As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
This is one of those stops that you just have to do. The walkway goes along the bluff, protecting the animals and humans from each other. I was under the impression that we'd need binoculars and a lot of squinting to be able to see the elephant seals...so not true! They were right below us on the sand. My two little guys (7 and 3) and I had a ball watching the juvenile males (we went in October and that's the population that hangs out in October) mess with each other, fish, and snooze in the sand.
There was plenty of parking when we went on a Sunday afternoon, and while it's possible that parking could get difficult during the mating/baby seal times of the year, I don't think this is usually the case.
Bathrooms- if you are driving from the south, stop for the restroom and a snack at the William Hearst Memorial Beach a few miles before the rookery before heading out because there are no facilities at all at the location.
There were two docents onsite when we visited, but we didn't get additional information from them this time. We were focused on the creatures themselves.
On our first trip to Georgia I chose this destination because the pictures on the website looked really neat. I was visiting with my kids and their cousins - our group had eight kids between 4 and 13.
Only the first phase of the museum is complete, the outdoor section. There are a few play areas that are under a roof but I wouldn't visit on a really rainy day - they may even close if it's raining hard.
*lots of free parking
*awesome atmosphere right in the old train yard (you can see trains driving around and get a combo ticket to ride)
*My kids loved the huge soft blocks, the maze, the spinning net you can climb and the big connect four game. They also liked the big chalkboard and the water table (once they opened it up)
*picnic tables and a train play structure right nearby
*we arrived after an earlier rainstorm so there were lots of puddles
*it's pretty small - there were maybe ten other children there besides us and too many more would really detract from the experience because there just isn't that much to do there right now
*its definitely geared towards the age 2-8 or so set right now, which isn't a con for every family, obviously, just for those of us with older children
*the trains going by created a pretty pungent smell within the museum area, anyone super sensitive to odors might be uncomfortable
*there is a mister feature which is maybe nice in the summer when it's wicked hot but on this fall day it just made people wet and it was hard to keep them away from it (it does require a button to be pushed to turn it on)
For us, our experience was definitely positive, my kids entertained themselves for 45 minutes by themselves and another 45 with parental involvement and encouragement. We lucked out that the crowd was small (on a mid-October Saturday afternoon from about 1.30-3.30.) Nice little gift shop. I would come again and do the combo with the fort and train museum, to make our visit last longer.
The Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis Massachusetts has recently undergone a fabulous multi-million dollar renovation to update some family suite rooms and also the fun all weather water park attached to the hotel.
We recently stayed in a family suite with views of the waterpark from our room, but we also spent the better part of a day slipping and sliding in the newly built and recently opened slides and splash areas.
You do not need to be a guest of the resort to use the waterpark. While the resort has had a waterpark for many years they have now expanded and restyled it to allow for even more fun.
We visited on a weekday which was a holiday for some school systems. I was glad there was just enough kids at the park to make it enjoyable yet not overcrowded. The girls were able to make a few friends as they bounded from slide to wave pool to lazy river and back again.
This indoor waterpark consists of several water slides, a small lazy river, a kiddie splash area, a wave pool and some sprinkler umbrellas. While it is not a large indoor water park by some standards it was large enough to have a ton of fun and small enough that I did not need to worry about my two twelve year old charges wandering off too far. I was also thrilled that there were plenty of lifeguards at the park taking their positions seriously while still having some fun and interacting with the kids when appropriate. They were always sure to enforce the rules but in a friendly way. The girls spent hours racing down the side by side slides to see who would land first. They darted up the stairs of the light house to slide on down into the lazy river area and bobbed in the wave pool with 2 foot waves. While they burned off their energy I sailed around the lazy river a few times then enjoyed a book at one of tables/chairs.
We were lucky enough to visit both at night and during the day. At night the area becomes part of a thunderstorm scene when periodically the lights flash and thunder rolls. My girls enjoyed going on the slides during this time as the flashing lights were visible from the slides. During the day we could really appreciate the stylized theme of the park with an area appropriate lighthouse, ship and family themed rooms with facades decorated in New England or beach themes with surfboards and fishing tackle. We were also able to appreciate the glass enclosed ceiling covering the water park that can be opened on beautiful days to let the fresh air in. When closed however it is always a balmy 84 degrees in the park.
One thing notably absent from the water park is the heavy smell of chlorine. The resort uses an ultra-violet light system to keep the water clean and the burning of eyes from chlorine to a minimum.
Know Before Your Go:
Pick a room with a rate inclusive of the waterpark if you plan on using it.
Bands are required of every water park guest. Do not lose these as there is a $25 replacement fee.
Towels are provided at the entrance of the waterpark.
There are lockers at one end of the waterpark. Be prepared to part with $7 if you do not leave everything in your room or have a designated watcher. The lockers require credit cards and they you are asked to input a pin for your combination.
At night I saw that a bon fire had been lit in the courtyard outside the waterpark, I discovered they do this nightly so bring some marshmallows and sticks! There is also a snack bar inside the waterpark should your kids inevitably get hungry.
The bathrooms/shower rooms are clean and well-maintained but in a bit of need for updating. There are individual shower stalls that have soap and shampoo but not conditioner. The shower stalls are quite small and not large enough to change your clothes. There are changing rooms around the corner. Snag a couple of extra towels per person if you plan on showering there.
There is a handy suit dryer outside the shower room. Bring a plastic bag to keep your suit in after you remove excess water.
Have a fun day in the water!
Disclosure: I was provided complementary entrance to the water park but was not required to provide a specific opinion. All opinions are my own.
While I only visited this park once when my daughter was too young (9 mo old) to really enjoy it, from the looks of it it is as fun, fun park! A few of my favorite features include the cement slide (use cardboard to slide down), the sand area with a water feature to build dams, lakes etc and the super tall (as in, "wow, I can't believe they can get away with having that thing" tall) climbing structure for older children. It was very clean and the merry-go-round is also a fun feature to have at the park.
This is by far my favorite winery around! Friends and I have brought our little ones with us here for a few get togethers. There's a ton of green space and beautiful views! Make sure to bring a picnic and some toys for the kids (no balls) because you'll want to spend the entire day here. There's a separate barn for families and one for those without so even if you come sans little ones, you'll have a great time too. Make sure you taste their sparkling wine if you catch it in stock.