Schlitterbahn comes from a river culture. It’s designed as an opportunity to linger and unplug while spending time with friends and family. The Kansas City waterpark has natural wildlife all around it and beautiful landscaping inside.
The park is located near the west loop of I-435 at Exit 13/State Avenue East and not far from the bustling Kansas Speedway and Legends Outlets Kansas City. Admission covers park entry and free use of life jackets and water tubes. There’s no parking charge and picnics are welcome (no glass or alcohol), although there’s lots of food available onsite too – from sandwiches to funnel cakes. You can also purchase Splash Cash® in $5 increments, which is encoded in your guest wrist band for food and souvenir purchases.
Storm Blaster — Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
Guests can travel through Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark from end to end along interconnected waterways without ever leaving the water, or enjoy thrills such as rapids and channels throughout the Raging River attraction. The Storm Blaster roller coaster combines upward propulsion by water jets with a three-story plunge, plus plenty of peaks and dips.
For the ultimate in thrills, climb the 264 steps to the top deck of Verruckt, declared the world's tallest water slide in April 2014. Riders experience a drop of nearly 169 feet at speeds approaching 65 mph. This 17-story mammoth is a true test of bravery.
The 1,600-foot-long Torrent River is the world’s longest tidal wave river, featuring a 20,000-gallon wave set inside a tall canyon. The world’s second longest waterpark attraction, the 3,000-foot King Kaw Rapids River, is full of waterfalls, lakes, whitewater rapids and other currents.
Three attractions that begin atop a 42-foot-tall tower include the Bahnzai Pipeline offering big thrills as your tube shoots down a twisted slide. Riders of the Black Knight Tube Slide shoot through a fully-enclosed tube where only pinpricks of light shine through. Extra wide so that no two water experiences are alike, the Wolfpack Tube Slide also starts here.
Bahnzai Pipeline — Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
Kristal River is one spot to relax amid slow-flowing water. Kids and adults have some special attractions too. Designed with young children in mind, Kinderhaven features nine mini slides and huge, colorful animal sculptures. Older children may enjoy slides and water cannon spray on Pirate Ship at Henry’s Hideout, while adult Hideout guests can experience an enormous heated pool and swim-up bar. For more relaxation there’s a big picnic area with massive umbrellas and a Cabana Village, where visitors can pre-book a cabana that accommodates up to six or 12 people.
Each season, the park hosts several special events with discounts. In 2014 they include American Hero Week, an opening week tradition that offers deep discounts for active military, veterans, police, firefighters and EMTs, and their immediate families. Two additional events are Verano Muy Padre Latin Festival with live music and children’s entertainment, and Lifted Up Faith & Family Day.
Plenty to do for kids — Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
As summer heat intensifies, crowds grow at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. Weekends typically draw more customers than weekdays do and some evenings can be pretty busy because of after-work visitors. But if you love being around water, this is a great place to play for a day – or a season.