With a world-renowned 70-acre waterpark practically in our own backyard, Schlitterbahn is the obvious choice for a play-packed getaway. Nestled in the banks of the picturesque spring-fed Comal River, this award-winning park offers more all ages water entertainment than you could possibly conquer in one day. So why exert yourself trying? Stay overnight and make a vacation out of it.
Schlitterbahn offers 160 accommodations on, or adjacent to, the park grounds, the most amazing being the brand new Treehaus Luxury Suites. These treehouses boast as many as three bedrooms and two baths, with room for you and up to eleven of your friends.
Kids will love hanging out up in the huge man-made trees that overlook the waterpark, while parents will swoon at the interior of the swanky digs. The flatscreen TVs don’t hurt either. Can you say, “naptime”? For you, I mean, while the kids watch television.
But wait! First you have to actually get tuckered out trying Schlitterbahn’s 40-plus rides, spread across two areas of the park: The Original Schlitterbahn and East Schlitterbahn.
Choose from two uphill water coasters, nine tube chutes, 17 water slides, the Boogie Bahn bodyboarding ride, a family wave pool, five heated pools, seven children's water playgrounds, and more. As an added bonus of staying onsite, you can enjoy extended access to some of your favorite rides (so yeah, I’d say you’re going to need that nap).
The rides that give you the biggest bang for your waiting-in-line buck are the river attractions, which offer both relaxation and the occasional taste of adventure. In The Original Schlitterbahn, be sure to float along The Congo River Expedition, which ends with a tube ride in the Comal River. For a more heart-racing river experience, hop aboard the Cliffhanger and Whitewater tube chutes. In East Schlitterbahn, you won’t want to miss The Falls, which is heralded as the world’s longest tubing adventure.
The best thing about Schlitterbahn is that there are only five attractions with height requirements, which makes the park someplace you truly can enjoy together as a family. Be sure to snag free lifejackets and children’s tubes with bottoms upon arrival at the park, and be ready to get wet. Just note the attraction ratings before getting any line, as it’s hard to change your mind once you’re roughing the rapids of a river ride.