High above Fort Mackenzie—a four-story waterlogged treehouse that feels like it could be a part of The Swiss Family Robinson or _Pirates of the Caribbean_—a 1,000-gallon bucket slowly fills with water. Suddenly, the big bucket topples, drenching those gathered below in a torrent of water. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees, Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine’s indoor water park and its more than 10 splash-filled attractions draw visitors looking for an aquatic getaway no matter the season. In addition to braving Fort Mackenzie, you can crash into 3-foot waves at Slap Tail Pond, careen down a six-story funnel slide at Howlin’ Tornado, and unwind on a raft in the Crooked Creek lazy river.
The 80,000-square-foot water park is merely one of the many activities at the hotel's multi-entertainment campus. At the MagiQuest live-action adventure, kids wield magic wands and journey through a kingdom to meet mythical creatures, including a pixie and a dragon. Scooops Kid Spa gives manicures and pedicures to pintsize patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream completes each visit.
Up to six people can comfortably slumber in family suites. KidCabin suites sleep up to seven and feature mini log cabins for kids. All suites have living areas with couches, plus microwaves and refrigerators.
Highlights of Dallas
There's more to Dallas than the NFL's Cowboys. (As a matter of fact, the team's AT&T Stadium is actually in Arlington.) The city is an enclave of arts and nature, overflowing with botanical gardens, art galleries, and live theater.
Historic Main Street connects many of the city’s recently rejuvenated urban districts, as well as the popular Main Street Garden, a block-long public park surrounded by significant architecture. Picnic on the expansive lawn or watch a movie under the moonlight in the summer and fall.
Historic West End district: Horse-drawn carriages clop along brick streets in this area, which dates back to the 19th century.
At The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, you can visit the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot at Kennedy’s presidential motorcade.
Katy Trail: Joggers and bikers frequent this route, which follows an old interstate railroad through the fashionable Turtle Creek neighborhood, located about 4 miles west of downtown.
Fair Park: This 277-acre park is the location of North America's largest Ferris wheel and seven museums and four performing-arts centers, many of which are inside art-deco buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.
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What You Get
1-night stay for seven in a KidCabin suite with water-park passes and a $25 resort credit
Option 1: $219 to check in Sunday–Thursday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/6/14 (up to a $345 value)
Option 2: $259 to check in Friday, not valid for Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/6/14 (up to a $425 value)
2-night stay for six in a Family suite with water-park passes and a $50 resort credit
Option 3: $399 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/6/14 (up to a $610 value)
Option 4: $499 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 6/8/14–6/25/14 (up to a $770 value)
Policies and Fees
Book options 1–3 by: 6/6/14
Book option 4 by: 6/25/14
Blackout dates: Not valid 5/25/14.
Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $30 fee; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1 night's stay up to Groupon price applies
Taxes: 12% tax not included
Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee not included