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Schlitterbahn is one of New Braunfels’ most popular attractions, and it can get crowded in the summertime with those looking for fun activities in the Hill Country. Having a little inside info on how best to navigate the park can take a good day and make it great. Here are 10 pro tips for getting the best out of Schlitterbahn.

1. Carefully consider the day

The weekend is going to be crowded (obviously!). But Mondays are also a very popular time to go to Schlitterbahn, as is Thursday—due in part to people taking extended weekend trips. Stick to the middle of the week and you’ll have a better shot at not getting inundated with a huge crowd.

According to Schlitterblog, “Wednesday is the slowest day during the summer, and other good bets include “a day where it’s rained just a little (it’s amazing how a brief rain shower will keep people home), or ON A HOLIDAY.  That’s right, the actual day of a holiday, like the 4th of July or the actual DAY of Labor Day, is slower than the days around it."

2. Pick the right time

For the best experience at Schlitterbahn, try to arrive right when the gates open. Getting there earlier in the day gives you access to rides without the long lines that will form in a few hours. The park opens at 10am, you may be able to get in as early as 9:30 when the ticket counter opens. “Open up the waterpark with us,” said Schlitterblog. “If you arrive 30 – 45 minutes early, you are going to hit the fewest lines.”

The Austin American Statesman also recommends timing your visit so you’re ready to “hit the rides hard during lunchtime. Most park visitors will take a break around noon — now’s your chance. While others are snacking, you could be splashing."

3. Travel light

It can be a drag to pack up all the mush-haves for a day at the park. Good thing you can leave the floaties at home. Schlitterbahn has life jackets and tubes for everyone.

4. Research the park ahead of time

If you’ve never been to Schlitterbahn, doing a little advance research to will help you maximize time enjoying the New Braunfels attractions instead of standing in line. Some experts recommend treating a trip to Schlitterbahn like a trip to Disneyland—go to your favorite attractions first or starting with the farthest point first since lines should be shorter the further you get from the entrance.

5. Do a sleepover

Not only does a night (or more) at The Resort at Schlitterbahn make for a great staycation, it also gives you a chance to get in some rides before the park opens to the public, with “early ride time on the Master Blaster, Dark Night and Wolfpack before the waterpark opens, free on-site parking, free tubes and free shuttle service.” Accommodations including the River Bend Cabin, Treehaus Suite, and Schlitterstein Studio Loft.

6. Rent a cabana

It’s hot in the Hill Country in the summer, and even though you’ll be surrounded by water at Schlitterbahn, you’re going to want to secure some shade, too. Rent a cabana in advance to make sure you have a place to gather with family away from the sun. Cabanas also come with reserved parking and wait service.

Coming with a big party? Reserve your cabana at Surfenburg, a more private area of the park where you can all be together. If you don’t want to shell out for a cabana, you can snag a table in the shade if you arrive early enough and set your stuff up for the day.

7. Bring the whole family

You might think Schlitterbahn is only for older kids, but there’s plenty for the younger ones to do here as well, like the Lagoon Kiddie Park, and Butterfly Bayou.

8. Bring your own food

Schlitterbahn has lots of options to feed the family, but if you want to make sure you have nutritious choices—and save a few bucks—bring a cooler!

9. Watch for discounts

According to the Austin American Statesman, you can save money with Surf and Save/ Blast and Save Days. “These tickets are only available during the beginning and end of the summer season. Although only selected parts of the park are open, they are priced cheaper and ensure an emptier park as kids are back in school.”

You can also save some money by coming later in the day. After 3pm, tickets are discounted up to $15 each. Buying Schlitterbahn tickets online can also save you up to $12 a ticket.

10. Dress properly

A bathing suit is probably No. 1 on the list of things you’ll be wearing to the park. But don’t forget about bringing the right shoes. The ground is going to be hot. Break out those crocs or water shoes. You won’t care if your feet aren’t fashionable when they’re safe from being burnt by the sizzling sidewalks.

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