Today I want to share a fabulous day trip option with you guys! My Hubby’s 30-something birthday was last week and we got to spend a fun, kid-free, day pretending it was a 20-something birthday! ;) We had the ultimate VIP experience at Wet’n Wild Emerald Point Water Park in Greensboro. It was a super quick trip down 40 and Bus 85, we were there in around half an hour! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect (despite the threat of clouds and rain…it turned out beautifully sunny!) and the crowds were lower since it was a week day, so lines were very minimal! When we arrived we were greeted by the Sales Manager who seemed genuinely interested in making sure we had a great experience, she made herself available for whatever we needed.
We were then guided to our private Cabana that overlooked the wave pool and I’m telling you….a private cabana is the WAY TO GO! We had our own locker and were able to program a personal 4-digit code (no carrying around a key and worrying about losing it….or getting a tan line from it!) as well as lounge chairs and a table and chairs under the shade. The best part….our own personal waiter! When we were ready for lunch we simply ordered from the menu and it was delivered to us! There are several cabana locations around the park, including some in the Happy Harbor kids area. We are definitely planning to head back later in the summer with the kiddos; a cabana in this area of the park is perfect for a family visit! Happy Harbor is fenced in and all the pool areas are under 2 feet of water. I definitely felt like my kids would have a blast and would be safe, without me having to follow their every move like a hawk!
And now for the slides….I’ve never been a big water slide person but it was hubby’s birthday, and he loves them so I went along with it! I will say….I MUCH prefer the tube slides over body slides….I’m not a huge fan of water shooting up my nose and bathing suit while zipping through a dark tunnel with no clue what comes next! My husband though….he loves them! I was a good sport and I did the twin twisters (complete darkness….kind of terrifying!) and then noticed that it said EXTREME body slide….what a way to start! I also did the riptide racer (this one you rode down on your stomach on a mat…so not completely a body slide, but close).
My favorite would have to be Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror. Surprisingly, this one was pitch dark but you ride in a double tube…perhaps having someone else riding close along with me made me feel better! You shoot down a twisting black tube and then sling out into a giant open tube where you’re banking up one side and the other with just a slight glow of light to suddenly see your surroundings. I think I actually let out a slight scream (and I’m not a screamer) because the sudden ability to see startled me. We rode this one 2 or 3 times!
Another favorite was the runaway raft ride. This was again a double tube (there are single and triple options as well) that took you zinging down a twisting turning flume. At one point I asked my husband if he also felt like we were part of the Cool Runnings bobsled team! We rode this one 2 or 3 times as well!
The newest ride at Wet’n Wild is the Dragon’s Den. It was a definite thrill! As we stood in line hearing the screams of every raft as it dropped down a dark tube and then slung out into the dragons den circling the dragon and then dropping down another steep tube, I joked about screams being required! Remember I said I wasn’t a screamer? I admit…I screamed for a split second…it actually surprised my husband! But in all fairness….when we shot out into the Dragon’s Den (I was in the front of the tube) the jet of water designed to slow you down a smidge shot right up my bathing suit…it startled me and an involuntary scream escaped! We did go back for another ride and I made my husband man the front of the tube….much more comfortable experience!
Other highlights were the Lazee River, (of course!), shipwreck cove, and the “beach” at Thunder Bay (the 2 million gallon wave pool-largest on the east coast!) not to mention the abundance of ice cream and sweet treats around (just want you want to indulge in while in a bathing suit right!?! What is it about swimming that makes you want ice cream and sweets??) Of course, I had to have some Dippin’ Dots while there….it was the perfect cool treat in the heat!
To finish off the day, my husband did the Daredevil Drop, a 76 foot long, extreme steep chute with the sensation of free falling at first. This was a definite NO for me, but check out the video of him doing it (he did it twice, by the way!)
I definitely recommend a day trip to Wet’n Wild Emerald Point! The park was big enough to keep us busy and entertained all day, but not so big that we felt like we couldn’t see it all in one day. There was something for everyone in the family and the rides were run very smoothly. We actually watched, and took specific notice of, the lifeguards routinely checking equipment, slides, and pools for safety.
