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June 21, 2013

STAWAR: Come on in, the water’s great


We went tubing three times and spent one day at the Schlitterbahn Water Park, arguably one of the best water parks in the world. The Schlitterbahn regularly shows up in the top 10 list of water parks when ranked by popularity or attendance. Schlitterbahn roughly translates from the German as “slippery road,” and the name alone offers immeasurable entertainment possibilities. 

We spent a lot of our time in the Tubenbach section of the park on the lazy river attraction until we got braver and walked over to the Blastenhoff section, to ride The Falls. The Falls is described as “the world’s longest waterpark ride, filled with raging rapids, careening waterfalls and giant waves.” I got a snoot full of water when I fell out of my tube twice, going over the rapids, and Diane ruined her best swimsuit on the rough surface of the run. It was great.

Another member of our party also ruined a swimsuit, lost one flip flop, a contact lens and a really nice pair of sunglasses, but remained undaunted. People have been mugged with less damage. 

Even though water parks are possibly the most fun places in the world, that’s enough to knock the Schlitterbahn out of anyone. 


— Terry L. Stawar, Ed.D., lives in Georgetown and is the CEO of LifeSpring the local community mental health center in Jeffersonville. He can be reached at Check out his Welcome to Planet-Terry blog and podcast at

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