Jade Waters at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas

Each weekend, my husband packs up the car and heads out early Saturday morning with us on an adventure to go hiking or swimming or something other than what he’d probably rather be doing, which is sleeping in late.  For Father’s Day, I wanted to give him the chance to just relax without a hectic schedule, or lengthy to-do list around the house, so I surprised him with a weekend at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in the Dallas Design District!


The HIlton Anatole is a beautiful and huge hotel complex, sitting on over 45 acres just minutes from Downtown Dallas.   The highlight of the Anatole is the new Jade Waters, which opened in Summer, 2016!


As a guest of the hotel, you can arrive as early as 9am of the day of your check-in, and play at Jade Waters all day!  When we arrived in Dallas, we first headed to my husband’s favorite BBQ restaurant, Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum!  After stuffing ourselves silly, and walking around to see the fun murals and eclectic shops around Deep Ellum, we arrived about noon at the hotel, and were allowed to check in immediately!!  How often does that happen?


The hotel has terrific kids activities ALL day on the weekends, most FREE and a few, like Kid’s Cooking Classes carry an additional fee!  Every Friday and Saturday night they also have a FREE movie on the lawn!

Jade Waters


To enter Jade Waters, you must have a wrist band, and our room came with 4, but I was able to purchase an extra one for the five of us.  I’m still not ready to purchase two rooms when we travel, although the hotel did have adjoining rooms.


I spent the majority of my time at Jade Waters right here, floating along the lazy river!


It actually had quite a good current, and kept us very entertained!


I love the all the trees, shaded seating and oriental art throughout the park!



Who couldn’t get use to this?


There is a play structure for younger children, as well as a pool and a 3-basket water basketball area for kids, too!


Here’s my biggest Mom Fail!  Each day they have duck races, where you purchase a duck for $3 and race it around the lazy river!  BRING CASH!!  They can’t charge the duck to your room!  My kiddo did survive his disappointment…. finally.



Oh, and this….


A small pool shop sells things you might have forgotten, like sunscreen, or sunglasses.


During the 4 O’clock dance party, my husband and I were able to sneak off to the swim up bar while my kids boogied and played games!  They intercepted us at the hot tub, where I didn’t get pictures because I bribed them with my camera to go play and let us finish our drinks.


This was the best of the pictures they took.


The 2 big waterslides are great, and just a hint, the enclosed one goes much faster, if you happen to be racing your kids!



Yeah, with a television in each cabana, we didn’t get one or my husband would have never gotten in the water!  In fact, I could only get as close to the cabanas as to wedge my camera into the fence for this picture!


I FINALLY got a picture of our room, before the kids!  This is a big deal, because they usually beat me to the room, and by the time I get inside they have scattered their things EVERYWHERE!  i was literally racing them down the hall, and holding them back while balanced on one leg when I got this shot!  You’re welcome!



Let’s be real, with 3 kids, one which never wears shoes, we didn’t eat at SER, the premier steakhouse at the Anatole.  I did however, get a chance to go up and see their collection of car hood ornaments, one of the best in the nation!  Located on the 27th floor, the restaurant also has an incredible view of Downtown Dallas!

Instead, we headed just down the street to Bowlounge, a funky bowling alley where we spent the evening bowling!  Click HERE to read more.

We returned LATE and stayed up until the wee morning hours walking the hotel, watching the HUGE crystal suspended sculpture “Nebula” that hangs in the Atrium and moves like slow waves above you!  The hotel also houses the largest art collection of any US hotel, so we spent hours looking at everything!  Click HERE to read more.

Finally, we headed to the Trinity Rooms, where AMMA, a revered Hindu spirtitual leader and humanitarian,  was greeting people.  I didn’t think it was right to take pictures, but we were greeted so warmly, ate amazing food, and listened to the chants and watched as hundreds of people were still waiting to meet her at 1:00 am in the morning!  Click HERE to read more about her.

We spent the next morning at the pool, then grabbed breakfast at Momma’s Daughter Diner just down the road, before setting out to see some of the sights in and around the Dallas Design District!  Home to so many fine galleries and antique showrooms, it’s was fun to just drive along Slocum and Dragon Street.  The Trinity River runs just beyond Levee Street, and we also made a quick drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and down into the parks and trailways!

We returned to check out at noon, and were able to stash everything in our car, and play the afternoon away at Jade Gardens, until we were all People of the Prunes!

We ended out weekend with dinner and a show at the nearby Medieval Times!  Click HERE for more information!


Things To Do in Dallas Design District with kids


While I can’t afford the most of the showrooms in the Design District, I love the Crate and Barrel Outlet on Inwood, where most of my home kitchen and home furnishings were bought!  Click HERE to visit their website.


Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company Click HERE to visit their website.

Dallas Market Hall host conventions and shows all year, including the DFW Boat Show, one of my favorites!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Dallas Glass Art offers classes in glass art for all ages, 6 and above!  Click HERE for more information.

The Trinity Skyline Trail is a paved walking, running and cycling trail, just under 5 miles and runs along the Trinity River.  Access the trail at Trammel Crow Park.  Click HERE for more information.

Your gamers will love Common Ground Games on Inwood.  Click HERE to visit their website.


Some of my other favorite restaurants in the Dallas Design District is the Meddlesome Moth, Rodeo Goat and Pie Tap Pizza Workshop, which will deliver not only an incredible pizza to your hotel room, but also wine and local craft beer.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Hilton Anatole Hotel

2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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