For my fellow moms in Texas and beyond I want to make sure you are not only getting value but making wonderful memories when it comes to the annual family vacation. Make a stop to South Padre Island and visit one of the area’s most popular water park attractions, Schlitterbahn Water Park South Padre Island. This is the 15 year anniversary of the opening of the Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark and create family memories with the water park that has your back. Built in 2001, this park is home to the Transportainment River system that is designed to maximize time in the water and eliminate lines. This river system connects eight attractions that feature rapids, chutes, and gentle currents. Who doesn’t love a good tube ride where moms can relax and tan and the kids get to have a fun filled blast.
If you are looking for ideas on a packing list here is one that you can print out and use: Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark
I was impressed learning about how “GREEN” and environmentally friendly the resort and park is for Schlitterbahn at South Padre Island. Here are some awesome facts that make planning a trip here a sound and responsible choice:
Some of the key features at this park are the ropes. With over three miles of 3-inch mooring ropes from dozens of former ships you will see a lot of them. They have been painstakingly wrapped around giant concrete structural poles on our Sea 4ever 10,000 square foot patio.
Green House: The retractable roof over the indoor waterpark was built from a large greenhouse – an old Schultz nursery.
Lobby Check in Counter: Built from salvaged walnut trees which were pulled from a road project in Kansas.
Parapet Walls: The hatch covers came off a famous US Troop carrier the John E. Pope and are used on parapet walls and also to make tables. Over 500 are on site.
Chandeliers: The beautiful chandeliers hanging in the Sea 4ever event patio were salvaged from an aging Vegas hotel. Our team glued shells to them and hung in the ceiling.
Waterslides: Yes, even some of the water slides were recycled. The water slides in our indoor park came from a park in Cleveland Ohio, were salvaged, refurbished, and re-installed.
Handrails: An old Dutchman Downs Stadium was the source for all the handrails.
Loblolly Pines: In 2011, a major wildfire raged through Bastrop County, Texas in September. Three separate fires started during Labor Day weekend and by the time it was controlled, it destroyed 1,691 homes and burned over 34,000 acres of land including the vast majority of Bastrop State Park’s 5,900 acres of Loblolly Pines. The Lost Pines Forest, thought to have originated in or before the Pleistocene era, was also heavily impacted.
For safety, the burned pines had to be removed. These scorched trees were destined for the grinder who would have turned them into mulch. Jeff Henry, with Schlitterbahn, offered to take the fallen trees, then had them milled, beginning the process of transforming the pines from scorched wood to the most dramatic feature throughout the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort at South Padre. You’ll also find the pines all over sister park, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels – look for the pine paneling in the Riverbend cabins and the lovely furniture pieces here and there. At the South Padre Island resort you will find them in the guest rooms, the dining areas and the lobby.
– Rooms: In most rooms the cabinets, coffee tables, nightstands, and headboards are made from the Bastrop Loblolly Pines.
– Dining areas: Large tables are made from the Loblolly Pines.
– Lobby: The large tree stump tables by the doors leading to the heated pool are from the fire, as is the siding along many of the interior walls.
– External: The siding on the outside walls of the resort are made from Loblolly Pines.
Tips on what to pack and what not to pack
I created this quick list of items to pack and not pack for your visit to Schlitterbahn Water Park at South Padre Island. Let me know if I miss anything
10 Things to Bring:
Toiletries. Kids will need soap (body wash avoids gloopy bar soap syndrome), shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, hairbrush/comb and a suitable bag to keep them in. Go for biodegradable/earth-friendly products or be an eco-mama and buy them anyway. And don’t forget the little things, like lots of bands to tie hair back for swimming or running laps.
Protection. Sunscreen; bug repellent and after-bite balm (as natural as possible); water bottle; sunglasses; SPF lip balm; hats (sun and rain proof); medications in original containers; EpiPens and inhalers if used, including extras.
A disposable or cheap digital camera. To take photos and also to view and share saved photos of friends and loved ones. This is handy if your kids get lonely too.
Spare glasses or contact lenses.
10 Things to Leave at Home:
Heavily scented body sprays.
Shoes that don’t fit properly.
Portable video game systems. Again, avoid the tears over lost, broken, wet or stolen electronic items.
Fine jewelry and expensive watches. Pick up a cheap waterproof watch or better yet, ditch the timepiece altogether – it is summer, after all!
Food & snacks. They have all that you need at the resort and park
A bad attitude.
Unlabeled gear. Put labels on your child’s belongings so they don’t get lost or mixed up.
Learn more about what kind of adventures you can get into by visiting: Schlitterbahn.com online and enter any of the contests at Schlitterbahn Waterparks, South Padre Island, Galveston Island, or New Braunfels Facebook pages. Follow along on social media via the hashtag #BahnLove
What is your favorite Schlitterbahn park?