Son’s Island – Texas Hill Country – Super Vacation Value

Another Texas Treasure

– Son’s Island – Located in the Texas Hill Country –

What is Son’s Island?

 Son’s Island is an actual Island located approx. 11 miles east of New Braunfels in Lake Placid which is part of the Guadalupe River.  

YES LAKE PLACID!

At Son’s Island you can rent lakeside Cabanas with private docks by the day, evening or stay overnight in one of our All Inclusive Tents!

You can also kayak, paddleboard, play beach volleyball, swim, slide and more!  They are located at 110 Lee St. Seguin, TX 78155 which is a 15 minute drive from New Braunfels. 

On average from $99 – $245 per day which includes entry for 8 people. Prices vary depending on the day and season, with weekdays during the fall or spring being the least expensive and holidays weekends in the summer being the most.

The island is open every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day for the summer season and opens on weekends in the spring and fall. Son’s Island is closed for the months of December, January and February.

If a full day of fun isn’t enough, Son’s Island does have an overnight camping option as well as a vacation rental property with cabins, tepees and a private house.

Address: 110 Lee St., Seguin, TX 78155

Hours: Open daily 11 AM – 7 PM during summer and open during weekends for Spring and Fall. Closed December- February.

How much fun can you have living on the side of a river in a cabana made from real palm trees. Well from personal experience, more than you can imagine!  

Spend the day kicking back, or jump off your porch into beautiful spring fed Lake Placid. Perhaps some volleyball or do a Tarzan impression on one of many rope swings dangling above the water’s edge. 

Horseshoes, some fun on the water slide, fishing, snorkeling the opportunities are endless.  If you are looking for a great relaxing weekend getaway, a family vacation or maybe a little romantic escape with that someone special.

ZDT’s Amusement Park

 

ZDT’s is family-owned and operated, and was designed with families in mind! Attractions are geared to entertain a wide age-range, from toddlers to teens and everyone in between.

 

There’s something here for everyone – even Mom and Dad can play! Click here to learn more about us.

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Its all here and affordable. They offer day of options or do a little glamping in a tent decked out with two double beds and all the amenities.

Son’s Island is actually an island on the famous Lake Placid. The island is also a great place to just relax, as there is typically a nice cool breeze that comes off the water in the summer & many hammocks located on the property. 

PROPERTY LOCATION

 

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Nearest Airport to Seguin, TX, United States

San Antonio International Airport (30.5 miles / 49.1 kilometers)

Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (46.8 miles / 75.2 kilometers)

Victoria Regional Airport (80.3 miles / 129.2 kilometers)

Killeen–Fort Hood Regional Airport (104.0 miles / 167.3 kilometers)

San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

San Antonio International Airport is located approximately 7.7 miles / 12.4 kilometers north of San Antonio and about 9.3 miles / 15.0 kilometers west of Converse. IATA airport code is SAT.

Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Distance from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport to Seguin is 46.8 miles / 75.2 kilometers. Austin–Bergstrom International Airport is located approximately 6.7 miles / 10.7 kilometers southeast of Austin and about 21.7 miles / 34.9 kilometers south of Round Rock. IATA airport code is AUS.

Victoria Regional Airport (VCT)

Distance from Victoria Regional Airport to Seguin is 80.3 miles / 129.2 kilometers. Victoria Regional Airport is located approximately 6.1 miles / 9.8 kilometers northeast of Victoria and about 58.2 miles / 93.6 kilometers west of Bay City. IATA airport code is VCT.

Killeen–Fort Hood Regional Airport (GRK)

Distance from Killeen–Fort Hood Regional Airport to Seguin is 104.0 miles / 167.3 kilometers. Killeen–Fort Hood Regional Airport is located approximately 5.6 miles / 9.1 kilometers southwest of Fort Hood and about 5.9 miles / 9.5 kilometers southeast of Copperas Cove. IATA airport code is GRK.

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Getting on the Island

 

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Access to the island gan be achieved by crossing a 100-foot wooden bridge. Large cypress trees & cabanas outline the 4,000-foot perimeter lakefront Island!  

The Island is just a short drive from all the action the Hill Country has to offer but when you are on location at the island you feel like you are worlds away from all the action.

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TEXAS TRAIL RIDING

 

Rent a Cabana and bring your own boat or waverunner, which you may load/dock at any of the numerous docks located on the island. There is a public boat ramp located only one half mile down the lake where IH-10 crosses over Lake Placid.

There is also paddleboard and kayak rentals that you can take and keep at your cabana for use during your stay. Evening Cabana Rental & Entry for up to 8 People From 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Live Music Most Fridays and Saturdays.  

All of the cabanas are unique and unless you are just looking for placement they are all wonderful. You must have a cabana reservation to enter the park. Daytime cabana rentals allow you to enter at 10:30 AM until 6:30 PM on the day of your reservation.

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You can have up to eight guests per cabana reservation, if you exceed eight you can pay a small entrance fee per person up to fifteen.  Unfortunately they say their insurance does not allow them to have pets on the property.

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You are allowed up to 2 cars on the island with each cabana rental though they have additional parking nearby at $20 per car.. You can bring your own ice chest of food and drinks, just no glass.

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This is truly a magical place and one of the best kept secrets  The Hill Country has to offer. It’s accessible from Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Check it out. You’ll Love It!

Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Bandera – A True Cowboy Vacation

The Medina River is located in the Medina Valley near Bandera, Texas about an hour and a half away from San Antonio and an hour from Fredericksburg. Two hours from Austin, three and a half from Dallas and four and a half from Houston.

Though the drive might be a little further than the overpopulated rivers San Antonians are used to, it is definitely worth it. The water is gorgeous and flowing year round and is surrounded by the most stunning shoreline of colorful trees.

Visitors of the river are allowed to bring their own tubes, kayaks, and canoes, but there are also rental shops around that you can rent water floats and boats from as well. The water flows gently and slow, making it the perfect spot for relaxing with your friends on a bunch of fun inner tubes.

The Medina River is located right next to the town of Bandera and is accessible at multiple spots along its shoreline. You can stop by The Medina River Company if you wish to rent out some floats to have the perfect, relaxing summer. 

DRIVE UP – JUMP ON A SHUTTLE TO THE RIVER AND GET PICKED UP AT THE END OF THE FLOAT

1114 Main St  Po Box 638  Bandera, Texas 78003  

830-796-3600

BANDERA TEXAS FULL OF RICH TEXAS HISTORY

The Texas hill country as we are lernen partner, still has a few suprises hiding under her stirrups, wide open plains, grassy fields full of hungry cattle, and a small town just southwest of Waco, as the locals call her “Bandera”

 

Bandera’s title, “Cowboy Capital of the World” originated when it became a staging area for the last great cattle drives of the late 1800’s.

Confirming Bandera as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, a bronze monument honoring the many National Rodeo Champions who call Bandera home, stands on the Courthouse lawn.

The cypress trees that outline the course of the Medina River brought the first permanent settlers to Bandera. A mill that sawed cypress shingles was established here in 1853. In 1855 sixteen Polish families immigrated to Bandera to work at the mill.

The Polish heritage is evident in much of the town’s architecture. A fine example is the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, second oldest Polish Catholic Church in the U.S.

Need a getaway or weekend vacation as unique as The Great State of Texas herself can offer.  Well come on down!     Chicken fried steaks are a  cooken, Shiner beer flowen in the waiten area.

Just out of the outskirts of town about a three minute ride on horseback sits,

“The Flying L Ranch”

A must stay In The Great State of Texas

 

“The Flying L Ranch” is an amazing place to take your family, a great romantic getaway or just a place that has everything at your fingertips when your ready to surface from your needed alone time.

For the kids or the kids at heart, you also have access to a great western theamed waterpark.  Exciting slides, lazy river and wave pool.

Are we scared of ghosts? On Friday and Saturday evenings at dusk you can most certainly find out.  A real life ghost town is standing on the property with an organized tour.

We loved the cabins the best,  around a hundred a night, clean and spacious.

