For the most part, water parks — while fun — are fairly formulaic: A lazy river, some water slides, and, for dessert, soft-serve ice cream stands.
Then there’s Schlitterbahn, the granddaddy of all water parks.
It’s spread out over 70 acres with more than 50 attractions, plus tree houses inside the park that can be reserved for epic slumber parties and a unique tube ride with a grand finale that empties riders into a real river.
Perched on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, this legendary water park doubles as a resort because, like a central Texas siren, Schlitterbahn lures tourists from around the state (and the country) looking to escape from the sweltering heat.
Among the star amenities at Schlitterbahn are swim-up bars, super-long tube rides and shade provided courtesy of the cypress and oak trees that line the park. But just in case you need more convincing, here are five more reasons why Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels is the best water park in all the land.