Schlitterbahn are water parks created by Cedar Fair. It was previously a company owned by the Henry family that was based in New Braunfels, TX and “grew” out of the banks of the Comal River over 40 years ago. They opened their first location in 1979. At its peak it had five outdoor and two indoor waterparks and three resorts.
The outdoor water parks are open from April through September. The indoor water parks are open year round.
The park was originally named “slippery road” in German because of the area’s German heritage. It originally had four water slides. The Boogie Bahn was the world’s first inland surfing ride. The Dragon Blaster was the first uphill water coaster. The Torrent was the world’s first wave river. The Master Blaster was the world’s most award-winning uphill water coaster. In 2011, the park added The Falls, the world’s longest tubing river.
As of this writing you can get a season pass for as low as $94.99 through the Schlitterbahn website.
There is also a hotel, The Resort at Schlitterbahn, which has become a summer vacation destination for a lot of families over the years. You can stay during waterpark season or anytime of year during your trip to New Braunfels (Texas Hill Country) for a great family getaway.
The park currently employs over 2,000 seasonal workers. There is one other Texas location in Galveston. Previous locations include South Padre Island and Corpus Christi. There was also a previous location outside of Texas in Kansas City, KS. There are two new proposed locations. One in Cedar Park, TX and the other in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
On June 13, 2019, Cedar Fair acquired two of Schlitterbahn’s properties in Galveston and New Braunfels for $261 million. The rights to the Schlitterbahn name were included in the acquisition.