Updated: Feb 27, 2021
Have you been finding yourself walking around singing, humming, or whistling “Baby It’s Cold Outside”? Are you wanting to escape the cold winter for few days of summer fun? Are you wanting to escape the heat and sun? No matter what season you are in, I’m here to tell you that you can have it all at Great Wolf Lodge. Is it going to rain today? What is the temperature outside? Welcome to a resort that requires you to never have check the weather on your phone. Who cares if it rains all weekend! You will never know, while on this vacation. Great Wolf Lodges are one of the largest indoor/outdoor waterpark resorts in the world and best of all, they are located all over the USA and Canada!
I have partnered with Great Wolf Lodge for this post. The best part for me, is they had zero restrictions when it came to my blog post. This is my honest opinion, with no constraints. For the record, I pick locations that I want to personally go to.
COVID-19 Warning: There is currently a statewide order in Texas, that individuals must wear a mask or face covering inside of public spaces. Children ages 10 and younger are exempt from this order. However, you are not required to wear a mask while outside or drinking and eating. Great Wolf Lodge requires all children over the age of 5 to wear a mask while inside the resort. A mask is not required once you enter the waterpark area.
Cheapest and best time to visit Great Wolf Lodge.
During the week is the cheapest time to visit and less crowded. I like to go when my kids have a school day off aka “teacher workday”, that lands on a Monday. We like to stay Sunday to Monday. Also, always check Groupon to see if you can score an amazing deal. I’ve seen rooms starting at $99 on Groupon. It is important to know that Great Wolf Lodge Resorts charge an additional $29.99 nightly resort fee.
We stayed at the Dallas location:
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
Self-parking is free.
Tickets are included with your stay. Not staying at the resort? That’s ok…you can purchase Full Day Passes for $50 per person or Half Day Passes for $40 per person.
Check-in to Resort
Check-in is 4:00pm or when your room becomes available. You are welcome to play in the water park as early as 1:00 pm. If you plan to play at the waterpark before check in, make sure your bathing suits are available and leave your luggage in your car.
Check-out is 11:00am but your bracelets will allow you access to the waterpark until 9:00pm the same day.
Make sure you to grab your free wolf ears and bracelets while checking in. The adult bracelets are your room key and you can choose to link your credit card to the bracelet.
Blog coming soon.
This resort is designed to look like a rustic mountain lodge with woodland themed wolf rooms. My kids loved their personal log-cabin with wooden bunkbeds, that are located in the Kid’s Cabin Suite. Children two and under are free and internet is included. Most importantly, the rooms come with a microwave and coffee maker. Also, keep in mind, the rooms come with a queen bed. It can be tight squeeze for most couples. If you want to save money, I suggest going with the family suite that does not include bunkbeds. I suggest requesting a room closest to the waterpark, if you have older kids. However, the closer you are to the waterpark, the louder the hallways can be.
Below is a video of the Kids Cabin.
Breakfast at The Loose Moose buffet. It was ok not exceptional.
Breakfast is served: 7:00am to 10:30am daily.
Adult Breakfast – $17.99
Child Breakfast – $9.99
You can order a pizza at Hungry as a Wolf. This is the most affordable option. You must take it to the waterpark or your room. There is no seating provided. The pizza is good and what you would expect from a resort.
If you are hungry while at the waterpark, you can order from the Grizzly Jack’s Bar and Grill inside of the waterpark.
You are permitted to bring outdoor drinks and food to the hotel. Also, you are permitted to come and go while at the resort. Our favorite restaurant located near Great Wolf Lodge is Don Julio’s Mexican food.
Things to do
This massive, heated indoor waterpark has slides, a wave pool, lazy river, tube rides, raft rides and so much more. Water ride height requirements starts at 42 inches. However, there is something for all ages. When entering the park, your height and temperature will be checked. This is where they will receive a color wrist band based on height which will determine which rides they can go on. Life vests are provided by the resort, but we like to bring our own.
My youngest spent most of the time in the toddler area, lazy river and wave pool. Unlike the boys, she doesn’t really like to get her hair wet. Hehe! She is just like her momma.
If you want to lounge for the day in an area, I suggest you show up early to score the best spot. Towels and tubes are provided by the waterpark. Best part…there is a bar, The Watering Hole, located inside the waterpark. Nothing like sippin’ on some wine while the kids play. That is my idea of a good time.
As we were floating in the wave pool, we saw a lady drop a massive life-like doll into the water. The lifeguards saw the doll going under water and jumped in to save the drowning doll. I was impressed that Great Wolf Lodge was testing their lifeguards while the public was around. I felt safer after seeing how fast the lifeguard reacted to the test and I was happy the resort was making sure it’s lifeguards were on their toes.
See Paw Pass blog post – coming soon
The the resort is set up like a mini amusement park. There are arcades, Build a Bear, outside rope obstacle course, character appearances and MagiQuest.
Evenings – Story and PJ Party (Free)
Make sure you sign up via Yelp, not though the Great Wolf Lodge App. Spaces are limited due to COVID-19 capacity, so you must sign up for a spot before attending. This is the perfect time for the kids to wind down and wear their favorite jammies for a bedtime story. Your kids will have a blast. My kids love the PJ Party! It was the highlight of their day!
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