Schlitterbahn Waterpark Updates for the 2021 Season


Park Update

March 12, 2021

Schlitterbahn Waterparks, New Braunfels & Galveston have announced its 2021 Season Operating Calendar and we look forward to welcoming you back for what is sure to be an AMAZING season.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark will officially open its gates to the general public on Saturday, May 8th.

Key New Braunfels Opening Dates

  • Opening Day: Saturday, May 8th
  • Daily Operation Begins: Saturday, May 29th 

Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark will officially open its gates to the general public on Saturday, May 15th.

Key Galveston Opening Dates

  • Opening Day: Saturday, May 15th
  • Daily Operation Begins: Saturday, May 29th 

View the New Braunfels 2021 Operating Calendar

View the Galveston 2021 Operating Calendar

As a reminder, all 2020 Season Passes will be honored during the 2021 season.

Schlitterbahn continues to monitor the ever-changing conditions surrounding the pandemic and is actively working with health experts and government officials to maintain the highest safety standards for guests and associates. Guests are encouraged to go to for the latest updates on requirements, policies and safety protocols for the 2021 season, as these guidelines may be revised prior to opening day.

Seasonal employment opportunities are available, and our new hiring process helps applicants apply and interview virtually. More details can be found at

About Schlitterbahn
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is the #1 Waterpark in the World for 22 years in a row. Located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, Schlitterbahn’s flagship waterpark has 51 attractions on over 70 acres.  Schlitterbahn provides a staggering variety of river rides, waterslides, and adventures from mild to wild.

Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark is a 26-acre oasis of thrilling waterpark adventures. Located just outside Houston on beautiful and historic Galveston Island, the park features more than 33 attractions. The waterpark is home to the record-breaking water coaster, MASSIV, and the next generation, award-winning Transportainment® river system that combines three unique rivers into one endless floating adventure. Whether you’re looking to relax or a thrilling adventure, there is something for everyone at Schlitterbahn Galveston!

Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resort is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor waterparks, one indoor waterpark and four hotels. For more information, see


Schlitterbahn Waterparks will Open May 22nd 

Save the date! We are excited to announce Schlitterbahn New Braunfels & Galveston will be opening for a season of fun in 2021 on May 22nd. Due to the ongoing challenges with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will not be opening the park for Spring Break this year. Our team continues to work with public health authorities to ensure a safe and fun return to the Hottest, Coolest Time in Texas.

Stay tuned for additional park news and frequent updates in the weeks to come. Your countdown to FUN starts now.


Darren Hill
Vice President & General Manager
Schlitterbahn Waterparks, New Braunfels & Galveston

We are pleased that Governor Abbott’s reopening plans now include waterparks. The safety of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be, our top priority.  Schlitterbahn is preparing to reopen our properties mid-June with enhanced safety measures and operational changes throughout both of our parks. We miss you and cannot wait to welcome you back to the Hottest, Coolest Time in Texas.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) matter remains a part of our daily lives, the team at Schlitterbahn continues to work with health and safety experts as we plan for increased safety measures and operational changes throughout both our parks. We are in constant communication with our state and federal governments and are looking forward to welcoming you back just as soon as it is safe to do so.  Although our reopen date is still uncertain, here are a few things we can share:

  • Our popular annual American Heroes Week is unfortunately being postponed until further notice; however,
  • We continue to invest in and update popular areas throughout our parks, such as giving fresh new looks to Blastenhoff, Hans Hideout and Surfenburg’s Kiddie Coast; revamping food and beverage locations; remodeling and renovating our front entrance for safer and more streamlined entry into the parks; and updating restrooms at various locations; and, new outdoor furniture and shade structures are being added for enhanced “chill out” areas

You can check out photos and learn more about some of these updates on our blog.

As previously announced, we have extended the validity of all 2020 Season Passes and Season Pass add-on products through the 2021 season, plus we have paused the Payment Plan Program while the park is closed*.  Likewise, we will continue to work with guests who may have prepaid Spring Bonus Day single-admission tickets valid for days during our temporary park closure. Ticket inquiries may be directed to our admissions staff.

The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. We want to assure you that when we do open, Schlitterbahn will continue to be a safe and fun environment for all.  Our team is 100% committed to this promise. And we are working alongside industry experts and government officials toward this shared goal.  We will keep you updated as we move forward; in the meantime, we thank you for your loyalty and continued support.

*2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass add-on products (if applicable) will be valid through the 2021 Season according to pass type. For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Payment Plan Program, monthly billing has been suspended, and will remain suspended while the parks are closed. When the park reopens, billing will resume. Passholders will need to be current on payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

Cedar Fair's highest priority is always the safety of our guests and associates. We know you continue to hear and see news reports about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and some of its effects around the world. The Cedar Fair team is closely monitoring this evolving situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.

All Cedar Fair properties intend to welcome guests in accordance with our published schedules, and we continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. All our parks and resorts have high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for our guests;
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day;
  • Numerous and accessible handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer locations;
  • Quick response to spills, trash and other situations;
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches and trash cans;
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines

The leadership team is communicating with our associates about illness prevention; this includes guidance issued by the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website at

As always, we maintain close relationships with local, state, national and international public health authorities. We take their guidance when additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.

Thank you for your continued support and trust in Cedar Fair's family of parks and resorts.


Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company