Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark reopening after Ike clean-up

Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas – After months of scrubbing, cleaning, enhancing and rebuilding, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is ready to welcome spring break visitors to the indoor waterpark area beginning Saturday, March 14th.

“The park looks better than brand new, I’m really proud of what our team accomplished over the past several months,” said Ron Sutula, general manager of Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. “Not only will our guests notice an enhanced park experience, but this is a perfect getaway location for a fun and safe spring break vacation spot for the entire family. You don’t have to worry about what the weather will be like while you are on break, our balmy indoor weather and water are always in the 80’s.”

Visiting guests will be welcomed by a giant new tropically-themed palapa which replaces the hurricane-ravished tent structure. Guests will also enjoy additional new enhancements including a new sweet shop, free Wi-Fi access, additional seating at the wave pool beach and also the implementation of a new state-of-the-art radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristband that allows guests to make cashless transactions throughout the park.

Not only is Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark ready to welcome visitors during spring break, but so are many of the Island’s other top attractions and world-class hotels. “Spring breakers will be excited to see the newly revitalized beaches along the island,” explained Paul Schultz, president of the Galveston Island Lodging Association and the vice president of operations for Landry’s hotel division. “Many of the beaches have been extended and are in great condition. Along with the beaches, Moody Gardens, Rainforest Café, The San Luis Resort and countless other accommodations and attractions are ready and eager to welcome visitors to the island.”

“Moody Gardens is up and running and we are excited to hear that our neighbor is ready to open the waterpark in time for spring break,” expressed Mike Riley, Moody Gardens’ president. “The entire Galveston community will benefit from Schlitterbahn’s opening and in welcoming vacationing families back to the island.”

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Opening Saturday, March 14, is the 70,000 square-foot indoor area that offers more than a dozen heated waterpark attractions including four tube slides, three speed slides, three kids’ activity areas containing a variety of children’s play elements and pint-sized slides, a secluded beach, a hot tub and the Torrent tidal wave river.

Discount season passes are on sale at early-bird prices online and at HEB locations at $119.99 for general admission and $84.99 for children, ages 3 – 11, and seniors, 55 years or older. Single-day tickets are available at the discounted rate of $25.99 for general all-day admission and $21.99 for children, ages 3 – 11, and seniors, 55 years or older. Afternoon admission tickets are available for $17.99 for adults and $14.50 for children and seniors. Two-day tickets are $41.49 for adults and $34.74 for children and seniors. Taxes are not included in the ticket price.

The entire park opens April 25 for summer operations. During the summer, the entire park incorporates more than 30 state-of-the-art attractions including two uphill water coasters, a wave pool, water slides, kids’ playgrounds, whitewater rapids, hot tubs, the Boogie Bahn surf ride and the exclusive Transportainment interconnected river system.

Season passes are currently available by calling the park at 409.770.WAVE (9283) or by visiting

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is the third waterpark in the Schlitterbahn family of parks.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 1:32 PM
janfrederick's avatar

I'm surprised how quickly this and Kemah have recovered. And both sound better than ever. Good news.

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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