A Green Vacation! #BahnFever

As I told y’all last week, we are super-excited to be going to Galveston, Texas this summer. Believe me when I tell you that we definitly need the break from the day-to-day! In my last vacation post, I told you how you can schedule vacation fun at Schlitterbahn while saving money, but did you know that Schlitterbahn was ‘GREEN’ before ‘green’ was cool??? YES, you heard me, you can go on a green vacation. Check out the facts about the South Padre Waterpark Resort:

Loblolly Pines – a great place to go on a green vacation:  In 2011 a major wildfire raged through Bastrop County, Texas in September. Three separate fires started during Labor Day weekend and by the time it was controlled, it destroyed 1,691 homes and burned over 34,000 acres of land including the vast majority of Bastrop State Park’s 5,900 acres of Loblolly pines. The Lost Pines Forest, thought to have originated in or before the Pleistocene era, was also heavily impacted.

For safety, the burned pines had to be removed. These scorched trees were destined for the grinder who would have turned them into mulch. Jeff Henry with Schlitterbahn offered to take the felled trees, then had them milled, beginning the process of transforming the pines from scorched wood to the most dramatic feature throughout the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort at South Padre.

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Here’s where you’ll find the Bastrop Pines in the resort:

·        Rooms:  In most rooms the cabinets, coffee tables, nightstands, and headboards are made from the Bastrop Loblolly pines.

·        Dining areas: Large tables are made from the Loblolly pines.

·        Lobby: The large tree stump tables by the doors leading to the heated pool are from the fire, as is the siding along many of the interior walls.

·        External: The siding on the outside walls of the resort are made from Loblolly pine.

Ropes:  Over three miles of 3-inch mooring ropes of dozens of former ships have been painstakingly wrapped around giant concrete structural poles in our Sea 4ever 10,000 square foot patio.

Green House: The retractable roof over our indoor waterpark was built from a large greenhouse – an old Schultz nursery.

Lobby Check in Counter: Built from salvaged walnut trees which were pulled from a road project in Kansas.

Parapet Walls: The hatch covers came off a famous US Troop carrier the John E. Pope and are used on parapet walls and also to make tables. Over 500 are on site.

Chandeliers: The beautiful chandeliers hanging in the Sea 4ever event patio were salvaged from an ageing Vegas hotel.  Our team glued shells to them and hung in the ceiling.

Waterslides: Yes, even some of the water slides were recycled. The water slides came from a park in Cleveland Ohio, were salvaged, refurbished, and re-installed.

Handrails: An old Dutchman Downs Stadium was the source for all the handrails.

How cool is that??? Makes sense that Schlitterbahn has been America’s #1 waterpark for 15 years and has won awards for the best indoor waterpark, best waterpark ride, and best new ride!

Every park has a claim to fame:

·        New Braunfels: World’s longest tube ride; America’s Favorite Waterpark

·        South Padre: World’s first Transportainment system where interconnected rivers are queue lines for rides.

·        Galveston: World’s favorite indoor park

·        Kansas City: Midwest’s longest tubing adventure

Don’t forget to grab your savings NOW –  Use promo code 299000334 for the 2 day $7 Off discount or  Use promo code 299000335 for the $5 off discount, this is valid at ALL Texas Schlitterbahn Parks!

Oh and don’t forget to go enter the Summer #BahnFever Instagram Contest on Facebook!

Would you like to go on a green vacation? 

Be sure to go enter to WIN Tickets to Schlitterbahn, NOW!!!

*Disclosure – this is a Sponsored post – all views and opinions are honest and our own!

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  3. Lily Kwan says:

    Schlitterbahn parks look very fun. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’m so glad to hear this! I had no idea my local Schlliterbahn was so environmentally responsible! This makes me want to take my family there even more!!

  5. Jeannie says:

    That is so awesome that they were able to put natural resources (the trees) to use that would have otherwise been discarded and to repurpose all the other items. Individuals are encouraged to reuse and recycle, I’m glad to see at least one successful business does it as well!!

  6. Susan Smith says:

    Sounds fun, the one in Kansas City is near me but I haven’t had a chance to visit yet. I love that there is free parking.

  7. I like this water park. They have life guards all over the park. Customers are encouraged to bring their own snacks & lunch. #BahnFever

  8. Dana shumate says:

    My kids just love this park

  9. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    LOVE it! It looks like so much fun, we’ve never been, but I think it just seems like a blast! I want to try the New Braunfels longest tube ride definitely!

  10. Shelley C says:

    I think it is fabulous for a company to do so much recycling & being green. I love to remake things too.

  11. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Gee this is an hour from me and I didn’t even know all this! LOL I know it’s been built up a lot since it first opened and they’ve added beach access and a hotel.

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