5 Tips for An Amazing Great Wolf Lodge Vacation

Have you been considering a stay at Great Wolf Lodge? Well, today I want to share with you how you can have an fantastic Great Wolf Lodge Vacation once you decide to visit.

We received a weekend of fun at Great Wolf Lodge; however, all opinions are mine alone.


Come for the water, stay for the fun! We were recently invited to Great Wolf Lodge for a fabulous weekend of fun and boy did we have fun! Great Wolf Lodge is not your ordinary humdrum hotel, but rather an indoor water park that your family will just relish, and it's all included with your hotel stay. There is no extra cost to enjoy the waterpark. However, besides the water park, there are lots of activities for the kids, not only during the day, but also at night. During the day the kids can enjoy activities such as character appearances, and the Forest Friends Show where the characters come to life. At night there is story time to keep them occupied for some downtime before bed. So how else can you have an amazing time at Great Wolf Lodge? Here are 5 ways!


1. Come prepared to have fun 
First of all, be ready to have fun, both during the day and at night! During check-in, you'll receive a schedule of all activities that will be held daily, so plan your day and night accordingly. While Great Wolf Lodge is a hotel, it is very laid back, so there's no need to get all dressed up. You'll be just as comfortable in a swim coverup as you will in shorts and tee, so walk with your comfiest clothing. Madison actually walked around the hotel in her swimsuit for most of her trip, while I walked around in a coverup.


2. Enjoy early and late access to the waterpark
While check in is at 4pm, you have access to the waterpark as early as 1pm on the day of your arrival, and you can stay until the waterpark closes on your departure. It's like getting 2 days for the price of 1. The water park is also less crowded when it first opens at 8:30am, and about an hour before closing at 10pm which is considered non-peak hours. The lines are shorter at those times, and you'll be able to appreciate it so much more then. The waterpark is equipped with lifeguards so you can feel safer knowing that your little ones are in good hands. However, there are also complimentary lifejackets for extra safety.


3. Consider getting a Pass (Pup, Paw or Wolf)
While you're going to love the water park, there will come a time when you just want to relax and do the other activities that are available. After all, you can't stay in the water all day, can you? At least, not unless you want to end up looking like a prune. With that being said, some activities may cost you extra, such as MagiQuest or even the Glitz Glitter Tattoo. Purchasing a pass will enable you to save on these extras, as they aren't included with the price of your room as the waterpark is.



4. Take a break and enjoy non-water-park activities 
While Great Wolf Lodge is known for its waterpark, there are lots of other activities for kids of all ages. MagiQuest is excellent for kids and adults alike and is an adventure game that will have you exploring the lodge on the adventure of a lifetime. What I love about MagiQuest is that you get to take home your wand and you can bring it back the next time you visit Great Wolf Lodge and play all over again.


However, there is also:
  • Northern Lights Arcade - great for all ages, win tickets that you can then redeem for prizes.
  • Creation Station animal - you can create your own Great Wolf Lodge animal which you can then take on a unique Clubhouse Crew Adventure.
  • One Oliver's Mining Co. Experience - kids can enjoy mining for special rocks and gems.


  • Bowling at Ten Paw Alley - everyone can enjoy a good game of bowling, and you don't even need the shoes.
  • Northern Lights Arcade - great for all ages, win tickets that you can then redeem for prizes.
  • Howl in One Mini Golf - the younger kids, will thoroughly enjoy a game of mini golf.


  • Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall - get harnessed, and rock climb your way up 21ft to the summit
  • Howlers Peak Rope Course - here you get to test your balance on a rope course, which Mikael below just LOVED! 
  • ... and so much more


5. Don't forget the food
We loved the food at Great Wolf Lodge, and there are restaurants for every palate. From pizza to steak, there's something for everyone. My husband and I enjoyed the Bison Burger at the Barnwood restaurant, where adults can also imbibe in a glass of wine or two. If you're looking for something different, there are even a few exclusives that you can only find at Great Wolf Lodge, one such being The Tipping Bucket which consists of a souvenir bucket layered in soft serve vanilla ice-cream, brownies, cookies, candy pieces and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. You're going to need a few extra spoons for this one!


