Schlitterbahn has been named the World's Best Water Park for 20 years in a row. I was invited to their flagship park in New Braunfels, Texas where I learned why Schlitterbahn has earned that title.
Before there was a Schlitterbahn, there was Camp Landa, a 13-acre campground with about 30 cabins. In 1966, Bob and Billye Henry bought the campground which was located on the bank of the Comal River. Over the years, they bought nearby property and developed it, culminating in the opening of Landa Resort in 1979. In honor of the town's German roots, the resort was re-named Schlitterbahn, which means slippery road in German.
Over the years, additional rides and lodging options have been added to the mix. Fast forward to 2018, the New Braunfels Schlitterbahn location is a one-stop summer vacation playground that has something for everyone. Throughout the years, the focus has always been family entertainment.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels - Today
Thanks to the addition of those new rides over the years, the New Braunfels location of Schlitterbahn now has 51 different attractions across among its East and West parks. The attractions include 5 pools, 6 heated pools, 9 kiddie pools/rides/play areas, an AquaVeyor, the Blastenhoff Beach, PLUS:
- Tube chutes & slides: Bahnzai Pipline, Black Knight, Cliffhanger Tube Chute, Deluge, Der Bahn Speed Slides, Double Loop Body Slides, Downhill Racer, Dragon's Revenge (the first uphill water coaster), Hillside Tube Chute, Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster, Raging River Tube Chute, Soda Straw Body Slide, The Falls (the world's longest tubing adventure), White Water Tube Chute, and Wolfpack Raft Slide, and
- Lazy rivers: the Congo River Expedition, Kristal River, and Torrent River.
And for those who are really brave, there's the Skycoaster. Check out this footage of my friend Jennifer (from SweetTMakesThree.com) riding the Skycoaster: https://www.youtube.com/embed/aaV_0U2rbJo