The 70-acre Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Resort is among the world's biggest, and arguably best, water parks. It is jam-packed with an amazing variety of slides and water rides, including two uphill water coasters (an innovative concept that the Schlitterbahn folks invented), the Boogie Bahn simulated surfing attraction (another innovation), and The Torrent, a "tidal wave" river that's anything but lazy.
The park features over 40 rides in all, and there are plenty of attractions geared to young children and fun-seekers of all thrill-tolerance levels. Located on the banks of the Comal River, many of the attractions use water from the spring-fed river. A reduced-price two-day pass is geared to water park enthusiasts who may want to sample the many attractions at a more leisurely pace and make a mini-vacation out of their visit. Schlitterbahn offers onsite lodging, and resort guests receive discounted admission to the park.
Its unusual name, Schlitterbahn, means "slippery road" in German, and the park and its attractions incorporate a German theme (a nod to the heritage of the south central Texas area). A few of the slides use the park's signature "Blastenhoff" tower. Pioneers in the industry, the folks who run Schlitterbahn build and sell their unique rides, including the Master Blaster uphill water coaster to other water parks. Playing off of the success of the original park, Schlitterbahn also operates a chain of Schlitterbahn water parks, including other Texas water parks in South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, and Galveston Island.
Phone and Location:
New Braunfels, Texas
Tickets and Admission Policy:
One- and two-day tickets available. Reduced prices for children. Tickets available for purchase online. Season passes are available.
From Austin: I-35 to Exit 190B. Go 1 mile south on Business 35 to Highway 46/Loop 337. Turn right on Highway 46/Loop 337 to Common Street. Turn left on Common St. and go straight.
From San Antonio: I-35 to Exit 184. Turn left on Rueckle Road/Loop 337. Stay on Loop 337 approximately 8 miles to Common Street. Turn right on Common Street.
Water Park Slides and Attractions:
Two uphill water coasters, a simulated surfing attraction, tube slides, family raft rides, body slides, speed slides, action river, interactive water playgrounds, three lazy rivers, and a bunch of other rides and attractions.
New at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
New for 2011
The Falls and Tubenbach
Billed as the world's longest water park ride, The Falls will be a 3,600-foot-long lazy and not-so-lazy river that will meander throughout the massive 70-acre park. The attraction will include what Schlitterbahn calls an AquaVeyer, a conveyor belt lift hill that will deliver The Falls' inner tubes (with or without passengers) back to the beginning of the circuit for a continuous ride.
The Falls will be part of Tubenbach, a new area at the park that will also introduce the Deluge Whirlpool River (a more adventurous river that will include waves), the Boogie Bay Kids' Area (watery fun for the young'uns), and Boogie Bay Hot Tub (watery fun for the old'uns). The Falls will be connected to other attractions via Schlitterbahn's unique Transpotainment system which allows riders in inner tubes to float from one slide to the next without disembarking and waiting in lines. Additionally, the park will open new Treehaus accommodations that will line the banks of The Falls attraction.
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