 

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If you are looking to relax this is the place for you,  ‘hands down’  and they allow 10 year olds to drive on the property in search of deer if you don’t get caught.

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Great place, if you can fly in to Waco less stressful. Austin is closer but might take longer to start doing nothing and loving it….

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Camping in the Hill Country

South of the ‘Panhandle’, in Central Texas is ‘The Hill Country’. Austin and San Antonio can be found in this region but it is the state parks we are interested in.

This area of Texas has many beautiful rivers, lakes and creeks. Inevitably, a camping trip to the ‘Hill Country’ will bring you to the river, where water revellers enjoy some of the best tubing and kayaking the state has to offer.

The ‘Hill Country’ is home of the ‘Garner State Park’, one of the most popular destinations for campers in the entire state. This famous camping wonderland contains over 1,774 acres of scenic, karst terrain, full of deep canyons and crystal clear streams.

The park itself is located along the Frio river. However, if you are looking for a camping adventure by the river, you would be hard pushed to find a more beautiful destination than the ‘Guadalupe River State Park’.

 

Many people come to The ‘Hill Country’ specifically for a kayaking and camping double adventure. Along the Guadalupe River, you will find the best of both.

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HORSEBACK RIDING IN AND AROUND BANDERA TEXAS

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FISHING IN BANDERA – MEDINA LAKE

Largemouth bass are always a favorite of many anglers. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops. The hybrid striped bass population is currently very good in the reservoir, with many keeper-sized fish ready to strike.

Quality white bass are present in small numbers and can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points.

There are also good numbers of sizable channel and blue catfish in the 2-5 pound range with a few much bigger.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass yes
Smallmouth Bass yes
Catfish yes
Crappie yes
White Bass yes
Hybrid Striped Bass yes
Fishing Cover/Structures

Medina Lake has a variety of coves, rocky outcrops, and tributary creek beds.

Tips & Tactics

For largemouth bass, try fishing deep drop-offs near points in the warmer months using jigs or shad imitating lures. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops using crawfish-colored crankbaits and jigs.

Hybrid striped bass have been concentrating around open water points and humps and in deep water near the dam. Troll spoons or rattle traps in deep water with down-riggers or use chicken liver for bait.

White bass can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points. Look for schools breaking the surface and throw topwater lures past the school and drag your lure through with a fast retrieve.

For catfish, use chicken liver, blood bait, or shad in deep coves that have feeder creeks (even if the creeks are not currently flowing).

 

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Closest airports to Bandera

The nearest airport to Bandera is San Antonio (SAT). Greyhound Mexico operates a bus from Laredo to Kerrville twice daily. Tickets cost $35 – $100 and the journey takes 3h 1m.

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It’s Crabby Time on Tybee Island! Fun and Free with Fishing License

Let’s Go Stone Crabbing  on Tybee Island in Georgia

The best thing about this inexpensive family fun activity is there is no need to kill the crab. You are only looking for the claw which will grow back by next season.
Crabbing is at its best during the summer months when the creatures head to shallow water to spawn.
A Georgia fishing license and a few basic pieces of equipment are all you’ll need to get your crab fishing expedition underway.

 

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ABOUT TYBEE ISLAND, GA

As a beachside retreat, Tybee Island brings together old and new – clapboard cottages and Bermuda- precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline,

modest history and seaside playground that makes Tybee a celebrated family vacation destination.

At the south end of the island, the pier and pavilion stretches into the Atlantic, tempting people watchers and fishermen intent on capturing the ‘fish story’ catch of the day.

It is precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline, modest history and seaside playground that makes Tybee a celebrated family vacation destination.

Be sure to include the City Market for a remarkable mix of artist lofts, musical entertainment, boutique shopping and more.

 

Where to Go Crabbing

Tybee Island, 20 minutes east of Savannah, is one of Georgia’s most prolific crabbing areas, and all beaches are open to the public. Head for rock jetties on the far south end of the island near the mouth of the Wilmington River, as well as the jetties on the northern part of the island.

Along Georgia’s central coast, the small town of Darien nestles among tidal estuaries and marshes favored by crabs in warm months.

Jekyll Island lies 20 miles south of Darien, with blue crabs populating creeks, estuaries and ocean waters surrounding the island. In the far southern part of the state, Cumberland National Seashore has marshes where you’ll find both blue and stone crabs.

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Stone Crabs can regenerate their claws.

While blue and Dungeness crab are valued for the meat from their legs, claws, and abdomen, stone crabs are sought after for their claws alone. The two front claws are not only delicately sweet, and powerful enough to crack an oyster shell (stone crabs feed on oysters, mussels, and fish)—they’re also “renewable.”

Stone crabs get their name from their appearance as they lie burrowed just beneath the mud in estuaries and seagrass beds. 

Stone Crabs Habitat

Look for stone crabs near dock pilings, seawalls, and bridges in 6 inches to 3 feet deep water-filled holes. These usually have shells around the opening which the crab uses to dig deeper. They can also be found in knee-deep seagrass beds and reefs.

Some thrill seekers, or should we say pain lovers like to stick their hands and arms down these holes and try to pull the crab out by it’s elbow. This can be done but eventually  luck always runs out. If a stone crab manages to get hold of you expect  1900lbs of pressure clamped down on your hand.

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How to Catch Stone Crabs 

You can catch these large crabs with a crab trap. Once you get one, fill the bait box with dead cut up fish (such as mullet, ladyfish etc) so that you can create some chum in the water. Look for the stone crab in a grassy area that has some patches of sand around it and has water running through it.

 

Otherwise, the crab will not be able to feed itself after it is released and will die.

The nearest airport to Tybee-Island is Hilton Head (HHH) Airport which is 17.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Savannah (SAV) (23.4 miles), Charleston (CHS) (77.8 miles), Jacksonville (JAX) (116 miles) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) (162.2 miles).
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Stone Crab Trapping Tactics

Set the traps in a line at different locations and check them every couple of hours the kids might get to anxious and want to pull them up every two minutes but if you are patient good things will happen.

 

Tips for Catching Stone Crabs 

Grab a stone crab over the top of the claws by the body and keep them pointed down and away

Stone Crab Season in Georgia

Fish for stone crabs year-round at any time of day with a valid Georgia fishing license. It is lawful to catch crabs in a variety ways in the state of Georgia. You may use up to six 2 foot by 2 foot crab traps at a time, provided you mark each with a fluorescent green float with your name and address. Lift rings are another easy way to catch crabs.

Simply secure your bait box inside a netted ring and lower to the bottom of the waterway. If there are crabs in the area, they’ll begin to gather around the bait box within 10 to 15 minutes. The crabs are captured in the net as you raise the ring back to the surface. Chicken netting involves tying a piece of decaying chicken to the end of a pole and scooping up crabs that come to feast on it with a long-handled dip net.

HOW TO COOK STONE CRABS

Stone Crab Claw Recipe

Put uncracked stone crab claws in a steamer basket and set over a pot of

boiling water over high heat.

Cover the crabs claws and steam for about 5 minutes.

Melt butter in a pan but not enough to turn it brown. Then pour it in a serving bowl.

Remove the claws from the steamer, crack the shells and serve with the melted butter and some lemon wedges.

We highly recommend taking a short and beautiful 20 minute coastal drive to Jekyll Island.

It’s the home of one of a kind Driftwood Beach and so many more options when it comes to affordable accommodations.  We have all the information you will need on the link below.

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Biloxi Made Top 5 List for Beach Towns in the Country By U.S. News & World Report

Looking for a great family beach destination? U.S. News & World Report ranked Biloxi No. 5 in the country, right up there with top-tier destinations like Honolulu and Hilton Head.  

“Perfectly placed to catch a cool breeze from the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is the playground of the South,” the article says. It also touts the casinos, the sugar white sands on Ship Island and hidden gems such as Beauvoir as reasons to visit.

Perfectly placed to catch a cool breeze from the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is the playground of the South. Glittering casinos line the Beach Boulevard, calling out to your inner gambler; the sugar white sands of Ship Island beckon to families.

