This addition to Galveston's attractions comes from the central Texas town of New Braunfels, where, for the past 25 years, the Schlitterbahn water amusement park has pioneered different water rides and has been voted best water park by the Travel Channel. It has now established sister parks here in Galveston and in South Padre Island, the two biggest family destinations on the coast. This one is close by Moody Gardens. It offers a wealth of tube chutes, wave tanks, and other rides. And, unlike the other two parks, this one has a large section that can be enclosed and heated for the winter season, keeping the park open throughout the year. It did suffer damage but will be open by spring of 2009.