History Highlights


1966    The Henry family moves to New Braunfels and takes overs Camp Landa, a small resort on the banks of the Comal River on Labor Day Weekend.


Early entrance to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, opened in 1979.

1979     Schlitterbahn opened with four water slides built around a 60-foot tall replica of the Bergfried Tower, the guard tower of the Solms Castle in Braunfels, Germany.

1980     The 50,000-square-foot Lagoon swimming pool was added, along with the park’s first inner tube ride called the Hillside Tube Chute.

Schlitterbahn slides and lagoon. 1980s
1983     The Cliffhanger Tube Chute and Recreation Building were added.

1984     The Tunnel Tube Chute was added, along with tennis courts and a swimming pool at the Resort.

1987     The Soda Straw slides were built from the top of the World’s Largest Coke Float; Polywog Pond kids’ park opened with padded water slides; an extension was added to the Cliffhanger.

Floating in the early days of Schlitterbahn. 1980s
1988     The Raging River Tube Chute opened and the 250-foot-long Banzai Tube Slides were added.

1989     Schlitterbahn celebrated its 10th anniversary with a major expansion on the west side of the park, including: The Beach family wave pool, Der Bahn speed slides, Congo River tube float, Sandbar Hot Tub, sand volleyball court, lockers and concession stands; a 2,000-foot branch of the Cliffhanger Tube Chute opened; new slides were added to the Lagoon Kids’ Park.

Forming the world's first inland surfing ride in 1991.
1991     Schlitterbahn acquired new property and built the 25-acre Surfenburg addition with the world’s first man-made bodyboarding ride called the Boogie Bahn; plus Squirt ‘n Sliden water playground, Kristal River tube ride, concession stands, dressing rooms, lockers and gift shop.

Prototyping family watercoasters in 1993
1994     Schlitterbahn celebrated its 15th anniversary with a major expansion in the Surfenburg section including the world’s first uphill water coaster, the Dragon Blaster. Other new attractions included the Family Blaster uphill water coaster, Kristal Cove activity pool with Hang Ten Harbor, Riverbend Pool and Hot Tub, and the addition of a new pirate ship in the Squirt ‘n Sliden water playground.

1995     The park became the most popular seasonal waterpark in the nation, with attendance surpassing all other summer waterparks for the first time. (Schlitterbahn is still the country’s top-attended seasonal waterpark!)

1996     Multi-million-dollar Blastenhoff section opened in July, with the world’s first Torrent River™; Master Blaster® six-story uphill water coaster, Black Knight dark tube ride, Wolfpack family raft ride, Blastenhoff Beach, concession stands, dressing rooms, locker and gift shop.

1998     KinderHaven, a new toddler play area with a pirate ship and kid-sized slides, opened at Blastenhoff.

1999     Schlitterbahn celebrated its 20th anniversary with the addition of Han’s Hideout, a five-story water fun house, at Blastenhoff.

2000     The hill below Schlitterbahn’s landmark German tower received a facelift. A new tubing river replaced the park’s original four Castle slides and connected with the existing Hillside Tube Chute, creating a quarter-mile-long tubing ride.

2001     Schlitterbahn opened its second waterpark. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island debuted with state-of-the-art technology, including the award-winning Transportainment® river system.

The Downhill Racer replaced the Schlittercoaster at the New Braunfels flagship park.

2006     Schlitterbahn opens the world’s first convertible waterpark on historic Galveston Island. The new Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark incorporates more than a dozen heated attractions in a 70,000 square-foot convertible indoor / outdoor area called Wasserfest. This climate controlled section of the park utilizes an ingenious wall and roof system that can be opened or closed to allow for year-round operation.

The entire park contains more than 30 attractions and offers the Transportainment® interconnected river system allowing guests to float throughout the entire park without ever leaving the water. A new parking lot with more than 200 additional spaces, enhanced kids’ area, improved restroom facilities and 29 remodeled resort rooms are several updates that take place at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels.

2007   Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark introduces the new Blastenhoff area featuring seven new attractions, more picnic tables, more lounge chairs, more shade and more guest amenities. The massive Blastenhoff expansion increases the park’s guest areas by almost 30%. All parks add a new Cabana Village.

2010   Schlitterbahn opens its fourth waterpark. With a soft open in 2009, Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas had its first full season in 2010. The park features record-breaking rides like the world’s longest tidal wave river, Storm Blaster – a Master Blaster waterslide, King Kaw rapids river, Cyclone and Twister head-first mat slides, Aqua Veyers™ and the Boogie Bahn surf ride.

2011   Schlitterbahn New Braunfels opens The Falls, the world’s longest tubing adventure ride.

2012    Schlitterbahn South Padre Island opens Schlitterbahn Beach Resort and Indoor Waterpark. The full-service Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort on South Padre Island now includes 221 hotel rooms right on the beach with four restaurant dining options and convention space, and an Indoor Waterpark open year round.

2013    Schlitterbahn broke ground for its fifth park located in Corpus Christi.

2014    Schlitterbahn hosted a late season soft open of the Corpus Christi waterpark with plans for a Grand opening in 2015.

2015   Schlitterbahn Riverpark in Corpus Christi opened with a full-service restaurant and resort.

2016   MASSIV, the world’s tallest water coaster opened in Schlitterbahn Galveston Island and won the coveted Best New Waterpark Ride by theme park enthusiasts.

Schlitterbahn founder, Bob Henry, lovingly known to so many as Mr. Bob, passed away. He left a legacy of hard work and a devoted family. His was, as his son Gary noted, a life well lived.

2017  Schlitterbahn founder, Billye Henry, lovingly known to all as Miss Billye, passed away. She left a legacy of passion for creating a place for families to gather and enjoy time together.

2018  Diamond Beach Holdings re-invests in Schlitterbahn Riverpark in Corpus Christi and adds amenities to the property.

2019  Schlitterbahn celebrates its 40th anniversary!

In July, Schlitterbahn Galveston and Schlitterbahn New Braunfels were brought into the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company family of parks, a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. In addition to the Schlitterbahn parks, Cedar Fair operates its flagship park, Cedar Point, and others in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Ontario. Cedar Fair is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FUN.


Family Amenities
Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979. The company operates two parks in Texas, all of which offer family amenities that include free parking and free inner tubes. Guests are also welcome to bring a family picnic basket, excluding alcohol and glass containers, into the park.