“Have been coming here for 20 years with my kids and now grandkids! I'm a local!”
Park is in two main sections, the "Old School" west section, still very very fun. When I started coming this was all there was, yeah I know, times have changed and everybody and their brother is doing waterparks. Most of them are designed by the folks at Schlitterbahn...just sayin....The new eastside consists of Surfenburg (Insider Tip: The back wash on the Boogie Bahn is a fun seldom a line place to get flushed down, you can do it over and over if the park is busy) Blastenhoff ( The Congo River is a free flowing circle with big waves that repeatedly swell and rush you along...more fun...no lines) and now The Falls tube ride which connects these two sections, you can float from one side to the other rather than walk! which is part of the park they now call Tubenbach. So to address some other reviews, old school side is run with river water out of the comal, all treated and clean but it does not sparkle like the newer parks. So is is not really "dirty" it is just different and kind of cool. And yeah, you but several thousand people into a closed system and you are gonna float by a few flip flops and water bottles from time to time, its not a big deal, the place is definately NOT filthy or unkempt, and it is charmingly old school, but still big fun and big thrills. Also, yes there are people of every race and culture there, some with TATTOOS! Some are polite, some are not. Same deal as Disneyland, it's a melting pot, everybody is there to have fun, get over it.
Come 15-30 minutes before park opens and when they blow the whistle go find a picnic table in the shade to home base yourself with. Lots of trees and umbrellas and overhangs here that help keep your stuff shady. Tip: Parking is also Free!
Bring a picnic. You can bring coolers and food as long as all in plastic, no glass, no alcohol. Drag it in to your table and you are set for day. Remarkably safe to leave most of your belongings. Lockers avail for your money and phones if you are worried.
Bring your own towels and necessities and SUNSCREEN and lip balm. Reapply at lunch. This is Texas people!
Wear water shoes if you can. Most areas are carpeted and/or shaded but there are sections where you will walk on hot pavement in summer. The rides are fine without shoes, its the walking between the rides. We never wear them but sometimes wish we had but really infrequently.
Grab an innertube with a bottom for small kiddos from guest services WHEN YOU ARRIVE. They are free but get sucked into the abyss by midday. Just keep it by your table. It may get borrowed though if you are away. Just the way that rolls.
Grab a lifejacket for babies, toddlers and non-swimmers WHEN YOU ARRIVE to keep for day. Free at guest services.
Post someone by any of the kiddie pools there are several in each park to watch the wee ones and take turns going on rides. They will have a blast as water is only inches deep and even crawlers will have fun.
Warm up in the hot tubs, really warm tubs, they have float up bars with frozen drinks if you are into such.
Bring or buy a sunglass grip from the gift shop. Or leave your sunnies in the beach bag.
Bring dry clothes for end of day for the ride home. You will be happy to not be wet by then!
Plan to go home and sleep...you will be exhausted and happy.
Oh and going in Sept the couple of weeks after school starts on a weekend is HEAVENLY, no lines and just relaxed good fun.
Wear flip flops on the rides. I would not bring them at all except to walk to and from the car.
Do not take your tiny babies down the tube rides. Even the tamest tube floats have little waterfalls etc. If they are maybe close to 2 yrs old and extremely good natured, no separation anxiety you could try it. You will want to hang on to their tube, which is sometimes impossible, tubes do flip in the falls sometimes, just not worth the drama in my opinion.
Wear two piece swimsuits that are too loose, the power of the water will wash them right off ! Bring a tank to put over just in case!
Do not plan to do everything but there is plenty to explore.
Do not let your babies wear regular diapers. Please bring swimmer diapers instead for the sake of everyone else in the kiddie pools. Hats highly recommended.
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