By Kyle McCarthy | Contributor

Expectations run high at Schlitterbahn, pioneers of the water park concept since 1979. Voted America’s Best Indoor Waterpark for the past eight years by Amusement Today magazine, this 26-acre Galveston property features the 70,000-square-foot indoor Wasserfest area, which has a retractable roof that covers a heated pool, the Torrent tidal wave river, seven tube and speed slides, three kids activity areas and the Boogie Bahn surfing ride.

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