Great Wolf Lodge Adventure

GWL HotelSo what do you do a week after your house gets broken into you ask? Well the Zock’s decided to head to Virginia and go to Great Wolf Lodge. We have had a hard week trying to feel safe again in our home…so we thought maybe getting the kids out of the house would help us all breathe a little easier for few days.

We woke up Wednesday Morning and decided to leave North Carolina in our rear view for a few days. Our stress level has been high and no one has been sleeping well so we decided a little fun was in order. So after super speed packing….. we were on our way to Williamsburg Virginia. The kids have begged for years to come to Great Wolf Lodge, but it always seemed a bit out of our price range to rationalize. Well we had no idea about the deep discounts that they had if you just do a little bit of research (Thanks Tiffany). So here is a little about our adventure, the resort, and the discounts they offer.

As soon as we walked into Great Wolf Lodge we felt like we were a million miles away. It felt like we had just entered a cabin in the mountains. It was so warm and inviting, it was instantly relaxing. We were greeted by a friendly (wolf eared) front desk agent. It was about a 5 minute check-in process and we were off to our room. Also they will ask if it is a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. We saw so many birthday singing and special birthday hats and posters on the hotel room doors , they truly go above and beyond for your special day.

family suiteWe reserved a Family Suite since it was last-minute trip and this was the best available rate. This room came with two queen beds and a full bath and a sleeper sofa. It also had a mini fridge in room this was added bonus….

If you don’t know much about Great Wolf Lodge these hotels are well AWESOME! The water park passes are included with your room price and a part of our room deal included a $50 a day credit to be used anywhere in the hotel per day. So Bonus $100 credit who can argue with that. This trip was off to a great start.

wolf den

The Great Wolf Lodge has many types of rooms available depending on your needs. They have standard rooms, themed rooms, and premium suites. They have cabin themed suites with bunk beds for kids, some with whirlpool baths and fireplaces. They even have a lot suite something to fit every size and need of your family. So enough about the rooms let’s get to the fun stuff…..All the activities for kids..

wavepark 2So let’s get right down to it the WATERPARK!!! This inside water park can be utilized all year-long. It’s a comfortable 84 degrees and has so many fun fun things to do!!! The kids had tons of water slides to choose from, a wave pool, wolf rider wipeout, slide boarding, lazy river, pool basketball, and the hot springs (My favorite). The facility was very clean and well maintained.The focal point of the water park is the Fort Mackenzie® Treehouse. With soaking buckets, climbing bridges, interactive spray fixtures and water slides, and was refreshing to play in.





waverLazywave park


Now there are so many other non-water activities for you and the kids to enjoy. There is the wolf walk where the kids can have some fun learning to walk like a wolf.

clockThe Great Clock Tower Show was something my kids really enjoyed. This was an animated show in the main lobby we went to the 8 PM show so everyone was in the PJ’s and it was just something the kids really enjoyed. It was a nice break after the long day before they settled down for bed.

Story timeRight after the clock tower show was story time which is highlighted with one of Great Wolf Character kids (Kids met Wiley the Wolf).



We didn’t have a chance to try this due to the weather but it looks like a blast and my kids would have jumped at the chance. What boy doesn’t like ropes, bridges and climbing?


magiMAGI QUEST: My boys loved this more than words can express. Who wouldn’t love guardians of the realm portals? This was a fun interactive quest throughout the hotel.


wandsThe boys started at the gift shop buying their own magic wand. You can also choose special toppers and powers if you want to go all out. Then they were off on a quest full of a realm of enchantment, evil dragons, and fighting the Goblin King. Best part is you get to take the wand home with you and bring it back on your next Great Wolf Adventure. You can also spend as much time on the quest or do a little bit of adventure and come back later for more.



arcadeNext we went to try out the Northern Lights Arcade. This was full of bright lights, arcades, air hockey, basketball, video games, and car racing. They made this easy with Paw Points cards that you can add more money to and use around the hotel. It also kept track of the tickets won from the games ,which made checking out prizes after easy and fun for the kids.





