11 Schlitterbahn Tips That Save Money and Maximize Fun - New Braunfels, TX (2023)

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is one of the best waterparks in Texas. We love coming here to escape the Texas summer sun and have fun together. It also helps that it’s in the Hill Country, an area I love to visit, close to both Austin and San Antonio. But summer travel and visits to a waterpark can add up. I have found a few ways to save on Schlitterbahn New Braunfels tickets, cut food costs, maximize our time in the park, and have a great time doing it.

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This summer I took a trip to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels to do “research” for this article and asked staff for their best Schlitterbahn tips, tricks, and hacks. I’ve included those tips here and added a few of my own.

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Don’t Buy Your Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Tickets at the Gate

Skipping the ticket booth will save you both time and money. Visit the water park’s website in advance and save on Schlitterbahn New Braunfels tickets. You can buy any day tickets, value tickets (Monday thru Thursday), and packages. The Family Fun and Food Pack bundles admission for 2 adults and 2 children plus a basic meal plan. You pay once and save!

With a little more preplanning, you can find Schlitterbahn coupons and discount codes for tickets. Two of the most popular ones are getting tickets at an HEB grocery store and/or Simon Malls. For the past few years, Barton Creek Square in Austin offers the Simon Summer Fun Pack, 2 park tickets and a Simon gift card.

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Schlitterbahn Season Pass

Another option is buying a Schlitterbahn season pass. If you visit several days throughout the season, it pays for itself. In late summer (August), watch for season pass specials. Many times you can buy a season pass for the following year and get the remainder of the current year included. So it’s two vacations with one pass. It’s better than any Sclitterbahn discount code you’ll find online.

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Stay at the Schlitterbahn Resort

If you want to visit for several days in a row, stay the Schlitterbahn resort where waterpark admission is included in your stay. Nightly rates start at about $70 a night before taxes.

Schlitterbahn started back in 1966 as a family resort. Today it offers not one, but SEVEN unique resort experiences. Each with different accommodation styles ranging from hotel rooms to cabins and condos, occupancy from 2-18 people, and pricing from value to luxury.

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During my recent stay, I was at the Resort on the Bahn in one of their small suites. I loved having a full kitchen and living area separate from the bedroom. It’s the perfect space for relaxing where I was visiting the park or going out to explore more of New Braunfels, Texas.Every guest enjoys several perks when they stay at Schlitterbahn.

  1. Resort guests get admission to the park for what they call “Stay One Day and get Two Days to Play.” You get admission to the water parks from the day you check in to the day you check out included with your nightly rate.
  2. Guests also get extended time in the park. They can enter the Blastenhoff area an hour before the general public. That means you can start your day riding the popular Blast Tower with the Master Blaster, Black Knight, and Wolfpack multiple times with minimal (if any wait). Then after hours you can ride the Boogie Bahn for an hour after park close or relax in the water parks heated pools minus the daytime crowds.
  3. The resort properties are open year around. So although the water park is only open early spring to fall, you can stay on site any time of year.

Arrive Early

You know the old adage, “Early Bird Catches the Worm.” Well it’s true for every waterpark and theme park we have ever visited. Arrive 20-30 minutes before park opening for the best parking spots, swap your online ticket for a wristband and find ashaded spot for a group meeting point. There are lockers available, but I prefer to lock up my valuables in this portable FlexSafe that attached easily to my lounge chair. and ride your favorite rides without a long wait. By the way, it’s FREE parking!

Know the Best Day to Go to Schlitterbahn

During the summer months, the park is open every day. If you want to maximize your time in the park, you’ll want to know the best day to go to Schlitterbahn. For us, that means going on the least crowded days. Tuesdays and Wednesdays have the lowest crowds and are thus the best days to go to the park.

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Bring Your Own Cooler

Schlitterbahn water park allows guests to bring in ice coolers with food and drinks. That means you aren’t required to buy park food unless you want to and I have a splurge recommendation for you in a minute. So bring in sandwiches, healthy snacks, fresh fruit, water, and the like.The only things not allowed are glass containers and alcohol.

If you want to have a cookout and BBQ, consider renting one of the Riverbend BBQ Palapas in Schlitterbahn East. The cabana comes equipped with a BBQ pit and charcoal, reserved parking space, storage locker, ceiling fan, loungers, and a table with chairs.This is a great option for families, especially extended families are friends visiting together.

