This year Schlitterbahn turns 40!
The original New Braunfels location opened in 1979 on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels with four waterslides and a replica of a German castle. Each year, the family-owned entity grew its footprint and added rides, attractions and amenities, including expanding to four locations in Texas.
Did you know that there are Schlitterbahn parks in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi and on South Padre Island?
They have stayed true to offering quality and value to summer fun. Bucking the trend of other theme parks, Schlitterbahn offers FREE parking AND welcomes you to bring your own coolers with snacks and drinks (No alcohol or glass containers for obvious reasons!).
This post is part of a partnership with Schlitterbahn. The partnership included lodging, food & beverage, and compensation for the event. The opinions reflected are honest and unbiased based upon the individual blogger experience.
Oh and they’ve won so many awards for best “this” and best “that”, they have a whole wall of Golden Tickets and others in their company offices.
Regardless of the changes, growth and accolades, this waterpark has won the hearts of its fans.
It’s Called Bahn Love for a Reason
When I asked my online community to share their memories of Schlitterbahn, there were no shortage of stories.
One colleague shared how grown-up she felt during her 4th grade choir trip to the park when they got to go with friends instead of parents.
A neighbor of mine remembers going with her mom and sister when she was in college and laughs at how her mom tried to get the most out of “one more ride” long after her and her sister were exhausted.
Michelle Autenrieth Brown, chief of marketing for Kipp Schools, took her kids there for the last day of summer every year.
“Great way to close out the summer,” said Brown. “And the kids are exhausted so it means a good night’s sleep.”
“I think betting on who will flip over on the Hillside Chute versus who will make it out okay is always a highlight,” says Alexander Amaro, a manager at Phillips Entertainment. “My wife and I will forever have a special place in our hearts for Schlitterbahn.”
She had dreamed all her life of going to Schlitterbahn, so when Kristin Barclay found her adult self on business in the area, she made time for a visit.
“I entered the park when it opened and didn’t stop smiling from my first ride on the Master Blaster to wiping out on the Flow Rider,” she recalls. “Some would have been lonely or sad that they were alone, but I was in my zone. When I finally left, I couldn’t feel my water-logged feet but it was so worth it.”
Others who responded to my question expressed a similar sentiment over and over…there’s something about the atmosphere at Schlitterbahn that keeps them coming back.
Ready to Make a Trip?
If you’re planning your family fun this summer, start by checking out the operating schedule for the New Braunfels park. You can launch the schedules for the other parks from this page.
Take a minute to look at the historical highlights here — the photos from the early days will make you smile.
Come back and visit us here at Texas Travel Talk in June as we’re sending 5 of our travel influencers to attend Schlitterbahn’s annual “Women In Surf” event.
Hey Schlitterbahn! 40 sure looks good on you!