Last Sunday, we arrived at Great Wolf Lodge for a one-night (two day) stay to celebrate the twins’ 10th birthday. The boys chose this trip over a party with friends at a pool, a laser tag arena, bowling, etc., and it was a great family getaway.
A one-night stay at the Lodge included four passes to the giant indoor water park that the Lodge is famous for. Guests may use the water park on the day of check-in, beginning at 1pm, and after check-out the next day, until 9pm.
The whole place has almost too many amenities to list, including four eateries, a bowling alley, arcade, and Starbucks. Some cost additional money, but others, like a kids’ Cub Club with crafts and games, as well as an evening story time, are FREE.
Hope you enjoy our photos. There are ten other locations across U.S. and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I’d recommend it for families with kids ages 2 and up, as well as young adults who love water parks. Seriously. We saw young couples, youth groups, and families with at least three generations at the park together.
Hope you enjoy our pictures!
It was the twins’ first stay at a hotel EVER. All rooms at the lodge are suites, and some (which we did NOT spring for) have log cabins WITHIN the room, with bunk beds for the kids or corners that are tents for the kids to sleep in. Ours was the most basic room, with two queen beds and a fold-out sofa (which Evan claimed, because he wanted his own bed).
Sunday afternoon we spent a few hours at the water park, headed out to Pocono Brewing Company for dinner, and returned to the lodge with plans to return to the water park. Everybody was up for it, but me (designated family party pooper, ask any of them, ha ha). I was having a hard time reconciling the huge burger and local brew I’d just enjoyed with going back down the water slide any time soon. The boys, however, were WAY into it. Go figure…it may have been the Mountain Dew.
BUT, I suited up and was glad that I did. We splashed until almost 9 pm and finished the evening at the lodge’s ice cream parlor, before crashing for the night. Interesting note: the lodge makes an announcement over loudspeakers at a bit after 9 pm, reminding everyone that “hibernation begins at 11pm, please be considerate of other guests and keep the noise down.” Now THAT is my kind of hotel. Totally quieted down, even before the “hibernation” hour. NICE.
The next morning, we started with the breakfast buffet, checked out and spent a few more hours at the park, before heading home.
All in all, a great, GREAT time was had by all, and we MAY make it an annual trip!