Summer Fun: Endless Summer

Summer isn't over until Schlitterbahn says it's over

photo by KXM

These dwindling dog days of summer can be a drag, but there are still plenty of opportunities for some summer fun. And who says it has to end?

It doesn’t matter if you spent three solid months of paychecks on Lonestar and Torchy’s, the honorary Austinites at Schlitterbahn have gotcha covered with a sweet deal to help close out this summer with a splash, and get us started on next summer’s fun.

Even Schlitt veterans like us were intrigued: Buying a season pass right now grants admission not only for the rest of this summer, but also for next summer, too. The entire park is open for the rest of this week, and Blastenhoff (home of the gut-churning Master Blaster) stays open from Aug. 26-30 and on select days in September. By the time summer 2014 rolls around you’ll know the park better than your backyard.

photo by KXM

Leave the kiddie pool for the dogs. We haven’t even told you about Galveston. Granted, the most hardcore Schlitterbahn lover (aka my boss, Kate) would definitely venture to New Braunfels in December regardless of the temperature (or the fact that it’s closed), but the deal includes unlimited visits to Schlitterbahn Galveston’s indoor park from October until Jan. 5. Check out season pass options and a full list of the 2014 Season Pass perks here.

Besides season passes, during the month of September, Schlitterbahn South Padre Resort offers a deal that when you stay two nights, the second is half off. End of summer trip? Yes, please.

photo by KXM

Squeeze out the last drop of summer by heading in early and staying late. To avoid being crushed between other people in those accordion shuttles or fighting off a crowd to get a turkey leg, make the trip on a Sunday (don’t look at me like that: Schlitterbahn says Monday is sometimes the second busiest day of the week after Saturday). Visit the Schlitterblog (a name begging to be mucked with) for more tips.

Read more Summer Fun stories at The Austin Chronicle’s Summer Fun Issue hit the stands Thursday, May 16.

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