Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Yes! You can take a Toddler to Schlitterbahn!

Schlitterbahn in New Braunfles - BIG waterpark, but is it a place you'd want to take your little ones???


I hemmed and hawed over this one - I have 2 olders (11 & 9) who have been begging me to take them. I also have a strong-willed 3 year old who is very adventurous, so I thought we'd give it a try.  

I am so glad we did! Here's why:
Schlitterbahn has four separate parks to play in - The Original, Surfenburg, Blastenoff, & Tubenbach - and all of them have amazing toddler water play areas.

We started out in the Original Park.  Shaded with lots of trees, most of the toddler areas stay out of the sun for the better part of the day.
The Original Park has fun water play areas with oversized animals to crawl and slide down.
Also, Schatze's Central Park is located here.  This is a cute area set up with several slides, water jets, and play areas.  The water level is very low here, so this is a great place to cool off and play with beginning walkers.
It was also a perfect place to "break" my 3 year old in, as this was his first trip to a water park.  He played in this area for a while before we ventured to the bigger slides with water.
Another great play area for toddlers is at Surfenburg - The pirate ship & submarine was a favorite with my guy - lots of tunnels, slides, and fun water contraptions that kept my toddler amused for hours. The water is a bit deeper in this area, so you would want to grab a life jacket (provided by Schlitterbahn) if your little ones are not steady in water.
Schlitterbahn has child-size tubes with bottoms so that you can take little ones on some of the tame water rides - the Hillside Chutes was a favorite of his, as you drift along encountering a slide every once and a while. He screamed his way down some of the chutes (they were tame) and giggle as he was at the bottom.
Towards the afternoon, we were able to "graduate" my little one to this fun water play area. This playhouse has rope ladders, tunnels, and climbing areas that have water spraying in every which way.  The back side of the playhouse has fun, but gentle, water slides to go down.  And beware of the tipping ship at the just might get you soaked if you time it just right!
Schlitterbahn really does a great job at providing fun for every age. My older kids were able to play on all the rides and slides they wanted in the parks we were in as my toddler loved running and splashing through his area.  It was ideal for our family and as you can see, wore my little guy out!  

Before you go, check out my Top Ten Reasons to go to Schlitterbahn this summer post.

Other great things to check out in New Braunfels:

Texas Travel Facts for Schlitterbahn:
Location: 305 West Austin Street, New Braunfels, TX
Hours: Summer Schedule Varies- click here 
Admission: Ticket Prices vary - online or at HEB is your best bet 
Recommended Time: ALL DAY!! 
Good to know: Sunscreen it up - lots of unshaded areas; bring a cooler (no glass or alcohol); lockers are available for valuables; get there early; weekdays during the summer are less crowded

My family and I were invited to visit the water parks and were provided admission. I was not financially compensated for this post.  All opinions of the Schlitterbahn are strictly my own based on my experience. 


Michele @ Malaysian Meanders said...

Any advice on what's a good age to let the older kids roam independently? I'll have to stick by my 7-year-old, but I know that my 9- and 12- year-olds will want more excitement.

Shanell Langham said...

I have been searching all day for something this informative!! Thanks so much! We are taking our toddler daughter there in a few days and I've been so worried that it wouldn't have anything suitable for her. I am even more excited for our trip now.