I have really been so busy that I really don’t have time to post this…but I’m going to anyway…a quick version of our Texas Vacation.
LM & I went to Grapevine Texas last week. We had plans for 1 night at GREAT WOLF LODGE and 3 nights at another Marriott hotel.
We got to GWL on Monday afternoon and were able to check in immediately…although check in is at 4:00, you can go early and start playing in the water park @ 1:00. Just so happened that our room was available about 1:30! We played all afternoon and then got PH pizza in the hotel and took it to our room. Our next plans were to go to the Northern Arcade or GR8 space. We weren’t aware these were closed for renovations. So we decided to spend the $33.+ on the “MagiQuest” game. You buy a “wand” and they activate it.
MagiQuest is like a treasure hunt with about 10 levels of things to achieve. The rules are to take the stairwell and go from the 2nd story to the 3rd, back to the 6th, down to the 1st….(ALOT OF STAIRS)!! But you have to look for a treasure chest, a picture on the wall or a star on the ceiling for instance, and then go back to collect your next “Quest”. Top points for Gold, High Points and Ruins are listed on 2 tvs in the hotel. They activate the wand for 4 days. Well, Caleb was at #1 in Gold and top Points and #2 after for Ruins after 4 hours of playing. I had to do it with him, because I was not allowing him to go by himself from floor to floor in the stairwell and not knowing which floor he was on…so needless to say, we took ALOT of stairs. (Not to mention all the stairs you climbed at the SUPER water park).
The water park has 2 VERY TALL slides, 3 lesser heights and then 2 smaller ones (in the tree house that are still a lot of fun). In the “tree house” they have a lot of water buckets to fill and spill on people…some of whom are floating the lazy river…a HUGE bucket that fills and spills on whoever is standing in the way.
A lily pad pond with basketball and floating things to climb on, a Lazy River and 2 hot tubs. A children’s (toddlers) area, a wave pool. A snack shop, showers, restrooms.
The hotel is BEAUTIFUL. The lobby is HUGE, open and lots of WOOD. They have a souvenir shop, 2 restaurants, a snack shop, a Pizza Hut Express. They also have story time at night and some kind of walk thing for little kids in the morning.
Food is a little expensive, but you would expect that from a place like this.
I am so blessed to be able to homeschool. One reason is to be able to go on vacation at the less busy times of the year. There were several times that I looked around the water park and realized there were only about 50 people there. Only ONE time did we have to wait in line to go down a slide.
We also went to Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland.
This is at the Grapevine Mills Mall. It is a really nice.
We ate at the Rainforest Cafe. That is a cool place!
I thought these may take us the better part of a day (or 2). Well, I was really wrong about that!! Legoland was not what I had hoped…it was for kids, I’d say about 7 or under. SeaLife was fun, just not very big. So after 1 night at the 2nd hotel, we were bored. My DH told us to go back to GWL…and we did! I cancelled the last night at the Marriott and scheduled it for GWL. This time we got there about 12:30…and checked into our room and went to the Water Park!!
We stayed until about 1:00 the next day and headed home…it was a great time and LM and I really enjoyed it!!