It’s one thing to have a picnic at Schlitterbahn, it’s a whole other thing to have it packed by professional, award-winning chefs with great ingredients from HEB. Here are the backgrounds of the great chefs we have participating in our first Ice Chest Challenge (we will be posting their lists of items after the challenge on the 23rd): Matthew Boutte, Huisache Grill Born in New Orleans, Boutte went to University of New Orleans for psychology. While in college he worked in restaurants and discover he had knack for it. Switching gears, Boutte decided to peruse a culinary career....Read More
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Do you want to come play at Schlitterbahn, but don’t want to pay for food inside the park? To accommodate guests who would prefer to eat their own food but don’t want to leave the park and eat alone in their cars, Schlitterbahn allows guests to bring in coolers full of food and drinks. I know not all of us out there are top chefs, so here we have listed are some easy, semi-healthy, and fun summer recipes that should travel well in coolers – while being able to skip the basic sandwich options. (You can find some recipes...Read More
Schlitterbahn is proud to the one waterpark/amusement park that lets you bring in a cooler for free! Most parks won’t let you bring in a bottle of water, let alone an entire cooler. Since we see literally thousands of ice chests each summer, we decided to put together a video outlining some basic tips: 1. Buy a cooler with wheels. Trust us, that cooler gets heavier throughout the day even if you empty it. 2. No glass. Don’t bring food or drink in glass. There are three kinds of foods people always forget to repackage: pickles, salsa,...Read More
Whether you’re a family of four, a group of teens, or a flock of friends, there are certain tips that will help make the most of your trip to Schlitterbahn. Here’s a guide to blog posts that will help you plan YOUR perfect trip – depending on who you are (note: we repeat some post listings since they can apply to everyone). Family with under 7 year old kids Family with tweens and teens Teens on their own Adults Girlfriend trips Family with children under 7 years old: From wee babes through rough and tumble little ones, we’ve...Read More
Whether you’re a family of four, a group of teens, or a flock of friends, there are certain tips that will help make the most of your trip to Schlitterbahn. You are welcome to peruse our ride page to get the low down on some of our favorites, our resort page to plan a nice big vacation, or our from the heart page to get some inside scoop. But if you want a quick guide to all our planning posts, you are in the right post. These are blog posts that will help you plan YOUR perfect trip – depending...Read More
Last year we invited chefs to give us their best recipes for packing ice chests – this year we decided to take a different approach. Let’s ask moms! The ability to bring in your own picnic is one of the greatest values at the family-owned and operated Schlitterbahn Waterparks. Schlitterbahn is the only large family of waterparks that still allows guests to bring in ice chests for free – it’s a value no one appreciates more than moms. This summer Schlitterbahn asked family bloggers from around the country to take part in the Schlitterbahn Moms’ Ice Chest Challenge. Bloggers...Read More
It’s one thing to know you can bring in your own ice chest, but it takes real courage to jump out of the usual PBJ/Baloney fare. That’s why we asked Matthew Boutte, Chef for New Braunfels’ beloved Huisache Grill, to give us a hand. Matthew is a gifted Chef with a flair for taking the ordinary and making it special. Here’s his recipe for your next ice chest picnic at Schlitterbahn: Healthy Garden Spinach Wrap “I love this for a great light healthy spinach wrap!” 1.5 lemons juiced 10 thin slices of red onion 1 cucumber thinly sliced 10 each kalamata olives thinly sliced 3 each Roma tomatoes thinly sliced 1 grilled chicken breast 1 table spoon of roasted red pepper humus 3 table spoons of feta 3 table spoons of salad or olive oil 1/4 tea spoon of kosher salt 1/2 tea spoon of fresh black pepper 1 pack of garden spinach wraps (makes 6 wraps) Mix cucumber, red onion, tomato,feta, olives, lemon juice, oil salt and pepper. Mix all together in a bowl. Place one spinach wrap flat on the counter and spread humus in the middle of wrap Place about 3/4 of a cup of mix on top of the humus then a small amount of grilled chicken then roll like a burrito. Wrap tightly in plastic then place in a sandwich bag. This will...Read More
Bringing in your own picnic lunch to Schlitterbahn is one of those things that sets our family of waterparks apart from everyone else in the business. We can’t begin to tell you the times our colleagues at theme parks and other waterparks shake their heads about the choice we have made to “leave money on the table.” (Of course, we don’t see it that way. We see it as being true to our mission of being the kind of place families can come and have a great time. But I’m preaching to the choir here, right?) As a busy mom myself, I suffer from an extreme lack of food imagination when it comes to packing our ice chest for the park. Granted, I’ve got one picky eater and another child who will live on into her 90s on pizza alone, but I still dream of packing the perfect gourmet picnic in our ice chest. A picnic worthy of the Food Network. A picnic that will have everyone gazing over to our table with longing. A picnic that says “now there goes SUPER MOM!” Unfortunately my picnics say more like “can we get a turkey leg instead?” and “is she really wearing her towel like a cape?” Fortunately for all involved we teamed up with our local grocery store chain, HEB, and reached out to area chefs. We asked the...Read More
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“Worth the off season price!”
I stayed in the luxury tree house during off season. It is nestled amongst the tremendous water park which is currently closed. The tree house itself was immaculate on the inside. The beds are amazing and the furniture has the tree house look. You actually check in at a location off site which went very smooth. ...Off season this place is QUIET!!! Great sleeping. There is a river running along your tree house. I would imagine in season the noise level would be another story but then again your staying inside a water park. I can't imagine this not being heaven for any kid in the middle of summer. --Bookiepoo, TripAdvisor
Dec. 31, 2015
“We Loved Schlitterbahn!”
There is something for everyone at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels! Young and old. Our favorite ride was The Falls. This is one massive lazy river with several different features. You can circle the whole east side (new side) of the park and never have to get out of your tube. There are rapids and slow parts. This was great for our family consisting of two adults, a 10 year old and a 2 year old. We all could ride together and there was some thrill and some laziness. There are lots of big water roller coasters too for the thrill seekers.
There are lots of different areas for small children. My 10 y/o and I would go on the big rides and my husband would hang with the 2 y/o and we would switch. I recommend planning 2 days minimum to experience it all. We did the East side the first day and the West side the second day. There is a free tram that will take you back and forth from park to park. The west side is spring fed water and it's extremely cold, even in the heat of the summer.
We stayed off site and when we go back we will book a room at the resort for convenience sake. It's not that much more expensive for an "economy" room and admission is included in the price. Also, you get access to the park an hour earlier this way. This can help you stake out your spot of loungers and get in line for the rides with the big crowd draw.
They allow you to bring your own cooler of food and water. This is a great way to save on meals and snacks. We just left it at our chairs and no one ever bothered it.
We will definitely be back!
- GlitterButton, TripAdvisor June 2016, Moore, OK
Mar. 1, 2017
Awesome local waterpark
my kids and i visit almost every sunday during the summer months , we live about an hour away , but well worth the drive , parking is easy and accessible, they let you bring in your own food and drinks , the attractions are plentiful , and the staff is very friendly, the lazy river is awesome , there are days we just float around that the whole time, see a short line for a ride , jump out and it usually outs you right back in the river, food is available, we just normally end our day with a oreo cookie funnel cake located by the exit. -- Brian C., Trip Advisor for Galveston location
Jan. 5, 2016