A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

“Better to see┬ásomething once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

A few months ago, for the kids birthday’s we decided to surprise them with a little trip to The Great Wolf Lodge. The first of it’s kind on the West Coast and we were super excited to check it out! It is a super family friendly hotel with an indoor water park, arcade, wizard quest, kids nail salon, mini-bowling and even mini-golf. To say we had a blast was an understatement. I loved that there was something for all ages, from our daughter who had just turned two, to my parents who are well into their 60’s, everyone was able to enjoy themselves.

Us and our extended family are all checked in and ready for some fun! Loved that we all got wolf ears too.A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

Welcome to the water park! Each person was given a wrist band with different colors, which was based on your height. Then once you were in the water area the lifeguards knew which slides you could go on.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

This area had a ton of slides that our four-year old was tall enough to do on his own.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

A cool little video of our son going down one of the slides. I just love his face & I have no idea what he is saying either!


This was a really cool wave pool. They also have a lazy river, tube and mat slides and even a surf area.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

This area was perfect for our two-year old; shallow water, small slides and little fountains.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

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A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

Don’t worry if your kids don’t want to take a break to eat, there are lots of places to order food right next to the pools and you can pick it up to eat without having to dry off. If you do want a nicer place to eat, they have that too, but we wanted to get the best out of our water time!;)

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

When we weren’t pool side, we were checking out the rest of the hotel. Like the mini-bowling alley.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

And the arcade…it’s a shame he wasn’t having more fun!;)

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

Our daughter wasn’t quite old enough to enjoy this adorable little nail salon yet, but I am looking forward to taking her next time.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

In the lobby during the day they had activities for the kids like coloring, “Yoga Tails”, bracelet making, dance parties, etc..Then at night there was story time where the characters came to life.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

After a long day of swimming, bowling, arcade fun and story time we went back to our adorable room. The kids got to stay in bunk beds nestled in their own “Wolf Den” while Mom and Dad had their own area.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge

This is such a great vacation for families, I just loved that we could all enjoy it together. If you are from out of town, it’s not too far from Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm, but I would definitely allow for an entire day to be spent just at the water park. There was an outside pool area too, just in case anyone was wondering, but our kiddos were too excited about everything inside.

A Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge


What about you? Have you ever been to a Great Wolf Lodge? Tell me what has been your favorite family vacation?





This article has 37 comments

  1. Jenise

    This looks like an amazing place to bring the kids! We will have to check it out!

  2. Jamie

    I live I Williamsburg VA and we have one here. Kids loved it!!!

  3. AShley

    What an amazing place to stay with family!

  4. val

    What a great getaway! Perfect for the winter months

  5. Amanda | My Own Unexpected Journey

    This place looks amazing! I love all the different activities that they offer so that you aren’t limited to pool stuff all day. And the bunk beds in the hotel room is such a cute idea!

  6. Angel

    I love that place! Wish we had one in ky though!

  7. HANNA

    And now I\’m gonna have to go! It looks AMAZING!!

  8. Ashley Griffith

    I haven’t been to the Great Wolf Lodge yet, but I’ve wanted to go! We’ve been to a few waterparks and love going every time. Looks like an awesome time!

  9. JeeYoung

    we love GWL!! We luckily live near two locations that are a few hours drive away. the kids love it!

  10. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side

    So much fun! Glad that you liked it. We have yet to take the plunge, it’s so expensive!

    • Jenny

      You should sign up for their emails, I am constantly getting deals sent to me that are actually not bad at all.

  11. Caroline Rogers

    We have been dying to stay at the great wolf lodge since My Hubby’s Cousin worked at one in Texas and gave us a tour! I loved this little peek into the actual staying experience and hope to stay there soon!!

  12. Stephanie

    Looks amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing all these awesome tips!!! We can’t wait to go in May!!! We will definitely read again before we go!!! Always love your posts!!! And the pictures are adorable!!!! XOXOXO

  13. Joanna

    This place looks amazing! I have seen photos of it before and it looks like so much fun!

  14. Kristin

    I’ve heard so many great things about this place. Looks like you had a blast! I’ll definitely be looking into this for an end of summer vacay!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenny

      You should sign up for their email list, I constantly gets different deals!!

  15. Sue

    Thank you for sharing such helpful information! Wish I had the same info everyplace I have stayed over the years!!!
    I was so glad the wrist band was based on height and not weight!! LOL
    The photos and video says it all!!
    The lodge may not have been available 40 years ago, when my children were little, but it’s never to late to make memories with the grand-babies!!
    Regardless of age, what a great place to bring out the “kid in all of us!!” Thanks!!!!

    • Jenny

      Yes, definitely fun for all ages! And so glad you were able to go & enjoy!

  16. tineke - workingmommyabroad

    That looks so fun!! Bet you guys had a blast!

  17. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    It looks like so much fun! I knew they had the whole water park aspect, but I didn’t know they had all the other fun things, a kiddie nail salon, a bowling alley, what a great family vacation spot! I can’t wait to take my kiddos to one someday!

    • Jenny

      I know, they do have so many fun things to do outside of the pool!! And all the Lobby activities were free too!??

  18. Jessica Peresta

    We want to try out Great Wolf Lodge so bad!

  19. Lindsey

    Wow this place looks amazing!! So nice to read about it before trying it ourselves!

    • Jenny

      Thank you! Next time you are visiting you should definitely make this a must do!?

  20. Sarah

    We booked our trip to the Great Wolf Lodge after reading your blog! I’m so glad I read it otherwise we would have had no idea about this amazing hidden gem in OC! Our kids actually said they would rather go back here than Disneyland! It was so nice bc we got to relax and enjoy too- no long lines!

  21. Marie

    This looks AMAZING! I was just bracing myself for the summer heat and wondering how I could entertain my little one when we are no longer able to play outside. This is a perfect place! Can I just move in for the entire humid horrible summer?! What is even better is that I have one near me. SCORE! Thanks for the recommendation. Once again you are a life savor. ­čÖé

  22. Cameron

    What a fun post Jenny! Your photos made me smile from ear to ear! I had to the chance to bring my family here last year and they absolutely loved it!!! It’s definitely has become one of those vacations that we will try to do every year. What a great idea to have everything you need in one place. And the staff was so fun and friendly…two thumbs up!!!

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