Schlitterbahn Galveston…The Best Day EVER!

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Just so you know, I participated in Schlitterbahn’s Mom’s Ice Chest Challenge to facilitate this post. We planned a picnic and packed a #BahnCooler, and had an awesome day. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.

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We went to Schlitterbahn Galveston this past weekend and Bubby officially dubbed it the best day EVER! He wasn’t far off the mark. Other than the marriage to my husband, and the birth of my children, it totally ranked up there for me too! Schlitterbahn truly has something for everyone, no matter your age, and this is the perfect family day of fun.

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The minute we walked in, I knew we’d have fun! There was so much to see and do. But I was apprehensive. My babies had never done anything like this before. Would they be scared to slide down all of these big slides? Schlitterbahn is the ONLY water park I’ve ever been to in my life that allows the little ones (under 42″ tall, since Bubby is only 41.5″ tall) to ride almost all of the rides as long as a parent accompanies them. How cool is that? My little buddy was a CHAMP. He rode everything he could and asked for more! From slides, to the lazy river, to Treasure Island.

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But let’s talk about this lazy river, shall we? There is absolutely nothing lazy about it! We’ve been to water parks over the years where you just troll around a lazy river and relax. There are places where you can do this here, but if you want to step it up a notch, Schlitterbahn has you covered with The Torrent River, that offers some serious waves y’all, and The White Wave River, which is seriously like white water rafting, in a water park. AWESOME. This is like no lazy river we’ve ever seen before and we spent hours there!

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Plus, this water park stands out above the rest. They don’t only allow you to bring your own coolers, they encourage it. Do you know how much money you can save by bringing your own cooler full of food and drink to a water park? A crap ton! That’s how much. We came loaded with sandwich fixins and drinks for everyone. Enough to last us through lunch, and dinner. The park is open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm, so you’ll want to pack a bunch.

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Because nothing beats a family picnic. I dare you to say something does!

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Luckily, there are picnic areas that are clean, and you can safely leave your stuff right there, all day long. They have lockers to store your valuables of course, but no one messes with your coolers while you’re off playing because employees “patrol” the area all day. Just leave your stuff and go, and come back to grab a snack as you need it. Super awesome! There are about 7 picnic areas by my count, but don’t hold me to that.

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Although the babies rode all of the water slides they could (Bug could ride all of them and she did), one of their favorite places to chill was the Treasure Island Kids’ Pool.

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This was a place to relax, have a little fun, and just enjoy a little family time during our busy day.

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They had a blast and I think I had more fun watching them than they actually did playing. That frog slide was the bomb!

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Only one thing could make our next family outing at Schlitterbahn Galveston better. A cabana. They have the most amazing cabanas for rent for the day. Some are 2-story, some just one. But either way, this takes picnicking at the water park to a new level and this is what I want to do next time! Awesome, right?

So, if you live in Galveston, or if you’re ever in the Galveston area, OBVIOUSLY, I recommend that you visit Schlitterbahn for a family day (or entire weekend) of fun. Well worth the cost, and hey…parking is free. Bring your own #BahnCooler, they encourage it. Then you don’t have to worry about food or drink while you’re there. It’ll be waiting for you at your picnic table or cabana.! Just ask Bubby.

If you want to find out more about what Schlitterbahn has to offer, be sure to visit their website, and you can like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter too.

About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 25 to 6. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. Wow – I wish we had this near us. It sounds like such an awesome place. My biggest pet peeve about going to a park is when you feel like they are trying to nickel and dime you and get you everywhere as a parent. Being able to bring your own food is HUGE. Plus it’s nice to know you won’t be arguing with your kids over what they can and can’t have or what a picky child will eat. The height factor is great too! I have a child that falls in the same category and have delayed going to a real water park because I’m worried we won’t be able to do half the stuff. So awesome! Glad your family had an amazing time!
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  2. That looks like such an awesome place to visit. I think my daughter would love it.
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  3. Wow looks like such a fun day! We have some of those parks sort of close to us.. I like water parks over coaster parks.

  4. There is something about a water park that I just LOVE. I want to visit one very soon with my kids. This one looks like it was a blast!!!
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  5. What an amazing place! This looks like the perfect family-fun adventure for everyone. If I ever make it to Galveston, you can find me in one of those cabanas!
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  6. Wow this looks like a fun place and i bet you all had a great time.My kiddies would be over the moon if we got to go here.
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  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I wish we had one near us here in Boston! It looks awesome and my kids would love it.

