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Disclosure: Complimentary admission provided for this review. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

My family took dad to Schlitterbahn in Kansas City for Father’s day and we had a blast. There were plenty of activities for all my kids, ages 4, 6 and 9 and we spent the entire day (8 hours) at the park and are looking forward to returning. We could have stayed until close, but since we were driving back to Omaha that day, we left in time to be home before 10pm.

We had so much fun, I decided to list out all the reasons we loved our visit to Schlitterbahn!

1. Six fun water slides – Kids 42″ or taller can ride these unaccompanied!

Schlitterbahn Slides

2. World’s tallest water slide – The seventh water slide at Schlitterbahn is The Verrrukt. This is a massive waterslide over 168 feet high for riders 52″ and taller. The Verrukt ride is not for the faint of heart and there are a LOT of stairs to get to the top. Make sure to reserve your group’s time to ride the Verrukt as soon as you get to the park. This is a very popular ride with limited runs.

Verrukt

3. Kinder Haven & Pirate ships – Little kids can enjoy pools designed just for them with fun structures to play on and toddler sized water slides. Plus, there are lounge chairs right next to the water, so mom or dad can chill out while they watch the kids splash. I was impressed that they did have lifeguards stationed at both kid’s area for an extra safety precaution.

Kinder Haven

4. Lifejackets are free – It is evident that safety is a priority at Schlitterbahn. Not only are their lifeguards everywhere, there are free lifejackets for your kids to use while in the park. Just grab one at any of their lifejacket stations and keep your beginner and non-swimmer kids safe during your visit.

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5. Bring your own food & drink – Bring your own cooler, except alcohol and glass bottles, and save a ton of money on refreshments. I love that I can pack my cooler with water and lunch and not worry about bringing a ton of extra money to feed the family. The do have refreshments for purchase if your kids eat more than you planned. Tip – Freeze 1/2 the water bottles you pack to use as ice packs and then have extra cold drinks towards the end of the day!

6. Souvenir program – Pay once for a souvenir Icee, soda or popcorn container and refill for free throughout the day!

7. The Lazy River – The Lazy River, featuring a Raging River, Torrent River, Kristal River and a slide, was my favorite part of the park! Just grab a tube and ride. Plus, you don’t even have to get out or walk any stairs for the slide. They have a conveyer belt that pulls you and the tube up to the top! Now, that’s truly lazy. I love it!

Schlitterbahn Raging River

8. Rafts are free – They have an abundance of rafts to enjoy FREE of charge while in the park. They have single rafts, double, or even rafts for little kids. In some rafts, the rider portion has a seat instead of a hole. So, the kid (up to 50 lbs) can actually sit in the raft with a parent and not worry about falling through the hole. I have never seen this kind of double raft before but it was a lifesaver for me and my tired 4 year old. While the big kids and dad were still going down all the slides, my little one and I got lazy in the raft and rode.

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9. Swim up Bar for adults only – Schlitterbahn is not just for kids! Enjoy a roped off swim up bar area, just for adults 21+, and order a cocktail or two.

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10. Special Events – Watch their calendar for special events. On Father’s Day, a local Hispanic radio station was hosting events and playing music all day. My husband and daughter entered a father/daughter hot dog eating contest and they WON! The prize was 4 free tickets to Schlitterbahn, 2 Happy Meals and a play tent. They also hosted a volleyball game with prizes.

SchlitterBahn Winners

11. Boogie Board – You can boogie board at Schlitterbahn. My husband and kids tried and said it’s much harder than it looks.

Boogie Bahn

12. Load cash onto your wristband – No need to carry a wad of wet cash anymore! Simply load your wristband with money in increments of $5 when you get tickets. You can even add cash to your kid’s or teen’s bands for refreshments. If you don’t use all the money, just stop by customer service on the way out and they will refund the money.

13. Zipline – This is the only activity that has an extra fee. $10 for one rider or $15 for two and get propelled way up in the sky and then zipline back down.

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14. Free Parking – Another perk is that you don’t have to worry about paying extra for parking. This is free every day and the lot is huge.

15. Consider a season pass – After you visit, if you decide to get a season pass, they will apply that day’s admission charges toward the purchase of your season pass!

SchlitterBahn Season Pass

GIVEAWAY
Are you excited to visited Schlitterbahn now? One lucky winner will receive two tickets to visit a Schlitterbahn park of their choice during the 2015 season! Enter using Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends July 1, 2015.

