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The Great Wolf Lodge - An Indoor Waterpark in the Poconos

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

If you are looking for a fun place to go with the family for a special overnight or mini-vacation
Check out the Great Wolf Lodge located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The centerpiece of the Lodge is an amazing indoor waterpark that houses 11 huge slides, 6 pools, a giant water fort, a lazy river and more.

While the Great Wolf's waterpark would provide enough entertainment for a days of water filled fun.
There is so much more including magi-quest, an interactive role playing game that will have your family exploring the Hotels halls for hours. to In Magi-quest Kids interact with a series of kiosks and a wand or compass to complete a series of quests and adventures.
Items can purchased and activated at that lodge's
magiquest store. ( Wand - $15.99 and up. Game - $12.99)

There is also an arcade with games that dispense tickets for prizes.
The prizes are reasonable, with 200 points we were able to claim a quite a few small prizes.

Another activity is the newly added Race Zone, where you can design and build your own remote control vehicle.
You get to choose from three different body styles, select the color of the vehicle and wheels. You even get to create your own drivers license.
After you build your car you can race it on their indoor race track. Along with your remote
control vehicle the Race Zone Package includes event tickets consisting of 3-4 races - $59.99 plus tax. There is also an option to rent a car and race time.

If you have younger children Enjoy the Nightly Pajama Story Time in the lobby following the Great Clock Tower Show.

If you have teens there is a special place for them too. The gr8_space features computers with Internet access, docking stations for ipods and mp3 players, as well as multiple gaming stations such as
Nintendo Wii, XBox360 & Playstation 3. Your teen can play games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band and sing some karaoke. There is also movies, snacks, music and videos.

If you want to unplug and relax a little the Lodge offers and full service Spa for Adults and Scoops which is a salon tailored for kids 4-12 with ice cream themed items like chocolate Brownie hand
cream and Strawberry Shortcake scrubs. As part of the service your child will be given a cool robe to wear during their spa treatment given a choice of colors and scents for their manicure, pedicure,or facial and afterwards they can head down to Bear Paw sweets and Eats for a free ice cream scoop.

Scoops is not cheap with services ranging from $39 for a facial up to $79 for a mani/pedi combo.
With regard to price, the Great Wolf lodge can range from reasonable to quite expensive depending on what you do.
Here are some tips to help stretch your money while there:

1) Fill your room - Rooms are sized for 4-8 people .
The price for the room is the same if you have 2 people or the base capacity.
Park passes are provided for the base capacity of your room as well.
2) Bring Food for Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks. Skip the meal plan. Unless you can clean out the all you can eat buffet the meal plan probably doesn't make sense for those with small children.
Rooms come with a mini fridge, microwave and wet bar sink.

3) Change in your room for the water park and leave valuables somewhere safe. This will save you $10 a day for lockers
Items that you do bring to the waterpark (Flip flops etc..) can be left at by your beach chair if you are lucky enough to score one.

4) Limit additional fee based activities - If you pick one activity it should probably be magi-quest especially if you have kids under 13 years old. Magi-quest can take up to six hours to complete and is one of the more popular activities with lodge guests.

The Spa and Race Track are more expensive and occupy less time.
When we were at the Great Wolf Lodge they had an un-advertised promo that bundled the magi-quest and Race track activities for a discounted price.

There are various rooms types The Wolf Den Suite has a cave-themed area with a bunk bed. Kids can “rough it” with movies and Nintendo on their own 20" flat screen LCD TV. The main dining hall is outdoor themed with the booths being setup like outdoor dining tents.

The staff at the Lodge was very friendly and accommodating and made our stay even more enjoyable.

Kids will love the Great Wolf Lodge Water park, Activities, and rooms.
Parents need to be creative to make it a good time without breaking the bank.

1 comment:

Michael said...

During our most recent visit there were a few changes: The race Zone is gone and has been replaced with Glow in the dark Golf and a mini bowling alley, Shadow quest has been added to the Magi-quest line up and a story book themed quest for younger guests. In the works is a Ropes course similar to Palisades mall

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