Friday, September 25, 2009

"Great Wolfe Lodge"

I can't believe that I'm just now getting around to blogging about our weekend trip to The Great Wolfe Lodge in Grapevine, Texas! The Great Wolfe Lodge is an indoor water park!  A few weeks ago we took our first little weekend vacation as a family!  We've only gone out of town on two other occasions since Abigail was born, once to my family's ranch & the other time was to Waco for my younger brother's graduation from Baylor!  James & I had been talking about going on a little trip & some friends from church mentioned The Great Wolf Lodge!  However, the key was finding a free weekend where we didn't have anything on the calendar!  So, the first free weekend we had was September 11th!  

We weren't sure what to expect, but we were very impressed!  It really is an awesome place for kids!  Abigail loved playing in the water!  I didn't get very many pictures because I was worried about getting my camera wet!  I bought a water proof camera, but of course none of the pictures turned out!  Abigail was too little to go down some of the slides, but there was plenty of other things she could do!  There was a lazy river, which you could go down on tubes!  There was also a wave pool, which you could use tubes or just ride the waves!  There was also a hot tub, which Abigail liked because the water was a little chilly!  Abigail would wake up in the morning and say, "swim suit on!"  She loved playing in the water & going down the water slides! We didn't get to spend any time in the outside water park because it rained all weekend long! We tried to go into the town of Grapevine to shop in the little boutique shops, but it wasn't fun because it was raining!  

I would strongly recommend The Great Wolfe Lodge to anyone wanting to take a little weekend trip!  You really only need to stay one night because even though check out is at 11 a.m., you still have access to the water park until 9 p.m. when it closes!  They have tables & chairs by the pool for you to hang out & have a place to take a break from the water!  You don't have to worry about carrying towels to the pool, they provide the towels!  The other thing about this place that we thought was awesome was that when you check in to the hotel they give you a wrist band, which had a computer chip in it!  We used the wrist band to open our door to the hotel room, so we didn't have to worry about keeping track off those silly plastic door keys that you get at any other hotel!  How cool is that?  We also used the wrist bands at the shops & food places throughout The Great Wolfe Lodge & they would charge it to our room!  The only negative was that everything is very expensive!  I would suggest bringing snacks & drinks for your room!  A bottle of water was over $2, pretty crazy!  I saw a lot of people in the lobby who were smart and brought their own snacks, breakfast food, etc.!  In addition to the water park, there are plenty of other indoor activities to keep the kids entertained when they need a break from the water or after the water park closes!  We would go back for sure!   
This clock tower was a little singing show!  The trees & animals sang, it was cute!

Every night there was a story time in the lobby before bed time with the mascot, which is a wolfe! 

Picture of the lobby!

Picture of a tree house at the top of the stairs!

Abigail playing in the kid club room in the play house!

Abigail loved the play house!

This was a perfect spot for a picture!

Abigail riding in the ice cream truck in the arcade room!  We spent $5 in tokens & this was the only thing Abigail wanted to do and she wasn't happy when she had to get out!

Abigail wondering around in the water with Daddy!

Abigail checking out the fake wave runners!

Abigail playing in the fountains!


Lacey said...

We have been wanting to take the kids there since hearing about it last year. We had big plans to go this summer and then the whole Birmingham thing happened and we never made it. Glad to get a good recommendation from you and glad you had a blast!! Did anyone get sick when you left? The germ-a-phobe me sees your pictures and thinks of the germ tree at the mall. I still can't play there without someone getting sick. LOL. I'll have to get over it and just take them. Anyway, looks like a blast! WE will definitely be taking a family trip there. Looks like the kids would love it! Glad you had a fun family trip!!

Lacey said...

p.s. She is fearless- LOVE the videos!!