Schlitterbahn is nestled on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, about 175 miles west of Houston, near San Antonio. Its natural setting amid towering trees gives it a unique character among water parks. Several of the rides make use of the river and its fresh spring water.
The Ragin' River Tube Chute transports riders through a tube and into twisting turns, then spills them out into another ride called the Congo River. Three of the park's water coasters actually shoot riders uphill, including the six-story Master Blaster. Many water park enthusiasts believe that this ride is the best of its kind.
There are six shallow-water playgrounds for younger children, some featuring activities such as padded tube slides, pirate ships with play features, and a five-story water funhouse. Older kids have plenty of thrill rides to sample, including the surfing simulation Boogie Bahn and a tidal wave river. Visitors can stay in lodgings in the park that overlook the river and rides.
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort Information
Address: 305 W. Austin St
New Braunfels, TX
Hours of Operation: Hours vary
Admission: $38.43 adults; $31.33 kids
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