Staycation: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

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Here’s another Staycation series post for Travel Tuesday: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

I can’t believe it’s already back to school time. Which means the summer is almost over and the pools will be closing soon (well at least in the midwest that’s how it works). If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit Schlitterbahn I suggest you give it a try before the summer is over.

My nieces and nephew have been asking me all summer to take them to visit Schlitterbahn so I finally gave in and let them go. They had a blast!

Schlitterbahn is located in Kansas City, KS and has activities available for the entire family, some of those attractions are: Storm Blaster (a water coaster),  Torrent River (combines a continuous, endless float with ocean-sized waves for a unique experience), Soaring Eagle ZipLine (100 ft over the waterpark *extra fee), Kinderhaven (a shallow water playground that is separated from the rest of the “big kid” activities and is conveniently located in the center of the park), Boogie Bahn (a rapidly moving sheet of water rushes across a wave-shaped surface as surfers maneuver control on the surface of the wave that is created), multiple waterslides, and more.

Me and the kids spent a lot of time lounging in the Blitz Falls which basically took us around the entire waterpark without leaving the water. I wish I was able to get more pictures of the multiple rivers but I couldn’t because I would have gotten my camera wet, and to be honest you just have to go to get the full experience.

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As soon as we got to the park the kids took off towards the Torrent River. At the Torrent River they were greeted with calm water that quickly rose to waves just like the ocean. They were splashed all around the “river” on floatable tubes.

When they got off of the Torrent River we all headed towards the waterslides. We slid down every waterslide (that the kids were allowed to get on) multiple times. The kids favorite water slide was the Cyclone. They took turn after turn sliding down, plunging, and walking back up the stairs to the slide.

One thing I love is that all of the floating tubes are provided for FREE to use, and there are FREE lifejackets available (my nephew isn’t a strong swimmer so I made sure he had one on).
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I have a lot of friends who say they haven’t visited the waterpark because of the price so I wanted to provide you with a few ways to save at Schlitterbahn.

Get a Season Pass

A season pass will pay for itself after a few visits, and you’re able to use it daily if you want. With the season pass you’ll get:

  • Unlimited Access to All Water Attractions!
  • FREE Parking!
  • FREE use of inner tubes and life jackets!
  • PICNICS WELCOME–you can bring your own picnic baskets and coolers inside parking!
  • Bring-A-Friend for HALF PRICE coupons
  • 2 Half-Price Summer Admission coupons valid at all Schlitterbahn parks
  • Buy one flight get one flight FREE on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line ride
  • Great savings on Souvenir Cups, Cabana Rentals, Food and more!!!
  • Additional Season Pass Holder online offers throughout the year
  • Exclusive Early Ride Times for season pass holders and free fountain drinks, on select days and times.

Pack a Picnic 

Schlitterbahn allows you to bring your own food into the water park (no glass containers). Food at waterparks is expensive so it saves a lot of money to bring your own food. I packed up some capri suns, sandwiches, chips, and snacks for my nieces and nephew. When they were hungry we sat down at a picnic table and ate. I locked everything up in a locker (that you can come and go), and gave them snacks when they wanted them.

FREE Parking

Schlitterbahn has FREE parking. This is a big money saver because most waterparks and amusement parks charge between $15-$20 to park.

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These people were waiting in line with me for Verrückt

Schlitterbahn is also home to Verrückt, the “World’s Tallest Waterslide.” Verrückt is a must try attraction at the waterpark if you like adventure and thrills.

Sure you have to walk up hundreds of stairs to get to the top and it’s taller than Niagra Falls, but it’s worth it. Seriously, I thought I was going to pass out walking up all of those stairs.

After you get to the top they strap you into a 3 person raft that slides down a jaw dropping 168 foot 7 inch structure, then you’re blasted back up a second hill and sent down another gut wrenching 50 foot drop! (I literally felt my stomach drop). Note: You must be at least 54″ to ride the ride, and your entire group must meet the weight standards.

The Verrückt is very popular, so if you want to ride make a reservation for a scheduled time as soon as the park opens (or when you get there). Trust me, this is the route to go. You won’t have to wait in line all day and you’ll be able to experience and enjoy the rest of the water park, and ride on other waterslides and rivers and tube rides while waiting for your reservation time. I got lucky because the day I went it wasn’t a lot of people at the waterpark but other days the line takes hours to get through. Click here for more information on making reservations (it’s crucial information).

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Check out this video below to see Verruckt in action.

30 SEC Verrückt R U Insane? from Schlitterbahn Waterparks on Vimeo.

The kids are having a blast!!! #Schlitterbahn

A photo posted by Ericka Chatman (@erickachatman) on

Me and the kids had a great time at Schlitterbahn! I’ll definitely be visiting again soon!

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for me and my nieces and nephew to experience Schlitterbahn. All opinions are 100% my own.

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