10 paw10 Paw Alley is a small bowling alley with half-size lanes and smaller 5 lb. balls so perfect for toddlers and families of all ages.



howly theatreHoly Wood Theatre isn’t just a movie this is a 6-D thrill ride buckle and all. This truly make you feel like you are part of the movie as the chair moves with fantastic effects kids are sure to enjoy.



creation-station-1-img5257-1200x500Creation Station reminds me a Build-A-Bear type shop but with so  much more! Your child gets to choose a character, outfits, costumes, and accessories. The cutest thing is the store has outfits to match so you child can match his or her characters.


oliversOliver’s Time Challenge is an adventure to surely please your little’s. This will have the kids sprinting from one LED board to the next as they light up kids try to build up points. I was all for wearing out my kids after our fun-filled day.



Howl in one Mini golf is 12 holes of fun…. sure to please any and all ages. My kids always want to play mini golf while on vacation and the best part was we didn’t even have to leave the hotel. BONUS!




hungry-as-a-wolf-1-img2482-1200x500So now let’s get down to the important part of any vacation….the FOOD!!!! The Great Wolf Lodge has many dining options.  Poolside you can take advantage of Buckets Incredible Craveables. Now the best part is the refillable drink with free refills of soda or Icee’s for your entire stay. This is something that will save you a lot of money and well worth the initial purchase.  The food was awesome with pool-side burgers and take-out pizza, sandwiches, salads and sweets, you’re sure to satisfy every craving.There is also Hungry As A Wolf which offers pizza, sandwiches, and salads on site. If you need your cup of Joe or a quick breakfast Dunkin’ Donuts is also on site by the front-desk.

bear-paw-sweets-and-eats-1-img0287-1200x500One of my favorite places was Bear Paw Sweets & Eats, this place will make you gain 10 lbs. They offer fresh-baked pastries and cupcakes, luscious ice cream and dreamily delectable lodge-crafted fudge. And indulge in nutritious and delicious hand-dipped caramel apples, chocolate strawberries and fresh fruit.

loose mosseThe Loose Moose was our best meal the entire trip. The General Manager invited us as his guest for dinner and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The service was amazing, the waitress anticipate our needs and was awesome with the boys. The dinner buffet offered many choices for everyone. We enjoyed steak, chicken, salad, dessert and so much more. They also offer a breakfast buffet as well which we sadly did not have a chance to try but I am sure it was amazing as well.



This was a nice surprise left in our refrigerator by the General Manager. This was a nice cheese, cracker, fruit tray that was simply sweet thing to show us we were appreciated guests.




buckhorn-exchange-3-img0954-1200x500Finally the Great Wolf Lodge offers tons of on-site shopping so you can be sure to pick up that special item to remind you of your unforgettable vacation. The Buckhorn Exchange Shop offers an unforgettable variety of lodge-themed clothing and accessories, jewelry, totes, books, kitchen ware, frames and toys, so you’re sure to find that perfect souvenir or gift to remember your indoor water park resort vacation.


bear-essentials-4-img5712-1200x500Next the Bear Essentials Swim Shop Dive in and immerse yourself in a pawsitively awesome selection of water park swim gear. Replace the forgotten flip-flops or the vanishing swim trunks, and take your pick of swimsuits, goggles, towels, totes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a colorful collection of cover-ups, dresses, sarongs and lanyards.

great-wolf-kids-store-5-img0432-1200x500The Great Wold Kids Store is where the kids can choose their favorite Great Wolf Kids character, add clothing and accessories, and bring them to life at the Creation Station. Then you can set out together on a Clubhouse Crew adventure or choose more childhood memories to take home with you! You’ll also find books, games, toys, jewelry and other fun and fascinating souvenirs here!


magiquest-wand-shop-4-img4759-1200x500Next the MagiQuest Marketplace where my kids began their action adventure game, MagiQuest. My kids  picked out their magic  wand, then they can top it with special powers and choose from a variety of other MagiQuest-themed costumes and gear. This was the kids favorite part. So many awesome wands and accessories.



The name shop is a cute place to get customized drink-ware, photo frames, key chains, pretty necklaces and Great Wolf Kids character merchandise. And if you have unique names, they personalize while you wait!