 

 

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The rankings were based on analysis of expert and user opinions. Biloxi also was ranked 7th for Most Relaxing Beaches, 8th for Best Cheap Summer Vacations, 11th for Best Beaches in the USA and 17th for Best Affordable Destinations in the USA.

“The city was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, but the Biloxian spirit is resilient and many local businesses, restaurants and casinos have reopened new and improved,” the article says.

“So take a breath of that magnolia-sweetened air and saddle up to the card table, Biloxi is ready to play.”

 

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Airports Near Biloxi, Mississippi, US
Airport Name   City  and  Distance
Gulfport Biloxi International  11.4 miles
Mobile Regional Airport Mobile 43.33 mi les
Hattiesburg Laurel Regional Airport Hattiesburg/Laure 78.69 miles 
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportNew Orleans 86.56 miles

Kenny Glavan, Biloxi councilman and president of the Mississippi Hotel & Motel Association, said city officials and tourism leaders have worked together to support developers and entrepreneurs adding quality accommodations, restaurants, retail and affordable family entertainment in Biloxi.

 

With a 450-foot lazy river, lounge pool, slides that twist and turn, gigantic flip flops you can hop across, water ropes course, and a bar you can swim up to, you just found the perfect spot to let your inner child – and your kids – be, well, kids.

An exclusive amenity for resort guests, the only way to get into this rooftop oasis is with a valid room key and an arm band*. This incredible pool area is for VIPs only – and that means you – our guests. So, make yourself comfortable. Pull up a lounge chair, or grab a table at The 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar to spend the day soaking up the fun as well as our hand-crafted cocktails. Our rooftop waterpark overlooks the Mississippi Sound, giving you the best seat in the house for some of the most remarkable sunsets imaginable.

Children 5 and under do not require an armband for pool access. Small children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Hotel rooms come with 2 passes per queen or king bed. Children 5 and under do not require a pass to the water playground. Up to two additional passes may be purchased valid for your stay for $42.80 each. Lost passes will not be replaced and must be purchased at $42.80.

 

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Biloxi the next generation of beach-lovers loving inviting shores..

San Diego was the highest rated family beach destination, followed by Ocean City, New Jersey; Honolulu-Oahu, Hawaii, and Maui, Hawaii.

Also in the top 10 are the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hilton Head in South Carolina, Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and Sanibel Island

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Monster crabs can be had if you use the right bait and technique.

Learn from two of Louisiana’s best to sack more Mississippi crabs.

Bobbye Sonnier and Dede Isaac are what you might call crabbing connoisseurs — and they put a serious hurting on some monstrous select jumbo crustaceans recently at the

Creole Nature Reserve in Cameron Parish, La.

The largest of their big blue crabs measured 7 ½ inches across the back, and stretched the tape to a whopping 18 ½ inches from claw tip to claw tip.

“That’s the biggest crabs we’ve seen, certainly this year,” said Sonnier, 57, of Westlake, who happens to be the wife of Grammy Award-winning Cajun musician Jo-El Sonnier.

Sonnier was quick to credit Isaac, 61, of Sulphur, La. — who’s been crabbing for more than 50 years — with showing her the ropes.

“She taught me everything I know,” Sonnier said, noting they try to make a crabbing trip down Highway 27 at least once or twice per week. “We’re actually the ones who eat the least amount of crabs. But everybody else — Jo-El especially — loves them and eats them.    “We just love doing it more than we do eating it.”

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Experience the Biloxi Shrimping Trip

The pride and heritage of Biloxi comes alive aboard this unique and interesting cruise. The Biloxi Shrimping Trip exposes our guests to the spectacular world of sea life – caught on a real shrimping expedition. “How many legs does a shrimp have?” Learn everything you ever wanted to know about catching, cooking, and eating this delicious southern delicacy, Mississippi Gulf Coast Style.

How does one catch a shrimp? You might wonder? Climb aboard the Sailfish and take a 70 minute peek into how the journey begins for a shrimp and how it ends up on your plate. The Biloxi Shrimping Trip has been entertaining visitors worldwide since 1954. The crew will entertain and educate while dropping a 16 foot trawl and dragging the bottom of the Mississippi Sound for all of the delicacies she has to offer.

 

Upon leaving the harbor, the shrimping net is set out with full details of how and what makes the net spread and operate correctly. The net will catch any and all sea creatures in its path along with the shrimp. The varieties range from Blue Crabs, Flounder, Stingray, Oysterfish, Squid, Pufferfish and numerous other species of local marine life. The entire catch will be identified and presented for your inspection by the Captain. This 70-minute Living Marine Adventure Cruise is navigated in the calm, protected waters between Deer island and the Biloxi shoreline for your comfort.

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Adults $20.00  to $30.00   (Ages 12 & up)

Children $12.00 (Ages 4-11)

3 & Under FREE with Full Paid Adult!

Public tours are “First Come, First Served” CASH ONLY accepted upon boarding vessel.

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Reservations accepted only for groups of 20 or more with one (1) month advance reservation.  We accept Company Checks and Visa/MasterCard for groups only.

We are also pet friendly! Find more pet friendly attractions & hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by visiting:

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Ship Island Excursions and the Skrmetta Family celebrate 95 years of transporting visitors to the Mississippi Islands.

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore is celebrating 50 years: 1971-2021

Relaxation, recreation, and history-these are the gifts offered to you on Ship Island. Here in the Gulf of Mexico, about 11 miles off Mississippi’s Coast, are some of the last undeveloped barrier islands in America. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and protected by the U.S. Park Service, these exquisite sand islands offer visitors the first high-quality, natural beaches for swimming, birding and shelling east of New Orleans.

A cruise to Ship Island is an affordable, family-friendly adventure and one of the most popular outdoor attractions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Passengers are sure to spot dolphins while crossing the Mississippi Sound on the 1-hour boat ride.

You’ll discover what locals and visitors have enjoyed for generations: The Coast’s finest beaches.  The passenger ferries depart from one location in 2021: the Gulfport Yacht Harbor in Jones Park (intersection of Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 49). Boats operate typically mid-March through October.

 The island is also home to Fort Massachusetts, a beautifully preserved, brick structure used during the Civil War. Seasonal fort tours are offered by the National Park Service. A section of beach with lifeguards is available in summer. Food service is offered on the boats and on the island. Umbrella and beach chair rentals are also available.

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There other other hidden gems like the historic Beauvoir grounds pique the interests of even the most casual Civil War enthusiasts.

 

 

Beauvoir was the retirement home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and it’s a must-see for Civil War enthusiasts. The main residence – a Louisiana-raised, cottage-style plantation with a smaller, single-room east cottage – has been lovingly cared for by the Mississippi Division of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

 

And Beauvoir has had several different uses after the Davis family moved on, first as a Confederate Veterans retirement home, then as a memorial to its most renowned owner. Sharing the 52-acre property is an additional Civil War museum, a historic Confederate cemetery, a botanical garden and a presidential library. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark.

Although the grounds are open year-round, battle re-enactment fans should visit in mid-October to catch the annual Fall Muster festival, where actors carry out everything from a battle to a memorial dressed in period clothing.

 

 

Recent visitors said the grounds have been impressively restored after the Hurricane Katrina damage, adding that the site oozes with history.

 

Many said they enjoyed touring the library, the Confederate cemetery and the on-site museum with memorabilia, plus patrons said the tour guides are knowledgeable and informative.

The Beauvoir grounds are located right off of the city’s beach on Beach Boulevard. The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer.

 

Tours cost $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $7.50 for kids ages 6 to 18. Head to the property’s website for more details.

 

 

 

The city was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, but the Biloxian spirit is resilient and many local businesses, restaurants and casinos have reopened new and improved. So take a breath of that magnolia-sweetened air and saddle up to the card table, Biloxi is ready to play

 

Perfectly placed to catch a cool breeze from the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is the playground of the South. Glittering casinos line the Beach Boulevard, calling out to your inner gambler; the sugar white sands of Ship Island beckon to families.

