Texas, stay safe. Hurricane Harvey is getting ready to spend the weekend in Texas, which will bring heavy rains, lots of flooding, and powerful winds. To get ready for the approaching storm, several of the Texas theme and waterparks are changing their operation schedules, as they approach for Harvey.
All of Schlitterbahns Texas water parks will be closed this weekend. The parks in New Braunfels, Corpus Christi, Galveston, and South Padre will all be closed all weekend, Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th. The resorts will remain open, but with limited operations only.
Schlitterbahn parks across Texas will remain closed for the remainder of this week, but they do plan on being open for the Labor Day weekend, weather and flooding permitting.
SeaWorld San Antonio/Aquatica
SeaWorld San Antonio announced via Twitter that SeaWorld and Aquatica would close early on Friday August 25th, and Saturday August 26th. The park will make an announcement about Sunday the 27th sometime Saturday afternoon.
The park also released a statement regarding the closure and animals:
To ensure the safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals during the impact from Tropical Storm Harvey, SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio closed at 3:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 25, and will remain closed all day Saturday, Aug. 26. We will make a decision on Saturday about opening Sunday and keep guests and employees informed. Precautions are in place in accordance with the parks’ extensive Severe Weather Plan to ensure the safety of our employees and animals during this time, including the movement of animals to their secure night quarters. Zoological staff will remain on property through the night to monitor the situation. Details regarding the parks’ reopening will be announced when that decision is made.
SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica has announced that they will remain closed on Sunday due to Hurricane Harvey. An announcement regarding further opening will be made Sunday afternoon.
While we have reached out to both Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Texas, they have not responded. The parks have also not made any official announcements (that we could find) about weekend operations, but with Harvey being upgraded to a Category 4, it stands to reason that they will not be open this weekend. We will keep you updated on any official statements, if they make one.
There are quite a few zoos and aquariums in the areas that were directly hit by Hurricane Harvey. There is no word from the aquariums or zoos, but judging by the pictures coming out of Rockport and Houston we can only pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Zoo will remain closed today due to tons of rain, but they did release a rather heroic statement on Facebook.
We personally know many of the people at the San Antonio Zoo, and we are pretty sure they are doing more than just standing ready. There are hundreds of animals at risk at all the Texas zoos that were in the path of Hurricane Harvey, and the San Antonio Zoo will do all it’s physically able to do to help. That’s what the true nature of these zoos are, they truly care for the animals.
Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Texas. Stay safe.