  8. What a great place! My kids would love to go here! Looks like a great experience!
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  9. We have family who live in Galveston, and they have NEVER mentioned this place! It looks fantastic! And I LOVE those cabanas!
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  10. Your photos definitely tell a story! Good job. :)
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  11. What a fantastic water park! My parents used to live in Houston, so we’ve been to Galveston, but not this portion!
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  12. So much fun. Looks to be an amazing place.
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  13. Ok, I just love those cabanas. I’m not sure how much they are, but I would totally want to rent one. I love the lazy river too. THat’s where I’d hang out.
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  14. Donald Purdum says:

    I wish we would have gone while I lived in Texas. So many stories of fun and excitement for the whole family.

  15. I went to something like this yesterday in my town. I’m tired just remembering it. Looks like you guys had a blast!
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  16. That place looks like a blast. I haven’t taken my kids to nearly enough water parks.
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  17. Wow this park looks really nice and clean. I especially like the fact that younger kids can ride all the attractions, because that’s usually a problem. And I love lazy rivers too, my favorite part of water parks! Thank you for sharing, great post!

  18. I did not know Galveston had a Schlitterbahn. We have one in New Braunfels but have not been. Our family is not one that knows how to swim well.

  19. Paula Parker says:

    What a fun day you had with your beautiful family. I always played pirate when I was younger. What a treat this would have been!

  20. That best day ever pic is awesome! I’ve never been to one of these waterparks but it looks like soooooooo much fun!
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  21. I haven’t been to a waterpark in years, but now I want to go! I’m also trying to sound out Schlitterbahn…. I think I am pronouncing it wrong.
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  22. What an awesome water park. I have been to a water park in years but always have fun when we go.
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  23. i’ve been wanting to go there. I took a tour a few years back and it looked awesome
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  24. Chrissy says:

    What an amazing place! I love the lazy river where I can kick back and relax :)

  25. What a great water park! I wish we had some closer to us. Looks like everyone had a great day!
    thanks for sharing,Mitch
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  26. That looks like such a fun place to visit. I love visiting water parks.

  27. What a fun day for everyone! I wish we had one of those where we live!
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  28. That looks really amazing. Smiles on all faces!
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  29. Wow, that place looks like a blast. When I get to Galveston next we will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.
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  30. T/hat looks like it’s a really fun place! Perfect for a hot summer day!

  31. We love Schlitterbahn! It is one of the most fun places!
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  32. Jennifer Williams says:

    I agree that has to be the best day ever. What a great water park, with it being so hot out right now we should all go!

  33. This kind of day is my idea of a perfect day too. I love the water play just as much as any of my kiddos, and all four of ‘em are water babies. :)

  34. This looks like such a blast! I know my daughter would love the kid’s pool!
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  35. What a great park!! We have Wild Water Kingdom here in Toronto, I can’t wait to go now seeing this!
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  36. What a splashing good time. My kids would love this. I wish we had one close to us.
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  37. That is so cool! We went to a really nice family friendly place similar to that in Northern Texas when we visited family, but I’ve never seen a water park like that. I wish we had a place like that in Phoenix.
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  38. We are so close here in Katy and have never been. My kids are not into waterparks anymore
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  39. Looks like you guys had a blast! I can’t remember the last time I went to a Water Park!
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  40. Oh you’re kiddos look they had the best day ever. Looks like an awesome place for the whole family
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  41. I have never heard of this place! It looks like an awesome family day out!
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  42. michele d says:

    Looks like a wonderful day to enjoy in the hot summers day! Pictures are great!

  43. I plan on setting up something new summer. We lives a little too far for a one day trip but I may try to do a 5 day trip and spend the day there. Looks like so much blast and not too crowded.

  44. I really enjoyed seeing your photos. The photos made me think of fun and happiness on a hot summer day.
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  45. This place looks awesome! I love to go to places like this to swim they are so much fun! . Thanks for sharing!
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  46. This looks like a wonderful place to visit, my girls would LOVE it!
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  47. WOW! This place looks like fun! Makes me want to go on the slide! I also LOVE the name of your blog, its so funny!!!
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  48. It looks like such fun. Waterparks are a blast with kids!
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  49. We have a Schlitterbahn in Kansas City. I want to take my kids there.
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  50. love, love water.. looks so much of fun.. the rides makes me want to try over right now, and of course, who could ignore the happy happy kids.. lovely pictures, so much fun !!