 

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You’re always on island time on an Eastern, Western, or Southern Caribbean cruise

 

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There is no doubt that the Caribbean is among the most beautiful and fascinating areas across the globe — a dreamland for touristslooking to relax in magnificent settings surrounded by long stretches of white sandy beaches, palm trees, exotic fruit, coral reefs bustling with tropical fish, and never-ending turquoise sea. 

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With over 30 ports of call in the Caribbean, it’s easy to start checking off destinations from your bucket list. No matter where you go, there are tons of incredible sights to be seen and activities to experience!

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Stroll along the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman or step into history while you explore
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Tulum, Mexico, Chichén Itzá, Xplor Park
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the ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico on a Western Caribbean cruise. If you seek nature and a tropical oasis, escape on an Eastern Caribbean cruise to the only rainforest in the Caribbean —
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El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. What’s more? Discover the charm of Aruba, visit an UNESCO World Heritage Site in
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Barbados, and enjoy gorgeous waterfalls and authentic creole dishes in
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Guadeloupe on one of our Southern Caribbean cruises. 

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Discover the best of the Caribbean and gain access to our exclusive private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

 Ocean Cay, located in The Bahamas, is only accessible with MSC cruises. This stunning tropical paradise is a one-of-kind award-winning island, offering guests eight pristine beaches where you can spread out and relax or take a dip in the crystal-blue Bahamian water. Either way, you’ll have an array of memorable experiences!

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 Even better? When you set off on an unforgettable dream cruise to the Caribbean, you’ll take in fascinating cities and monuments and enjoy unspoiled nature and tropical beaches in the comfort and luxury of one of our state-of-the-art cruise ships.

Ready to book? Embark on a Caribbean & Bahamas cruise from Miami or Orlando (Port Canaveral) and choose from an array of itineraries on one of our cruises from Florida. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to have the time of your life on “One of the Best Cruise Lines” – voted by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards 2020. 


 
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Are You Gator Bait – Swim With the Gators in Homested, Florida

 

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Christopher Gillette, otherwise known as Crocodile Chris offers a unique and personal experience up close and personal with real live gators. While there are several in the water, the main focus is on the largest critter, Casper – who Chris has been working with for 10 years and understands extremely well, like an alligator whisperer.

 

 

Casper is between 9-10ft long and weighs about 250lbs. While most people find gators to be terrifying, Chris sees the beauty in this large reptile and wants to share that with others. We can kind of see it too. Just look at that cute little grin!

 

 

You can document your adrenaline-fueled, once in a lifetime experience with your own waterproof camera or go-pro if you’d like; If not, Chris offers an option to set up photos with his equipment. You’ll never have another picture like it and you’ll have proof that you’re a beautiful bad-ass.

 

 

As a tip, they recommend wearing a wetsuit, since the water can sometimes get quite chilly. Most will go in their swimsuits since wetsuits aren’t required. You will, however, be needing a mask, snorkel, and weight belt; If you don’t have your own equipment, that’s okay – they have extra.

 

 

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The Underwater Alligator Experience is all done through The Everglades Outpost in Homestead Florida. Safety is super important, so only 1 person can go in at a time and you must be 18 or older to participate. Chris will be with you at all times during your terrifyingly cool experience.

 

If you’re feeling brave, the opportunity to swim with gators is typically done on Fridays and Saturdays, but almost any day can be arranged for a private session. If you’d like to take this once in a lifetime dip that you’ll never forget.

 

This is an absolutely amazing experience that will put you in the water behind a protective net barrier to swim with alligators in a 30,000 gallon aquatic habitat and view how this top predator maneuvers through the water. It is thrilling to be in the water with alligators, yet somehow becomes a surreal and serene experience when you see how calm and effortlessly they glide through the water.
The nearest airport to Homestead is Miami (MIA) Airport which is 25.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) (46.8 miles), West Palm Beach/Palm Beach (PBI) (88.2 miles), Key West (EYW) (102.5 miles) and Ft.

The basic tour costs $250 for 30 minutes in the water and is done on Fridays & Saturdays by appointment only. Once booked, we meet at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue(35601 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL 33034) at 10am unless otherwise discussed. Tours are done by booking only(no walk ins), click the big red button to book!

 

 

Safety first!! The experience is hands off and you are separated from the alligator by a net barrier. This is not a gator wrestling class, you will be able to be very close to the animal and observe and record it’s behavior, you can have photos of you near the gator, we just can’t allow guests to touch the animal for safety and legal reasons.

 

 

Must be 16yrs or older to participate. This experience is all done under the Everglades Outpost. Chris Gillette is with you at all times, and only one guest in the water at a time with Chris. This makes the experience very personal and safe. Chris has been a professional crocodilian handler for over a decade and has worked with everything from gators to 16ft crocs in the wild. He will give a full safety briefing before entering the water and also provide information on alligator natural history and behavior. The briefing is extensive and educational.

 

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You’re welcome to bring cameras/gopros to document your experience, just make sure they’re waterproof! Strobes and video lights are OK to use too. If you get cold easily we recommend that you wear a wetsuit as it can get pretty chilly pretty quickly in there, the water is just regular water from the hose and not chilled, but under the shade of a large tree and it can be considered chilly by some. 

 

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The wetsuit is not required and many guests go in just their bathing suits, it is your choice. You’ll also need a mask, snorkel, and weight belt. If you have your own gear that’s great, but if you don’t have your own we have spare mask/snorkel/weight belts you can use. We do NOT have wetsuits available.

 

In participating in the experience you will be signing up as an official volunteer of the Everglades Outpost! We will start off with a long talk about the background of the gators, why they are here, what a nuisance gator is and how YOU can help us raise awareness about the nuisance gator issue in Florida! We want you to walk away from the experience as an alligator advocate and to use your photos and experience to teach your friends and family about alligators! Help dispel common alligator myths, teach about their behavior, and most importantly you can teach people to not be the nuisance people that create nuisance gators!

 

 

There may be several alligators in the pond but we will be focusing on the largest individual, his name is Casper. Chris has worked with Casper for over 12 years and understands him very well. Casper is between 9-10ft and around 250lbs and is an amazingly gentle ambassador for alligators. This is also the only experience in the world that allows people to be so close with alligators in the water, truly a once in a lifetime experience.

 

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PHOTO PACKAGE

If you would like Chris to take professional underwater photos of you with Casper we offer an underwater photo package! Chris shoots with Canon 90D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. You can see example photos of past guests at the top and bottom of this page! Chris will take many photos of your experience and send you the 15 best shots, fully edited via Dropbox to your email.

 

 

The photo package is a separate $200 fee from the main tour price of $250. Chris always has his underwater camera with him so you can decide on the photos last minute the day of the tour if you would like, and payment for the photos is done after the tour.

 

 

Cash preferable. Photos will be emailed out in a week or two. I do not take photos with other people’s equipment.We will meet at the rescue at 10am for an important briefing to discuss safety and background of the gators.

 

 

Although the tours are one person in the water at a time, we may have up to four people booked in one time block, where we will all be together for the briefing then take turns in the water.

 

 

When it is not your turn in the water you can walk the rest of the park and see the other rescue animals such as tigers, crocs, camel, lemur, etc. Plan to spend approximately two hours at the rescue. 

 

 

You can also buy more than one time block if you would like! When we have a few people we like to split each person’s time in the water into two 15min blocks and have everyone take turns, that way you have a chance to review your gopro(if you brought one) and change settings/improve on what they want to do in the next block and everyone can take turns.

 

If you want to bring a friend or family member that is NOT swimming but wants to watch you do it, we have a viewing area for this but you can ONLY bring ONE person. Please don’t put any bug spray or other chemicals on your skin so it doesn’t wash off in the gator habitat.

 

Private

2hr tour- Can be done any day of the week when booked in advance. This is for those who need extra time such as a YouTube video, using several outfits or some other specialty .

 

 

For the private tour there is a minimum operating cost of $1,000 for the 2hr session. It is this expensive because we will be draining and cleaning the 30,000 gallon enclosure just for your tour, so this price is fixed.