If you’d like to take a trip I’ve got a special deal for the Housewives in the City readers! Use this link to purchase your discounted tickets or simply use the discount code: HousewivesinthecitySBlog17
If you go, tag me in your fun so I can check it out with you!
While tickets and accommodations were complimentary as part of Wet’n Wild’s Summer Blog Program, all opinions are my own.
Picture this...you are the kind of mom who peacefully awakens with light streaming in through the cracks in your wooden shutter blinds, the house is quiet but for the hum of the ceiling fan. Your significant other is sleeping peacefully beside you so you gently slide out of bed tossing on a robe and head to the kitchen for your first cup of coffee. You open the blinds as you go, with fresh morning sun streaming in through the windows. While sipping your freshly brewed coffee you begin preparing breakfast for your family and then slowly, one at a time, they emerge from their rooms to see what's cooking. The atmosphere is serene, welcoming, loving, and happy! You are genuinely excited to see the smiling, yet still sleepy, eyes of your family and they begin their day feeling loved and cherished and cared for.....
Wait....that's not how your morning looks? Me either! As lovely and as perfect as that morning routine sounds, it's not reality for most moms. Instead....as you're trying to squeeze out just a few more minutes of sleep (because you know....you were up until 1 am switching out/folding laundry, washing the dishes from dinner, trying to get some of your own work accomplished, spending some time with the hubby watching the latest show that y'all are addicted to, preparing lunches for the next day, and whatever household chores that didn't get completed while the children were awake) you awaken to the sound of a child who has just realized that he wet the bed and now you must quickly jump up to strip the sheets and get them in the wash before the room starts to smell like pee. All the while, children are begging for breakfast because they are "starving," Hubby is bustling around trying to get out the door on time (because he too tried to squeeze out a few extra minutes of sleep), the baby is calling from his crib and needs a diaper change, and you just want to pull the covers up and pretend you're not there! The scene is chaotic, stressful, and anything but serene! Your patience is short, your children begin to bicker, and you are less than grateful for the beautiful family surrounding you at that very moment!
I’m ashamed to admit that it took me way too many mornings of waking up like the second scenario to finally realize that instead of waking up FOR my family, I was waking up WITH them. Now, this isn’t such a big deal when it comes to my husband. He’s an adult, less dependent on me to provide routine for his day, and waking up together is much more fun than sliding out of bed trying not to awaken each other. My kids, however, deserve a mom that’s ready to love on them, care for them, and provide for them…as opposed to a grumpy stressed out mom whose day begins on the wrong foot. Once I realized that I was in control of how our day began (and the tone that would likely carry through much of the day) it was up to me to make the changes necessary to promote an atmosphere of peace and harmony. When I can get up and have even just 15 minutes of “me time” to start my day, then I’m ready for whatever comes next! When I wake up FOR my family….I get those precious moments to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in silence before the house fills with noise, or to open the blinds and let the morning sun in (does morning sunshine streaming in through the windows make you as happy as it does me?!?) or maybe even time to sneak in a quick workout and/or shower before anyone else gets up. When I wake up WITH my family, I’m suddenly bombarded with everyone else’s needs and wants and I don’t get those moments for myself to really refresh and renew and prepare me for a day of serving and loving on my family. It means making sacrifices….I can’t stay up until midnight binge watching the latest Netflix series, I don’t get to sleep in past 7 most mornings, and I actually wake up to an alarm rather than waking naturally (wouldn’t we all love to wake up naturally every day?!?) but making those small changes in my routine has made the biggest change in the happiness of my family (and myself!) I feel like I’m ready to take on the day and be a better mom, and my family is worth those sacrifices!
Changing one simple word can make SO much difference….are you waking up WITH your family, or are you waking up FOR your family?
We had an amazing time on May 24th at Firebirds Woodfired Grill! Despite the treacherous weather (tornadic activity in the surrounding areas) we had a great turnout and I met some lovely ladies! Our venders for the evening consisted of 2 returning businesses and a new boutique that recently launched! check them out!
Take a look at the rest of the images that our awesome photographer, Audra Elkington, captured for us! Check out her website for more of her beautiful work and how to contact her for your own session!
Don't forget about our Summer Soiree at Westbend Winery and Brewery on June 29th! I'll see you there!