I was lucky enough this year for the first time to have been at the park at 10 a.m. on April 27, 2013 when we opened, and I was also there at 5:00 p.m. September 22, 2013 when we closed.

In my opening day blog, I talked about the dawn of the season. Opening day is full of sweet expectation. Employees and guests wait for it like a child looking for that perfect moment to jump into a jump-rope on the playground. As the temperature rises and many happy guests have their fill of waves, slides, rides, swings, and funnel cake the park is like a well-oiled machine. All summer peppered with moments that are burned in our memories and some days that seemed to drag on forever.

Then school starts and we think less about sunscreen and tubing and more about pencils and backpacks. Some of our hardworking seasonal employees go back to college. We know we want to hold on to that last bit of summer. But the season, as it does every year, does need to set.

On the last day, I watched as the lifeguards gave the final call to leave the pools. Some kids go back to sneak one more swim before being coaxed away by their parents. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful day. But it was somber, and a little sad that we all have to wait until April 2014 to ride the waves at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels again. It was appropriate, that the first day of Autumn fell on the last day of the Schlitterbahn New Braunfels season.

It was a great summer. We’re glad you came.

Glad you came (high rez) from Schlitterbahn Waterparks on Vimeo.

Also, if you love Schlitterbahn, and I know you do. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island and Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island are still open weekends and selected holidays for the indoor/heated season!!