 

 

If you have multiple people in your group, you can choose to split costs and time amongst people in your group in whatever way you choose although we cap it at 4 people(to be $250 per person if you have 4 people, like on the group days). Splitting costs is great but it also means splitting time. If you want it all to yourself you can pay the full amount and have a full 2 hours to yourself or split with one other person(s) you brought.

 

 

They do not offer the 30 mins for $250 slots outside the Friday/Saturday days advertised in advance. 

 

 

Due to the group’s dependency on all participants showing up and the amount of work needed to prep the enclosure for proper water clarity, there will be a mandatory, non-refundable, full payment two days before a private tour to prevent no-shows. To book the private 2hr tour please email 

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When I stuck my my foot in the water Mr gator looked at me and

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That once a year magical gift from Mother Nature.

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LETS GO TO THE BEACH IN COLORADO WITH ACTUAL WAVES

Medano Creek 

 

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO

A sandbox of epic proportions, the entire dune field encompasses 30 square miles and the tallest dune towers 750 feet high. The kid in every visitor loves to sled down the sandyear-round and plunge into the soft-sand tracks of those who climbed ahead of them.

THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM EVERYONE AND STILL LIVE A LITTLE

An inexpensive way to be greatly impressed!

The park’s elevation (8,200 feet) and rural location make it a favorite with dark-sky-loving stargazers, and it even offers special astronomy programs many evenings May–September.

For surge flow to occur, three elements are necessary: a sufficiently steep channel, a sandy creek bottom, and plenty of flowing water. This combination only exists in a few places on Earth, and Medano Creek is considered the best place in the world to experience surge flow!

 

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Due to unusually cold, wet conditions in May, peak flow is occurring a little later than average this year.

Every year, melting snowpack creates a so-called surge flow in the Medano Creek in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The surge can send waves up to three feet tall lapping onto the dune field, according to park official Eric Valencia.

What’s called “Colorado’s Natural Beach” draws tens of thousands of visitors during peak season. 

“The stream surge is actually quite a unique phenomenon,” Valencia said. “As the water flows through the sand, the sand begins to kind of tumble down and eventually it will create a small dam. The pressure of the water will break that dam of sand and it forms a wave.”

The underwater ridges break around every 20 seconds to create a wave.

The dunes are located in the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains. The water from upstream spreads out at the foot of the dunes into wide, shallow water.

Medano Creek has exhibited some surge flow despite cold temperatures and slow snow melt this spring, according to the park. 

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The  Medina River Vanishes from time to time…

Medano Creek will rise peak flow this year June 1st this year 2021. This is the best time of year to experience ‘surge flow’, a globally rare natural phenomenon where creek water flows in waves across the sand.

The pressure of the water flow is measured in cubic feet per second. As of May 31, the flow is only 22 cfs. The park calls this small surge flow. The flow typically peaks in late May or early June with around 40 cfs. 

Snowpack in Medano Pass is currently over 160 percent of normal. Because of that above-average snowpack, peak flow for Medano Creek is forecast to be sometime in the first half of June rather than the typical late May. The park also expects some shallow flow through July.

 

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Peak flow weekends tend to bring the highest number of visitors each year to the park. Valencia said visitors play in the water, skimboard, raft and make sand castles.

 

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Weather and Conditions to Expect

Weather forecasts and information for Great Sand Dunes are available on the park’s weather page. Also learn what Conditions to Expect Each Monthat the park.

How do you pronounce “Medano”?

Médano is a Spanish word that means “sand dune”. It is pronounced “MED-ah-no”. In the original Spanish there is an accent on the é.

Check Up-To-The-Minute Flow

See the current flow and trend of Medano Creek as a graph.
(Available spring through fall). Click “1 month” at the bottom of the graph to see the overall trend. The creek’s flow on this graph is measured where it emerges from the forest and first enters the dunefield, not where it spreads out across the sand 5 miles downstream. This measurement gives an indication of the current flow relative to average peak flow. Peak flow in an average year is 40 cubic feet per second (cfs), typically occurring in late May or early June.

The Junior Ranger program has different activities for kids ages 3–12, and they earn a badge once they’ve completed the educational and fun tasks.

 

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While virtually visiting Great Sand Dunes, we are offering you the opportunity to earn a Great Sand Dunes Junior Ranger badge or patch from your own home. Complete the activity corresponding to the correct age group below and the Backyard Bingo. Younger children may need the help of a parent or guardian. After completing the activities please email us, providing the following

Activities
The Great Sand Dunes activities linked below are on the Hands on the Land website, a partner organization with the National Park Service.

Just stop by the visitor center when you arrive, pick up your booklet or backpack, and go explore!

For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395.

Aside from the dunes, you’ll find picnicking, hiking and camping opportunities, the challenging four-wheel scenic drive on Medano Pass.

There are horseback-riding trails, the mysteriously appearing and disappearing Medano Creek, ranger-led nature walks and a couple of 14,000- and 13,000-foot peaks to climb (Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Cleveland Peak and Mount Herard).

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There are a few options for camping in the area. The Piñon Flats Campground is run by the National Park Service, with 44 sites that are first-come, first-served and 44 that visitors can reserve in advance.

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Rustic park campsite with fire pits

For those traveling in 4WD vehicles, there are 21 campsites along Medano Pass Roadwithin the park that are free and available on a first-come, first-served basic.

For those willing to haul their gear and everything else needed in backpacks, free backcountry permits (required) are available at the park’s visitor center. You can pitch your tent anywhere in the 30-square-foot dunefield that lies outside the day-use area. You’ll have a minimum hike of 1.5 miles over the dunes, but will experience a unique overnight setting.

Backpacking (with a permit) is also available amid the foothills and mountains along the Sand Ramp Trail within the park, where the dunes give way to the mountains.

There are also several private and public campgrounds within an hour’s drive of the park, including those at San Luis Wildlife Area, with facilities that range from primitive to luxurious (for camping!).

MAGIC MOMENT

Choose your own calf-burning path up the dunes, particularly at dusk when the light gives them a rich gold color and shadows snake across their wind-sculpted ridges. Dig your toes into the sand or feel it run through your fingers, and you’ll realize their true enormity.

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San Luis Wildlife Area

Close to Great Sand Dunes National Park, this peaceful park has 51 campsites with showers, electricity and laundry. Enjoy fishing, watersports, trails and wildlife viewing. Check with Park or Website for current conditions.

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges (Alamosa and Monte Vista)

Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Baca Refuges form the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This Complex is a part of the Refuge System, a network of lands that conserve wildlife and habitat.

Fort Garland Museum

Fort Garland was built in 1858, ten years after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, during American expansion into the west. Today, visitors can explore life in a nineteenth century military fort by walking the parade grounds and touring five of the original adobe buildings. Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry who were stationed at the Fort from 1876 to 1879. Discover Colorado’s role in the Civil War in the West exhibit. Rich in military history, Fort Garland highlights the women and children who brought a bit of home to the fort. From the Fort, plan a visit to Pike’s Stockade, where Zebulon Pike and his men camped in the early 1800s.

Colorado Gators Farm

Colorado Gators began in 1977 as a fish farm to raise tilapia for human consumption. The geothermal well is 2050 feet deep and 87 degrees. In 1987, the first alligators were brought in as “garbage disposals” for dead fish. Some of these original gators are now 11 feet long and weigh over 500 pounds. There are many species of exotic reptiles on our farm, most of which come from uninformed pet owners, or are sent by police and animal control agencies. We take care of these animals as best we can and display them for education of the public.

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Peak flow weekends tend to bring the highest number of visitors each year to the park. Valencia said visitors play in the water, skimboard, raft and make sand castles.

 

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Colorado Springs, CO · (719) 550-1900
Municipal airport with art exhibits
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(37) · Regional airport
Alamosa, CO · (719) 589-1138
Pueblo Memorial Airport
(73) · Airport
Pueblo, CO · (719) 553-2760

 

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island. South Carolina

A True Relaxation Station – Let’s Hurry Up And Do Nothing!

Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Located 25 miles southwest of Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina, it is primarily a private beach and golf resort

Nature lovers unite on this barrier island on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean 21 miles south of Charleston. Brimming with lush foliage at every glance, Kiawah Island has ten miles of wide sandy beaches, 123 acres of parks, 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, and world-class golf courses.