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  • Liz M June 26, 2015, 2:01 pm

    I lov the wristband deal and not having to carry cash. For my little kids, I love the life jackets being free and lifeguards at the kids pool.

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  • Suzanne June 26, 2015, 2:14 pm

    I love that they load $ on the wristbands and that they have free rafts/life jackets. I did not know a lot about this park so was great to read this review. We are considering checking it out.

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  • Tara June 26, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Kinderhaven and the Krystal River (lazy river) look like a couple of good options for my brood. 🙂

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  • Laura Needelman June 26, 2015, 2:18 pm

    My kids love swimming!

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  • Hollie Anderson June 26, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Never been there but were hoping to go this summer. Looks like a blast

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  • Sarah June 26, 2015, 2:20 pm

    Wow, I don’t know where to start! Free life jackets, add money to wrist bands, bring in your own food! This would be so fun to win!

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  • Amanda Kuehmichel June 26, 2015, 2:20 pm

    We have never been here but it looks awesome. Glad to hear about the rafts for younger kids.

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  • Dlorah Thompson June 26, 2015, 2:22 pm

    I can’t wait to win! It sounds so fun there!

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  • Chasity June 26, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Adding money to wristband sounds like an awesome feature. No more losing money

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  • JAMIE GITTINS June 26, 2015, 2:27 pm

    4 please!! THANKS!

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  • Karissa June 26, 2015, 2:28 pm

    The lazy river looks amazing! I also love that there are fun, designated areas for younger kiddos. That means the ten year spread in my kids ages won’t matter! The loadable wristbands are so cool. It would be a big perk not to have to carry money.

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  • Jen June 26, 2015, 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the review! This looks so fun. I think my kids would really enjoy kinderhaven!

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  • Kristi June 26, 2015, 2:34 pm

    This would be a great Anniversary gift for my husband! He wants to go sooooo bad!!!

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  • Melanie June 26, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Looks amazing!! Would love to take my boys 🙂

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  • Kimberly June 26, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Sounds like you all had a great time!

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  • Sally C. June 26, 2015, 2:48 pm

    This would be fun to win!

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  • Sarah June 26, 2015, 3:08 pm

    This would be a fun end of summer getaway!

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  • jessica souder June 26, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Your review was so comprehensive! Actually made me want to go there, and i’m not too excited by water parks …

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  • Marci June 26, 2015, 3:11 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! It would be a fun thing to do before the kiddos go back to school!

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  • Brandi June 26, 2015, 3:11 pm

    I have never been! Thanks for all the information!

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  • Morgan June 26, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Schlitterbahn looks like the perfect getaway for the summer with kids!

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  • Nikki June 26, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Hard to pick just one! Love that you can bring your own food and that they have something fun for all ages! And I appreciate that things like life jackets and rafts are included in the price of admission so you don’t get hit with a bunch of extra fees once you’re there!

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  • Kizzie Wilson June 26, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Would absolutely love to win this for an amazing family vacation. The whole family loves adventure and water parks.

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  • Sheila Gramm June 26, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Would make a great trip for hubbys first trip to KC!

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  • Ryan Schurman June 26, 2015, 3:39 pm

    I would definitely try out the super tall water slide!

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  • Shawna Fernando June 26, 2015, 3:45 pm

    Swim up bar is awesome and the free life jackets

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  • Stephanie June 26, 2015, 3:58 pm

    This giveaway is awesome as we are planning to go at the end of July!!!

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  • Michelle June 26, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I would love to take my kids there. They love the water.

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  • Robyn June 26, 2015, 4:28 pm

    I can’t wait to try out the Bahnzai Pipeline Tube Slide. Looks fun.

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  • Amber McLaughlin June 26, 2015, 4:31 pm

    I love that parking is free, rafts are free, and tubes are free. And the cash/wristband system is great. I love that they’ll refund you any money from your wristband that you don’t use. How nice!

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  • Stephanie June 26, 2015, 4:32 pm

    This looks so fun!

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  • Cheri June 26, 2015, 4:50 pm

    My kids would love this!

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  • Mami June 26, 2015, 4:55 pm

    Try Cabana next time. It will come with free locker and water cooler, and water bottles. Awesome!