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Get a Funnel Cake – “Goodness sprinkled with happiness”

Even if you bring your own food, indulge one of Schlitterbahn’s funnel cakes. One family I met during my trip said the funnel cake was a family tradition. They called it “sweet goodness sprinkled with little bits of happiness.” You can’t beat that! Now these aren’t your normal funnel cakes. This was the Cookie Monster Funnel Cake. This one has crushed oreos, blue ice cream, and whipped cream topped on a sweet funnel cake.

Wear water shoes

Concrete on a hot Texas day can really do a number on the soles of your feet. Wearing a shoe that can get wet is a huge plus. Not only do you protect your feet from hot pavement, but it also protects your feet from rough surfaces when you are on rides.

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I’m wearing the women’s Uneek O2 from KEEN. KEEN makes several shoes that are perfect for a water park; Whisper, Newport, and Clearwater. I like these Uneeks for the woven design that doesn’t chafe or rub my feet the wrong way when wet. The material they use is also quite dry, so I don’t need a 2nd pair of shoes to wear home. Shop KEEN’s full line of shoes for men, women, and kids on their website. Take $10 off your next order from KEEN with promo code AUGUST10DOLLARS. Save now!

Get Longer Ride Time at BoogieBahn

This inland surf/boogie board ride is one of my favorite rides. Your “ride” can be a really short one if you don’t know how to maneuver the surf/water flow. On my last visit I took a private lesson and was given these tips from BoogieBahn Instructor Marcus.

  1. As you descend into the water, aim towards the letters R & B in Schlitterbahn under the viewing area.
  2. When you get to close to the front edge, move back by doing a yoga Cobra pose. Lift your chest off the board and lean back to push the bottom of the boogie board against the water. This provides resistance and you’ll be pushed back
  3. Once you get to the level area’s center, move forward by lowering your upper body back down so the board. This offers less resistance against the water.
  4. Repeat going back and forth to prevent being pushed off the water.
  5. Try to keep yourself in the center of the water between those R & B letters by leaning into the direction you want to go. A small shift will be all you need to stay centered.
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You can visit their website or TripAdvisor for current resort rates and reviews.

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Get Your Bearings Before You Go

The waterpark in New Braunfels is actually two parks connected by a tram. The original park, now known as Schlitterbahn West, is spring fed by the Comal River and has more chute style rides and areas for smaller children. Schlitterbahn East is where you’ll find the water coasters, Surfenburg, and Blastenhiff areas. During my first visit, I didn’t realize this and it took me a little while to get my bearings and quit getting turned around. A staff member said “stay to the green carpet… and you’ll find your way”. It’s true. The green pathway connects everything. So if you get lost, follow the carpet to find what you are looking for.

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Skip the Lines

With the Schlitterbahn Blast Pass you can reserve select attractions and get quick access to some of the parks most popular rides.

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Schlitterbahn Blast Pass

I found that it’s best to start with the rides that have the longest wait times and then go ride anything in the surrounding area that has little to no wait. Note: There is an extra fee for this, but on busy summer days, if can save you a lot of time in the park.

These are our Schlitterbahn tips, tricks, and money saving advice. Use them on your next trip to make a trip to this New Braunfels waterpark budget friendly and enjoyable.

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Thank you to Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts for providing complimentary lodging and attractions admission. All opinions are my own.

FAQs

What is the best day of the week to go to Schlitterbahn? ›

For the best experience, visit Schlitterbahn on a weekday. If you must plan your visit on a weekend, we suggest weekends early or late in the season, or on a Sunday in late June, July and early August.

Can you bring snacks to Schlitterbahn? ›

YES, for FREE! You are more than welcome to bring your own family picnic basket into the park, but you don't need to. If you do bring a picnic, please do not bring alcohol or glass containers. All ice chests and picnic supplies are checked upon entry.

Are Vapes allowed at Schlitterbahn? ›

Smoking/Vaping is not permitted inside the park.

Is Schlitterbahn cheaper after 3? ›

The online price for an adult is $50.99, and a child is $38.99. Gate prices are $2 more Sun – Fri and $12 more on Saturdays. After 3:00 the prices are $42.99 and $32.99 respectively Sun-Fri. Saturdays they are $47.99 and $35.99.

What day is Schlitterbahn least busy? ›

During the summer months, the park is open every day. If you want to maximize your time in the park, you'll want to know the best day to go to Schlitterbahn. For us, that means going on the least crowded days. Tuesdays and Wednesdays have the lowest crowds and are thus the best days to go to the park.

