We spent the weekend at Great Wolf Lodge exploring all the dry and wet play the resort has to offer. I’m sharing our Great Wolf Lodge tips as well as our 3 day itinerary to help you plan your visit to Great Wolf Lodge.
When I first got the email that we were invited to attend a media event at Great Wolf Lodge I was really excited! Great Wolf Lodge is one of the family destinations that we have never been to and it was on our list of places to visit.
Although there is a Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls (Canada) that is much closer to us, we jumped in the car for a family road trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to check out their new Summer Camp-In event.
During the media event we previewed what guests can experience when they stay at Great Wolf Lodge this summer. Great Wolf Lodge hosted us for our stay and all opinions are my own.
Great Wolf Lodge Tips
- Check out the website before you arrive and plan out what you and your family want to do.
- Purchase a Paw Pass to bundle and save on activities.
- Explore the resort when you arrive to see what you want to do.
- Let the kids lead the way. Plans are great but be flexible with your days.
- Enjoy the water park early before the lines get long.
- Take a break in your room and relax during the afternoon.
- Pack water shoes or flip flops to use in the water park.
- Towels are provided in the water park.
- Participate in the daily activities and check the guides in the morning to see what you want to do.
- Enjoy the buffet at least once during your stay. The food is great and the line for the on-site Dunkin Donuts gets crazy long!
Day 1: Check In and Exploring Great Wolf Lodge
We took Friday off so we could make our 5.5 hour drive to Great Wolf Lodge and arrive for check-in to the media preview event.
We had some extra time on our drive in so we decided to take a more scenic route to visit some new states. As a family we are working toward a 50 state challenge goal where we visit all 50 states. If we took the scenic route to Massachusetts we would drive through 2 more states and add to our list. Read more about our challenge on my post: USA Family Travel Challenge.
We also try to visit unique food places along our drive. My husband searched for the perfect spot, a hot dog place about 3 hours into our drive. He had seen the Newest Lunch on a food network show and it was not too far off the interstate so we decided to stop.
The kids loved it and it was a huge hit! The portions are huge and my son and I shared the 2 hot dog/french fry lunch special. It was a great stop to stretch our legs before the rest of our drive.
We continued our drive into Vermont then New Hampshire and our final state Massachusetts. One of the things that I thought was so cool was the Moose Crossing signs. I have never seen that before and sadly we didn’t see any moose!
We arrived at Great Wolf Lodge around 3:00pm, checked-in, put on our Wolf ears and started to explore the resort.
The first thing I realized about Great Wolf Lodge is that there is so much to do. We could have spent our entire stay enjoying all the fun activities at the resort, without even stepping foot in the water park…but of course we were super excited for the slides.
The water park was on our itinerary for day 2 so we took advantage of the Great Wolf attractions on land.
We started with checking out the MagiQuest store. MagiQuest is an interactive wand game that has stations set up through the resort. The kids used their wands to “collect” items to solve their quest. Great Wolf Lodge has MagiQuest in most of their resorts and it can be really fun for the family.
We did it during our visit to Pigeon Forge and the kids really liked it. It is definitely geared toward school age kids and even then can be a challenge to solve the quests. We often do it as a family. Older children may be able to do it on their own.
After MagiQuest we headed over to Howlin’Timbers Play Park. This is a dry play area that has bowling, min-golf, mining, rock climbing, and a ropes course. All of the activities can be purchased as a bundle at the resort for the Paw Pass.
There are 3 different levels of paw passes at Great Wolf Lodge. Each has different activities at Great Wolf Lodge resort and is targeted for different ages. It is a great option for families wanting to do different activities during their stay and I really liked that there were options depending on the age of your children.
Our first stop was the Ropes course. The kids were so excited to do this and there is a smaller course for children under 48″. If your child is over 42″ they can do the big ropes course but they need to be with an adult. My youngest tried the small one and by the end of our trip did the big one.
After exploring, we headed to our first group dinner for the media event. The dinner was highlighting some of the new activities and food coming to Great Wolf Lodge for the Summer Camp-In event. The summer camp-in event starts Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day at Great Wolf Lodge resorts through the country.
The summer camp-in theme was evident by the dinner of grilled roasted potatoes, Hawaiian BBQ walking tacos and corn on the cob. The menu items were delicious and will be incorporated into the buffet at the Lodge Wood Fire Grill.
The kids enjoyed button making and coloring. The buttons were a huge hit and they loved that they could personalize them. It was a fun end to a great first day at Great Wolf Lodge and we couldn’t wait to see what our day would bring tomorrow.
Day 2: Great Wolf Lodge Room Tour and Water Park Fun
In the morning my husband and kids headed back to the Lodge for a breakfast buffet, which they said was delicious, and I went to breakfast and for a tour of the resort with the other media attendees.
We toured the resort and also got a sneak peak at the Summer Camp-In themed rooms that will be offered to the guests staying during the summer. The rooms are so cute and a great fit for the theme of Great Wolf Lodge. I especially love the tent in your room to read a story before bed and enjoy some family time after a busy day at the resort.
After the tour I met up with my family and we made our way to the water park. I was really impressed with how clean the water park was and the air quality. I have been to water parks that make my eyes water and Great Wolf Lodge was not like that at all. It was a huge plus for me.
The water park at Great Wold Lodge Fitchburg is a bit different than other Great Wolf Lodge locations because of the layout. It has two areas for water park fun. Both areas have something for all ages making it easier to stick together as a family.
I suggest spending the morning at one and the afternoon at another. We found it very easy to walk back and forth between the two because they are so close.
After the water park we spent some time at the arcade. The arcade is included in some of the Paw Pass options and there are some really fun games! They loved it! When the arcade was done we went back to the room to relax and get ready for dinner.
Our evening event was dinner and a special preview of all the new activities coming to Great Wolf Lodge for the summer. Part of the program will have kids complete activities and earn stickers to put on their Trailblazer Challenge card.
The kids decorated ducks for the Ducky 500 we would participate in the next morning. They played corn hole and limbo, made bracelets, and sang and danced. The activities are focused on kids of all ages and my school age children enjoyed them.
After the activities we made our way to dinner. Dinner was a buffet of pulled pork, potato salad, ribs, and a build your own baked potato. The highlight was the make your own s’mores bar. Whenever there are s’mores we are happy!
Day 3: Ducky 500 and Time to Say Good-Bye
Our last morning started with the Ducky 500 race. We arrived to the water park before it opened to see who’s duck will win the race. This is an activity that they will be doing daily at the water park for guests during the Summer Camp-In.
It was so much fun to see the ducks we decorated make their way down the water slide. We even won 3rd place!!
Our final stop was breakfast and one more turn on the ropes course. The kids got braver after our first time and really wanted to do it again. Our Paw Passes last until the end of our stay, even after check-out, so we could enjoy the dry and wet play as long as we wanted.
We stayed a bit longer and then packed up the car to make our way back to Rochester. We knew we had a drive ahead of us and wanted to get on the road. Great Wolf Lodge was an awesome place to make family memories and enjoy some seriously fun family time.
Watch our video from our stay at Great Wolf Lodge. I’m sharing a tour of the standard rooms, the themed rooms, the dry play areas, and the water park.
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