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  • Chriss June 26, 2015, 4:57 pm

    I world love to take my son and nephew on vacation… It’s been a while since we could do anything as a family.

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  • Heather Rothmeyer June 26, 2015, 5:00 pm

    My family and I have been thinking about taking a trip out there but didn’t have much information on the park itself. Thank you for the list of reasons to visit, now we know for sure we want to go!

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  • Crystal June 26, 2015, 5:03 pm

    The wristband is a great idea so you don’t have to carry money!!

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  • Joe June 26, 2015, 5:28 pm

    The Bahnzai Pipeline Tube Slide is one my list of things to do!

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  • Sarah June 26, 2015, 5:28 pm

    Wow! This sounds like the perfect way to spend a summer day! How did I not even know it was in KC?? Thanks for all your fun tips! Can’t wait to visit!

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  • Jodi June 26, 2015, 5:31 pm

    I wanna go please!

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  • Kendra June 26, 2015, 5:42 pm

    Looks like a great little get away for the end of the summer!

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  • Gail June 26, 2015, 6:09 pm

    It’s awsome that you can bring in your own food.

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  • Megan June 26, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Being able to bring in a cooler with food and drinks will be a lifesaver!

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  • Stephanie McNerney June 26, 2015, 8:20 pm

    I am so exited and amazed that they do not charge for parking and that you can bring your own food amd drinks to save money, but still have an amazing fun filled & reasonable day with family!

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  • Laura June 26, 2015, 10:12 pm

    We watched a show on tv about the making of the verrrucht water slide. How insane. I know my husband would try it.

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  • Chloe June 26, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Oh I wanna go now!!!

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  • Roberta Imars June 26, 2015, 11:01 pm

    I would love to win these tickets so I could go on a vacation.

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  • Ali Whitfield June 27, 2015, 3:28 am

    This water park is sooo on my bucket list 🙂

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  • Kristen Karl June 27, 2015, 8:26 am

    My kids loved the wave pool. We went a few years ago and they beg us to go again. Just wish it were closer and not so expensive.

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  • Anja June 27, 2015, 1:24 pm

    I would love to try the verrueckt!!!

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  • Beth June 27, 2015, 3:36 pm

    My kids love water parks so this would be a great getaway before school starts back up again!

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    • Beth June 27, 2015, 3:37 pm

      Oh and the best part would be the lazy river!

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  • JoAnn Hageman June 27, 2015, 4:14 pm

    I would love to try the boogie board feature.

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  • Laura Mancinelli June 27, 2015, 4:15 pm

    I would love to try out the lazy river and love that the life jackets are free.

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  • Shantel June 27, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Lazy river looks great!

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  • Jill S June 27, 2015, 10:00 pm

    The Eagle zip line but honestly I want to do everything!!

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  • Brittany S June 28, 2015, 11:21 am

    Nicole, did you or anyone from your family go on the tallest waterslide? I’m dying to know how it was!

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    • Nicole June 29, 2015, 8:18 am

      We did not since we had all the kids. Looked awesome though. it was fast!

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  • Kaleb Mayfield June 28, 2015, 12:22 pm

    The adult swim up bar sounds good haha

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  • Amanda June 28, 2015, 12:58 pm

    My husband and daughter are looking forward to their visit in July!

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  • shealynn June 28, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I have been once and cant wait to go again, so much fun and relaxing at the same time.

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  • Eva June 29, 2015, 11:03 am

    I would love to try the World’s Tallest Waterslide – Verruckt!

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  • Megan June 29, 2015, 8:33 pm

    Looks like a great time!

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  • Nadia M June 29, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I’d love to go and visit. The lazy river sounds great for my toddler and I.

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  • Kirby June 30, 2015, 8:00 am

    Bringing your own food and free life jackets!

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  • Amber June 30, 2015, 8:22 am

    We would love to go!

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  • Kathy B June 30, 2015, 10:16 am

    Love the Lazy River!!

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  • Christi June 30, 2015, 12:41 pm

    I really want to go down Vurukt!

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  • Jen June 30, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Man! I would love to win! It’ll be too late to bring the teen this summer, but next summer this is at the top of our list. I didn’t know that you could bring food and everything was free (lifejackets, rafts) until I talked to you. I hate being nickled and dimed! 😉 The Lazy River would be my favorite!

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  • Kim June 30, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Can’t wait to visit! We would love the slides.

