At first, I was skeptical of our trip to Great Wolf Lodge. Most of the photos showed families with kids much older than ours. Kids who could all walk, ride inner tubes … swim. They were all having a blast, but would we? With a crawler and 2 year old?
I’m here to tell you – yes. Actually, YES! Regardless of age, your family will have fun, and lots of it, at Great Wolf Lodge. They actually tailor a lot of activities for toddlers. We splurged on a KidCabin Suite and it was one of the highlights of my daughter’s stay. The murals of sweet animals made the cabin come alive and the bunk beds were a real treat. After a full day of adventures, she slept soundly snuggled up in her lower bunk. Good thing too, because the mini slides, wave pool and squirt guns kept her crazy busy during the day. She’d stop long enough for a quick snack, to swap buddies (her grandparents, parents and aunts were all along for the fun) and to make a plan for her next adventure, but that’s about it! No wonder she is still talking about our trip!
Her brother, who was 8 months at the time, loved splashing around and snuggling in the 84 degree water park. He took a cozy nap or two and woke up in time to crawl about in the shallow water of the wave pool. As far as 8-month-olds go, he communicated pretty clearly that vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge was right up his alley.
As a mama, my favorite things included:
- The super attentive life guards. Literally, they were the most focused and diligent life guards I have ever seen. They had precise shift changes so they never skipped a beat. A big A+ to the life guard team. You guys rock! Great Wolf Lodge also provides complimentary life preservers for all sizes which I appreciated.
- Free activities like The Wolf Walk, The Great Clock Tower Show, Story time and Character Photos. When you’re already investing in your room stay (which luckily includes water park tickets for the whole family) spending extra isn’t always in the cards, especially for the young ones. I love that we were able to fill our time with great, free activities.
When taking little ones to Great Wolf Lodge, I highly recommend packing your own snacks since the rooms have a mini fridge and microwave and if you can, take extra hands because having grandparents/aunts along for the ride was priceless. That way mom and dad could take turns with some of the adult water rides. Pretty much, Great Wolf Lodge turned out to be much more than I ever expected. It’s definitely on our vacation rerun list … we can’t wait to return!
And this sweet girl …
She has been begging to go back to, what she affectionately calls “The Wolf House”. She reminds me often by howling at home with her little wolf ears and exclaiming, “Look Mama! I’m a wolf!” Oh, Great Wolf Lodge, we’ll be back as soon as we can!
Monday 12th of August 2013
Oh scary, Amy! No - we didn't have any problems at all. We went in mid-May. Great Wolf is huge though with multiple locations so I'm sure it is something they are addressing. Maybe give the location a call and let them know what you've read.
Thursday 8th of August 2013
We had planned a trip, but when I checked TripAdvisor, there were many postings regarding bedbugs! I was terrified to bring something like that home, so we cancelled. You found nothing like that?