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Hold on to Summer

Aug 19, 2014 02:30PM ● By Dia

Hey summer, would you mind slowing down a bit? Whether you prefer to spend the season of sun by the pool or the spa, there’s still plenty of time for one more epic escape before school kicks into high gear. And you won’t even need to book a plane ticket to make your getaway. Some terrific vacation spots are just a short drive away, offering a world of relaxation or adventure depending on your mood. Feel like a kid again with family-friendly fun in New Braunfels, or plan an adults-only romantic retreat in Austin. Pack your bags and hit the road; here’s your chance to make this a summer you’ll never forget. 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort — New Braunfels

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Trade in back-to-school blues with a smile-inducing splash. You’ll find plenty of ways to say farewell to summer at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort in New Braunfels, a 70-plus -acre water playground filled with a seemingly endless array of aquatic attractions. Conveniently located between San Antonio and Austin on the banks of the Comal River, the award-winning waterpark, named after the German word for “slippery road,” began as four waterslides starting from a tower patterned after the Bergfried Guard Tower at Solms Castle in Braunfels, Germany — the home of New Braunfels’ original settlers. Today, it has grown into an expansive experience the entire family will enjoy. From the six- story tall Master Blaster, a waterslide/rollercoaster hybrid that’s not for the faint of heart, to the spring-fed Gator Bowl Activity Pool, there’s truly something for everyone.

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Winter Prosapio, Schlitterbahn’s Corporate Director of Commu- nications and Government Relations, explains why vacations here are different from a typical day at the waterpark. “Schlitterbahn is born from a river, not a theme park,” Prosapio says. “Our rides are long — we have one that lasts 45 minutes — because that’s how fun works on the river.”

Additionally, Schlitterbahn’s atmosphere creates the feeling of a complete getaway, with plenty of trees to remind you that you’re in Texas Hill Country.

“During the summer, there’s no better feeling than walking with your family under 100-year-old cypress and oak trees with a river flowing next to you,” Prosapio notes. “Sure, there are amazing rides and something for everybody, but it’s the beauty that surrounds you that makes this feel like a true vacation.”

Just steps away from all the action, a relaxing resort oasis awaits. In addition to being close to the waterpark, resort guests enjoy exclusive benefits like the opportunity to ride some of the park’s most popular attractions an hour before opening to the general public, free on-site parking, free inner tubes and free shuttle service. After the sun sets, there’s still plenty of activities to keep the fun alive, with options like movie nights, family volleyball, arcade games and campfire s’mores. And even when the park closes, resort guests continue to have access to its Boogie Bahn surfing ride, two swim-up bars and four heated pools.

After a full day of play, relaxation isn’t far away. Schlitterbahn Resort offers an array of accommodation options to help you create the perfect home away from home for your family. If you’re traveling with a large group, the Treehaus Luxury Suites may be your ideal haven, offering treetop views and upscale amenities for up to 12 guests. Overlooking the Comal River, Riverbend Cabins feature one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and a spacious common area. Or choose from the urban-inspired SchlitterStein Lofts or cozy Wasser Haus Lodge. Wherever you stay, remember you’re only moments away from a wet and wild adventure of a lifetime. Go ahead, dive right in!

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