|Would you ride this upside down twisty ride?|
Next, you need to pick a park. This will also depend on your theme park beliefs. In central Texas, we have basically 3 parks to choose from; Sea World, Schlitterbaun, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. If you like shows and animals the most with just an occasional ride, then you should probably go to Sea World. Schlitterbaun is the best waterpark in the world! But, they are also pricey even with coupons. But, if you want great water rides, go to Schlitterbaun. We usually go to Fiesta Texas for a number of reasons. First, they have a reading program for elementary students that if you read 6 hours, you get a free ticket! If your elementary teacher is not participating, let them know to sign up. Teachers also get a free ticket. This year was the first year that both my boys were too old so the only free ticket we had was for me since I teach elementary. We found 1/2 off tickets for the boys. Plus, Fiesta Texas has a little bit of everything. They have rides, shows, and a waterpark.
The next few tips work for us at Fiesta Texas. Adjust accordingly for your park.
Go unencumbered! We wear shorts with lots of big pockets, comfortable shoes, usually shirts with sleeves to help avoid sunburns, hats and sunglasses. No bags!!! We carry cash or a credit card (All purchases with a Discover Card in the park are 5% off.) in a pocket with ID. We also carry the car key in a deep pocket. We might carry a small sunscreen and I usually have my phone in a ziplock baggie to take pictures. We carry in a disposable water bottle to share. (This may be gross to some, so each of you carry your own.) We refill it every chance we get. Sometimes at the park, the ride operators won't let you take anything on the ride and won't let you leave anything on the deck. You have to purchase lockers just for the one ride, which we NEVER do. If the water bottle can fit in someone's pocket, we will carry it on the ride. If it doesn't fit, we just throw it away before getting on the ride. When we go back to the car, we will get another bottle. We have been known to put our hats inside our shirts during a roller coaster as well.
|Cooler for lunch and jug for gatoraide.|
|Dinner on the way home.|