Schlitterbahn Resort South Padre
Disclosure: I was invited by Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort to receive a complimentary, two-night stay, two complimentary meals, and a swag bag. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are mine.
UPDATED: 6/9/2015 to reflect 2015 awards and stats!
Fantastic Family Vacation in South Padre
My husband, daughter, and I had a fantastic weekend not only celebrating my daughter’s 10th birthday but getting the opportunity to explore Schlitterbahn South Padre Island. I actually had never been to SPI before, even thought I have been in Texas for about 9 years. Schlitterbahn made it especially special by welcoming us with a little stuffed dog that she still sleeps with, a frame we have since put a family Schlitterbahn picture into, and a beach bag that we take to the beach!
We had a beautiful room that overlooked the ocean. Plenty of room, a fridge, microwave, and BEAUTIFUL wood bed side tables. I go into more details below but out of the devastation of the Bastrop fires came the reconditioning of thousands of trees into beautiful bedside tables, long formal tables, a bar over the checkin counter.
Everything that Schlitterbahn does is with the person in mind. Before, during, and after. When you check in there are lots of beautiful aquariums for your kids to be distracted with. Instead of room keys you have a bracelet that everyone gets that not only indicates access to the waterparks, but also your room, and to pay for things! It is so nice to not have to worry about carrying around a key and money.
The waterpark literally has access to the beach. Its very calm walking up, there are no crazy lines. You can actually bring a cooler of food and drinks (without hiding it) and prepare for a picnic. There is a lazy river that goes around the entire park. You can stay in the floatie the entire ride, margarita in hand. Just like a highway there are exit ramps where you can wait, in the water to go on slides that lead back into the lazy river.
There are 221 rooms in this year-round family resort. Literally located on the Gulf of Mexico there are beautiful ocean views. Even without the promise of an entire Schlitterbahn Waterpark next door, the lodge has an amazing indoor/outdoor waterpark of its own. Guests receive VIP amenities including unlimited use of the waterpark for the duration of their stay, free Wi-Fi and free onsite parking.
As part of Schlitterbahn’s ongoing commitment to the environment, this new resort includes the latest in energy and water saving technologies including compact fluorescent lights, LED technologies, low-flow fixtures and the constant capturing, filtering, sanitizing and recirculation of water through the new resort’s rides and attractions. Schlitterbahn Beach Resort Hotel features reclaimed Loblolly Pines from the Bastrop County WildFire.
The Schlitterbahn Beach Resort in South Padre was built using the pines from the huge wildfire in Bastrop. It’s an amazing example of sustainable building practices.
In 2011 over 32,000 acres were destroyed in the Bastrop fire. Logs, saved from the chipper, were destined for a new future. They were slated to be turned into everything from sculpture to tables, from outside walls to night stands and cabinets. A year after the wildfire, in August of 2012, our South Padre Schlitterbahn park held a soft opening of the brand new 221 room resort on the beach. The resort is combined with an indoor waterpark featuring 9 different rides/attractions including a wave river, two five story tall water slides and a pirate themed kids area.
Frankly the entire resort is a testament to Texas style recycling – over 3 miles of 3 inch mooring ropes of dozens of ships are painstakingly wrapped around giant concrete structural poles on the new upstairs 10,000 square foot patio, for example. The retractable greenhouse roof that covers the indoor waterpark is from an old Schultz nursery. Even the check in counter is from salvaged walnut trees pulled from a road project in Kansas. But it’s the Loblolly pines that have the most dramatic effect, especially to those who know the story of the fire.
Ticket details here.
- Use of all water attractions!
- FREE Parking!
- FREE use of inner tubes and life jackets!
- PICNICS WELCOME–you can bring your own picnic baskets and coolers inside the park!
Fri-Sun & Holidays-$175 | Mon-Thur-$150 *plus applicable tax
Called Rio Aventura, the river is approximately a half-mile long. Guests enter Rio Aventura from beaches scattered through the park, or they ride up into the river from the wave pool level on the massive AquaveyerTM. Then they float through sections of slow-moving water and whitewater rapids, detouring through two tube chutes and three Master Blaster uphill water coasters, for a ride that is never the same twice.
Summer Schedule: Schlitterbahn South Padre Island entire park (outdoor and indoor) is open weekends beginning April 18, 2015 and daily beginning May 15, 2015 to Labor Day. The park then returns to weekend operation until September 20, 2015. Park opens at 10 a.m. and closing times vary from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attraction availability may vary.
Heated-Indoor Schedule: Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Indoor Waterpark is open weekends and selected holidays at 10 a.m. (4 p.m. on Holiday Days) and closing times vary from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attraction availability may vary. The Indoor area operates on weekends year round.
ADMISSION FEES [plus tax] – Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island: Web Tickets