @ Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX was on our list. This has been our yearly tradition for the past 3 years and we don’t plan to break it! Schlitterbahn is located 4.5 hours from Carrollton, TX and we usually stay the night at a hotel. This year, since Christian had to work the next day (he’s a lifeguard) we decided to make it a day trip. Tip #1: Buy the 2 day pass! Since we’ve been here before, and our boys are older, we are able to run around and do our favorite rides. But, we were exhausted the next day! Tip #2 Get there when it opens! We wanted to make sure we grabbed a shaded picnic table since we planned on staying here all day. What I love about Schlitterbahn is, the ability to bring your own food and drinks. This is becoming a thing of the past in the theme park industry. We packed our coolers with lunch fixings, snacks and drinks and headed to find our shaded sanctuary for the day.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is the #1 Waterpark in the World for the last 19 Years. Located on the banks of the spring fed Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, Schlitterbahn’s flagship waterpark has 51 attractions on over 70 acres. Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn provides a staggering variety and miles of river rides, waterslides, and adventures from mild to wild.
After finding our stop, the boys headed over to the wave pool to get wet! Again, another tradition. When our boys were younger, we would spend the majority of our day in the kids area. To be honest, Daniel still enjoys Han’s Hideout. It’s a 5 story water fun house that has dumping water buckets, slides, and dueling water cannons. No wonder they would spend all their time here! In the middle of the water park there’s another area called Kiddie Coast. There’s a pirate ship, yellow submarine and octopus slides that entertain the kids for hours. My favorite part was the padded foam surface and the shade it provided the parents while we watched our kids. Now, our boys are into more extreme rides and Schlitterbahn has that too 🙂
Home to the signature Schlitterbahn Castle, this section of the park uses spring fed water from the Comal River. Nestled beneath a beautiful canopy of trees, this section of the park has eight tube chutes, seven kids’ play areas, a wave pool, and swim up bars with heated pools. On the wild side: the Down Hill Racer and the Soda Straws. On the mild side: the Raging River and the Congo River.
Schlitterbahn is divided up into 2 sections. The original park is West and the new one is called East. The boys love the West side because the rides are more intense and they provide a black tube to use on them as well! We always spend 1 day in the old section and 1 day in the new section, but since we only had 1 day this time, we hit our favorite rides in both area. While in the new section, we always ride The Falls. It’s the world’s longest tubing adventure! You can see from my video below it feels like you’re inside a raging river and a lazy river combined. My vote for the #1 ride! The Master Blaster is Daniel’s favorite. We actually spent 2 hours in line waiting to ride it. When I asked Daniel if it was worth the wait he screamed “YES”. It’s a combination of a water ride and roller coaster in one. The Master Blaster starts at the top of a six-story tower and uses a patented “water injection technology” to shoot the riders up the ride. It’s hard to believe this ride just celebrated its 21st birthday in 2017!
When you’re ready to head to the “old” side, grab the tram and head towards the fun. The first thing you need to do is go downstairs and grab a black inter tube. It’s provided at no cost to you. You’ll need it for the rides. They also have yellow tubes with no hole for the little tikes. I do want to warn you, the water is colder on this side. Remember, it’s spring fed water from the Comal River but, it’s perfect for a summer day! The Raging River and The Congo River Expedition are our favorite 2 in the old section. Just like the new section, they also have a kids area where they can run around and enjoy the splash zone. There’s also a big pool where you can play volleyball, sit under the water fall or just enjoy yourself. If you get too cold, they also have a heated pool and a swim up bar for the adults.
It’s amazing how much fun you can have in 1 day. My only regret was not getting a 2 day pass. Tip #3 stay at Schlitterbahn’s hotel. They offer their guest admission to the water park 1 hour before it opens and they have 2 hotels to pick from. I’m so glad this is our family tradition and it hope it becomes YOURS as well! – Dot
Thank you to Schlitterbahn for providing us with a one day park pass for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts are our own.