One of the pioneers and the leading chain of indoor water park resorts, Great Wolf Lodge offers locations throughout the U.S. (and one in Canada to boot). All of the properties offer similar rustic, deep-woods themes, water park fun (of course), and full-featured family resort experiences. In addition to the watery fun, there are restaurants, spas (geared to both adults and kids), an interactive game experience for children and teens, storytelling, a kids club, and other amenities. The locations vary in size and features.
The following list of resorts is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state with Canada following at the end.
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Located in Garden Grove (next to Anaheim and not far from Disneyland) and part of the InternationalWest district, the Great Wolf Lodge California has a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park, 600 hotel rooms, an Aveda Spa, and a 30,000-square-foot conference center. It is the largest of the chain's water parks (and one of the larger indoor water parks in the country).
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The Colorado Great Wolf Lodge features a 50,000-square-foot indoor water park with attractions such as a Howlin' Tornado funnel ride, the Wolf Tail speed slide, which includes a launch capsule, and the Fort Mackenzie interactive water play center.
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Kansas: Kansas City
At 40,000-square feet, the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City may be comparatively small. But it has some great attractions, including the first-of-its-kind Triple Twist, a slide that includes three mini funnels. The resort also has 275 hotel rooms, an Aveda Spa, and a MagiQuest interactive attraction.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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The Great Wolf Lodge in New England is located in Central Massachusetts, about 45 minutes from Boston. It offers a 68,000-square-foot indoor water park and over 400 hotel rooms. Before Great Wolf took over the property, it had been a CoCo Key indoor water park resort.
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Michigan: Traverse City
One of the smaller Great Wolf Lodge locations, the 38,000-square-foot indoor water park in Traverse City caters mostly to younger splashers. It does not have some of the more thrilling attractions found at the larger parks, such as a funnel ride or a water coaster. The Michigan resort offers 275 hotel rooms as well as a spa.
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A converted property, the Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota used to be known as the Water Park of America. (Which was a play on words of sorts since it is located next to the Mall of America.) Its water park is 75,000 square feet and 10-stories tall. At the top of the park is a slide that likely holds the record as the tallest in any indoor water park. The resort offers over 400 hotel rooms and suites.
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North Carolina: Concord
The large, 80,000-square-foot indoor water park near Charlotte features the Howlin' Tornado funnel ride and the Mountain Edge Raceway mat racing slide. The North Carolina resort also has over 400 hotel rooms, an Aveda Spa, miniature golf, and a MagiQuest.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Located next to the Kings Island amusement park (which also offers an outdoor water park in the warmer months) near Cincinnati, Ohio, the Great Wolf Lodge has a 75,000-square-foot indoor water park that features the Hydro Plunge water coaster. The Ohio resort also offers more than 400 hotel rooms and a spa.
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Formerly known as the Great Bear Lodge, the Sandusky property has a 33,000-square-foot indoor water park and is one of the chain's smaller properties. It does not offer a spa, but it does feature a huge arcade.
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Located in the Pocono Mountains, the resort has a huge 78,000-square-foot indoor water park with a water coaster and The Double Barrel Drop, a raft slide with two mini funnels. The Pennsylvania Great Wolf also offers over 400 hotel rooms and a MagiQuest interactive attraction.
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The 80,000-square-foot indoor water park at the Texas Great Wolf includes a Howin' Tornado funnel ride, the Coyote Cannon bowl ride, and the River Canyon Ride family raft ride. There are more than 400 onsite hotel rooms as well as an Aveda Spa.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Washington: Grand Mound
Located on the Chehalis Reservation, the Great Wolf Lodge Washington has a 65,000-square-foot indoor water park with a family raft ride, a funnel ride, and the South Hot Springs whirlpool spa. The resort includes over 300 hotel rooms and an Aveda Spa.
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Located near Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg, the Great Wolf Lodge has a 67,000-square-foot indoor water park, over 300 hotel rooms, an Aveda Spa, and a MagiQuest interactive attraction.
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Located in the indoor water park capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the original Great Wolf Lodge boasts a 78,000-square-foot indoor water park, an indoor interactive children's role playing adventure, an Aveda Spa, and a 3-D virtual reality theater.
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Located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the Great Wolf Lodge has an 82,000-square-foot indoor water park. Thrill rides include Wolf Tail, a water slide with a nearly vertical launch from a chamber with a trap door. The resort features over 400 hotel rooms and includes miniature golf.