What should I take to Schlitterbahn? ›

Here are some ideas of what to take:
  1. homemade sandwichs (make them ahead of time)
  2. individual chips/snacks (saves wet hands getting into the chip bag)
  3. cut up fruit.
  4. pre-made salad.
  5. drinks in cans or plastic bottles (no glass or alcohol)
  6. homemade desserts (rice krispie treats are a favorite)
  7. paper plates, napkins, utensils.
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Can you use cash at Schlitterbahn? ›

At Schlitterbahn, we want you to have an AWESOME time with your friends and family, without sacrificing safety in any way. That's why we've moved to all cashless payments throughout the park.

Is Schlitterbahn water heated? ›

Lagoon Heated Pool and Swim-Up Bar at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels waterpark in Texas. Chill out with a cool drink in a giant heated pool. The Lagoon Heated Pool is a restful watery oasis in the middle of all the Schlitterbahn fun. There is a swim-up refreshment bar, as well as in-water tables.

Can you smoke in Schlitterbahn? ›

Schlitterbahn is a smoke free environment. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. Keep an eye on your young children. Children should not be left unattended at any time.

Can you drink beer at Schlitterbahn? ›

Need a nice, refreshing cold drink? Stop into the Boogie Bar next to the Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride. You can choose from a wide variety of domestic beers, wine, hard seltzers.... or try one of our Signature Drinks, frozen to perfection in fruity flavors like Americana Colada, the Mangonada, or the Bahn-a-Rita.

Can I bring my vape into a stadium? ›

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the stadium (this includes all smoking tobacco, e- cigarettes and vaporizers). Violators of this policy may be ejected from the stadium.

Which side of Schlitterbahn is better? ›

Schlitterbahn recommends you park at Schlitterbahn West and use the shuttle, which is great if you are doing both parks that day.

How deep is the pool at Schlitterbahn? ›

Gentle swells, a rolling surf, and a maximum depth of four feet mean most of the family can enjoy The Beach Family Wave Pool. For little ones, there's even a Shipwreck Slide at the shallow end of the pool.

Is the water at Schlitterbahn chlorinated? ›

3. Half the park is river water, half is chlorinated. The New Braunfels park is built on the nearby Comal river, and half of the park uses the water from that spring-fed river to power many of its rides. Parts of the park even contain rides that flow through the river itself.

Are cabanas at Schlitterbahn worth it? ›

The cabana rental is an additional expense on top of your Schlitterbahn admission ticket. But ask any veteran – cabanas are totally worth the additional cost.

How long are lines at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels? ›

Two hour waits for rides over in 2 minutes with minor thrills. 30 - 60 minute waits for rides over in the blink of an eye.

Can you bring your own tube to Schlitterbahn? ›

No, you cannot bring your own floats. But even if you could, you don't need to. The park provides different sizes of tubes, including 2 people tubes. There are more than enough tubes, and a few life jackets for those younger guests or those who do not feel comfortable in the water-all "free" to use.

Can you wear flip flops at Schlitterbahn? ›

Water Shoes: Since you'll likely be walking around all day, you'll need some kind of protection for your feet. While you can technically wear flip-flops in the park, you can't wear them on many of the rides.

What water does Schlitterbahn use? ›

The Original Schlitterbahn: Home to the signature Schlitterbahn Castle, this section of the park uses spring-fed water from the Comal River. Nestled beneath a beautiful canopy of trees, this section of the park has eight tube chutes, seven kids' play areas, a wave pool, and swim-up bars with heated pools.

What age is best for Schlitterbahn? ›

A few guidelines - adult tix start at age 12. Minimum height to go on all the rides is 42 inches. Common sense - they should know how to swim.

How long are the waits at Schlitterbahn? ›

Yes the wait times do get to an hour or two for the newer rides. The tube rides at times are packed full of people. I have never known Schlitterbahn to be "at capacity" and close. I know when the theme parks in Orlando close they are so packed and the wait times are 2-3 hours and you can barely walk through the park.

Does Schlitterbahn have a drop slide? ›

Rohr! Dare to take a vertical plunge from the top of a 70-foot tall tower, then travel more than 30 mph down a 244 foot-long body slide back to the bottom.

Can I bring a wagon to Schlitterbahn? ›

We love that we can take strollers/wagons/coolers/food/etc into the park.

What time is check in at Schlitterbahn? ›

Check-in is at 4:00 PM. Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Matching ID and credit card information is required for the name on the reservation.

