Summer is coming! With a calendar full of lazy, less-defined days ahead of us, now's the time to start planning for some thrills and chills.
Here are some of the new offerings for summer at water parks and theme parks across Texas.
Schlitterbahn is celebrating 40 years as the "hottest, coolest time in Texas" this summer with special events at its four Texas water parks, located in New Braunfels, Corpus Christi, South Padre and Galveston. Expect a Rock the Bahn concert series, American Heroes Week with free admission for military and first responders and a 40th anniversary celebration. Schlitterbahn Galveston will also unveil its new Infinity Racers ride — an 8-story, head-first mat slide that pays tribute to the men and women of NASA and the Johnson Space Center. Learn more about summer happenings at schlitterbahn.com.
SeaWorld San Antonio
Located less than two hours from Austin, SeaWorld San Antonio is getting wild this summer with two new rides and a just-opened Turtle Reef, where guests receive an up-close look at endangered and rescued sea turtles. The rides include Riptide Rescue, which takes families on a mission to help save marine animals, and the Sea Swinger, "a thrilling high swing ride that will launch riders on an arc almost parallel with the ground at the top of its trajectory before sending them soaring to the same point in the opposite direction — all in mere seconds," SeaWorld says. Learn more at seaworld.com/san-antonio.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio is debuting the new JOKER Carnival of Chaos, one of the world’s tallest pendulum rides. At 17 stories high, it will reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour as it "whips back and forth, higher and higher to give riders a panoramic view of San Antonio," Six Flags says. Details at sixflags.com/fiestatexas.
Morgan's Wonderland and Morgan's Inspiration Island
Morgan's Wonderland, which is located in San Antonio and was designed with special-needs individuals in mind, recently opened a Sensory Village designed to stimulate the senses and an Xbox Game Pass offering access to more than 100 games. In 2020, Morgan’s Wonderland expects to open Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, a 102-acre recreational oasis in northern San Antonio that will offer a summer camp-type experience year-round to those with and without special needs. Get information at morganswonderland.com.
Six Flags Over Texas
This spring, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington is unveiling its 14th roller coaster, "El Diablo," in the Spain section of the park. This 32-passenger face-to-face curved train ultimately reaches an apex that's 100 feet in the air. Get details at sixflags.com/greatadventure/attractions/el-diablo/overview.
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