I think family vacations are hard... coordinating schedules, buying tickets, booking hotels, planning out itineraries and packing every kid thing we might need is overwhelming and probably why we rarely take big family vacations. Besides visiting grandparents, we generally stick to day trips.
The trick with this is, we never really take a break from our daily routine and rarely just enjoy free time as a family.
I thought it had to be hard work and a big trip to enjoy a summer vacation, but I just returned from a weekend at The Woodlands Resort and had my mind changed.
From letting us check in early (as soon as our room was available), to taking in our bags, to finding us bikes to borrow, to carting us around on golf carts to unlocking our room safe when a certain blanket was mysteriously trapped inside to making crafts by the pool, the staff insisted on helping.
The pools include a lazy river, shallow baby pool, splashpad, giant waterfall pool and the big pool with beach entry, palm tree island and water slides. All around the pools are lounge chairs and poolside food and drink service... but we never stopped to get a chair... we were too busy!
If you plan to visit the resort, here are some quick tips to help you plan your trip:
- There are no lifeguards on duty. The staff is great with helping you enjoy your trip, but you must plan to watch your kids in the water.
- Floaties and toys are allowed. Feel free to bring noodles and small water toys.
- Tubes are provided for the lazy river, but just in the big size. My kids slipped through (often on purpose)... but if yours truly want to float down the river, bring a small innertube.
- Bring your life vests if you need them... but if you forget, ask the staff. We left ours in the car on our first trip to the pool and when we asked the woman at the towel station, she found some vests behind the bar for us to borrow.
- Wear sandals! The sidewalks are super hot in the middle of the day. Bring some cheap flip flops that you don't mind (potentially) losing. It makes walking between pools much nicer, and you can kick them off before you jump in.
- To use the slides, kids need to be 42"... My 3 year old was just shy of this at the front pool... but at the back "secret" lazy river slide, he was just over the mark. He was certain he had grown between the front and back of the resort. You might want to check out the back slide if you have the same issue at the front slide.
- No outside food is allowed by the pools... but we brought our own groceries for snacks and a light lunch to eat in the room. We stored them in the mini-fridge and this saved us some money (because my kids are eating-machines). We also brought in gallons of water to be sure we stayed hydrated.
- Bring lots of sunscreen and run back to your (very close) room every hour to reapply, get a drink and eat a snack.
- The bike rentals were popular. If you are not flexible on time or bike size, bring your own bikes. (Bike rentals are included in the Resort Fee from Memorial Day – Labor Day. Other times it’s $5 per bike for up to 4 hours.)
- Mornings were very quiet at the resort. When we visited, you could have the pool (almost) to yourself at 8:00am.
- See our updated 2016 post HERE!
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Address: 2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380