What are you doing for your Spring Break? Well, our Spring Break was this past week and we had a total blast. You see we went to South Padre Island. I know, I know... when you think of South Padre, you think of partying teenagers and college students. Thankfully, we stayed away from all of that by living it up at the Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort. For those of you not from around here, Schlitterbahn IS the place to go for water park fun. Featuring the best slides and water fun around. Our vacation started with our drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island. We checked in late at night but you wouldn't know it by the friendliness of the staff; they were happy to see us and went over all the resort information with us. We then walked to the beach-side building and entered our suite. The first thing that I thought was really awesome is that there are no 'key cards!' Instead, each of us was given a wrist band that electronically opened the resort lobby door and our room door. The kids loved that they could get in on their own and I loved knowing we wouldn't have to carry a card around the waterpark. I was all smiles when I walked in the suite seeing a spacious living room with a pull out bed, small table, chairs, TV, mini-fridge, sink, and some cabinets. It took us no time filling the fridge and cabinets with breakfast and snack items, to save us some time and money. I also noticed the little things, like the Sprout Out line of bath and body products that were safe enough for me to use on the girls, as well as, the towel designs around the room. The back bedroom had another pull out bed, mini-fridge, TV, microwave, dresser, closet, and king sized bed. Side note, my only gripe with the accommodations was that we had four drawers for our large family, so we ended up having to lay clothes out on the couch. Would love if they would have offered a bit more dresser space, but it is what it is. That first night, we all fell right to sleep and actually slept until about 8am when the kids came in to look out our window. Boy, were they happy to see the amazing view of the beautiful beach, right from our window.
We made our way to the front desk where we received our tour of the facilities. We learned so many interesting facts for instance, the pine used in the beams, walls, and tables around the resort, as well as, some of the furniture is built out of wood reclaimed from the wildfires that took place in Austin. We also learned that the Rooftop Sea 4ever 10,000 square foot patio features over three miles of 3-inch mooring ropes of dozens of former ships all wrapped around their giant concrete structural poles. What I found really interesting is that the retractable roof over the indoor waterpark was built from a large greenhouse – an old Schultz nursery. When the sun came out on day three of our vacation we could really feel the difference from the greenhouse effect. It was really neat how the sun shining on the roof warmed the air and the water. We also got to check out the more deluxe suites with huge windows, full kitchens, and even bunk beds. This would be the room we would really want for future Schlitterbahn trips since a great way to save money with a family like ours is to have a nice kitchen to cook meals in. On our way back through the waterpark we got to see the morning Life Guard meeting. Turns out that Schlitterbahn Life Guards all score in the top 10% in their Life Guard Training Courses and each morning before the park opens they go over logistics, as well as, practicing a save or two. This put my mind at ease since I am always on the lookout to keep my kids safe. They also offer first aid and life jackets all around the park. When we finished our tour we got a sneak peek of some upcoming Schlitterbahn fun, then walked through the gift shop. When our tour was finished we got in our swim suits to start the water-play. Hubby took each of the kids around the Los Rios Azul, Torrent Wave River. The river was definitely tons of fun for the kids and I am very thankful for the life jacket for Baby Miss. The river went through the indoor park and around the outside of it, but on the days when the weather was a bit yucky, they closed the outside portion off. Little Man and Little Miss had a blast sliding down the The Lafitte's Cyclone and the The Blackbeard's Twister. These two slides are side-by-side and they each trekked up the huge flights of stairs to race down the slides. Little Man was kind enough to carry Little Miss' tube most of the time... (love my son!) Of course all three played non-stop at the Pirates Cove Kiddie Area. The shallow water was perfect for playing around and the submarine, mushrooms, and pirate ship were filled with tons of water fun for everyone. When the water fun was finished it was nice to just take the short trek to the room to change for lunch. By day two we were set to play at the Mega Blast and take a carousel ride before heading out to have lunch at the Sea Side Grill. This brings me to the restaurants located on the premises of Schlitterbahn. You can choose from the Seaside Grill or Loblolly Grill located at the resort or take a quick ride to the Shrimp Haus located at the outdoor waterpark. What ever you choose, you are sure to find some filling choices, with some beautiful colors and presentations.
Last but far from least was our favorite part of the day; each night before bed we would take the kids down to the Palapa Heated Pool and Swim Up Bar. The pool was so nicely heated that you could see the steam rising and normally by about 7pm the crowds would dissipate so that we would have the pool almost to ourselves. The kids had so much fun swimming around and it was great to get their last bit of energy out before bed. All in all, this vacation was one of the best we have had in a while. The resort offered tons of fun for the whole family and it was so nice being able to bring water, coolers, and lunches to the waterpark. Oh and if you are wondering, we did make our way to the outdoor sea salt pool and beach, but it was so windy we didn't get a chance to really play around. So, if you are thinking about Spring Break or even about summer vacation, I would whole-heartily recommend Schlitterbahn South Padre Beach Resort, especially if you want to see your kids sleeping like this every morning...
*Disclosure - this is a sponsored post. All views and opinions are honest and my own.