Places to consider visiting in Texas this summer

Soooo, I made a promise to my daughter that if she really focused on her schoolwork and passed Kindergarten that we would take her to the nearest Legoland.  The website made it look like a blast for all kids, but when our school year ended and I read the reviews…I regretted that promise.  Many of the reviews said it was overpriced.  We thought well there is a splash pad that our kids will love if anything.  So we purchased the tickets early online to get the small discount.

I know right now this sounds like a where not to go, but stick with me.  Luckily, Groupon was running deals for the Great Wolf Lodge.  Which is an amazing hotel with tons of things to do.  I see that promotion has run out so keep checking back. 

Just minutes away is Grapevine Mills where Legoland is located.  There is also a Peppa Pig World that the kids would have loved, but it had so many negative reviews.  It is a shame more places don’t keep their facilities clean and charge so much for entering.  Legoland was a bit lackluster, especially for little ones.  The lighting is pretty dark in most areas and I wish there were booklets to show how to build different things at each station.  Oh, and the splash pad was not even available because it does not open until May 24th.  Whomp Whomp👎

So honestly, we would have been better off saving the admission fees and just buying a large lego set.  There is so much to do at the GWL anyway so just save your money for that.  We were able to book a 2-night standard room for just $99/night.  It is a bummer that the outdoor pool is closed during the week, but for the price including a huge indoor waterpark is amazing!  Plus, with an arcade, shops, and restaurants there is really no need to leave the lodge.

Things to know about your stay at GWL…

1. Check-In may be hectic depending on the day.  Make sure to have your Groupon(or Priceline, etc.) deal printed out and call the lodge beforehand just to make sure they have your reservation.

2.  All you need is your wristband to pay for anything and everything in the entire lodge. So convenient…just remember your budget!

4. You can arrive as early as 1 p.m. on the day of check-in and leave as late as 8 p.m. on the day of check-out. *Your wristband will not work past 11 a.m. though so make sure to bring your own towels and buy food before then or have your wallet on you.

5.  That’s right they provide towels so you can have new dry ones each time you are getting wet!  Just bring cover-ups to walk back to the room from the waterpark.

6.  There is a microwave and mini fridge in the newly renovated room. Since the food places are pricey we brought Devour brand alfredo, EZ mac, Kodiak muffin cups, etc. Because we arrived on Mother’s Day we splurged at the Lodge Grill.  The service and food were superb.  We ordered the spinach and artichoke appetizer (yum😋) and the family meal which was way more bbq meat than most places give, but the sides could have been a bit larger.  With plenty of leftovers, they gave us to go boxes that are conveniently microwavable with steam tops so we were able to heat it up in our room for dinner the next night.

*Highly recommend Blue Goose Cantina near Grapevine Mills if you like Mexican dishes👍👍 Quick Trip is a great place to fuel up and pick up fast-food.  They offer a wide variety of coffee, including frozen cappuccino.  They also have a wide variety of inexpensive fast-food options from Lunchables, fruits, yogurt, hot dogs, pizza, taquitos, etc.

7. If you are too tired, as were, to bring your kids back down for storytime…it plays on the t.v. in the room.  I forgot which channel…like 3 or one of the lower numbers.

Well, that is about all the advice on a great family trip to North Texas.  There is more to do in Grapevine though such as Altitude H2O and the other lake parks.  The vintage train ride would be neat to take as well so we want to return to the area again sometime.  Actually this weekend there is a Main Street Festival that I wish we could have stayed and experienced.

Now let’s travel East and South! 

1. Claiborne West Park in Vidor is a huge park with lots of room to stretch your legs and a couple of nice playground areas.

2.  Our kids enjoyed the Beaumont Children’s Museum very much.  This was on the way home so we didn’t get to take a local’s suggestion of taking the ferry

3. Topgolf in Webster was a very cool place.  It was too soon to bring our toddler being that you golf off of the second story, but a fun experience for big kids and adults.

4. Kemah Boardwalk is cool to walk around.  If we go back I would skip the overpriced unattended carnival rides and just visit the Aquarium Restaurant.  Feeding the stingrays can be very interesting haha!

5. Seaside Inn in Galveston had great reviews and a buy 2 nights get a 3rd free special so we stayed there.  The people were nice, but the breakfast was stale and the carpet in our room was disgusting. There is a restaurant with a nice pool in front that we got to use while staying there which was great, but the restaurant’s food wasn’t worth the cost unless you eat off of the happy hour menu…then maybe.  If you know of a better place to stay please share!

6. Down the road at Texas Pit Stop the bbq was delicious so I definitely recommend there.  Papa’s Pizza is a buffet style pizza place with delicious food as well.  Try the spaghetti!  It may look basic, but my goodness Papa has a secret in his sauce-yum!

*F.Y.I. there is a Walmart near these restaurants

7. Other places you may want to visit in Galveston area are Pleasure Pier & Moody Gardens.  We didn’t get the chance so maybe next time we go. 

For more suggestions read 40 Places to See in Texas Before Your Kids Grow Up by The Crazy Tourist.  Let me know if you have questions or comment if you have any helpful suggestions to add.  Thanks for dropping by!  Until next time…take care❤

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