So nice. Basically a two room apartment. Within walking distance of a couple of strip malls for dining or groceries. Bfast was a little more than standard IHG stuff with additions of cottage cheese, full size milk cartons, potatoes and waffles not pancakes. Will definitely come back if in the area.
Lots of hands on stuff to do for the kids. There was even a robotics lab while we were there that my youngest got to do. Two levels. The upper level has some stuff that is more toddler oriented. Fairly quiet. Some hands on is video or electronics stuff and some is not. My kids happily spent a couple hours there. I even tried a couple of them. My oldest daughter (16) did the landing simulation until she successfully landed. My middle did it a few times and got frustrated, but there were other activities she enjoyed. Lots of variety. Also a lot of good signs to read that I enjoyed learning about as an adult. The staff were very friendly. They have a 20% off the store for AAA members.
We didn’t know quite what to expect so let me tell you. It is basically an office park plaza. Park below. We stayed about an hour and it was $10.50 to park. We had our picnic lunch here and it was very nice. There are tables just for that in addition to a sandwich place that has indoor and outdoor seating. The sign explaining the art is outside the sandwich place and I recommend looking at it. We saw it after and relooked after reading it and really enjoyed it. Perfect lunch or picnic spot.
Indoor pool but with a 10 person capacity. Luckily in February on a Thursday it was just us. Breakfast was standard holiday inn fare. Mini suite was on the smaller side but fine.
Basically rows upon rows of commercially available art. Not as impressive as the stuff in the desert that we saw already. They had a few nice pieces to hang inside and I was tempted on one but not quite willing to spend that much. They do have restrooms and the people are friendly but I would skip it.
This one had a large spa that was as wide across as the pool though a lot shorter. In February they were both open but this far south it’s hot so that made sense. They had evening snacks on Wednesday. Sufficient for my girls to be pretty satisfied: tuna on croissants, uncrustables, marinated mushrooms, veggies, fruit, chips, salsa, desserts, salad greens, soda, and water. Breakfast was standard Holiday Inn fare and was fine. We had a mini suite and it was decent.
This was fun. You have to get off the road to really see them and there are numerous pathways. Some were pretty bumpy but not too bad. There are a lot of them and we were still enjoying them by the time we got to what we think was the end of them.
This was easy to find by typing in slot canyon on google maps and up popped slot canyon trail head. It is about two miles up a dirt road for the last little bit. It is narrow so go slowly enough that you can pause or take advantage of side spots to pass people coming the other way.
At the actual parking lot there is limited parking and it isn’t marked so try not to park in a place that blocks anyone in. I would try to go early. We got there 11:30 or so and I felt that was later than I wished though doable. There are outhouses at the parking lot but no water so bring your own.
There aren’t really any maps or good signs. Upon entry to the parking lot, the trail you want is to your right. It does have a single sign up a ways that says trail. That is it. There appeared to be other trails from the parking lot but I don’t know what for because there weren’t any signs or maps.
The slot canyon is an out and back. You can kind of tell when the slot ends and that is when you should turn around. Someone told us they thought it was a loop so we went further to where there were some signs and the trail became muddled. The signs faced the other way and said no vehicles. There is no loop. But out and back it is short. Maybe a mile or so out and back. We took forever going because my kids wanted to climb lots of books and crannies and we followed one side path up a ways. We saw one other but didn’t take it.
Even at its thinnest, there is sufficient room for a full sized adult with a bag.
With all the logistics out of the way, this was really beautiful and very kid friendly. My kids climbed and hid and had a really great time.
Scheduled to reopen August 2020
Currently being restored. Would come back to see it. Really cool. Admission is free under 12 and the $3-$7 after that. Access is by guided tours only Fri-Sun. Varying hours those days.