The Spot: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Schlitterbahn, partially powered by the Comal River, has been a requisite summer destination for Texas families since 1979. The enormous water park, featuring family-friendly attractions like the Gator Bowl Activity Pool and adrenaline-spiking rides like the Masterblaster Uphill Water Coaster, can get quite busy, meaning long lines and wait times. A day pass for ages 12-54 will cost $54.99 online, and $5 more at the gate. Reservations for a six-person cabana ranges from $125-$275 per day. Onsite overnight lodging includes luxury condos and small suites.
SUMMER FOR PROCRASTINATORS SERIES
Didn’t start thinking about your weekend plans until Friday? You might as well forget about floating the Frio in Garner State Park or exploring Enchanted Rock. This weekly series assists in finding great alternatives to Texas’ popular summer hangouts, from watering holes to museums, for those who prefer (whether intentionally or by accident) to plan their trips spontaneously.
The Alternative: Splashway Waterpark & Campground
The small community of Sheridan, located between San Antonio and Houston, offers a more relaxed water park experience with Splashway, which opened in 1998. The park has easy parking and light traffic, with cottage, cabin, and campground rentals available across the street. Guests over 42” tall can buy tickets for $39.99 online and $45 at the gate. Splashway offers day-use cabanas from $95-$130, so you have a private place to put your stuff while you play. Splashway offers a variety of thrill rides like Dueling Splash Blasters and easy-going sites like a Toddler Area and Lazy River.