Stay-cation or Day-cation at the Gaylord Texan Resort

Today we day-cationed at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine to check out SummerFest featuring Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! It was the perfect little day get-away! If you have not been to the Gaylord and are in need some family fun time, I suggest you go immediately if not, sooner!

The Dallas temps this August have been excruciating to a point where you truly can’t go outside…like, CPS might come for you if you even look at a park! The Gaylord resort basically brings the outside in enclosing the entire complex with glass. We enjoyed trees, beautiful caves, rivers, waterfalls, koi ponds, birds and more all in a cool 74 degree, bug and allergy-free environment. What a breath of fresh air it was!

We ate brunch on the Riverwalk Café…..on the patio, and it was so glorious! It feels like we haven’t been able to enjoy a patio in a very long time! We ate an incredible all-you-can eat brunch with bottomless mimosas and bellinis.

Once we stuffed our faces with all the waffles, shrimp and breakfast tacos we could we burned it all off in the atrium where the Alice in Wonderland exhibit was happening. We saw live characters, caricature artists, displays and several interactive ways to play.

The cutest thing I saw was the cup & canvas stop in the Mad Hatter’s tea shop. It was basically Painting with a Twist for kids. Children were all given little easels and aprons then got to choose a canvas or mug to paint in an Alice theme. This is part of their Summerfest program including several activities through September to enjoy. You can find a full schedule and descriptions HERE.

Activities on the summer agenda also include events at the Gaylord’s newest addition Paradise Springs, a fully loaded waterpark! You have to be a hotel guest to use the waterpark but if you are looking for a weekend stay-cation, this will be where you will want to spend most of your time!

The resort is huge so parking can be a bit tricky, they have a valet service at $25 a car… whoa…. no thank you, or self parking very close to the entrance for $15. That is steep for parking, but if you eat at the restaurant you get to park for FREE!!!!

Go check out this indoor oasis and enjoy being outside again, sweat-free!

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