A few weeks ago our son turned three. We had parties for his first and second birthdays, but this year I wanted to do something different. Living in Texas, and having an August birthday in our family, pretty much guarantees there will be H2O involved. Since the little guy loves water parks as much as I do, we decided to spend his birthday at Schlitterbahn Galveston.
Road trip! Our day didn’t start according to my grand plan, we overslept, and didn’t hit the road until after 11 AM. I’m not sure why I always forget to tell my hubby a departure time of 1-2 hours, before I actually expect to pull out of the driveway.
I even thought about canceling the trip, but since the water park was open until 8 PM (make sure and check Schlitterbahn hours when planning your trip), and I didn’t want to disappoint the kids, we drove like a NASCAR driver. The kids grumbled every time we made a quick pit stop, once for sunscreen and twice for refreshments.
By 1 PM, we were inside the gates and ready to experience all of the Schlitterbahn Galveston rides! We’ve been to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels several times, this was our first visit to the Galveston water park. In order to get a feel for the rides, we hopped into Krystal River and cruised the park.
Schlitterbahn Galveston Rides
As I was taking this photo, HP leaned back and flipped into the river! He quickly popped back up, and grabbed my neck. A few minutes later, the fear was gone, and he was ready to go!
Its amazing how quickly kids bounce back from a frightening experience! When he saw the water slides in the Torrent Beach kids area, he bolted! I think he liked the fact there were no lines, but in less than ten minutes, HP and his older sister MC (4) were bored. They’ve ridden some big slides at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, and Aquatica San Antonio, and have become daredevils.
Waiting in line to ride the Dragon Blaster, my hubby and I were apprehensive about how scary it might be for the kids. When the tubes plunged into the water at the bottom, both kids shouted “do it again!” And, yes, I smiled to myself because our children love water, and water parks as much as their parents!
I don’t think HP even missed not having a birthday party! Birthday parties are great, but they can also be expensive, stressful, and time consuming, for an event that lasts two hours, and will soon be forgotten. We made a ton of memories and got some great photos with our underwater camera, during our family time together at Schlitterbahn Galveston. I think the looks on their faces in our photos are priceless, don’t you?
Oh, and I can confirm, we were some of the last people to leave the park, and the very last car to pull out of the parking lot!
Also, a huge shout out to Bobby, the lifeguard at Boogie Bahn was amazing! He took the time to teach both kids, and boogie boarding was the highlight of their trip to Schlitterbahn Galveston. Check out the video of them boogie boarding on YouTube.
P.S. If anyone wants to invite me to be their guest at their water park, or give me a job where I travel to different water parks across the country, sign me up!