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Great Wolf Lodge is North America’s largest chain of indoor water park resorts. Providing guaranteed family fun no matter the weather outside, the resorts also include land-based activities that range from laser tag to bowling, themed storytelling sessions, and character stage shows. They are designed for families that like to stay and play together, with no kids clubs or adults-only facilities – giving you the chance to embrace your inner child and make family memories to last a lifetime. There are currently 18 Great Wolf Lodge locations in the United States and one in Canada. In this article, we look at nine of the best according to their latest TripAdvisor ratings.
Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim/Garden Grove, California
Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim
/Garden Grove is located 15 minutes south of central Anaheim and closer still to Disneyland – making it the ideal choice for the ultimate kid-friendly vacation. The main attraction is the indoor water park that sprawls across 80,000 square feet and boasts 14 slides and four pools. Enjoy hours of family fun in the wave pool, or floating in tubes down the lazy river. The water is kept at a balmy 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Other attractions include indoor mini-golf, a laser maze, bowling, and a Build-A-Bear workshop; in addition to scheduled activities for kids.
Between all the excitement, maintain everyone’s energy levels with hearty meals at one of seven on-site restaurants. For all-you-can-eat character breakfasts and buffet dinners, head to Loose Moose Family Kitchen. Hungry As A Wolf serves shareable pizzas and pasta dishes. All suites come with free WiFi, a microwave, a mini-fridge, and an HDTV and themed suites even have a wolf den or log cabin sleeping area for the kids.
Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located 20 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, this Great Wolf Lodge gives you the chance to combine mountain adventures with water park fun—even when there’s snow on the ground outside, because the water park is fully heated. In addition to activity pools and water slides, the park includes a toboggan-style raceway and Fort Mackenzie, a treehouse filled with slides and toys. At lunchtime, join in with fun activities that range from face painting and science experiments to arts and crafts.
Non-water attractions include a ropes course and climbing wall, bowling, and panning for gold at Oliver’s Mining Co. The Great Wolf Lodge characters make regular appearances throughout the day (including at the bedtime story session). When hunger hits, opt for buffet feasts at Loose Moose Family Kitchen, treat your sweet tooth to a visit to Ben & Jerry’s, or opt for sophisticated dishes and craft cocktails at Barnwood. Whether you choose a Standard, Themed, or Premium Suite you’ll have access to a microwave and mini-fridge, the largest of which sleeps up to nine people.
Great Wolf Lodge Atlanta/LaGrange, Georgia
Georgia’s Great Wolf Lodge is located approximately an hour’s drive away from Atlanta proper in LaGrange. Its enormous indoor water park covers 93,000 square feet and includes everything from adrenaline-inducing water slides to chilled out lazy rivers and interactive play pools. When everyone’s tired out, head over to Northwoods Oasis for a relaxing soak in the hot springs. Later in the day, other attractions to explore include a mini-golf course, a bowling alley, and a gaming arcade.
This lodge also has its own Camp H.O.W.L Kids Club where little ones can join in with arts and crafts sessions, puppet shows, stage plays, and more. The club even offers parent-free programming on select evenings, giving you the chance to enjoy a rare moment of grownup time at The Watering Hole bar. Restaurants include Campfire Kitchen (for all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and hearty dinners) and Timbers BBQ. Suites are decorated with an atmospheric forest mural on one wall; some also have themed sleeping areas for the kids, the largest of which can accommodate 13 people.
Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City, Michigan
Set on the outskirts of popular Michigan vacation destination Traverse City, this Great Wolf Lodge tempts families with an 80,000 square-foot water park kept at 84 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. In addition to water slides, hot tubs, activity pools, and a lazy river, it has an outdoor play pool for soaking up the summer sunshine. Don’t feel like getting wet? Your kids can make their new best friend at the Build-A-Bear workshop, tee off at the mini-golf course, or wield a wand during a live-action game at MagiQuest.
Scheduled activities run throughout the day and range from lunchtime crafts to evening pajama parties. Don’t miss The Great Clock Tower Show, which features songs and stories told by Great Wolf Lodge characters. Restaurants include Camp Critter Bar & Grille (for buffet breakfasts and a la carte lunches and dinners) and Bear Paw Sweets & Eats (for satisfying your sugar cravings). All suites are thoughtfully equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge, and TV. Some have a balcony or patio and others come with themed sleeping areas.
Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord, North Carolina
Located 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and next door to Concord Mills Mall, this Great Wolf Lodge combines a heated indoor water park with an incredible array of land-based attractions. At the water park, you’ll discover 11 water slides, four pools, and a fort-style water treehouse. On dry land, catch a movie at the 3D theater, chase your family through the laser tag course, or unleash your inner magician at MagiQuest. Character appearances occur throughout the day in the lodge, as well as at the Northwoods Friends and Great Clock Tower shows.
Aside from the main dining hall, Loose Moose Cottage, restaurants include Hungry As A Wolf and Buckets Incredible Craveables. Choose the first for generous sharing dishes, and the latter for burgers, sandwiches, and decadent desserts. Standard Family Suites sleep up to six people with two queen beds and a full-size sleeper sofa. Options for upgrades include a balcony or patio, themed sleeping areas, and Premium Suites with a separate master bedroom for Mom and Dad. All accommodations come with a microwave, mini-fridge, and TV.
Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio
One of two Great Wolf Lodges in Ohio, this one is situated on the outskirts of Mason close to Kings Island amusement park. The water park is kept at a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit and features 13 water slides and eight pools. Don’t miss the relaxing hot springs or the outdoor activity pool. Other highlights of this resort include a MagiQuest, the next-level ShadowQuest, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, and an incredible glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course.
Throughout the day, scheduled activities keep kids of all ages entertained. Start with an early morning family yoga class, then bring the day to a perfect end with a themed pajama party or storytelling session. In terms of places to eat, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Loose Moose Cottage offers generous family buffets, while Lodge Wood Fired Grill is your go-to for more sophisticated steak and seafood dinners. Suites come in three categories: Standard, Themed, or Premium. All options include a microwave and mini-fridge, while some spoil with an in-room fireplace, whirlpool tub, or both.
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, Ohio
This Great Wolf Lodge is located in Sandusky, on the shores of Lake Erie. Its 80,000 square-foot water park features slides and hot tubs, and a slew of fun activity pools. When you’re not racing each other down the tubes, embark on an enchanted adventure at MagiQuest or come up with your own personalized creation at the Build-A-Bear Workshop. The resort also hosts themed activities from the moment you wake up from kids’ yoga and aerobics classes to face painting at the Cub Club.
Fuel up for the day ahead by piling your plate high at the Gitchigoomie Grill breakfast buffet. Hungry As A Wolf specializes in shareable pizzas and pasta dishes, while the Dunkin’ Donuts has your sugar cravings covered. Standard Family Suites sleep up to six people. For an extra touch of whimsy, treat the kids to a stay in a suite with a wolf den or log cabin-themed sleeping area, or splash out on a Premium Suite with a second loft bedroom. Some rooms also have fireplaces for cozy winter nights.
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington
Located in between Portland and Seattle in Grand Mound, WA, this Great Wolf Lodge beats the winter chill with an indoor water park that’s consistently heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Discover thrilling slides, exciting wave pools, a water treehouse and an outdoor splash pad for the little ones, and relaxing hot springs for the adults. Land-based attractions include a ropes course and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, while interactive mining experience Moonstone Mine features a challenging mirror maze.
The main restaurant, Loose Moose Cottage, serves up a feast of family favorites at breakfast time while Lodge Wood Fire Grill has dinner options from macaroni and cheese to steak. If you're feeling thirsty, head to Grizzly Rob’s Bar or the on-site Starbucks. All suites come with a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker. Some feature a balcony or patio, while others come with a themed sleeping area or second bedroom for added privacy, the largest of which sleeps eight people.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, Ontario
Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, this Great Wolf Lodge has a vast indoor water park covering 100,000 square feet of space. It includes the high-octane Niagara Rapids Run water coaster, kiddie slides for tiny tots, and an outdoor swimming lagoon. There’s plenty to do on dry land, too. Aim for a strike at the bowling alley, sign up for a MagiQuest adventure, create your own wolf cub stuffed toy, or head outdoors for a round of classic mini-golf.
Three times a day, Great Wolf characters host a singalong in the Grand Living Room. They also join in for evening storytime. The resort has two spas – one for adults, and one for kids’ pamper sessions. Dining options range from buffet meals to casual café bites and family pizza parties. In summer, poolside bar and grill Crazy Loon is the place to be, with live entertainment to accompany your meals. In addition to the Standard, Themed, and Premium Suites, this resort also offers family cottages with a full kitchen and up to three bedrooms.