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Splash & Stay at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts

If you're never stayed at a Great Wolf Lodge, prepare to blow your kids' minds and earn major parenting points. What makes them so special? The 12 Great Wolf Lodge resorts located across the U.S. combine a family-centric hotel and a water park!

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This summer my family had the chance to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington, located about 90 minutes from both Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. My kids always love a hotel stay - the little soaps, the turn-down mints, the endless TV channels. But when they walked and saw that inside the hotel there was an indoor water park too, they flipped.

Let's start with the most important part - the water park! All the Great Wolf Lodges have indoor water parks making the hotels ideal getaways for unbearably hot summers or freezing, wet winters. The water park at our hotel consisted of a large wave pool, 4 enclosed tube water slides, an obstacle course, water basketball, a toddler splash area, and a giant, wet play structure with a few open slide, waterfalls, sprayers and a giant splash bucket.

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Kids are checked when they enter and given one of two wristbands depending on their height which designates whether or not they can go on certain rides alone or not. There are free life jackets available and dozens of vigilant lifeguards throughout the park.

In addition to the water park, the Great Wolf Lodge has a number of other family-friendly activities in the hotel like indoor glow golf, an outdoor ropes course, an arcade, 4D World, Great Forest Challenge, kid spa, and interactive games throughout the resort like Compass Quest, Shadow Quest and MagiQuest. There are also fun daily activities like the Wolf Walk, The Great Clock Tower Show, and Story Time.

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The Great Wolf Lodge offers a number of suite options from basic family suites with two queens to fun KidKamp and KidCabin suites that give the kids their own separate bunk bed area. Each suite also features a semi-private living area, microwave, fridge and full bath. Our family of 5 doesn't always fit well in some hotel rooms, but at the Great Wolf Lodge, they have rooms that can accommodate up to eight people making them ideal for large families or family reunions.

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Thinking about a trip this fall? Visit a Great Wold Lodge from October 9 through October 31 and experience Howl-O-Ween with “spooktacular” fun for the whole family and rates starting at $199 per night. (Use the code "HOWL" when booking).

Some of the special Howl-O-Ween activities include:

  • Nightly Costume Parade in the Grand Lobby, where children of all ages are welcome to show off their costumes for a special prize.
  • Spooktacular Story Time each night at 8:00 p.m. with characters from the Great Wolf Kids Pack (from Wiley and Violet to Oliver).
  • The Monster Bash Dance Party each Friday and Saturday night, complete with dancing, games and cool prizes.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail, where little ones can grab their treat bag and collect ghostly goodies on a spooky trail through the lodge.

For more information on Howl-O-Ween, please visit

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