Last week my family did a mini-vacay in Fort Worth. I was already there for my volunteer job so my husband and son got in the car and drove on up. We stayed at the Texan Gaylord. It is huge! For this summer, they have Smurf stuff everywhere and special Smurf classes, escape room, parade, etc. They also have a water park on their property with a shuttle to take you back to the hotel. We really liked staying there and have plans to come back sometime in the future.
I was there first so I checked in, like 3 hours early. Luckily for me, they had a King-sized room ready. This room was huge. It was a corner room so we had two full walls of windows. There was plenty of room for my son to play with his Lego’s we bought. The room also had a mini-fridge so we could buy milk. When my family got there, they were starving so we ate at the hotel at their Tex-Mex restaurant which sits on the restaurants Riverwalk (it is supposed to look like San Antonio). The drinks and food were good but pricey but this is also hotel prices. We then got changed and went to the pool. The pool was so crowded and there was a DJ playing. There were no chairs left but a family was leaving and told us to take theirs. We played in the water for over an hour and got ready to go out.
We decided to go see the Fort Worth Stockyards. Since neither of us have ever been, we didn’t know what to expect. My son did not enjoy them. He thought there would be animals that he could see and we only saw a couple. My husband loves country music so we did go to Billy Bob’s for some food and to listen. We then headed back to the hotel and put on Netflix which you can do straight from the remote.
Since we are all sharing a King-size bed(our toddler likes to sleep with us anyway), we all just cuddled up and slept in which is really nice. I decided to get up and go workout at Grapevine Crossfit. When I got back, I showered real quick and we went to Legoland. I had bought tickets for 10 am months ago and recommend buying in advance. When we got there at 10, people who did not have tickets couldn’t get any until 2. When we left Legoland, it was 3:30 with the last entry being 5.
My son loves building and loves Legos so this was perfect for him. He built a lot, did a ride, watched a movie and built some more. When he was ready for lunch, we went through the gift shop and bought him a set.
For lunch we did Rainforest Cafe. Even though it is touristy, in a bunch of cities and overpriced, we knew our son would love it and he did. After lunch we did the Sealife aquarium. I had bought the combo tickets for that and Legoland. The aquarium was cute and my son enjoyed looking at the fishes. He really liked this turtle activity where you took care of a turtle and the tube with the sharks swimming over you.
We also went to Grapevine Brewery Co. for some drinks and Tolberts for some Chili. They win a lot of awards and my husband has known about them for a while.
I had signed us up to run at Rahr and Son’s Red White and Brew Fun Run. It was not a race, just a fun run. We stayed there for a bit and headed back to the hotel. My husband originally wanted to leave on Saturday but we decided to stay an extra day since we were having such a great time. We went to Jake’s Burgers for lunch which I recommend. When we got back, they had a balloon animal artist so my son got a balloon animal.
That night we went to the Paradise Springs Waterpark which is a part of your stay. We went close to closing time. The reason: crowds and not as sunny. We wanted to go when maybe people would start going to dinner. We stayed until they closed which was almost two hours and probably the perfect amount of time with our toddler. My son loved the lazy river, the slides* and they had these swings in the water.
*You have to go feet first for safety and half way down, my son turned his little body to go head first. He got in trouble with the lifeguard.
On Sunday we drove home. It was a really nice vacation and I really enjoyed it. We will definitely have to go back to Ft. Worth another time.