To get a true sense of the beauty of Kiawah Island venture to Marsh Island Park where you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenic views atop the Marsh Island Lookout Tower of the Kiawah River, saltwater marshes, and island hammocks.

Marsh Island

Visit the Nature Center

Open daily, the Heron Park Nature Center is located in Night Heron Park.

The Nature Center is the heart of the Resort’s Nature Program and is a great first stop to get information about the various activities, or to make reservations for nature tours and programs.

Inside the Heron Park Nature Center, you will find exhibits of the local wildlife, interactive displays and information about the ecosystems that comprise Kiawah Island.

Resort naturalists and staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and help direct you to Kiawah’s nature hot spots.

 

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Towers

Check Out Some Terrific Views of the Island from the two towers that overlook the marsh. Marsh View Tower is located at the end of Marsh Hawk Lane.

It overlooks the Cougar Point golf course and the marsh. If you look off into the distance, you can see the Kiawah Island bridge, the only car access to the island.

 

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Charleston International Airport

The closest commercial airport to Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Charleston International Airport (CHS)

There are 14.66 miles from Kiawah Island to Charleston in northeast direction and 26 miles (41.84 kilometers) by car, following the Bohicket Road route. Kiawah Island and Charleston are 59 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop .

 

The second tower, the Marsh Island Tower, is located in Vanderhorst Plantation, behind the second gate, off Governor’s Drive, just past Persimmon Court.

You can access this by bike. Marsh Island is actually a little nature park. It has a nice boardwalk over the marsh that takes you to the island and the tower. This is a great place to take a little picnic lunch or just to pause and reflect on all the beauty surrounding you.

Nature Paths

Tour the Nature Paths at the East End of the Island at Cinder Creek, by walking or with a bike.

Located off Governor’s Drive, in Vanderhorst plantation (just past the second gate – you can bike into Vanderhorst.

You need a special pass to drive into it), this old house was originally the home of one of South Carolina’s first governors.

The plantation house has since been reclaimed and is now privately owned.

Walk or bike down the Allee of the Oaks. This is the path that the Vanderhorsts used to reach the beach – it is a straight path that leads from the Vanderhorst Mansion, through the woods, to the beach – be sure to stop and read the plaque that tells you more about it.

 

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View Egret’s Nesting Ground (Rookery)

 

This is a terrific place to watch the Egrets roost – there are normally several dozen of the graceful white birds perched in the trees right over the lagoon. Located at the west end of Sea Marsh Drive.

Enjoy Dinner at Mingo Point

 

These dinners are held at Mingo Point every week during the summer. There’s an oyster roast, BBQ and all the fixin’s for a wonderful Lowcountry cookout.

Mingo Point is located between the Kiawah Island bridge and the first guard house. It is a very special place to enjoy the sunset and dance to the live music. Even the kids have a great time at Mingo Point!

 

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A fun way to tour the island – from the water! During the summer, you can join the group and Kayak the Marsh Creek. Family kayaking is also offered.

 

Enjoy one of Kiawah’s Festivals at Freshfields Village or in Night Heron Park – Featuring live entertainment, face painting, a jump castle and lots of fun food – come join the fun!

For animal lovers, don’t miss the Heron Park Nature Center where you can participate in nature tours and programs, birding walks, butterfly walks, and alligator walks. Bird admirers love the Great Egret Rookery, a spot where you can typically see several dozen of the magnificent white birds in trees over a lagoon.

For an exceptional picnic area head to Beachwalker Park, which has a wide boardwalk that winds through palmettos, oaks, and pines.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

 

GOLF

Golf on Kiawah Island is not just any recreation amenity, it’s a way of life. There are five championship courses on the island highlighted by the Pete Dye designed Ocean Course site of the 1991 Ryder Cup matches and 2007 Senior PGA Championship. In 2012, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the 94th PGA Championship. Other courses to play include the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point and Gary Player designed Cougar Point courses.

KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT COURSES

Ocean Course

One of America’s greatest courses, this stunning seaside Pete Dye design is ranked the No. 4 Best Public Golf Course in the U.S. by Golf Digest. 

Site for the legendary “War on the Shore” 1991 Ryder Cup, it has 10 holes hugging the Atlantic and the remaining eight running parallel to those.

 

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Osprey Point Course

“Playability” is the word often used to describe this scenic Tom Fazio designed beauty that was completely renovated in 2014. It has generous landing areas on most holes with smallish greens that run true. In addition to picturesque natural lagoons, you’ll see wildlife relishing the pristine surroundings as much as the golfers.

Cougar Point Course

An ideal choice for a wide range of handicaps, Cougar Point golf course, a Gary Player designed course has a great collection of fun-to-play dogleg holes. Rolling fairways with beautiful oak trees and massive, raised bunkers add lots of character to the course as does the Kiawah River, which comes into play on three holes on the front nine.

 

Oak Point Course

Situated on the grounds of a former cotton and indigo plantation, Oak Point golf course, a Clyde Johnston design has often been described as the place “where Scottish links golf meets South Carolina’s Lowcountry.” Johnston combined the contours and bunkering of Scottish links courses with coastal South Carolina marshes and waterways.

 

Turtle Point Course

Turtle Point golf course, opened in 1981 and refurbished in 2016, it’s one of Jack Nicklaus’ earlier designs. Some inland holes have lakes and there are three gorgeous holes on the ocean (14, 15, and 16) where you can hear the waves crashing on the beach. The views from the 16th green are especially inspiring.

 Explore the Island on two wheels!

Our wonderful bike rentals are the perfect way to cruise around Kiawah Island, providing ample opportunity to explore. And best of all: our wide variety of bike sizes and accessories accommodate every family member. Take a tour with an experienced naturalist who will show you the wetlands, salt marshes, Loggerhead sea turtles, the American alligator, and various species of birds.

 Hit the water (and a multitude of water sports

 

From kayaking, to surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy the water with your family on Kiawah Island.

Get ready for hours of paddling fun through salt marshes and tidal creeks. Paddle tours give you a chance to get close to the Island’s native wildlife. For a more adventurous ride, our beach rentals like surfboards and stand up paddleboards are perfect for you.

Don’t know how to ride the waves? Take a class or a lesson!

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Hit the tennis court!

 

The top tennis resort in the world, treat the family to two complete tennis complexes offering the ultimate go-for-the-gold standard in service, instruction, and above all, enjoyment. Get the family ready with an instructional program, or simply head out to enjoy a great game.

Open Daily Year-Round

Head Professional:

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The Acclaimed Roy Barth Tennis Center

Kiawah is the South Carolina tennis resort that outperforms the rest—earning top accolades for our facilities and instruction year-after-year. Named after our Director of Tennis Emeritus, the completely renovated Roy Barth Tennis Center is now under the direction of Roy’s son, Jonathan, who will carry on his father’s respected legacy of emphasizing key fundamentals to take your skills to the next level.

For an unsurpassed player experience, we offer 22 tennis courts, including ten new Har-Tru clay courts, all tucked into the resort’s stunning surroundings and bordered by fragrant oleander, rustling palmettos, swaying pampas grass and vibrant flowers.

 

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Bobcats

 

Kiawah Island is home to a healthy, stable population of bobcats. Bobcats can be seen in all parts of the island, typically during the hours from dusk to dawn.

Bobcats pose no threat to humans and serve a vital role in managing populations of rats, mice, and deer on the island. Because of their vital importance to the island’s ecosystem, several research projects have been conducted to better understand their habitat needs and requirements.

Bobcats are about twice the size of a house cat. Adult male bobcats weigh 18-25 pounds and adult females weigh 15-20 pounds.

Their hind legs are longer and their tail is shorter than domestic cats. Bobcats are yellowish or reddish-brown and spotted or streaked with brown or black.

The bobcat’s eyes are prominent and are its primary means of locating prey. Unlike other carnivores, cats have excellent binocular vision and depth perception, which makes stalking and catching prey much easier.