With all the activities available, I suggest making a plan or schedule daily, however, don't feel that you're obligated to do it all. Visit the Great Wolf Lodge website and take a look at all activities and decide on what you want to do, however, this is a vacation, after all, so treat it as a vacation. If the kids want to play in the waterpark all day long, let them. Great Wolf Lodge is all about having the time of your life, and hopefully, with our tips, you will have a fantastic Great Wolf Lodge vacation!

Book your Great Wolf Lodge vacation today!

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  1. Wow!! It sounds like there is so much to do! I loved a good water park as a child!

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    1. There is LOTS to do at Great Wolf, you really would have loads of fun, both you and the kids.

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  2. That looks like an epic holiday destination for kids! My children would LOVE to go there one day!

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    1. And I suggest trying to take them, after all they're only going to be little once right? They're going to really enjoy it.

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  3. Ok, my son would literally LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It sounds like such fun!

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    1. Oh it's a lot of fun, and your son WOULD love it. My 13yr old even had fun, while the older one just stayed on his cell phone until we went to the arcade.

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  4. The place looks perfect for active weekend! perfect recharge for the whole family and dear memory for a kid.

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    1. It really is a great place to create memories that will last a lifetime. Even now my daughter talks about the waterpark.

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  5. We have never been but my oldest keeps wanting to go, all my kiddos love the water and I think it would be a great "winter" activity for our family. Thanks for all the awesome info!

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    1. That's the thing, it's not only just for winter, this is all year round and it makes for a great staycation especially if you just want a quick weekend getaway.

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  6. I have been wanting to here! I would love to take my nieces to this place- looks like a blast!

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    1. You would be the greatest auntie ever if you took your niece. She's going to have a blast, and so will you!

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  7. Wow, this place looks amazing! While I don't have children of my own, this still looks like a place with plenty to do for an adult. I'll have to check it out as a potential vacation to take my nephew to! He can swim while I enjoy all the food ;)

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    1. Hahaha well you've got an idea brewing right there. The food was delicious, I would say if you're here in CO, give the Bison Burger a try.

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  8. Of course The Tipping Bucket caught my attention, can you tell how I became diabetic? The Great Wolf Lodge sounds amazing. My family would love it from me right down to my youngest grandchild. There is so many fun things to do. Everyone would love the water park

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    1. Hahahaha I just had to try it myself too, it's actually the very first thing I ordered while I was at the waterpark with Madison. Can you tell that I'm pre-diabetic?

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  9. Wow! You have given me travel goals and some fab tips to travel with my kid. Thank you

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    1. Well I hope your next stay will be a Great Wolf Lodge vacation. You're going to have fun with your kiddo for sure.

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  10. We have been debating Great Wolf or Kalahari here. So I truly appreciate you sharing your recent visit and experience and will definitely take this into consideration now! 😉

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    1. I've never been to Kalahari, but heard that it's great there too. Great Wolf on the other hand I can totally recommend as we've been there and LOVED it!

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  11. That looks like a ton of fun. I have to check this out the next time my family wants to go on vacation. My niece and nephew would love this.

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    1. Oh I'm sure that they would, and so would you. It's great for everyone and the waterpark is absolutely amazing. It's great to be indoors without having to worry about the weather.

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  12. This looks like such an amazing and fun time!!! I want to plan a trip here now with my little boy!!! Daisy

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    1. Daisy, your son would truly appreciate the trip and the memories that you both will/can create together at Great Wolf Lodge.

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  13. What a fabulous place to stay! That's just the sort of holiday destination my kids would LOVE!

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    1. The kid will surely enjoy their stay, but so will you. It's not just for kids, but adults as well can have fun.

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  14. The Great Wolf Lodge looks like such a great spot to vacation, lots of adventure and fun for little ones and families. It looks like you had a great time.

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    1. We had an amazing time! Madison actually didn't want to leave and once we got home she asked if we could go back. That tells you how much fun she had.

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  15. I've not heard of Wolf Lodge before, but it looks like so much fun for little ones!! I bet I would have loved to stay there when I was that age :) x

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    1. Even if you're not young, you can still have fun. Great Wolf isn't in every state but you can always visit one that is close by.

