OK so Schlitterbahn (been to all in Texas) is a bit of an odd ball place.
On the one hand, they build water rides that are better than Disney (amazing rivers, water coasters, etc) yet on the other hand there's always a few things that just feel off. Don't get me wrong, with these guys the pros typically outweigh the cons, it's just odd (and somewhat frustrating) that they can't seem to go "all the way" and just make it truly special.
This "resort" is an interesting example of what I mean. On the one hand, they have this great outdoor pool/bar with a cool statue in the middle and nice wooden details. On the other, the pool itself is too cold (EVERYONE was complaining about it) and it backs up to garage doors (yes, the kind you drive your car through...) It's just kind of a "huh, what were they thinking?" sort of thing.... Oh and aside from this lukewarm pool there is NO hot tub at the resort?!! What's the deal with that? Huh? What were they thinking?
The indoor waterpark is very similar to Galveston, except smaller. The river is fun, but again, it's too cold! Almost every adult I saw was commenting on it, (and several commented about the fact that they raised this issue with management and were politely blown off). Aren't you supposed to feel warm at an indoor waterpark? This is an ongoing unresolved problem as we visited in late December. Also, apparently because of this water heating issue, half the river (the part that goes outside) is now closed until the summer because they claim they can't keep it warm... Huh? What were they thinking? A warm river that dashes outside sounds fun!
Torrent River aside, there's no other Schlitterbahn "signature" attractions at the indoor waterpark. No boogie bahn! No water coasters! Just a torrent river and two ***slow*** loading tube slides.... There is a nice little kids area, but it's nothing not found everywhere else.
The final "huh, what were they thinking" is the rooms. I realize this is a remodeled Holiday Inn, but who would do a new hotel on South Padre where the rooms have NO balconies, or even windows that open?
Again, we are huge Schlitterbahn fans. The park in New Braunfels is unlike anything else on the planet. It's just the little "huh" and "why'd they do that" that I can't seem to understand with them....
Finally - this park is NOT worth the $30pp they charge visitors who aren't staying at the hotel. Look for a coupon or don't go.
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