A third Schlitterbahn park, the 26-acre Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, was originally scheduled to open in Galveston, Texas in May 2005; but its opening was delayed due to a fire in the hangar where all the construction equipment was located. The Galveston park officially opened its indoor Wasserfest section on March 12, 2006. The first summer section, Surfenburg, opened on April 22, 2006 and the final part of the park, Blastenhoff, opened in Summer 2007. The park will be open year-round, with the indoor Wasserfest section open in the winter season and all three sections open in the summer. In September 2008, the park suffered some water damage to its buildings forcing it to close for several months for repairs. None of the attractions were affected by the hurricane. The park opened again in March 2009. Guests that visit the park will see no signs that damage to buildings ever occurred. For the 2009 summer season, the park has added a new Dreyer's Sweet Shop and complimentary wi-fi services in the park. During the summer season, late April-September, the park features more than 30 attractions, including high speed body slides, rivers, uphill coasters, tube chutes, kid's playgrounds,and a man-made surfing wave. During the heated indoor season, October-mid-April, the Wasserfest area of the park is enclosed and features a dozen heated attractions. (Both the air and water are heated to at least 80 degrees.) The 70,000 square-foot Wasserfest area is the world's first convertible waterpark and has been ranked the #1 Indoor Waterpark in the World by Amusement Today. Like all the Schlitterbahn Waterparks, guests can bring in their own coolers (glass and alcohol are prohibited.) Parking, lifejackets, and tubes are always free. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is the largest waterpark in the Houston area.
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