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Texas Weekend Getaway -- Grapevine for Family Fun
Enjoy a water park, take a ride on a vintage train, and explore an aquarium. The family can do all that and more during a weekend getaway to Grapevine, Texas.
Enjoy a water park, take a ride on a vintage train, and explore an aquarium. The family can do all that and more during a weekend getaway to Grapevine, Texas. Conveniently located just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine offers families a weekend jam-packed with fun.
Great Wolf Lodge -- Indoor Water Park and MagiQuest
Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine caters to families with children -- some rooms even have bunk beds. Rates begin at about $200 and include access to the water park. Great Wolf Lodge actually has two water parks: an outside water park open only during the summer and an indoor water park open year round.
Our family especially enjoyed the outdoor water park. Its two water slides offer thrills for more timid souls and the double inner tube ride is ideal for smaller children accompanied by mom or dad. Play pick-up basketball in the pool or just splash around to cool off. Two poolside grills serve drinks and fast food.
The indoor water park offers more aquatic adventures. The mammoth water ride with its four-story descent in inner tube or on raft is a must for the true thrill seeker. The indoor water park also sports a wave pool, lazy river and adult hot tub. Kids will enjoy playing on the water fort with its 1,000 gallon dumping bucket, and the tiniest guests will have fun at the zero depth splash area.
Tired of the water park? For a fee, kids can play MagiQuest. This live action game is reminiscent of a kids' version of Dungeons and Dragons. The children get a wand and then set out on quests involving wizards, goblins and the like throughout the hotel's hall and stairways (there is a penalty assessed for using the elevator). Our son had a great time and would have continued playing well past the two hours we allotted. CompassQuest was added since our family's last visit and includes another nine levels of questing.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
While it's possible to spend an entire weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine offers so much more for the family. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad transports passengers between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Train cars are pulled by either Puffy (an 1896 steam engine) or Vinny (a 1953 diesel engine). Themed rides occur throughout the year like a "Scream" train over Halloween, a Polar Express train during the holidays, and train robbers during the summer.
The open air cars are the most fun to ride in. But, if riding during the hot summer months, recommend opting for the air conditioned, first class cars.
Enjoy the Stockyard's cowboy ambiance and do a little shopping before returning to Grapevine.
Still want more to do? Check out the SeaLife Aquarium located at Grapevine Mills Mall. Notable is SeaLife's shark walk exhibit. An acrylic floor allows visitors to see sharks and rays swimming in a tank below - a novel change to the typical shark tunnel.
SeaLife exhibits also include coral reefs, touch tanks, jelly fish, and an exhibit with native Texas fish.
Fin Facts painted on aquarium walls educate visitors with interesting factoids about the aquarium's residents. Study well, as quiz stations located throughout the exhibits will check your knowledge.
SeaLife is open late on Monday through Saturdays until 9:30 p.m. For best prices, buy your tickets online at www.visitsealife.com.
Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine; 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine; 817-488-6510 or www.greatwolf.com/grapevine/waterpark
Grapevine Vintage Railroad; 705 South Main Street, Grapevine; 817-410-3123; www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ThingsToDo/GrapevineVintageRailroad
SeaLife Aquarium; 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; 972-539-9386; www.visitsealife.com/grapevine