On day six, we woke up to RAIN. I’d been checking the weather, so I knew it was coming. We had planned on SeaWorld for this day, but I’m glad we went the day before. We got a bit of a late start, which was pushed back even more when we had to go back to the hotel to get Gockie (Lia’s blanket) that we had left.
Finally though, we made it to downtown San Antonio. We’ve not had great luck with San Antonio in the past. Josh and I first made a stop here on our honeymoon, but it just rained and rained. So we were determined to not let the rain stop us this time around. Luckily, it was warmer and we didn’t get completely drenched.
We headed straight for the Alamo and spent a good hour walking around the grounds, checking out all the stuff in the museum area, and learning about the history of the Texas revolution. Max was totally into it and we eventually had to drag him away because we were all starving.
It’s interesting that you walk around downtown San Antonio and see something old and awesome like the Alamo, and then right across the street, it’s blocks and blocks of tourist trap attractions like Ripley’s and such. And OF COURSE, my kids were begging to do the mirror maze.
Now, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a Groupon junkie. But in that moment, it saved me a fortune. You see, just a week earlier, I saw a deal on Groupon for that exact Ripley’s mirror maze. I almost bought it before we left, but then we thought we might not have time. Lucky for me, the deal was still available.
I was able to get 8 passes for just $40! And we spent the next two hours having a blast in the mirror maze and the laser quest. It was definitely one of those overpriced tourist traps and I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to pay full price. But we definitely got our money’s worth on this one!
The mirror maze was SO fun!! We made it through quickly the first two times and then spent the next twenty minutes lost because we couldn’t find the right way. We got some 3D glasses that made it almost impossible to find your way through. We probably went through the maze twenty times at least and the kids didn’t get bored with it at all.
Next, we decided to try our luck at the laser quest. I thought it was going to be laser tag, but it was actually like a laser vault and you had to climb through without touching any of the lasers. There were four levels of difficulty and we tried all of them. You can only go one at a time, but there weren’t many people there, so we had lots of turns.
There’s definitely an advantage to being teeny tiny. Max placed in the top ten times on every difficulty level (I think they reset them every day) and even got first place on Expert mode. And Ava and I placed on Expert as well. The only bad thing about the mirror maze place is that they have a bulk candy store right in the front area, so every time we came out of the maze or laser quest, we had to stare at all the candy. And of course, it was super pricey. On our way out we got each kid a (small!) bag of candy and they seemed to be happy enough.
After the mirror maze, we decided to walk along the river walk for a bit. I’ve always hear about how awesome it is, and it definitely lived up to that. I’d love to go back to San Antonio and stay downtown so we can spend more time on the river walk.
After the river walk, we headed back to our hotel room and ordered pizza for dinner. And then we started our New Year’s Eve party. We got in trouble for being too loud around 5:30 pm… The kids were jumping on and off the beds and wrestling, so I guess we deserved it. Then we ate pizza, went swimming, and then headed to an empty parking lot to count down to midnight (well, not midnight local time… we counted down to 8 pm). We blew our party horns LOUDLY and popped off confetti poppers.
And then it was bedtime… and we were all so tired, nobody made it till midnight.
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