The Waterpark Of Choice

It is agreed and finalized.  We are going back to Schlitterbahn.  But this time, we are going to the one in New Braunfels, Texas.  My darling daughter has been telling me that she wants to go back to the waterpark where there’s a big river pool that goes around and there are children slides by the big pirate ship. So I figured she remembered our visit to Schlitterbahn in Galveston Island and wants to go back there.  I told her we are going to the same waterpark this summer but in the different location. And it will be in the next few weeks. 🙂

We decided to have our summer vacation this month because it’s not that very hot.  We do not want to go later in the summer because the heat is too unbearable.  You know how hot summer in Texas is.

So after this getaway what are we going to do next?  Well, there are many activities we can do in the summer months and most of them are outdoors.  I am planning to enroll my daughter in a swimming class or dance class when we get back from our mini-vacation.  These are a few things we look forward to.

Galveston Island Trip Day 3: Beach Day

It's beach day.  Galveston Island, Texas.
It’s beach day. Galveston Island, Texas.

It’s Tuesday and our plan today is to spend the whole afternoon at the beach.  We looked for a great place last night to hang out today but we haven’t decided where to go.  So this morning, while having breakfast at Denny’s, we asked the server where is the best place to go swimming.  The guy suggested the Stewart Beach on the East side.  So we went there.  It closes at 5:30 P.M.


Umbrella and chairs – $25 whole day
Parking – $8 per vehicle a day

I think the rental and parking fees are affordable.  It is better than paying an hourly parking on the roadside.

It was a very pleasant day at the beach.  Though it was a hot sunny day, it was breezy.  My darling daughter enjoyed playing with the sand – trying to build a sand castle. We brought all our beach things with us:  towels, beach toys, sunscreen, water and juice (in the cooler in the car), sunglasses, and an umbrella.  And you know what?  I lost my sunglasses when a big wave rushed over me.  After playing chase with the waves and when the tides got low, we fed the seagulls for a few minutes before heading to the shower room.  When we were on our way to the car, we saw this huge green inflatable slide.  My dear husband wanted us to try it.  So we did.  We got to slide two times for $5.  DD didn’t like it because she got scared.

Huge inflatable slide.  It was high!
Huge inflatable slide. It was high!
It was fun on the slide.
It was fun on the slide.
Ships out there.
Ships are out there.

Pigeon Forge is a Popular Family Vacation Destination

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation destination for families. This town is surrounded by the Smokey Mountains and offers plenty of family friendly activities for all ages. The Parkway is lined with gift shops selling handmade crafts from the local artisans. In many cases, visitors can watch as these talented people create their wares. After a day of shopping, one can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the numerous dinner show theaters. Down home cooking is served while guests watch an entertaining performance from singers, comedians, and actors.

Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge hosts festivals that draw in large crowds. These include music, craft, and food events as well as car shows. They feature all the country traditions that have helped make this town a favorite of so many vacationers over the years. Visitors can experience their unique flavors and sounds while spending time with family and friends.


The biggest attraction is The Smokey Mountains National Park. The mountain range provides scenic views as well as an up-close look at nature and wildlife native to the area. There are several walking, hiking, and equestrian trails available that will give visitors a way to explore the region best. Many visitors to this part of Tennessee end their day with a stay in one of the Pigeon Forge cabin rentals such as the ones from Little Valley Mountain Resort.