We've all been to the knockoffs. You might as well be one of the kids sitting in the kiddie pool from the old commercial, scraping for an inch in substandard wave pools. And why even bother when there's a quartet of Schlitterbahn parks to explore right here in the great state of Texas? Padre holds the beachside luxury title, your kids won't get lost in Galveston's family-friendly free-for-all, and Corpus has that new-car smell. But nothing holds a candle to the original, sprawling Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, which has served Central Texas since 1979. Come play?
14353 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi
381 E. Austin St., New Braunfels, 830/625-2351
33261 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, 956/772-7873
2026 Lockheed, Galveston, 409/770-9283
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