Save at Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge was “howling” fun for the whole family! My husband really enjoyed the “Wolf Tail” slide and went down it 4 times. I could only go once, it is very intense! My son went down the “Otter Run” at least 100 times and was begging to go “just one more time” when we left.
The tube slides were a lot of fun, as my husband and I could take turns riding with my son. We laughed all day! Besides the slides there is a wave pool (both kids loved that!) and a lazy river. There are areas that have smaller slides for younger children, plus areas to dump, spray, and play in the water. It was busy, but not ridiculously crowded. The nice thing is that the only people using the water park are hotel guests. We all had a really fun time and would definitely return – a wonderful getaway and it’s only an hour away!
My Tips to $ave:
- Even if you are just planning a one night visit, you can pack in TWO full days! Check in is at 4pm, but they allow guests to arrive as early as 1pm to get settled and start enjoying the water park. If your room is not ready, there are changing rooms in the water park and locker rentals ($10/day). You can check in at 1pm on the day of your arrival and while check out is at 11am, you can stay until closing the day you check out (9pm!). We put our suitcases in the car and just rented a locker for the day.
- If visiting with a group, do the math when booking a larger suite. We went with friends and found it cheaper to just book our own basic rooms. They don’t have the fun themed bunk bed cabins, but we didn’t spend much time in the room for the kids to care.
- At check in, each child is given a pair of stuffed wolf ears embroidered with “Great Wolf Lodge”. Adorable photo ops and FREE souvenirs!
- If you are bringing a child to celebrate their birthday, be sure to let them know when you check in at the front desk. Our friends met us there and it was their little girl’s birthday. She was given a special pair of wolf ears with a birthday hat, a special birthday wrist band, and a FREE ice cream from the Bear Paw Sweets shop and with her dinner at the Lodge Wood Fired Grill.
- You can’t bring food/drinks into the water park, but every room has a mini fridge and a microwave. Great to have cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, beverages, and snacks! There is also a coffee maker provided.
- There is a Dunkin Donuts in the lobby and there was a loooooonnnnnngggg line in the morning. There is a coffee maker in the rooms, but there is also a snack shop next to the mini golf and “Howlers Peak Ropes Course” that was not busy at all.
- Looking to save for lunch and dinner? The pizzas seem to be the best deal. You can grab a pizza or two to feed the whole clan. You can take the pizza anywhere with you throughout the resort too.
- The “Howlers Peak Ropes Course” is FREE and included in your room stay. Be sure to bring sneakers or closed toe shoes. We were visiting in July and only had flip-flops, so we missed out.
- There are a lot of “extras” that your kids might suck you into buying. We told my son we were just there for the water slides and wouldn’t have time for all the other “stuff”. He’s young, so he’s pretty agreeable about that for now If you plan to purchase any extras, check out the “Paws Pass”. They group all of the extras into different price categories that include the arcade, “Build-a-Bear”-esque Creation Station, mini golf, spa, MagiQuest, sweets shop, and “Scoops” day spa. It can be a better deal than buying everything individually.
- The mini golf was extremely small and took my 6 year old about 5 minutes to play. I don’t think it was worth the $6 additional cost.
- While the extras can start to add up, the Lodge does provide a number of free activities throughout the day. The day we were there they had an exotic animal show, crafts, a dance party, and before bed each night there is a sweet story time with special visitors.
- Join the Great Wolf Lodge email list for updates on savings and deals throughout the year
I was not asked, comped, or paid by Great Wolf Lodge for this post.
photo credit: AWJ-photography