Thank you Schlitterbahn for partnering with me on this adventure.
School's out for summer! Well, almost. Ethan's preschool graduation is today (Gulp. Sniff. I can do this!) and local schools will be wrapping up next week and families will head to the water parks to beat the heat and the boredom. Last week I shared 5 Tips for a Stress Free Water Park visit and gave away tickets to Schlitterbahn Water Parks. The kids and I along with my sister got to put those tips into action last week and visit Schlitterbahn for the first time. What we found was a well run water park that is fun for the whole family. Here's why:
1. Great Kids' Areas:
Mom and dad can rest easy that there is something for kids of all ages at Schlitterbahn. There is Tikki Tikes and Wasserfest Kids area as shown here for around 6 and under. For that same age group there is also Treasure Island Kids Area and Torrent Beach kids area. The slides and ladders are smaller and the pools are shallow. Both my kids had a great time sliding and splashing. They seemed to prefer Wasserfest though because FYI fellow special needs moms there's a lot of sprays and a dump bucket at Tiki. Wasserfest is more of a gentle spray. For the older kids there is the Guada Loopy Slides, Kristal Lazy River, and the Dragon Blaster and many more. These are great for the kids that are a little older without being a grown up ride. Each kids section is worked within the main sections of Schlitterbahn so the entire family can go throughout the park together.
2. Plenty of Picnic Tables
Schlitterbahn allows you to bring in your own drinks and picnic coolers (No glass. No alcohol.) which I recommend you do. Not only does it save money, when we were there the concession lines did get long and you could totally avoid one of the few drawbacks of the park that I saw by bringing your own concessions. One thing Schlitterbahn does a wonderful job of is providing plenty of tables and covered picnic space. There is a massive picnic area near the main part of the park, but there are picnic tables near each ride too. There was also no problem finding restrooms throughout the park which is handy with two small kids! The only changing cabanas I saw were at the front of the park and there weren't a ton of them so there may be a short wait for those.
3. Lots of Maps
Schlitterbahn is a huge water park with many, many rides and it would be so easy to not know where to go next or even know where you are or how to get out. Big pet peeve of mine is attractions or even shopping malls that only put maps near the entrance. What if you can't find your way back to the entrance? And why should you have to walk all the way back there anyway to plan where to go next? That's not a problem at Schlitterbahn. There are plenty of maps throughout the park that help you keep track of where you are and plan where to go next.
4. Great Rides for the Grown Ups Too
Whether you are looking for thrills or just to float along lazily in the cool water, Schlitterbahn has the grown ups covered too. They have multi-story slides with twists and turns, straight drop cliff hanger slides, white water tubing, boogie boarding, or more my speed the lazy indoor river or the swim up bar!
5. Lots of Life Guards
As a mom of two littles who are still in the process of learning to swim it was very reassuring to me to see lots of life guards and at least one at every ride. I snuck this photo of this guy doing his job at the pirate ship and what I really thought was going above and beyond to keep the kids safe was that there were two life guards at some of the kids attractions. I kept a hawkeye on my kiddos but it let me rest easy and enjoy watching them have a good time knowing that I had extra eyes on them as backup!