3d-paw-prints-3-img0464-1200x5003D Paw Prints is a 3D souvenir photograph! GWL’s high-tech, digital photo system places you in the middle of the action, whether you choose a water slide or a dragon as your backdrop. And you can feature your 3D Paw Print photo on any number of keepsakes or key chains to keep the spirit of the great Northwoods with you wherever you go!


iron-horse-3-img4489-1200x500Now for those who need to workout while on vacation Great Wolf Lodge also offers the Iron Horse Fitness Center. It is a 24-hour Fitness Room. They offer a perfect selection of cardio and weight training equipment, flat-screen TVs and towel service, so you can stay on top of your game or begin anew.


elements-2-img9334-1200x500For those of you like me who don’t want to over-exert yourself and want to be pampered they have that covered to. Great wolf lodge has Elements Spa Salon Tranquility and serene spa services balance mind, body and soul through healing touch and natural ingredients. You’ll find a beautiful array of massage and skin therapy choices along with manicures, pedicures and gentle waxing available. Special spa packages and services for your teens are also part of the picture!


scooops-1-img4988-1200x500Now let me tell you how jealous I was when I walked by the Scoops Kid Spa and wished I had a little girl to share a pedicure with. This place is absolutely adorable no other word for it. What better time to indulge in a little girl time than when you’re on vacation? This sweet retreat comes complete with ice cream-themed fizzy soaks, sherbet scrubs and yummy nail colors. Your special girl will feel like a dazzling star as she rests on her banana split throne in her take-home tiara. Try a Mommy & Me Pedicure for extra fun!

Now like I had mentioned I always thought Great Wolf Lodge was out of our price range, however I was mistaken. You need to go visit their site and go sign up for member deals. This will allow you to see rates and specials that are not published by just seeking a reservation.

exclusive-winter-savings-img1260-800x533Exclusive Member Deals: Being a member pays, get your savings today! Members save double with up to 15% off the best available rate and a $50 resort credit that can be used at any outlet within the lodge. (This was over a $100 free we received for 2 night stay to be used anywhere in the hotel).


Your stay also includes:

  • Water park passes with access from 1 p.m. on the day of arrival until the water park closes on the day of departure
  • The Great Clock Tower Show
  • Nightly Story Time in the Grand Lobby
  • Wolf Walk

Now there are tons of special packages depending on when you are traveling each offering something special at a discounted rate.


howling-heros-1-img-1200x500Great Wolf Lodge also has a Howling Hero’s Discount offered  exclusively to military, fire, emergency medical service personnel, police and correctional officers. Must present valid ID at check in for promotion to apply.

Just some FYI’s before you go:

  • Go to the resorts website and look at everything including all the water park rides and attractions.
  • Your room key is your resort bracelet you receive at check-in. This allows you to access the room and also i you get a resort credit you will pay with this as well. This way you don’t need cash once your credit has run out it will simply charge back to your room. The kids will have different bracelets without the pay as you go feature unless you request it for them depending on their age.
  • Bring your own food and snacks to keep in your room. This can be an expensive if you don’t plan ahead. Save your money for activities and stock up your in room mini fridge.
  • Make sure you watch the clock tower show and attend a story-time. The kids will love this part and you want to experience it at least one night while you are there. Also ask front desk about other events such as face painting.
  • Wear Your Wolf Ears. You will get these when you check in and the funnest part was seeing everyone wearing them around the hotel. Adults and kids alike really enjoying the theme of the resort.

This was truly one of the best vacations we have taken and the memories will last a lifetime. Everything we needed was right on site and we didn’t need to leave for a thing. Everything you need it on the resort property and the staff was simply amazing. The GM went above and beyond to ensure our stay was something we wouldn’t forget. With all that is included in your nightly rate you will not be disappointed. The Great Wolf Lodge has many locations so visit their site and see which one is closest to you and book your Summer vacation now.  Please say hi to Brian the GM while you are there he is doing a great job and the resort is 5 ☆☆☆☆☆’s in my book. Kid tested Mother approved!

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
549 E Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 229-9700

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