At an impressive 40 acres, Schlitterbahn Kansas City is stocked with all kinds of water rides and attractions. The park features Schlitterbahn's unique "Transportainment" system which connects attractions via canals and "Aqua Veyers" and allows guests to travel around the park without ever leaving their water tubes.
Among other highlights is a MasterBlaster uphill water coaster, a lazy as well as a not-so-lazy river that delivers huge waves, a wave pool, tube slides, body slides, a mat slide, a hot tub bar, and a surfing ride. There is also a zipline attraction. For younger kids, the park has pint-sized slides and other fun at Henry’s Hideout, Kinderhaven, and Torrent Beach.
Bucking industry trends, Schlitterbahn offers many complimentary services, including free parking, free water tubes, and free life jackets. Also, the park allows thrifty guests to bring their own food.
Unfortunately, the park is known for a fatal accident that occurred on one of its attractions, Verruckt. When the 170-foot ride opened in 2014, it was the world's tallest water slide. In August 2016, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated when the ride malfunctioned. The park has since closed Verruckt permanently.
Schlitterbahn Kansas City is part of the chain of Schlitterbahn water parks, one of the leading pioneers of the water park industry. It operates locations in Texas, including the flagship Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. It also builds water park attractions, such as the groundbreaking MasterBlaster uphill water coaster, for other water parks. The Kansas City location is Schlitterbahn's first venture outside of the Lone Star State.
What's to Eat?
The park does allow visitors to bring picnic meals. But it also has a number of restaurants and concessions offering a variety of food including BBQ, burgers and other fast food, deli sandwiches, and treats such as ice cream and funnel cake.
Reduced prices for children (ages 3 to 11) and seniors (55 and older). 2 and under are free. Season passes are available. The park offers a "Splash Cash" admission wristband that allows visitors to charge food and other purchases inside the park without having to use cash or credit cards.
Schlitterbahn has grand plans for the 370-acre Kansas City resort. The outdoor water park, which opened in 2009, is the heart of the resort. Guests will be able to enjoy water park fun year round when Schlitterbahn Vacation Village encloses some of its water attractions in a future building phase.
Other plans call for 1100 hotel rooms (including waterfront cabins and elevated "Treehaus" units), a Riverwalk shopping, dining, and entertainment district, and a Sky Venture simulated sky diving attraction along with other entertainment options. Schlitterbahn says that when the project is completed, its water tube "Transportainment" system will also connect riders to the resort's hotels, restaurants, stores, and other venues.
Directions to the Park
The park is located off of I-435 at Exit 13, State Avenue East in Kansas City. The physical address is 9400 State Avenue.