Like the house cat, bobcats have elliptical pupils, which allow in as much or as little light as necessary. Their hearing is exceptional and they can hear even the faintest sound. Because bobcats are primarily a visual hunter, they do not have a very developed sense of smell.

Life history

The breeding season for bobcats is February through April and kittens are born 62 days later. The den is typically located under a brush pile, in a hollow tree stump, or in a thicket of  palmetto. Kittens are born blind and remain so for 10 days.

They are totally dependent on the mother’s milk for four weeks, after which the female will begin to bring rodents and birds back to the den for them. The female will also teach the kittens how to hunt and kill. When the kittens are 6-8 weeks old, they will typically leave the den but remain with the female for up to a year.

 

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Charleston International Airport

The closest commercial airport to Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Charleston International Airport (CHS)

There are 14.66 miles from Kiawah Island to Charleston in northeast direction and 26 miles (41.84 kilometers) by car, following the Bohicket Road route. Kiawah Island and Charleston are 59 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop .

 

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Bobcats are very opportunistic hunters and will eat a variety of animals, including rabbits, rodents, raccoons, birds, deer (primarily fawns during the summer), and even reptiles and amphibians. Bobcats often stalk their prey, sneaking in as close as possible before jumping to capture it. At other times, the bobcat will merely hide in an area where prey is abundant and wait for something to come along.

Bobcats are at the top of the food chain on Kiawah and have very few natural enemies. Automobiles and disease are the greatest threats to bobcats, though disease is quite rare. Bobcats will live in close proximity to humans when suitable habitat is available, typically living on the fringes of development. Due to their normally secretive nature, bobcats are rarely seen.

Kiawah’s bobcat population is very unique. First, there are 30-35 bobcats on Kiawah, which is more than double the typical density in mainland South Carolina. Also, Kiawah’s bobcats truly live in and amongst the people and development on Kiawah. They can be found along every single road and lot on the island at one time or another.

The reason for this is that there is still ample food and cover available on Kiawah for bobcats. Current research focuses on identifying and preserving as much of their critical habitat as possible.

 

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Pro Tips for Kiawah Island Fishing

Whether you’re boating at Bohicket Marina, surf fishing at Beachwalker Park, or fly fishing in the Kiawah River, the fish are always jumping on Charleston’s sea islands! Read on to start planning the ultimate day of relaxation and excitement with our Kiawah Island fishingitinerary.

 Our guide has helped so many people plan the perfect beach getaway. Get your copy for recommendations for restaurants, parks, outdoor recreation, and more.The Best Kiawah Island Fishing Charters

If you are unfamiliar with Kiawah Island, we recommend embarking on a fishing charter. Let the fishing experts of Kiawah Island guide you to the island’s best-kept secrets.

 

There are so many excellent companies in the area, but Captain Lindsay at Lil Darlin’ Chartersis one of our favorites. Lil Darlin’ Charters offers four- to six-hour inshore fishing charters that accommodate up to six passengers, as well as creek cruises and harbor tours.

Sonny Boy Charters is another great fishing charter company that you can find at Bohicket Marina. Sonny Boy Charters offers offshore, inshore, and nearshore fishing as well as customized tours.

The Bass Pond Fishing Dock

The Bass Pond Fishing Dock is Kiawah Island’s premier fishing pier. You’ll find the dock on a large bass pond near Rhett’s Bluff. It is easiest to access the pond and pier from Vanderhorst Plantation and the Turtle Point area.

Everyone from the novice to the expert angler will love the serenity and the scenery of this bass fishing waterhole. Even better, there is plenty of space for parking cars and bikes near the pier.

Bohicket Marina

 

The Best Kiawah Island Fishing Charters

Bohicket Marina is only a five-minute drive from Kiawah Island and offers everything you need for a great day on the water. You can even rent a boat from the Bohicket Marinarket.Here, there is an excellent selection of 19’ Key West Skiffs that are perfect for a day of fishing, dolphin watching, and sightseeing through the inlets.

Once you launch at the marina, you’ll find the backwaters of the Edisto River jumping with trout, flounder, and sheepshead.

For offshore fishing, you can catch anything from dolphin to tuna and snapper. If you’d prefer to leave the driving to someone else, consider a fishing charter.

The Kiawah River

 

The Charleston area is home to three major rivers: The Kiawah, The Stono, and The Folly. All three are home to excellent tidal flow and flush. And, when you vacation on Kiawah Island, you can look forward to closeness to one of these beloved rivers, The Kiawah River.

Because this river offers a variety of structures, fishermen and fisherwomen can fish flats, oysters, and bluff banks.

For those in search of excellent trout, make your way to the mainland where the Kiawah meets the Stono.

Always Have the Proper Fishing License in Your Tackle Box

The first step to a great day of Kiawah Island fishing is having the proper fishing license from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The state requires that you have a license with you at all times, even if you are fishing on private docks and lakes.

Kiawah Island Fishing

Since most of the water in and around the island is saltwater or brackish water, opt for both a freshwater and saltwater fishing license.

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CAMPING KIAWAH ISLAND

Oak Plantation Campground is the ideal place to camp when in Charleston. Whether you’re towing a pop-up or driving a large motorhome, let Oak Plantation Campground welcome you with our friendly, southern hospitality.

Family owned and operated for over 45 years.  Oak Plantation Campground is just minutes away from Charleston’s historic plantations, downtown historic district, shopping, golf and the beaches. Just look at all Oak Plantation has to offer: Over 200 campsites, clean & modern facilities, a park-like setting, pool & convenience store and we are one of the closest campground to Charleston

 

Oak Plantation Campground L.P.
3540 Savannah Hwy
Charleston (Johns Island), SC 29455
843-766-5936
toll free: 866-658-2500
Please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Email: Info@OakPlantationCampground.com
For Reservations Please call us at your convenience.
Between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

 

James Island County Park

We invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of James Island County Park, with year-round fun for the entire family. 

Park Amenities Open meadows

Saltwater fishing* and crabbing

Seasonal spray play fountain

Miles of paved trails for walking, biking, and skating

Picnic spots with tables and grills

Dog park

Sand volleyball court

Horseshoe pits

The Campground has 124 sites and 10 vacation cottages along the Stono River marsh.

The Climbing Wall

Splash Zone Waterpark (seasonal)

Teambuilding and adventure learning programs at The Challenge Course

18-hole disc golf course

Bicycle, pedal boat, stand up paddleboard, and kayak rentals 

Covered shelters and meeting and reception facility rentals

 

 

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Charleston International Airport

The closest commercial airport to Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the Charleston International Airport (CHS)

There are 14.66 miles from Kiawah Island to Charleston in northeast direction and 26 miles (41.84 kilometers) by car, following the Bohicket Road route. Kiawah Island and Charleston are 59 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop

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Salton Sea Ca

Salton Sea, California

An Amazing, Wonderful, Magical, Weird, Super Affirdable Vacation Adventure!

SIMPLY A MUST

Location: Salton Sea, California
Driving Distance: 2.5 hours from San Diego, 3 hours from LA, 4.5 hours from Phoenix and Las Vegas

Time Required: It only takes a half day to see the main sights if  you do it on the way between the cities above.  Seeing all the sights will take a full day.
Fun Scale: 7 out of 10

The Salton Sea area of California is one of the most unique areas of the country.  Culturally, this area has been a crossroads over the last 50 years for Celebrities, commoners, people seeking religious salvation and hippies. 

The geography is also unique and is boast a man-made mountain, large date farms, a huge salty sea, and the giant Imperial Sand Dunes.

History of the Salton Sea

From a thriving hot spot for the rich and famous, to its demise into urban decade, the Salton Sea has quite an interesting history.

 

Major airports near Salton Sea Beach, California

 

50 miles to Palm Springs International Airport.

118 miles to LA/Ontario International Airport.

134 miles to San Diego International Airport.

144 miles to Tijuana International Airport.

146 miles to John Wayne Airport.

171 miles to Los Angeles International Airport.

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The Early 1900s

One of the world’s largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the irrigation canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. 

For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough.  By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline.

