Giving a Forest New Life In 2011 over 32,000 acres of Loblolly Pines were destroyed in the Bastrop Complex Wildfire. Schlitterbahn reached out to reclaim the wood by salvaging a section of burned forest. We salvaged thousands of felled logs that were destined for the chipper. You’ll find part of this Loblolly Pine Forest has been given new life throughout every park as furniture, paneling, cabinets and more. We even had a celebration with the community of Bastrop to share the second life of the Bastrop...Read More
Floating docks: These walkways were originally floating docks from Geauga Lake Amusement Park which closed in 2007. This marine grade wood used to create the docks is called Ipe wood and is as tough as nails – it’s 3 times harder than cedar. It also has the same fire rating as concrete and steel. You can find this walkway overhead in Surfenberg in New Braunfels, connecting Butterfly Bayou and the parking area to the...Read More
This shade structure is built from cots used on the USS General John Pope (AP-110) which was a troop transport for the US Navy in World War II. After the war, After the war, she was transferred to the Army and redesignated the USAT General John Pope and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a civilian manned Military Sea Troop vessel. Built in 1943, the ship was decommissioned in 1990, then was dismantled in 2010 in Brownsville. Built in 1943, the ship was decommissioned in 1990, then was dismantled in 2010 in Brownsville. Unfortunately, many of the...Read More
We have many, many elements reclaimed from the Patrick. This one is a lifeboat, now serving as a shade structure in front of our gift shop in our Surfenberg area of our New Braunfels park. The USNS General Edwin D. Patrick was a P2 transport ship built in Alameda, California and was originally named the US Army Transport Admiral C.F. Hughes in 1945. In 1946 she was renamed the USAT General Edwin D. Patrick and served the west coast, hawaii and Asia. She carried families and dependents as well as troops and had a promenade deck, lounges, a shop...Read More
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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
March 1, 2017
“Lived here 33 years. Here’s the lowdown”
I've lived in New Braunfels for 33 years. Here is my take on Schlitterbahn. It's a fun place for families or singles. It is in two sections so if you get tired of one you can go to another via shuttle. Lots and lots of different rides ranging from just floating to wild ones. There are sections in both parks for young children with lounge chairs for moms and dads. This is my one big tip: go the first week in June or wait until late August. During the height of the season lines can be long and it's very hot here. Wear water shoes as you'll be doing the hot asphalt dance if you don't have any, bring sunblock, etc. They let coolers in so park somewhere where all family members can meet. It's been my experience that theft is minimal and for our family we have never had a problem. Hope this helps and have fun!
- Rebecca K., TripAdvisor August 2016, San Antonio, TX
March 1, 2017
“How is this not on EVERY top 10 list?”
One of the main reasons we chose Texas for our summer vacation is because Schlitterbahn was on many (not all) Top 10 waterparks in America list. It is by far the best waterpark I have ever been to. Especially the [West] side where the rides were integrated into the landscape and some use the water from the adjacent [Comal] River and even terminate in the river. It has 3 of the best tube rides I have ever been on and one of them goes through the whole park and takes 30-45 minutes. The [East] side is also good but it is more of the conventional type water park with the slides except it has 3 REALLY good lazy river/rapid type rides.
- jtben, Tripadvisor, visited August 2017, New Braunfels, TX
September 8, 2017