Lancaster Caribbean Water Park & Wingate Hotel
Rob and I decided to take the kids away for a little vacation during our long Valentines Weekend. After looking around at a few places we decided to stay at the Wingate by Wyndham in Lancaster, PA and visit the Lancaster Caribbean Water Park. It was only about a 3 hour drive and the water park sounded like a fun change from all this cold weather.
The Wingate by Wyndham was 1 of 2 hotels that have access to the Caribbean Water Park. The other hotel, Budget Host Inn, which is connected to the Caribbean Water Park had some poor reviews that left us hesitant to stay there. The Wingate is across the parking lot which on a normal day would be no big deal. Unfortunately, we ended up visiting on one the coldest weekends yet so it was a little bit chilly.
Overall the Wingate was really nice. We requested early check-in and adjoining rooms for my parents and ended up with both. I highly recommend requesting adjoining rooms when traveling with little ones. We were able to put Parker down for naps and at night and then continue to visit in the other room without disturbing him. We have also done this in Disney and Ocean City and it has always made the trips a little more relaxing. The room was large enough to set up Parker’s P&P without it being in the way. There were two beds so Rob and I could each take our own as Caity is still sleeping in bed a majority of the night. There was a spacious bathroom complete with plenty of towels and toiletries, including make up remover packets. The room had a mini fridge, microwave and a safe in the closet for valuables. The first floor had a dinning area where a hot breakfast buffet was served, pool and hot tub, meeting room, a small gym and mini store for snacks and forgotten necessities. The rate with admission to the Water Parker was $159 a night.
Rob took Parker over to the water when we arrived on Friday while I got us settled into the room. For dinner we jumped in the car and headed a few minutes away to Friendly’s of Lincoln Hwy for dinner. They were very sweet there and kept coming over to see the kids. While we were there I needed to nurse Caity, as usual. I hadn’t thought anything of it at the time but as we were leaving a woman stopped me and introduced herself as a LL Leader and told me how proud she was of me for not going into the bathroom to nurse Caity. It really made my day! Before we left our waitress gave Parker a yellow balloon which ended up being his favorite toy all weekend.
Bam and Chief headed down Friday after work so they didn’t make it before it was bed time for Parker. They did enjoy a little quite time visiting with Caity though!
Saturday morning we headed down for a warm buffet breakfast then got ready for the water park.
Since it was so cold outside we didn’t get them into their suites until we got there. The facility has a family bathroom with a very sturdy changing table (it actually support Parker who is about 40 lbs now). It also had plastic chairs set up around the pool area to set your belongings. There was a balcony over looking the pool area where you could take a break and eat lunch. Towels were also provided. There are no lockers so I recommend taking one large bag, the Thirty-One Deluxe Utility Tote works great, so you can keep everything together. You can also purchase swim diapers there if you forgot to bring your own.
I got to try out our new Bitybean Ultra Compact Carrier which worked fantastic in the water. Caity felt right at home and was fast asleep about 5 minutes after getting in the hot tub. We purchased ours on Amazon for $59.95 Prime. In case you were wondering, the temperature was luke warm, similar to bath water, and only her legs were really in the water. She also got to try on her second hand Janie & Jack swimsuit with matching hat and bow.
After the park we headed back to the room for nap time before heading to dinner. I think the park tired both Parker and Daddy out!
Since it was Valentine’s Day we decided to do a nice dinner and headed over the The Shady Mable for their special buffet dinner. The food was good, as usual, but there wasn’t really anything special about the buffet except the price was higher. They served Filet Minion but the cook didn’t seem to know what medium rare was. There was also a chocolate fountain with strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, and pineapple to dip.
I did manage to get the kids a little dressed up and even a few photos!
As usual the weekend went by too fast but we had a lot of fun and it was nice to get away for awhile. We had originally thought about going to a few more places on Sunday but the frigid air convinced us to head straight home.