Another Schlitterbahn season has just started, and that means a cavalcade of people will soon be descending upon the world’s best waterpark. But that's no reason to stay away. When you live in the Hill Country, being able to head to this favorite New Braunfels family amenity any time you want is a privilege! You just need to know a few tips and the latest news to get the best out of the park without spending your whole day in line.
Study the map
Being able to enjoy all that your family want to experience is about making a plan of action ahead of time. Check out the Schlitterbahn park map together and make note of everyone’s must-do’s before you arrive to maximum fun time.
Get a Blast Pass
This new feature kicked off last year, and for those who aren’t excited to wait in line, it’s a reason to celebrate. The Blast Pass is “a wearable virtual queuing solution designed for use in water parks,” said Schlitterbahn. “Using touchscreen kiosks located throughout the 70-acre park, guests can save their spot in line for the most popular of the park’s attractions. The RFID-enabled wristband features a countdown display that notifies guests when it’s their turn to slide.”
Not only is the park a great Hill Country staycation the kids will love, but you’ll score free admission to the park, too, when you stay the night at Schlitterbahn. Plus, “Resort guests get Early Ride Time, Extended Ride Time, and access to multiple amenities.”
Get a cabana
It gets hot in the sun, obviously. And you probably won’t be riding rides or submerged in water all day. Get a cabana so you’ll have a spot in the shade to set up, keep your stuff, eat your lunch, and shelter the family when you’re taking a break from the attractions.
Additional bonuses for cabana rental: Reserved parking and wait service.
Thanks to the popularity of this amenity, Schlitterbahn added more Premium Cabanas last year. Now, you can choose from “everything from BBQ palapas to super-sized cabanas suitable for ten people to share” to “luxury cabanas with mini-fridges and TVs.”
Come at the right time
Thursday through Monday are typically the most popular days at Schlitterbahn. Come midweek, if you can, to avoid the crowds. “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,” said Schlitterblog. “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."
You also want to take the time of day into account. Schlitterblog recommends arriving when the gates open to ride line-free—or even a little earlier. “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. If you arrive 30–45 minutes early, you are going to hit the fewest lines.”
Getting there early also gives you the best access to life jackets and tubes, which are available on a first-come, first-served at the park.
Save some money by bringing your lunch
There are plenty of dining options at Schlitterbahn, but you can also bring your own food to save a little money and keep an eye on nutrition.
Take advantage of special promotions
You could be missing out on savings by buying tickets at the gate. Check out all the potential ticket discounts at Schlitterbahn.
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