great wolf lodge
When I think about a weekend away with my family, I want a location that will allow us to spend quality time together. Our days are full of hustle and bustle and it is so rare to be able to reconnect and just have FUN! Our recent stay at Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, PA allowed us to do just that!
A stay at Great Wolf had been on family’s to-do list for years. Friends and family who had been couldn’t stop raving about it. I can see why. From the moment you step into the Lodge, your fun starts.
*Quick Tip: Be sure to ask for your complimentary Wolf ears when you check in so you can be part of the pack!
1) The Waterpark – The highlight of our trip was the amazing waterpark that offered 85 degree temperatures on a very cold November weekend. There was something for everyone in my family to enjoy. Fort Mackenzie, the 4-ft. interactive tree house that offers climbing, slides and spray stations; 7 water slides, including the Hydro Plunge which is one of it’s kind in the country were a hit for my thrill-seeking husband; the Cub Paw Pool and Chinook Cove were favorites for my children ages 4 & 6 and my favorite? Relaxing in the North and South Hot Springs. A family favorite was hanging out by the wave pool, it was fun catching the waves without the sand!
Great Wolf keeps safety a top priority with lifeguards every where you turn and strict safety guidelines. Our bathing suits were on as soon as we woke up and we spent pretty much the entire weekend in this one spot.
*Quick Tip: Bring your water shoes. Towels are available poolside. When you come into the waterpark, have your children measured. They will receive a wristband according to their height allowing them on appropriate slides.
3) MagiQuest – If you have never heard of MagiQuest before like us, here is the description via Wikipedia:
“MagiQuest is a live action role-playing game in which players take the role of magic users. Players, called Magi in the game, use an infra-red (IR) emitting wand to interact with objects. These objects are scattered throughout the location. By waving and pointing the wand at an object, referred to as “casting” in game, a player activates the object’s action. For example, pointing a wand at a treasure chest will cause the chest to open and an amount of gold is added to player’s account. At some locations there are also optional items available for purchase such as a key which unlocks secret areas or a compass which allows a player to go on additional quests. Completing certain compass quests unlocks more features such as a map showing the location of every object from the basic quests.”
While playing MagiQuest is an amenity of the resort, be prepared to play. With a large portion of the population at the resort on a quest, it was super hard to tell the kids they couldn’t play. Wands and the game are extra. Your quest will take you around the hotel. MagiQuest was our after dinner activity and both of my children had a lot of fun. It was a great way to interact with other guests in the hotel as well. Many times we would stop and ask tweens & teens how to play since we really had no idea!
*Quick Tip: Pajamas are welcomed and encouraged for nighttime activities at the lodge!
4) Never-ending Resort Activities – One thing you will never hear at Great Wolf Lodge is “I’m bored!”. There is something to do all day long up until about 10pm.
5) The Memories – Our Great Wolf Lodge weekend was by far something our children and I will always remember. From the moment we stepped foot into the lodge, we never had to leave. All of the fun was right there under one roof – from activities to food.
*Quick Tip: Need a coffee break? Starbuck’s is located right in the lobby! Be prepared for your kids to catch some zzzz’s on the ride home!
Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos is located at: 1 Great Wolf Drive Scotrun, PA 18355