Instead of quickly soaking into the ground, the water stayed because the spot was actually the location of the ancient lake dating back to 700 A.D.  Sitting at lowest point of the basin the lake has collects enough water runoff to maintain its water table.

 

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Peak Time 1950s-1960s

 

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The Salton  Sea Today

The sea still has a really high salt content, 25% more than the ocean, and remains a quite deserted but cool to stop at. Starting in the 1990’s and still going on, the government has been trying to find ways not only to be able to use water from the Sea but also to be able to control the rising salt water to protect the current wildlife. 

The salt level continues to go up and the fish continue to die, however, it is still the biggest stop for migratory birds in CA and recent tests show you can catch the more fish per hour here than anywhere else in CA. 

Because the high salt content creates extra lift on boats allowing them to go faster, the Salton Sea is the currently the fastest place in the nation for recreational boating. 

While the boating and fishing remain quite good, there are only trickles of visitors and the most beaches are now covered in crunchy white barnacles. 

The best actually sandy beach is located at Mecca Beach which is just south of the state park headquarters.  You can find a ton of really neat deserted buildings on the east side of the Sea both at Desert Camp and Bombay Beach. 

If you are looking for something uniquely cool, check out the mudpot field located just south of Niland.

The Sea may be quite deserted but you can still get gas and food in the 1,000 person town of Niland and can get Wifi on the north side of the lake at the park office near Desert Beach. 

Overall, the cool beaches, date palms, wildlife, rundown/abandoned buildings, and mudpots are not only cool to see but led to some of the most unique photo opts around.

The Salton Sea is also a bird lovers paradise

Salvation Mountain Tour

Location: Niland, California
Visiting Hours: Daily Dawn-Dusk
Cost: Free, however any donation truly from the heart is welcome

Fun Scale: 8 out of 10

A visit to the colorful Salvation Mountain is an amazing experience an example to one man’s devotion to his religion. 

It’s hard to miss a colorful, Dr Seuss-esque mountain springing out of the barren desert…

Getting To Salvation Mountain:
The mountain litterially sits halfway between San Diego and Phoenix in Niland California near the Salton Sea.

About 1 mile east of Niland take Hwy 111 south to Niland and turn left (East) on Main Street, Main Street turns into Beal Street just keep going and you’ll see the mountain on the right

As seen 2007 hit movie Into The Wild, Salvation Mountain is an inspiring man-made adobe beauty.  50% Dr Suess, 50% Wizard of Oz, and 100% devotion to God, Leonard Knight used 30 years of his life and gave up everything to build this colorful masterpiece. The mountain itself colorful springs out of the barren desert as a focal point and can be climbed as long as you stay on the Yellow Brick Road.  We love the incinerate details Leonard left on all of the vehicles surrounding the property and most of all love the Tree Room under the mountain that is an explosion of Dr Suess. 

 

 

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The MudPots

Known locally as Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field, the bubbling mudpots are a hidden gem. 

The mudpots themselves are pocket of warm clay and mud which bubble and gurgle to the surface. 

The bubbles in the mud occur because of geothermal activity forcing warm water to the surface. 

Because the area of the Salton Sea lies on the San Andreas fault line, there is a lot of geothermal activity to be had.  Some of the mudpots have been bubbling long enough that they now have developed in tall mud volcanoes.  If you listen to them, you can even hear the mudspot gurgle. 

 

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Imperial Sand Dunes

Out of nowhere rises a 15 mile long and 3 mile wide stretch of 400 foot tall sand dunes that will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of the deserts of Africa. 

The Dunes have been the home to the tapping of many movies including Stars Wars and is a huge haven for dune buggy enthusiasts.

Even if you’re not into extreme ATVing or dune buggy running, make sure to check out one of the parking areas and walk out onto the dunes to experience it for yourself. 

This is one of our favorite things to do in the area.
Permits are require people who are camping or ATVing, however, if you are just looking to walk or hike out onto the dunes there are a few great spots where you can park for up to 2 hours with no fees required. 

Evan Hughes Oasis
It seems like only locals know about this Oasis even though it is right next to the highway.  Just West of the Southern end of dunes off Hwy 8, the Oasis can easily be accessed by taking Exit 131 (Even Hughes Rd). 
The large cluster of bushy palms surrounding the dark green oasis pond make it a really cool place to take photos.
  It can gather homeless vagabonds after dark but during the day is usually always void of them and great to visit.

Dos Palmas Spring Oasis

The Dos Palamas Spring a key watering hole for many settlers crossing the desert landscape on their way to the California coast.  

The Spring was originally named in the 1800’s for the the two palm trees it harbored, but since then the spring as grown much, much larger. 

The photo to the left is from when the spring was featured in Desert Magazine in January 1947. 

This oasis is cool, but if you are pressed for time feel free to skip in and just one of the smaller oases on this list instead as they are right off the highway.

State Park Oasis
If you weren’t able to stop by either of the other two Oases, you’re in lucks and there is a smaller one right next to the office near the entrance of the State Park. 
This Oasis, while natural, feels a little staged, but still is worth a stop.  Right next to the oasis they have set up a nice cactus garden where you can check out different types of local desert plants. 
If you have yet to see the Salton Sea, the park offers perfect access to the beach and water. 

 

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Date Farms

The Date Farms are the most important part of the Salton Sea area’s economy today. 

Ever since the celebrities and tourists stopped coming in the 1960’s most of the area has become a rundown, dingy area, but he Date Farms have stayed strong. 

It’s easy to get a couple pics by pulled onto a side street, but the best experience comes from actually visiting a Date Farm.  The Oasis Date Garden is another farm that does tours with notice.

 

Joshua Tree National Forest

 

 (90 Minutes): Huge 800,000 acre National Park covering parts of the Mojave Desert and even the San Andreas Fault is home to the Joshua Tree, Desert Tortoise, and many Palm Oases. 

Joshua tree forest is extremely easy and common to visit as many travelers naturally pass right by it on Hwy 10 on their way to or from the Salton Sea. 

The biggest things in the park are rock climbing, camping, hiking, and star gazing.  They actually have park run star gazing parties one Saturday per month, usually around the new moon, starting at dark and lastly an 1 1/2. 

If you are more into hiking or rock climbing, the website for the park has a lot of great trail maps here.

 

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Palm Springs

 

 (1 Hour): The best way to sum up Palm Springs is to say it’s a mini desert Hollywood.  Well it’s not quite filled with the high level of stars it was in the 50’s when the Salton Sea was booming but it is still a beautiful place to visit. 

This oasis town has had many famous residents including Sonny Bono who became mayor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and even JFK was a part-time resident. 

Currently still living in Palm Springs are Suzanne Somers and Barry Manilow, among others. 

There are a number or celebrity tours including Best of the Best Tours, which will show you over 50 famous celebrity homes in an hour and a half for $25.

There are a couple other cool things to check out while in Palm Springs as well.  The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactariumtake which only costs $3 but will let you see over 3,000 cactus’s, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which carries travelers up 8,500 ft near to top of San Jacinto Peak for amazing views. 

The cost for the aerial tramway is $23 for adults/$16 for children however they also have great deals where for just a few extra dollars you can also get a full meal at the club house once you reach the mountain’s peak.
  If you feel like making a stroll through town the main drag, Palm Canyon Dr, is lines with a ton of palm tree and a 250 person walk of fame.
If you are just quickly passing through make sure to stop and snap some photos under Seward Johnson’s 80 foot tall Forever Marilyn Monroe statue shown on the map above.

Fun Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids

Visiting the Greater Palm Springs during the Spring Break? Here are 20 Fun Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids. From riding the world’s largest rotating tramcar to riding a boat, a camel, and maybe even a dinosaur. If you’re visiting during the hotter months, don’t forget to visit some of the dessert spots in the desert!

Splash Around at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center

73751 Magnesia Falls Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

This is a swimming paradise for the kids with massive pools, waterslides, and splash pads. It gets a bit busy with the locals during the summer but the center is large and waiting times on the waterslides isn’t too bad. Plus, lifeguards on duty make sure the little ones are always safe.