Are dogs allowed at Schlitterbahn? ›

The Resort at Schlitterbahn does not allow dogs. Please choose a different pet friendly hotel in New Braunfels for your trip. Or, browse all pet friendly hotels in New Braunfels if you're still looking.

Does Schlitterbahn have a weight limit? ›

There are weight limits but they start at 400 lbs. So, most rides you can ride as a double ride, if you are over 215, figure it out if you want to ride alone. All rides can be ridden alone if you wish.

Is Schlitterbahn water cold? ›

And the water is COLD in much of the park because it's coming from this river. So refreshing! — 4 Parks with 1 Admission: With 4 areas of Schlitterbahn, including Tubenbach, Surfenburg, Blastenoff, and the Original Schlitterbahn, there is SO MUCH to do.

How cold is the water at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels? ›

We are very pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable visit! The comal water can feel quite chilly since it is at a constant 72 degrees year around. We hope to see you again soon!

Does Schlitterbahn have an indoor pool? ›

You can float on the Torrent River, go to the outdoor pool and swim up bar, race down the fast outdoor slides (48" and up), boogie board at the outdoor Boogie Bahn (42" and up), slide down the indoor slides (42" to ride alone) and play at the indoor pirate ship. The pools are heated and the hallways are very warm.

Can you wear basketball shorts to Schlitterbahn? ›

If they're planning on only getting in the lazy rivers and the tube rides, then yes they're welcome to wear basketball shorts. We do require those that ride the body slides to have swimsuits as any other material wears out the coating on the slide that make sit slippery.

Can I smoke in my house in Texas? ›

Currently, Texas has no statewide law prohibiting smoking in private residential units, such as apartments and condos.

Can you smoke cigarettes in a park in Texas? ›

The Smoking Ordinance prohibits smoking in most public places and work places unless listed as an exception in the Smoking Ordinance. The Environmental Health program is responsible for enforcement of Austin's Smoking in Public Places and Minor's Access to Tobacco ordinances.

Can you sneak alcohol in Schlitterbahn? ›

Yes, They do allow food and coolers inside the park. They will check them upon entering the park. You can't bring alcoholic beverages or any other opened drink.

Can I bring alcohol to Schlitterbahn? ›

We'll still be allowing guests to bring in their own coolers in 2020 - just no glass or alcohol please!

How much do lockers cost at Schlitterbahn? ›

10.00 for small ,15.00 for large (big enough to put stuff in) 25.00 for Xlarge.

Do metal detectors detect Vapes? ›

There are enough metal alloys and electronics that any form of vape will be found on a metal detector.

Can you smoke a vape at a baseball game? ›

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is permitted in a designated area outside the Third Base Gate. Tobacco use is prohibited in the seating bowl, concourses, Plaza, restrooms and in all premium seating areas.

Do Juuls go off in metal detectors? ›

Vape pens can be made of metal and may have some conductivity, which could cause you to trigger a metal detector. The vape pen should be fine in a carry-on bag, but if you remove it from the bag at security screening, it may cause issues.

Is Schlitterbahn busy? ›

Best time to arrive (besides opening): Anytime before 1 p.m. Days to Avoid: The seven Saturdays between July and August are the busiest times at Schlitterbahn. If you must go during that time, try to visit on a Sunday.

Is water heated at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels? ›

Lagoon Heated Pool and Swim-Up Bar at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels waterpark in Texas. Chill out with a cool drink in a giant heated pool. The Lagoon Heated Pool is a restful watery oasis in the middle of all the Schlitterbahn fun. There is a swim-up refreshment bar, as well as in-water tables.

Can you bring outside food to Schlitterbahn? ›

over a year ago. Yes, They do allow food and coolers inside the park. They will check them upon entering the park. You can't bring alcoholic beverages or any other opened drink.

Does Schlitterbahn provide New Braunfels towels? ›

They don't provide free towels. They are willing to sell you tourist towels with huge mark up, which unless you want a tourist towel for some reason is not going to be a good buy.

Where do you leave your cooler at Schlitterbahn? ›

We have left our coolers, food bags, towels, clothes, lotions etc on our tables for many years with no problems. Rent a locker for your valuables, they're cheap for the security and the key fits easily on your wrist or ankle.

Can you leave and come back at Schlitterbahn? ›

You can leave and come back in all day long.

Does Schlitterbahn take cash or card? ›

All of our in-park locations will only accept credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. It's faster and always secure.

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