5 Ways Great Wolf Lodge is Perfect for the Whole Family

5 Ways Great Wolf Lodge is Perfect for the Whole Family

A/N: This post is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, however, all thoughts and opinions about how awesome it is are truly my own. 

I admit, we've  lived in Charlotte for nearly 5 years. In that time, we've driven past Great Wolf Lodge hundreds of times. We've even seen the Groupons countless times. We've visited the website several times. And at least once a year, we get incredibly close to actually booking a night. Only to change our plans at the last minute in favor of the beach or mountains. After being invited to spend the day At Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte this past week, I'm kicking myself for not going sooner.
The cool thing about Great Wolf Lodge is that once you're there, you're there. You don't have to do much planning, or even set one foot outside the lodge to have fun. Once you walk through the doors, and into the lobby, your vacation begins.

So if you're like me and have had your doubts about whether or not Great Wolf Lodge is worth it, this post is definitely for you! Here is what you need to know about Great Wolf Lodge.

It's More Than Just a Pool

It is more than just a swim park. So much more. You can spend all day at the lodge, and never once set a foot in the water. We started off our day by doing some of the dry activities. That alone took several hours because there is SO much to do. While we were there, we managed to check out these attractions.

Howl in One Miniature Golf
Howlers Rope Course
Ten Paw Bowling Alley
Northern Lights Arcade

The great thing about some of these activities, namely the MagiQuest and Howlers Rope Course, is that you can spend as much, or as little time as you want to on them.

One of the first things we tried out was the ropes course. I was unable to participate, but the instructors were more than happy to give Little J a helping hand and some encouragement. After spending a solid 30 minutes hanging around on the ropes course (pardon the pun) we headed inside to check out the MagiQuest game that we had heard so much about.

The MagiQuest game is basically a scavenger hunt that spans 3 floors and can take up to several hours to complete. It's fun, interactive, and is exactly the kind of adventure that can wear your kids out (if that's what you're trying to achieve, and lets be honest, as parents, that is always our one true goal).

The MagiQuest game starts off in the Magi shop where you select your wands and receive game instructions as well as a brief tutorial for how to work your wands. Then you choose your adventure, and off you go.

Due to time constraints, we were only able to spend an hour playing, but in the time we managed to complete one quest. Again, if your goal is to spend a significant amount of time playing, you can, but in our case, we completed one of the super easy quests in under an hour.

Not too shabby for a baby wearing mama and her mini Magi's.

Now if you're really interested in trying out all the activities, and are going to be there for more than one day, I highly recommend getting a Paw Pass. This pass will provide you with access to activities and attractions at one pre-paid rate. This is a great way to ensure your kiddos have plenty of things to do while at the lodge, without spending a ridiculous amount of money for each individual activity on a whim.

Finally, there's The Cub Club, open daily from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM. This activity center is a great way to let your kids slow down and decompress while still having fun. Plus it allows you to get in a bit of a break as well.

There are Plenty of Dining Options

In addition to several restaurants within the lodge, they have a Wine Down service that will literally delivers wine and snacks to your room. Let me repeat that for the people in the back-- They will deliver wine and snacks directly to your room. Which is a great way to unwind with your significant other once you're kids have fallen asleep for the night.

If you're looking for something a bit more upscale, there's the Lodge Wood Fired Grill. If you're looking for something more family friendly, you can always check out the pizza joint, Hungry as a Wolf. Then, there's an entire shop dedicated to every delicious type of candy you could ever imagine.

Including a candy pizza. Which my kiddo managed to discover the second we walked into the store. Priorities. Right?

There is also a Dunkin' Donuts on the premises. Which is important because "mommying" can be exhausting and you'll want easy access to all the caffeine.

You Can Shop and Be Pampered

If you prefer not to swim or take part in any of the other activities, you can head to the spa and enjoy some shopping and spa time. There's even a spa for the kiddos. We didn't get a chance to try it out, but we snuck back there for a quick peek, and I was blown away by how cute the kid spa is.

If you're like me and spend at least 2 days packing for a trip, and still inevitably forget something, you can check out several of the mini-stores within Great Wolf Lodge, including the Swim Shop, for all of your water needs.

Speaking of water...

The Pools are Super Safe

I admit, I'm a Nervous Nellie when it comes to pool safety. Little J learned how to officially swim last year, but even still, I unabashedly hover. This time it was done with great difficulty since I was baby wearing for most of the day, but nonetheless, I managed to unlock a new parenting level, solo parenting at the pool with a 5 month old and a 7 year old. This meant that I had to rely on the extra vigilant supervision of the lifeguards. They also have plenty of life vests ranging for kids of all ages and sizes.

So if you're like me, and are a bit nervous about kids and pools, rest assured, Great Wolf Lodge has serious standards when it comes to pool safety. In fact, when you first walk into the pool area, they have a dummy--Timmy, that explains just how stringent their pool safety is. At least once a day, they take the dummy, and randomly toss him into one of the pools (without alerting the lifeguards). The lifeguard then have to spot and rescue the dummy within 10 seconds, or they will be pulled aside for addition training.

In addition to being super safe, the water park has plenty options for kids and adults of all ages. There's the kiddie pool that's perfect for your tiny tadpoles, the wave pool for your more adventurous kids, and the splash zone and, what I like to call, the party pool, which has tons of pool toys and obstacles courses for your kids to enjoy. Then there are several slides.

And finally, if you prefer to have a bit more privacy, there are plenty of cabana's to rent. These cabana's each come with private seating, a private refrigerator, and a hostess with a private number that can order food/drinks as needed. This is one of those things that may not be entirely necessary, but makes your vacation a bit more enjoyable and depending on your preferences, may be well worth the added cost.

 The Rooms are Part of the Experience

First of all, I was completely shocked at the sheer amount of rooms at Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte. 402 to be exact. I'm not sure why I always assumed there were only a few rooms (I know silly because it's a lodge).

The cool thing about Great Wolf Lodge Rooms is that they are an adventure in themselves. You can choose from standard rooms, or you can kick it up a notch and choose a themed room. Room sizes vary and can sleep up to 8 people. Some of the larger suites come equipped with full kitchens and jacuzzies.

So basically Great Wolf Lodge is perfect for every member of the family, big and small. Have you been? If not, now is your chance to check it out firsthand. Great Wolf Lodge has 17 locations throughout the United States, and even one in Canada. That's pretty great eh?

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