JW Marriott Hill Country Resort San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, Texas

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    • Teens (13+)
  • Visited: April 2011
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2013
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    Tweens (9-12) and Teens (13+)

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There are several pools: 2 children’s pools with water activities and small slides, a few pools with a maximum depth of about 4 ft which are fun for older children, a serene adult infinity pool, hot and cold plunge pools and one at the spa. The main event is the water park at the main pools which feature a rapid river ride, three water slides and a half mile long lazy river. The pools are heated for year-round enjoyment. A nice feature is that you can be in the adult pool and see your kids going down the water slides. The separate pool area for little kids is a dream! With multiple life guards (I counted 3), kids can splash around on a kushy-floored surface with fountains, sprayers and water toys all over. There are small slides (4 ft. and 6 ft. high), animal sculptures in the water to sit on and climb over, and fun music playing. This area is safely situated in the middle of the larger pool area. The main pools all connect by paths and bridges. The deepest is 4 ft and all are visible from the center deck area. Families can centrally locate themselves and easily access the pools, the river, the slides and the restaurant. Lifeguards are positioned all around the area, including in various locations around the lazy river. The lazy river is a 12oo foot loop around the pools. Single and double tubes are available for free. Several moms carried toddlers easily as they drifted around the river. The Water Tower slides (2) have a starting platform 35 feet high and with a 275 feet long ride through enclosed tubes, you’ll scream with delight and just a bit of anxiety in a single or double raft with twists and turns that drop you into an exit pool at the end. Fun times being “rescued” out of the center of the tube by the supernice lifeguard! There is also a Pedernales River ride which shoots you along fast and furious over 350 feet of “rapids” where younger guests at the kiddie area can spray rafters and “detonate” water bombs from above. It’s a curvy, wild ride to be done either solo or in a double raft. We found the arcade to be the most disappointing part of the resort. BORING! Out of a dozen arcade games only a few didn’t involve shooting something or blowing something up: a motorcycle game, a pacman like game, and a crane grabbing a prize game (the kind that never produce a win!). All faced a wall in a dark, small room. It was empty every time we poked our heads in and my teen wanted nothing to do with it. MUCH more appealing were the interactive game boards in the lobby of the resort that were free of charge for games (like Pong, backgammon, solitaire, etc.). Guests could also use these stations to create scrapbooks of their resort experiences, uploading photos and getting creative with the scrapbook program. For a nominal fee the resort would print them up or you could upload them to your own email and print them from home. The Range Riders Kid Camp (ages 4-12) is a wonderful, very flexible program. Reservations are requested but drop ins are accepted based on availability. Hours change seasonally, so check when make reservations. Fees are $10 per hour, with a discount for multiple children. Have your insurance card with you. There are 7 restaurants at the resort which are so varied that we were always able to find something good for even our pickiest eater! Cibolo Moon was our favorite restaurant. The variety was amazing. For each meal we all wanted to try something different. Even my picky eaters were inspired to try some new Texan sensation. They delighted in the different dipping sauces, the Southern flare to everything, and the easy-going staff. My husband enjoyed things he doesn’t usually eat like Bison and succotash. And my hardest to please kid LOVED the “burnt ends” and flour tortillas. She even wanted them for breakfast.

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  • Visited: September 2010
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
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If it weren't so close to San Antonio you wouldn't want to leave!

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