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  16. Great wolf lodge is on my list to visit places this year. My cousin and her family went there last month and had some great things to say. Your review and pictures are making me book it now.

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    1. Awww, I'm so happy to hear it's one of your bucket list items. You really should book, you're not going to regret it.

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  17. I'd be investing in an early/late pass to ensure we got the chance to experience everything on offer, I love the themed aracade names like the Northern Lights!

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    1. Oh Madison spent most of her day at the waterpark, but on check out day she did mostly all the other activities. There is sooooo much to do, you really can't get bored.

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  18. It looks like you had an incredible time at the Wolf Lodge - there seems to be so much fun stuff to do there!

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    1. Oh we did have an incredible time. There is so much to do and the adults can even join in with the kids.

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  19. You guys have such great places for kids to have fun in the US!

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    1. That I can agree with, but there are a few places internationally that I'd love to visit as well. My dream is to visit every country if I can.

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  20. I adore Great Wolf Lodge! And it's great that they have restaurants on site. It makes it so convenient. :)

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    1. It does, you can get pizza, burgers, pasta and even "real food" as my kids like to say. There's definitely something for everyone at Great Wolf Lodge where food is concerned.

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  21. My family enjoyed visiting our Great Wolf Lodge. We haven't gone in awhile and maybe need to get there again soon. It's definitely a great experience and fun for the whole family regardless of whether your young or old.

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    1. Exactly Rose! It's great fun for the entire family and not just the kids. You need to book another visit soon!

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  22. This looks like so much fun! I really need to take my kiddos to Great Wolf Lodge. Theyre building one in Atlanta, GA soon. They would love it!

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    1. Oh that is so exciting! You're going to have to take the kids there when it's all done. They're going to have the time of their lives.

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  23. Oh wow The Great Wolf Lodge seems like an incredible place for the family to enjoy a lovely vacation. Love that they can play all day and have a nice down time before bed

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    1. That's really what I loved as well. Right before story time, Madison joined in their bubble party and had a blast.

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  24. The Great Wolf Lodge looks amazing. My kids would absolutely love it. The Magiquest looks like great fun as do so many of the other activities that are available!

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    1. MagiQuest was a lot of fun. Even my husband joined in and tried finding all the quests and trying to beat the dragon at the end. He was like a big kid all again.

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  25. Wow there's just so much on offer at Great Wolf Lodge, I'd never heard of it before. From the waterpark to the rock climbing wall to the Magiquest, where do you even begin. Sounds like a great place to take kids

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    1. There really is a lot at Great Wolf Lodge. You should really check them out. The waterpark is awesome, but then again so is everything else.

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  26. I mean.. you know me. You know I'd have a serious blast here. We do have one in close enough driving distance. Once at a bloggers event in eastern MA, I was given the wolf ears for my kids and they still have them! We'd love MagiQuest and the arcade so much! I love the rooms. I'm so going!! This moose and wolf loving family can't miss it.

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    1. Madison is obsessed with her Wolf Ears, she got the regular one and the spring time one as well. There's so much to do. Mikael really enjoyed the rope course, while Madison was obsessed with mini golf.

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  27. My kids want to go here so badly, thank you for the awesome tips. It looks like there is something fun for everyone.

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    1. There is absolutely something for everyone at Great Wolf Lodge. You should think about surprising them this Spring Break with a trip.

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  28. I've never heard of the Great Wolf Lodge before, but it looks like a really fab place to stay. I think my youngest would absolutely love it here :)

    Louise x

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    1. Well I'm happy to be the one introducing you to Great Wolf Lodge. The kids would have a blast there. Check them out!

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  29. Awesome!! You guys had a BLAST! Love all the photos- and even a little smile from Madison! lol We love GWL! It's one of our favorite waterparks!

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    1. Madison thoroughly enjoyed herself, she didn't even want to leave when it was time to go, so I guess we'll have to make a return trip there just for her. The waterpark is definitely a blast.

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  30. We were at Great Wolf Lodge for a long weekend and didn’t feel the need to leave the property to eat. There were tons of options from Dunkin Donuts for a quick breakfast to fancy sit down steakhouse and everything in between. Honestly though, the buffet was probably my favorite which offered the best allergy friendly selection of food options.

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