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10 Surprising Facts About Schlitterbahn

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With Memorial Day behind us, Summer has (un)officially begun in the Lone Star State. That means we’ll all be planning summer cook-outs, camping trips and fun vacations! Though there may be plenty of places to splash around, when it comes to waterparks, in Texas, that means Schlitterbahn. With a Schlitterbahn in nearly every part of the state, it’s easier than ever to have “the hottest coolest time in Texas” as they say.

When I was growing up, there was only one Schlitterbahn however, the original one in New Braunfels. The first time I ever went there was with my church youth group when I was 12. It was the summer between 6th and 7th grades and it was a blast! I did develop a fear of the enclosed “soda straw” slides on that trip, however. The first one I tried to go on, I had a mini panic attack and literally could not breathe at all for the entire ride.  I loved the tube rides though, and Schlitterbahn clearly made an impact on me since I still remember that first trip more than 20 years later.

Schlitterbahn
This picture is from my first trip to Schlitterbahn with my husband, long before we were married, back when we were skinnier than we could ever fathom being again, and from a time when pictures were taken using film. Circa 2003.

I wrote this article for Wide Open Country and I learned a ton of cool information in researching it. For example, did you know the word “schlitterbahn” has a translation in German? I always thought it was someone’s last name. Another cool thing about Schlitterbahn is their conservation efforts, they reuse a lot of interesting things in really unique ways. Click here to check out the rest of the list.

 

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