i’m so excited to finally be sitting down and writing this post. the last month has been a total whirlwind and I feel like I can’t even catch my breath half of the time (partially because it’s crazy-town and partially because i’m 6 months pregnant and this baby is all up in my LUNGS hahah).
but i’m sooo pumped to share our great wolf lodge experience with y’all! we had the BEST time and it was seriously the exact little getaway that our fam needed.
we drove up on may 17th, the day after the kids’ preschool program ended — and I feel like dallas is that perfect distance, while traveling with two young kids, in that it’s far enough away that it feels like a true GET AWAY but it’s not SUCH a long drive that it’s unmanageable. the kids actually did great — we had lots of snacks, a few shows on the kindles but honestly, they were mostly content just eating and looking out the windows haha!
we pulled up to great wolf lodge around 5pm on that friday and couldn’t wait to get inside. we actually hadn’t told the kids where we were going (and definitely didn’t show pictures) because we wanted to surprise them! and their faces when they walked in and saw the enormous water park… SO AMAZING. it was seriously the best!
the front desk checked us in and everyone was super friendly and helpful. we got to our room (so roomy, by the way!) and then slapped our wristbands on (which also double as your room keys and waterpark entrance pass — SO NICE!) and headed straight to the waterpark! the kids had a blast and the little toddler/kid area (the cub paw pool) is HUGE and so, so great for the younger kids. the outdoor area, the raccoon lagoon, was also super fun! i’m glad it was warm enough to be open!
we ate dinner each night (along with a few lunches) at the loose moose cottage (an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet), as well as the pizza place, hungry as a wolf! holy moly, y’all — the food there is GOOOOD! I originally wasn’t sure if we’d leave to eat or eat there but i’m sooo glad they have food options on site. AND I’m so glad they’re DELICIOUS options! leaving the park and coming back felt like way too much work, so we were super happy to hang around and have everything we needed there. the kids also got ice cream one night at the bear paw sweets and eats. ALSO, if you know me, you know I have to mention that there’s a legit starbucks INSIDE the resort. and all the tired moms and dads say, HALLELUJAH!!! hahaha.
saturday was obviously busier in the park, as I’m sure most places are on the weekend, but it didn’t take away from our ability to do anything there — the kids still played, they still went down the slides, the lines didn’t take very long, stuff like that. I would definitely be interested in taking a trip there during off-season (only because I’m not a huge fan of crowds/other people’s children hahah) but going in peak season honestly didn’t change the quality of this trip at all!
bonuses: the maid service came every day, the beds were comfortable, the kids slept fairly well (other than taking FOREVER to actually go to sleep because they were so excited hahah). there was also a huge arcade (northern lights arcade) to play games at by the waterpark, they had storytime, a magiquest to do throughout the resort, and so many other fun activities to do! so much more than JUST a waterpark, for sure!
we splashed around one last time before we left on sunday (check-out was 11) and then headed on home. I feel like 2 nights was the perfect amount of time — we did everything we wanted to do and the kids absolutely wore themselves out at the waterpark. if you ever go, I definitely recommend staying more than 1 night, for sure!
y’all we just had the BEST time. seriously. such a great family place to getaway — it’s legitimately like a cruise ship haha! I can’t wait to go back!!! again, during off-season, next time! especially since we’ll have THREE kids by then ;)
ps: we heard about their “summer camp-in” experience when we left and it sounds AMAZING!! basically, the program runs from memorial day through labor day and it’s essentially included in your stay — but you can book themed rooms (there are only a handful available!) and join in the specific activities and challenges (crafts, s’mores, breakfasts, dancing, etc) for those that sign up for the camp-in! SUCH a fun family experience!