Author: Marissa Crenwelge

Han’s Hideout

Schlitterbahn has just as many fun things for the little kids to do as it does for the adults. In fact, a select few of our attractions have height requirements – that actually benefit the kids. Han’s Hideout is one of the few! You have to be under 48” to climb through the Pirate’s base, where you can navigate through 5 stories worth of tunnels and nets in search of our favorite German Pirate. Here’s the lowdown on the hideaway: Where’s it parked? Han shipwrecked right in the middle of Schlitterbahn’s Blastenhoff park! When you walk in the entrance, it’s located to the right of Blastenhoff Beach, just past the line to the SkyCoaster (to the left in the picture below). Trust me when I say you can’t miss it! You’ll know you’re close when a pesky kid hits you with the spray of a water cannon… What‘s there to do? Um, what isn’t there to do? The Pirate’s lair has 5 levels with a huge variety of ways to interact with the structure. Whether you’re crawling through tunnels, up rope nets, or sliding down the kid’s body slides, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained. Han has water cannons stationed around his home, so you can try and nail your friends that stayed outside of the playscape. Han’s Hideout is even home to one of our giant...

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The Congo River Expedition

Congo River Expedition is a ride like no other here at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. Like our other themed rides, the Congo River allows our guests to follow along to a story while enjoying the water. For the most part, the Congo River is a slow flowing river ride. There is a decently sized drop in the middle, and the longer you ride it, the more rapids you’ll encounter. Like many of the other rides located in the original part of Schlitterbahn NB, Congo uses water from the Comal River to fill its slides. Because of this, the water can feel a little bit chilly compared to our more traditional pools. (Not necesssarily a bad thing on our 100°+ days!) Another cool thing about the Congo is its actual access to the Comal River! The Congo has a couple different entrances and exits (so you can float as long as you want really), but the offical end is all the way down at the Comal. The Congo river even flows through our resort, which means that if you’re staying with us you can essentially float to your room at the end of the day. Make sure you grab one of our black tubes before you hop in the line, which is located right inside our Wave entrance of Schlitterbahn West. Since it is one of our classic rides, the line...

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Summer ’17: Top 5 Retail Items

The most essential part of any visit to Schlitterbahn is picking up some swag at one of our gift shops so that you have something to take home with you to remind you of your trip after you’ve left. Each season, our retail department offers some of the most popular new items for you to purchase at any of our numerous shops! (Pro-tip: visit this link to plan out which gift shop to go to because each one offers slightly different options) For this summer (2017) we’ve consulted with some of our Retail managers to pick out the top 5 most popular and bestselling items from Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. FIDGET SPINNERS. Need I say more? I’m not entirely sure when fidget spinners became “a thing” but they are currently a full-blown cultural phenomenon. If you don’t have one yet, you’re in luck! They are a brand new addition to our Schlitterbahn gift shops! We have plenty of different colors (and even some that light up!) so everyone can find one that they like. I wouldn’t advise taking your spinner with you on any of the rides at Schlitterbahn (safety hazard!) but it’s an extremely addicting way to pass the time while you’re chilling out at your picnic table taking a break. FANNY PACKS. Okay so people have mixed opinions on fanny packs, but I say there’s no better place...

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Galveston Island: Top 5 Rides/Attractions

As you may have noticed by now, here at Schlitterbahn we have been trying to compile a list of the top five rides/attractions from each of our five waterparks. At Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, having fun is a year-long business. With part of the park being indoors and heated, you can enjoy some of the rides even in the middle of winter. Adrianne Newman, Director of Operations at Schlitterbahn GI, gave us her list of her top five must-do rides at the park!   “It’s the world’s tallest water coaster! Enough said.”  Massiv is 81 ft and 6.75 inches tall, making it the record breaker for tallest water coaster. To get to the top, you have to climb over 120 steps. The slide is about 3 football fields in length if it were stretched out side to side. “The drop makes me scream every time!” The Travel Channel featured Rohr on the show “Xtreme Waterparks,” so keep that in mind when you get ready to ride. Rohr is a body slide (the pink one below) that takes a vertical plunge from the top of a 70 ft tall tower, down a 244 foot-long slide to the bottom. Speeds can reach up to 30 mph!   Faust und Furious. “It’s a super-fast speed slide!” Faust und Furious (below in blue) is technically two slides, which means you can race your friends...

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Master Blaster AKA The World’s Most Acclaimed Uphill Water Coaster

The Master Blaster. Words that strike excitement (or fear) in the hearts of people all across the state of Texas and even across much of the southern United States. If you’ve ever been to Schlitterbahn you’ve heard stories of the Master Blaster, you’ve seen the Master Blaster, and maybe you’ve even ridden the Master Blaster. It’s probably the highest thrill ride you’ll encounter at the waterpark. (The official attraction page tags it as “scary” with “big drops” and “high speed.”) It’s also a Red Diamond on our map which indicates the highest level of thrill so that people are forewarned that it’s not for the faint of heart! Some facts about the Master Blaster: Located on the Blast Tower, it’s arguably our most popular ride, and definitely our most awarded one. On our busiest summer days, the line for the ride can wrap all the way down the tower, which can mean well over an hour wait until you get to the top. Part of the reason for the long wait is due to the rafts that the Master Blaster uses. Rather than using tubes like most of our other rides, this slide requires rafts that look more like little boats. They’re heavier than an average tube and limited in number, so to get them to the top of the Blast Tower we use a giant conveyer belt. The...

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“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

“A MUST Visit!!”

This is by far the best waterpark I've ever visited, and I've been to many. It is huge and there is so much to do. The lazy river is just amazing and goes on and on forever. And the wave pool is so much fun. There's plenty of chairs and tables to put your belongings, and you can bring your own cooler with your own food which I would advise you to do. Love it, love, love it!! I can't wait to go back next year!!

- Luciij, TripAdvisor August 2016, Mount Laurel, NJ

Mar. 1, 2017

It’s best for summer fun

Visited last winter, which happened to be a cold winter in TX, They did a good job of making the place bearable considering how cold it was outside... we had a family blast and made the best of it considering the weather. Need to revisit in the summer to get the full experience. --Jalayola, Trip Advisor for Galveston location

Jan. 5, 2016