Schlitterbahn Update

Schlitterbahn Comes to Town
The big blue sign in front of Padre Isles Country Club

The following is an update from


“Seven months. If all goes as planned, that’s how long it will be until the new Schlitterbahn Beach County Water Park and Resort on Padre Island is up and running.
If you have been watching the construction process, you know that things are now at the point of dramatic change.”We’re really seeing some big changes now,” said Jeff Henry, co-owner of Schlitterbahn. “Really seeing this start coming out of the ground.”

From the beginning, there were plenty of people who were convinced the project was never going to happen; but now, 65 acres of what used to be the Padre Isles Country Club have been transformed.

Jeff Henry is the creative genius behind all Schlitterbahn parks, and to say that he’s a free spirit doesn’t fully describe his reputation for thinking outside the box. He actually owns more than 60 patents for thrill rides that he has built all around the world.

“He’s always creating. He’s got a vision, and he tries to make the architects understand what his vision is,” said Sonia Gill, Henry’s assistant.

“This is fun. This is like artwork. It’s enjoyable,” Henry said. “I do get tired of corporate — that would be my brother and my sister, and all the people in New Braunfels who are trying to get me to comply with the rules and regulations of society, which I prefer not to.”

“He’s a wild and crazy guy, but he gets the job done,” Schlitterbahn Senior Designer John Schooley said. “He’s creative, and he really makes things happen.”

“These are treehouses that we’ve added,” Henry said. “Here, we’re doing something very unique.”

Henry was talking about the company’s unique upscale lodging for guests who want to extend their stay. The treehouses, as they’re called, are being constructed using wood left behind from the devastating fire in Bastrop, Texas, back in 2011. Ultimately, there will be a couple of hundred tree houses on the site.

Like the Schlitterbahn parks on South Padre Island and Galveston, the one in North Padre Island can stay open year round, but “this one is going to blow those other two away,” Henry said.

Eventually, as 3News has reported, the $41 million water park will be the central component of a $550 million resort community on the Island. It will have more restaurants, shops and hotels. Plans also call for a riverwalk and new residential areas.”

The continual transformation of the old Padre Isles clubhouse.
The continual transformation of the old Padre Isles clubhouse.

Well, it looks like progress is here, and as said before, Our Quiet Little Piece of the Planet is Becoming Less Peaceful. I have to admit, I am a little sad because the Coastal Bend has always been off the beaten path, so it has been a quiet place to live. However, we have been discovered and now the sounds of progress are here. They have been digging, dredging, and building up what was once Padre Isles Country Club.

According to, “Schlitterbahn’s Waterpark and Resort in Corpus Christi will launch with Schlitterbahn’s signature attractions including a Torrent Tidal Wave River, a river system that allows guests to float along a wave-filled river; swim-up bars; beaches; and of course, a Boogie Bahn, the world’s best inland surfing ride; as well as on-site lodging.”

For the most part, I am very excited to have something new to do with the kids here in the Coastal Bend. Another fun thing is that locals from Padre Island and Flour Bluff can literally boat over there since they are dredging connecting canals into the park. (How cool is that?) If they don’t have the sea-legs to go by boat, any land-lubber can do the “Island Walk” which will be a separate, but related destination with shops, cafes, and hotels included in the overall project. (Are we channeling River Walk, San Antonio here?)

For many of the locals here– yep– there will be more traffic I’m sure; however, there will at least be more to do here with the kids in the Coastal Bend. (I think I will have to get a season pass!)


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