Family-Friendly Hotel near Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor
In 1961, real-estate tycoon Angus Wynne Jr. spearheaded development on a multimillion-dollar, 200-acre theme park that he purportedly planned to call Texas Under Six Flags. Legend has it that his wife intervened, arguing that Texas isn't under anything. And that's how the Lone Star State ended up with Six Flags Over Texas, which welcomes hordes of fun-seekers every year—both at the original park and its aquatic spinoff, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Less than five minutes from these perennially popular attractions lies the Blue Cypress Hotel, a peaceful retreat amid all the roller coasters and water slides.
The hotel's freshly renovated executive rooms feature a color palette of burgundy and teal along with a king bed. To start the day, a breakfast spread of bagels, fresh fruit, and waffles fuels early-morning dips in the heated indoor pool. From May to September, a complimentary shuttle ferries families and hitchhiking cartoon characters to Six Flags. From June 14 to August 17, Cirque Dreams Coobrila thrills park-goers with a vibrant spectacle of aerialists and dancers performing to live music. The nearby Rangers Ballpark houses a hands-on learning center for kids, a baseball museum, and a 12-acre lake.
Arlington, Texas: Year-Round Entertainment in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Arlington is located in northeast Texas, amid the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Both the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys play their home games here. Further entertainment options include professional rodeos and concert venues such as Johnnie High's Country Music Revue. Further northeast, Lake Arlington attracts kayakers, fishers, and algae enthusiasts. About 10 miles from the Blue Cypress Hotel, The Parks at Arlington is compromised of more than 180 specialty stores such as Coach, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Nordstrom Rack.