  51. Rebecca says:

    Sounds like an awesome time for the whole family. Glad you had fun. I would love to go there one day. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Wow, this waterpark is amazing! I love those cabanas and I can’t believe you can bring your own food – that would save us a TON because there’s 8 of us! Oh and the 42 inch rule – my 5 year old is only 40-41 so she usually has to sit out on a few rides so that is really cool that their rule is a little less that the typical 42.

  53. Lisa Collins says:

    That looks like a great place for a Summer adventure! I wish we had a water park closer to us – splash pads yes, but no big water slides.

  54. That place looks like a blast! I can’t wait until my kiddos are a little bit older and we can take them to places like that!
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  55. My kids would love to go there! The love water parks!
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  56. I feel like diving into the water just by looking at your photos. Great shots and the place is really nice.
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  57. Okay the fact that they allow you to bring a cooler in is amazing!!! We have a SplashKingodm here and you can’t bring anything in. I mean nothing,not even a freaking water bottle and they only offer one water fountain. It’s enough to deter me from ever going again. I mean for the four of us to go all day and eat/drink it cost $140. That’s outrageous and in my opinion dangerous. The last time we went (and the first time in ages) we saw 4 girls pass out from heat exhaustion and dehydration while standing in line to get water at their food joints.

    But I digress….

    I’ve always heard a lot about Schlitterbahn and wow I didn’t realize they had so much. We are going to have to plan a trip for next year. It’ll be worth it!
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  58. Wow, Schlitterbahm sounds like such an awesome water park! I want to go there the next time I am in Texas!
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  59. That looks like so much fun! Your photos are stunning too!
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  60. OMG this looks like a total blast of a trip! Gotta find a cool place like this for the kids, they all love water, but never been to a water park before.
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  61. Sounds like you had a lot of fun! And it certainly looks so in the pictures also! It’s so good to see those happy smiley faces :)
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  62. OH MY GOSH! I totally wish we could visit this place. It looks completely awesome! I’m glad you guys had a blast. :)
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  63. Now this looks fun! My kiddos would love to visit here.

  64. WOW! Schlitterbahn lets you bring your own food and beverages?! That’s a huge savings over other amusement parks, I’ve never heard of a park that allows you to do that. Looks like a LOT of fun, too.
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  65. That looks like more fun than you should be allowed to have. Seriously, if I have to send you all my crafts you should at least take me to Schlitterbahn!
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  66. That really does look like the best day ever!! Oh my goodness, we’d be there all day and then we’d be back for more! My little guy is a water bug, no doubt :) Love your cutie pie photos!!
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  67. I’m glad you shared this. They recently opened a Sclitterbahn near me, and I’ve been considering going.

  68. My kids have been begging for us to take them to a waterpark (aside from our local pools). This one looks fantastic. Too bad it’s so far away, but keeping it in mind, for sure!
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  69. I love your pictures! Looks like you and your family had a great time! :)
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  70. I enjoyed reading this post! The water park looks amazing. How I wish we have this kind of water park here in our country. My son loves to swim and I’m sure he’ll enjoy there.
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  71. Wow, that looks like such a fun water park. I can’t wait to take my kids to their first waterpark this summer.
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  72. Wow this place looks amazing! Wish I lived close to one. Looks like you and your family had an amazing time
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  73. My son would love that pirate ship area! It looks like a great day!
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  74. My son would have loved that pirate ship! What a fun family day!
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  75. I keep hearing about this place! It looks like so much fun for the family!
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  76. This place looks like a blast, my kids would so enjoy going there!
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  77. Looks like a really fun day! Makes me want to take a road trip!

  78. Pretty sure I’d spend the entire summer there! My boys would never leave. We love brining our own food to these kinds of places! Glad you guys had the best day ever!
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  79. Great photos!! That waterpark looks amazing. My family would love it there!
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  80. So fun! My kids would LOVE this! Looks like you had a blast!
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  81. DUDE! Being able to bring your own cooler is a mega bonus for them!

  82. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Looks like such a fun place to go visit. love your photos!


  1. […] you remember over the summer when we had the Bubby dubbed, “best day ever” at Schlitterbahn Galveston? Well, guess what? Dudes, we’re going back for some holiday […]

  2. […] babies love Schlitterbahn during the summer, and the minute we walked in, I knew they’d love it just as much during the winter months. […]

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