A little over a month ago my husband and I teamed up with our cousins to bring our 4 children to The Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. If you have never heard of the Great Wolf Lodge, you must check it out! They are a nationwide chain of resorts that are well known for their indoor water parks.
My children are 21 months old and 4 years old, and neither of them are great swimmers, however, they both love the water. Our cousins’ children are 5 and 7, and both are strong swimmers. To say that there were plenty of water activities for all of these little ones is an understatement! Sadly, we only stayed 1 night on this trip, however, we probably spend a total of 10 hours in the water. As a matter of fact, we spent so much time playing, splashing, sliding, and swimming, that I didn’t even take many pictures. (I will have to invest in a waterproof camera before our next visit!)
My son, who decided that he had no fear with his older cousins around, was amazing! He wore a life vest that the GWL provided for our entire visit, and he floated around in the wave pool, went up and down the kiddie water slides in the Cub Paw Pool dozens of times, and even braved a few of the larger water slides like the Coyote Canyon and the River Canyon Run.
I found this image online – I don’t believe it is the resort in the Poconos, but it is very similar!
I would absolutely recommend the Great Wolf Lodge as a family getaway! Here’s a little insider info for you.
We stayed in a Loft Fireplace Suite. We had a kitchenette, two queen beds on the main level, a pull out couch on the main level, and a queen bed in the loft. We also had 1 1/2 bathrooms, a living room, and a fireplace.
When we arrived, we found a gorgeous platter of meats and cheeses in our fridge, along with a few water bottles. They were complimentary. How often does that happen?! There are so many types of rooms and they are all geared toward making family travel easier. I happen to love the Wolf Den Suite. There is a cave themed room with bunk beds for the kids! We are absolutely going to try that room one day!
The food at GWL was actually quite delicious, however, your choices on property are limited and can get quite pricey. The Loose Moose Cottage/Camp Critter Buffet are open for all three meals. It is probably the best buffet I have ever eaten at, however, it was also one of the priciest.
Next time I go, I will either look into the all inclusive packages, or pack more food! There was an amazing little bakery that had fudge made at the resort, which was delicious, and huge mugs of whipped-cream topped hot cocoa. There was a Pizza Hut Express, and a Starbucks that came in VERY handy.
As if the gigantic water park wasn’t enough, GWL is always looking for ways to keep your family entertained! Each night, the children staying in the resort gather in the lobby to watch as the forest comes alive to tell them a story. The story ends with a surprise snow shower right there in the middle of the hotel and the expressions on my kids faces when they saw this was priceless!
There is an ice cream themed spa (which I seriously wanted to go to, but decided to wait until Bean was a little older!), an arcade, a MagiQuest wizard adventure, a kid sized bowling alley, and MORE! It would be pretty impossible for your family to be bored here!
The staff at the Great Wolf Lodge was extremely kind and helpful. We had brought a baby gate with us to protect Bean from the stairs in the loft, and accidentally left it behind. They were kind enough to track it down and ship it to me with out any additional charges. Everyone from the gift shop attendees to the wait staff, to the lifeguards had smiles on their faces and genuinely seemed to like being at their jobs.
I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to GWL and I am absolutely asking Santa for a gift card to return this year! Have you been to a Great Wolf Lodge resort?? What did you think? Any tips for the rest of us?