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Our Weekend at Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn, for those of you who are not from Texas, is considered one of the best waterparks in the WORLD, and I would have to agree. There are multiple Schlitterbahn parks now, but the original is located in New Braunfels and it couldn’t be better! This was our second trip down there and it was even better than the first.

First, let me say, when we were heading down, it was raining and pouring, as it has been in Texas for the last 2 months, everyday. I was worried our weekend getaway was really going to be ruined, but thankfully, Texas decided to give us a little bit of a break and we got some great waterpark time in! Of course, the park is open when it rains, you are already wet you know, but t-storms are what close it down temporarily. I’m glad the weather decided to be stay in our favor for the majority of the long weekend.

There really isn’t enough good things I could say about Schlitterbahn to give you the real picture of how great this park is. There are multiple areas, days and days worth of activities and water attractions and they even have on-site lodging to give you an even better waterpark experience!

This time we did stay on property at the Resort at Schlitterbahn – Riverbend Cabins. They are located right along The Falls, the Comal River and near the big slides that open early! Although it can be a bit pricey to stay on property, we really felt it was worth it – as we planned on spending the majority of our time at the water park! If you are going for the weekend and only plan on one day, there may be a better option for you.

We went to the park, all three days, taking advantage of the early entry for resort guests one day. This let us get in a bunch of slide rides before there were ANY lines! We walked right up, got on, and then did it again and again for an hour. Usually, in the middle of the summer, the line could be 2 hours long. That is crazy!

Overall, we had SO much fun and Lennox had a blast. You would have thought she was at Disney World. She would just light up with joy when it was time to get into the water and she was fearless! She went on all the big rides, including the biggest water coaster in the world, the Master Blaster! So much fun! Here are a bunch of photos from our trip!

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I will say, even if you hit Schlitterbahn at a busy time of year – there are a ton of rides and attractions to go on that have no line, ever – which is so nice! It’s totally up to you, on how you want to spend your time. So if you ever get the chance to go, GO! We can’t wait for our next annual trip! 

Schlitterbahn’s Ice Chest Recipe Challenge! #BahnCooler

You may remember that last year, we visited Schlitterbahn, the World’s Best Waterpark! We had such a fun time last year, Lennox is even asking to go back again this year.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort New Braunfels

This year, Schlitterbaun is having a fun challenge, the Schlitterbahn’s Moms Ice Chest Challenge! When you head to the water park for the day – all the meals and snacks can really add up, but at Schlitterbahn, you can bring in your own food – which is a huge savings for many families!

Schlitterbahn's Moms Ice Chest Challenge

You can always pack the traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich, chips, fruit, drinks, etc – but why not make something yummy and special for your day at the waterpark? One of my favorite treats to make (that travels well) are Candy Cookie Cake Bars! This recipe is quick and easy to make and can be changed up a bit every time.

Candy Cookie Cake Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Candy Cookie Cake Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup M&M's or desired candy pieces
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips (any kind / flavor you like)
  • 1 Package of Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Box of vanilla pudding (small box)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Note: Use cake mix & vanilla mix straight out of the package - do not prepare the mix as directed on the box.
  3. Pour the mixture into a non-stick or greased baking pan (I used 10x13)
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean (I like mine a little fudge-like in the middle!)
  5. Let cool and cut into squares!
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If you are planning a trip in Texas this summer, make sure to stop by one of the many Schlitterbahn locations, but my recommendation would be to hit the New Braunfels location – it’s the best! Just park your car for free, pay your admission fee, and bring in your own food in a cooler – no hidden costs!

Disclaimer: I received free admission tickets in return for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wildlife Ranch – African Drive Thru Safari

One more big highlight of our trip down to New Braunfels was going to check out the Wildlife Ranch Safari. Wildlife Ranch Safari is a drive-thru safari experience.

“Meander through 400 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent live oak trees and witness the behavior of over 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species worldwide.”

I had heard of these before, but had never experienced one – and you guys? It was AWESOME! I can’t wait to go to another and try it out as well. This one is located about 15-20 minutes from our little cottage in New Braunfels and it is right next to the Natural Bridges (which I hope we get to next time). You pay your admission per person, buy some extra food (I recommend 2 extra bags for a family of 3) and you make your way into the Safari.

wildlife-ranch-safari-new-braunfelsIt took about 1.5 – 2 hours for us to go through and you could make it last longer or shorter depending on how long you want to feed each animal. You drive about 3 miles per hour while in there and stop where you want to. It really is quite surreal to see something like this ahead of you:

wildlife-ranch-drive-thru-safariAll the animals are used to the cars and want the food you are going to give them!

drive-thru-safari-The directions say to throw the food on the ground out of your window – but some of them come right into your car and you have to feed them by hand of they won’t leave!! The kudu was a good example of this. He stuck his head all the way in the car and just stared at us until I fed him some food!

wildlife-ranch-safari-kuduIf you don’t like the idea of this (which it is a little nerve-wracking at first, but then you realize they really are just big deer and they aren’t going to hurt you!) then you can just throw the food out the window and roll your window up some if they are coming towards your car. There were many animals that were too small to get into your window too if you have an SUV. Like this big mama and her little baby! How cute?!

wildlife-ranch-baby-animalThis was one animal that we drove by but was really never interested in coming up to the car and eating. This one is a Sika.

wildlife-ranch-safari-sikaBut then we came to the Buffalo. Well, the buffalo really is a big baby it seems — but according to Kyle… has HORRIBLE breath. How does he know.. well this happened:

wildlife-ranch-safari-buffalo-tongu wildlife-ranch-safari-buffaloAnd this is what Lennox had to say about it….

“Don’t give him too much, okay?” so cute!

wildlife-ranch-safari-texasThen we drove through some empty areas that are being developed for a new addition next year – I wonder what type of animals they are going to get!

texas-drive-thru-safariThe Zebra’s were the big animal I wanted to see up close. This was one animal that you could NOT feed since they have teeth and will bite you. So just keep that in mind! They still stuck their head in though…

wildlife-safari-zebra-windowAnd there was a little baby Zebra that was still fuzzy and so cute!

wildelife-ranch-safari-zebraLennox thought they looked like Marty from Madagascar… Whats crack-a-lackin’!


Then there were the Llamas… Llama Llama books were all I could think of when I saw this dude! They didn’t come up to the car – they were just hanging out in the shade.       wildlife-ranch-safari-llama After we went through the whole safari and saw everything (probably 30 species of animals) we parked and checked out their petting zoo bar, which was full of goats and baby goats. Here is Lennox brushing one of the babies. They were sweet and let you touch them awake or asleep.wildlife-ranch-safari-petting-zoo-baby-goats Lastly we went and checked out the giraffes. Right now they have two baby twins as well – they aren’t in the drive thru area – they have their own area but you can walk up to the fence and see them – just no feeding. This one was checking us out from high above! wildlife-safari-texas-giraffe It was a super fun time. My tips would be to get there EARLY. We got there on a Sunday morning, within an hour or so of opening – there were no lines and we didn’t hit any traffic within the safari itself. Sometimes during the busy times and days – it can be crowded and I would assume, not as enjoyable. Also – if you get there too late in the day – the animals may not be that hungry. My other tip is to buy some extra food for a buck and buy the few dollar program they offer then you have an idea of what you are actually looking at! I believe it was $5. It counted as Lennox’s souvenir too 😉

Check out their website for more information and put this on your Don’t Miss list when in the New Braunfels / San Antonio area!

Disclaimer: We received free admission in return for this post. All opinions, videos and photos are 100% my own.