Summertime means funny tan lines, smelling like sunblock, all the time and, best of all, road trips!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay at one of our Resorts?
I recently sat down with Kathryn Hamil, Director of Lodging for the Resort at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, and got the inside scoop on Stay and Play!
During the Stay and Play season (April-September when the New Braunfels waterpark is open) every resort guest that stays on property has access to the waterpark through our Stay and Play package. This package offers our guests the ultimate water park experience for just an extra $35 per night per person. If you stop to think about it, Schlitterbahn Resort guests are getting access to the park from the day of check-in until they check-out. This means that if you stay two nights at the resort, you’ll have access to resort amenities and the water park for three full days! (Gate admission for Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is over $53 for one day – when you do the math for three waterpark days you are saving over $90!)
The Stay and Play Package not only covers unlimited access to the water park during operation hours, but it also includes early ride time on the tower rides in Blastenhoff (home of the Master Blaster) every morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Also, every evening the Boogie Bahn at Surfenburg remains open for resort guests a full hour after closing time, along with nightly activities and movies starting at 7 p.m., five heated pools open until midnight, with full access to hot tubs and after hours swim up bars and the playground. Not to mention this package also includes free parking, wifi, and shuttle service.
(Did you know that there’s also a special resort guest shuttle that takes you to Landa Falls, the longest float on the Comal River? This is a new amenity and any guest who is interested should stop by the Resort Front desk and inquire.)
Tips and Tricks:
- When you arrive to the Resort on your check-in day, make sure to first stop by the Resort office to receive your Resort wristband and room key. Even though check-in is a 4 p.m., you can get your key beforehand and it will automatically allow you into your room after 4 p.m.
- You can also arrive as early as 8 a.m. on check-in day to pick up your early ride time band for Blastenhoff or just to enjoy the water park before you go to your resort room! (During our peak season be ready to wait in line with other resort guests.)
- The Resort check-in may last up to 10 minutes in order for our front desk attendants to explain the Resort amenities. This is a lengthy process because we want to make sure guests can fully enjoy their time at the park without having to stop by the front desk.
- A good time to stay at the Resort during Stay and Play season is Mondays through Thursdays. It’s also recommended you stay two nights, this way you enjoy three full days at the waterpark!
- Prepare for lots and lots of walking. If you need to, I would suggest purchasing some type of water shoe in order to protect your feet from the hot ground (for more waterpark tips, check this post).
- For lower room rates and a better time at the waterpark, consider booking your stay prior to the third week in June and late in the season after the kids go back to school. (Remember: If you book your room at the last minute, you’re going to pay a higher price!)
- If you have any special requirements or want to book a room in a certain section, it’s always better to call the resort to reserve your room than to book online. For example: If you want to stay as close to the Master Blaster as possible, call the Resort to book a room at our Riverside Cabins! (For more on specific rooms available, check these posts.)
- We have video that explains the process, you can watch it here.
“It’s a great place for families!” said Kathryn. “We have lots of families that come year after year with their kids and grandchildren. I love to see the large families come rent four or five rooms and set up canopies under the trees as they relax. We’d love to see more family traditions started here. That’s the reason I do this job. I like to see people smile.”