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  • Melissa June 30, 2015, 8:50 pm

    With 4 littles in tow, I love the free life jackets!

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  • Cammie Baltz June 30, 2015, 10:41 pm

    I have not been yet, but would love to take the kids and have a blast. Looks amazing

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  • Heather Cregeen July 1, 2015, 11:41 am

    Looks like a great time!

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  • Lynnette Albertson July 1, 2015, 11:57 am

    I would love to visit. It looks like so much fun!!

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  • Danielle Petersen July 1, 2015, 12:02 pm

    I love the wristband idea. I think this is something all parks should have!! I can not wait to go on the big waterslide

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  • Michelle July 1, 2015, 12:03 pm

    I would love to check this place out!

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  • Erika Daugherty July 1, 2015, 12:12 pm

    Everything!

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  • Katie July 1, 2015, 12:32 pm

    My husband and I need a getaway and the Swim Up Bar looks just right. 🙂

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  • Katrina July 1, 2015, 12:35 pm

    I have not visited the KC park, the I have been to the one in New Braunfells TX. It was amazing. Can’t wait to visit!

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  • sushma girish July 1, 2015, 12:36 pm

    i am exited to take my family there.

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  • JAMIE GITTINS July 1, 2015, 12:50 pm

    HOW FUN!!!!!

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  • DAVEY Gittins July 1, 2015, 12:51 pm

    Awesome!!!!

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  • Jana Deaver July 1, 2015, 12:54 pm

    Oh what a fun time we would have.

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  • Robin July 1, 2015, 1:01 pm

    I would love to take our family!

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  • Christine July 1, 2015, 1:03 pm

    I would love to check out that slide!!

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  • Katheryne Romano July 1, 2015, 1:04 pm

    I went here when it first opened. Would love to go back now that they have added so much.

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  • Michelle L. July 1, 2015, 1:09 pm

    The boogie board looks like so much fun!

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  • Chelzie July 1, 2015, 1:22 pm

    I have never been to Schlitterbahn before, just driven past the one in Iowa a few times. It looks like so much fun! 🙂

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  • Rachel July 1, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Looks like fun!Bahnzai Pipeline Tube Slide looks like fun.

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  • Jamie July 1, 2015, 1:48 pm

    We have never been there but it is one place we want to visit. The wristband to load money onto sounds great.

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  • Sheila Gramm July 1, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Would love to take hubby to KC for his first trip there.

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  • Laura Harral July 1, 2015, 2:01 pm

    We have never been busy it sounds amazing! The family could use a vacation.

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  • Erin P July 1, 2015, 2:24 pm

    I go to Kansas City at least once a month and we have yet to go to Shlitterbahn! I’m dying to try out that lazy river- but I will stay far away from the GIANT waterslide.

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  • Melanie July 1, 2015, 2:30 pm

    I would love to try the tallest water slide!

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  • Anne A July 1, 2015, 2:49 pm

    Would love to take the family

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  • Christine Bates July 1, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Looks like a fun place. Fingers crossed 🙂

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  • Tara Churchill July 1, 2015, 3:26 pm

    We have never been but it all looks like amazing fun!

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  • jaimie July 1, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Never been to Schlitterban, but I’m sure my kiddos would love it!!

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  • Megan Williamson July 1, 2015, 5:20 pm

    That Pipeline water slide look awesome! Love that you don’t have to pay extra for tubes in the park, and that you can bring in your own food. Fun!

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  • Cindy July 1, 2015, 5:58 pm

    I would love to take my family to Schlitterbahn! My husband is just crazy enough to ride the tallest water slide too.

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  • April July 1, 2015, 6:33 pm

    We haven’t been since the first year they opened! Looks like so much has changed!

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  • Alexis Sexton July 1, 2015, 6:56 pm

    I would love to win tickets!

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  • Bonnie July 1, 2015, 7:20 pm

    Would love for my family to go!

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  • Claire MacDonald July 1, 2015, 7:40 pm

    My kiddos love to swim and the wrist band is a fantastic idea! Hate having to go to my locker everytime we need a drink or want a snack! My swimsuit does not have pockets!

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  • Claire MacDonald July 1, 2015, 7:42 pm

    My kiddos love to swim and I love the idea of wrist bands!

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  • kari pokorski July 1, 2015, 10:13 pm

    Love that you can bring your own food! Big money saver for my family!

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