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MAR-APR 2018

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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54 Story and photos by Cheré Coen Schlitterbahn R E A D U S o N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S o C I A L . C o M Robert and Billye Henry had dreams of owning a small resort, an oasis if you will, outside the traffic and noise of Houston. In 1966, they purchased the Lafkin fishing camp on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas and hauled their 3 children to the spot. The entire family pitched in and helped turn the camp into a family resort. "It was perfect for growing up," said daughter Jana Faber. "We had great swimming pools. We had a river. And I had the run of the place." The house where the Henrys grew up still exists, with one of the largest oak trees in Texas growing out front. It's been usurped, however, by the massive waterpark and accommodations that grew up around it. In 1979, the Henry Resort became Schlitterbahn, a word they made up combining "Schlitter"—the German word for slippery—and "bahn"—the German word for "road." Today, thousands of visitors arrive to enjoy the pools, floating on the Comal River and water rides at both the Original Schlitterbahn and Schlitterbahn East, the latter of which is breaking records with water rides. Other Schlitterbahn waterparks exist in South Padre Island, Galveston, Corpus Christi and Kansas City, all owned by the Henry family. Some of the parks, such as the one in Galveston, include inside water features so the aqua fun never stops. But for those who prefer the original flagship park—named the No. 1 waterpark in the world for the last 20 years—the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels opens for "Bahn Break" March 10-18 and, for the summer season, on April 21st during weekends and daily starting May 11th. The resort accommodations in New Braunfels, which range from hotel rooms to river cabins and vacation homes, stay open year-round. 54

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