When we chose our dates for our stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England, I was disappointed that I chose a day during spring because I love being at an indoor water park while it’s snowing outside. Well thank you Mother Nature because on the day we arrived we had a huge snowstorm brewing outside. After a white-knuckle ride to the hotel we were greeted by a warm roaring fireplace in the main lobby.
Check-in was very slow, although to be fair they did have five people working the front desk and we were all trying to check in before the storm got any worse. I loved that parents were given electronic bracelets that allowed you to leave your wallet in your room because it also served as your room key as well as allowed you to put any charges onto your room. I wish all indoor water parks did that.
We stayed in a Deluxe Queen Suite that offered two queen-size beds and a twin-size sofa sleeper in the living space. It allowed us all to have our own space and even though the girls could have shared a bed, my younger daughter chose to sleep on the pull-out.
The room included a microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker. The room had a rustic décor with wide wooden headboards and iron pieces of art.
It was fun to find all the hidden details.
The room had a full bath with a large vanity and mirror, which is great when you have three girls trying to get ready at the same time. I wish the bathtub had one of those strings that pulls across so you can hang your wet bathing suits on. It makes it so much easier to let your bathing suites dry overnight.
I loved that the suite gave kids their own body wash from the kid’s spa. My girls loved getting this special treat.
The next time we stay I will get a theme suite that has a cabin inside your room so the kids have their own space. My girls would have loved to stay in one of those. Look at how fun they are:
The water park was where we spent a large part of our day. Let me give you a tour around our favorite rides. Thank you to Great Wolf Lodge for providing some of the pictures because I was unable to take pictures of our family while on most of the rides.
My girls have great imaginations and I knew they would head right to Fort Mackanzie. They loved splashing around this water fort tree house pretending to be world explorers. Kids can activate splash features, squirt unsuspecting people and then race down the body slides. Make sure you listen for the bell; when it rings, the gigantic bucket on top is ready to tip!
River Canyon Run
What I most liked about this ride was we could go on it together. River Canyon Run sends you dipping down drops, souring around bending curves, and ending with a big splash at the bottom.
This fun ride allows you to ride solo or with another person as you rush through swiftly banking turns and steep pitches. The Alberta Falls water slide takes you outside the building and back in again before your final drop into the plunge pool. It was so much fun!
A word of warning about this exhilarating ride…it is TERRIFYING!! I had no clue what I was in for (And neither did my daughter, who panicked and cried through the entire ride!) You soar through pitch black tunnels and drop…and I mean DROP into a funnel. Yep…a six-story funnel where you climb walls so steep I was sure we would flip over! I came out of that ride shaking from head to toe and thank goodness you are sitting in a four-person raft because I couldn’t have done it alone. My other daughter however, was screaming, “Let’s do it again!” Glad I did it but never again!!
North Hot Springs
Although I don’t normally like going in hot tubs at water parks, my daughter told me that I had to experience this one. You step into the warm North Hot Spring and your muscles immediately relax. But the best part is the hot tub leads you to an outdoor section where the cold air shocks you as you step out. It was snowing as we sat outside and it was neat to look up as the snow fell on your face.
Feel like just vegging out? Then go no further than the lazy river. The river was much more shallow than some we’ve been on and I wish there had been a few more tubes since many people were just walking it. My girls loved relaxing in it.
There were many free activities to do around the hotel such as:
Wake Up with Wiley and Friends: Enjoy a fun yoga class!
Lunchtime Lineup: Balloon characters, face painting, art projects…you never know what fun will be going on.
A PJ Party with the Great Wolf Kids: Play games, let loose at a dance party and listen to a bedtime story.
Watch the Forest Friends Show and then listen to a bedtime story. I walked by this event and the kids looked like they were having so much fun. Come dressed in your cozy pj’s! It looked like a sweet way to end the day.
What I loved most about Great Wolf Lodge over other indoor water parks was the variety of activities available when you are tired of being in water. These activities all have an additional cost and it can add up quickly depending on how much you do. The hotel offers three packages. I suggest first going to look at the activities and figuring out how much it would cost to do what you want and then see if it makes more sense buying one of the passes.
Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall
Great Wolf Lodge has three climbing walls in their Rustic Ridge Climbing Adventure. My competitive daughter especially liked the one that times you. When you get to the top you press a button that stops the clock. She felt safe because the staff member assured her she would be caught by the harness.
Pricing Climbs: Single $5.00 Triple $10.00
We chose not to do this activity, but when we go back next time we will. The wand reminded us of Universal Studios where you use Harry Potter’s wand to make inanimate objects come to life and play along with screen characters. The experience allows you to immerse yourself in Vellara, a realm of enchantment, as you befriend the Treetop Pixies, battle Charlock, the evil dragon and fight to defeat the Goblin King. Lots of kids seemed to be having fun with it.
Each quest takes 15-30 minutes to complete. Players can play as many quests as they like during their stay.
Wands: $15.99 to $21.99, depending on the style.
Wand Toppers: $17.99 to $19.99, depending on the style.
Magical Adventure Package $54.99
Howlers Peak Ropes Course
If you like ropes courses, this is a fun one to balance on ropes, cross bridges and climb through obstacles: all from the safety of a climbing harness! After a brief safety instruction, you are on your way up.
Unlike some courses where you need to unhook at each platform, on this course you stay connected the entire time so kids can complete the course unassisted.
Guests must be 48 inches tall or be accompanied by a responsible adult to participate on the main ropes course. Smaller children can climb on the smaller structure.
Pricing: Ropes Course $9.99 (It is unlimited throughout your stay so it’s a great value!)
As if that’s not enough there is also:
Howly Wood XD Theater: Be prepared for a 4-D ride you won’t forget.
Pricing: Movie $7.00/ One movie is $7 or see three movies for $15.
Howl at the Moon Mini Golf: 12 holes of interactive play with plenty of sand traps, tricky shots, giant animals and ball-eating fish.
Scooops Kid Spa: The spa treatment menu reads like a dessert bar with their ice cream-themed fizzy soaks, sherbet scrubs and yummy nail colors.
Iron Horse Fitness Center: This 24-hour Fitness Room features cardio and weight training equipment.
Lodge Wood Fired Grill
Lodge Wood Fired Grill is the sit-down restaurant in the hotel and offers wood fired steaks, seafood and a buffet. We decided to do a buffet because we wanted something fast so we could continue playing. My kids loved the buffet since it offered lots of options such as pizza, nuggets, and mac n cheese. I am not as much of a buffet person so I wish I had gotten something off the main menu. I did have a great margarita! They also offer breakfast but there was a 45 minute wait on the Saturday morning we were there so we chose to eat somewhere else.
Hungry As A Wolf
This is the restaurant I wish we had experienced. Such an easy, quick meal that everyone in the family would have enjoyed. The restaurant features Brooklyn style, hand-stretched pizza, savory Italian and meatball Parmesan sandwiches, garlic cheese bread and freshly made salads. You can do call-ahead ordering and take it back to your room to eat while you relax. Every floor has a spot to place empty pizza boxes and it looked like many families opt to do pizza.
Bear Paw Sweets & Eats
This is the a great place to get a specialty coffee, espresso, or lattes. Just look at this selection of fresh-baked pastries and cupcakes. At the end of the night my husband and girls got some yummy ice cream, although they were bummed because several flavors were sold out.
Tips for Planning a Trip to Great Wolf Lodge New England:
Bring sneakers if you would like to do activities such as the climbing wall and ropes course.
Bring flip-flops and a cover-up to wear from your room to the water park.
Show your family what activities there are and decide which ones they’d like to do ahead of time.
Ask your friends if anyone has a wand you could borrow since they can be used over and over.
If getting a manicure, you may want to schedule it at the end of your stay so your color doesn’t chip.
You can rent a cabana for your family in the water park and lockers are available to rent.
Life jackets are available.
Towels are available at the water park at no charge.
Address: 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone Number: (866)678-9653
Check-in: 4:00 but you can use the park after 1:00.
Check-out: 11:00 but you can use the water park the following day! This is unusual for water parks and makes it much more affordable if you consider that you get two days of water park play.
Thank you to Great Wolf Lodge for giving my family a media rate to enjoy your hotel. As always, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own.