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Schlitterbahn Sets Opening Day for Its New Braunfels and Galveston Water Parks

Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020 3:00pm

Masks will be required inside the parks when they open Saturday for season pass holders.

The Falls at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark in New Braunfels, Tx.

The Falls at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark in New Braunfels, Tx.

Schlitterbahn Water Parks and Resort will open its New Braunfels and Galveston locations Saturday, the company announced Tuesday.

The parks will initially open to season pass holders, followed by an opening to the general public in late June. That date hasn’t been decided.

Customers will be required to reserve their tickets online before they visit in order for Schlitterbahn to manage capacity. Season pass holders can begin making reservations Thursday. Daily ticket holders can begin making reservations June 18.

All customers and employees will be required to wear masks while in the park, specifically for areas where it is hard to maintain social distancing such as restrooms, food locations and lines. Masks are not required on any water attractions.

Patrons and employees also will be required to have their temperatures taken before entering the park and also must fill out a “pre-visit health screening declaration” 24 hours before admission to the park.

Rides and attractions where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing will be temporarily closed and wait lines will have social distancing markers

2020 season passes have been extended through 2021.

Hawaiian Falls' water park in Mansfield will be one of the first to reopen in North Texas.

Texas allowed water parks in the state to open May 29 at 25% capacity. In North Texas, Hawaiian Falls’ Mansfield and Roanoke locations and Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie were the first to reopen.

The Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine opened its hotel and 10-acre outdoor pool complex on Monday. NRH20 in North Richland Hills plans to open June 15. Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine will reopen its 80,000-square-foot indoor water park June 16.

Ashton Nichols for | June 9, 2020