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Mom & Dad Review: Great Wolf Lodge

Let your pups roam at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. This “lodge” is everything for everyone. Kids will love the interactive game, MagicQuest, which will literally take them on a journey throughout the resort to solve clues. If that doesn’t peak their interest, they can play around in the huge arcade, build their own Great Wolf stuffed character, grab a mani and pedi in the kid spa, Scooops or splash around in one of two waterparks. The latter was really the main attraction for our children. The indoor waterpark, with sky high slides with plenty of twists and turns will keep kids busy. Younger children and toddlers will absolutely love the slides and splash area. Parents will love the security of the one-foot pool. The lazy river and wave pool, both indoor offer up lots of fun for the entire family, especially those with mixed age children who still need some supervision. You can even leave the floaties at home. Life jackets and toddler arm and breast floaties are located throughout the waterpark.

Parents will love the Starbucks. Not only is it a real Starbucks (not just a venue that serves Starbucks coffee) it is practically immune from the noise kid excitement you’ll hear throughout the main areas of the hotel. In fact, Great Wolf Lodge is one of the few hotels we’ve visited where the later it gets the more crowded it becomes. The third floor looks like a mall on a Saturday afternoon as it’s the setting for the waterpark, open until 9pm, the kid spa, arcade, and so much more. We actually lost track of time in this Las Vegas for little people and let the kids stay up way past their bedtime. When we returned to our room, our kids were barely awake long enough to change into their PJs.

Speaking of accommodations, we reserved the Kid Kamp and what a great choice. It was the perfect amount of space for our family of four. The kids loved the den featuring bunk beds and a TV and we slept well in the queen size bed. The room also came equipped with a sleeper sofa. The sink is located outside of the shower/tub and toilet, perfect when getting a big family ready for bed while the other half is cleaning up.

Parent Tip: Bring a cover up for the kids. Towels are provided inside the waterpark but once you leave, it’s a bit chilly for the little ones.

If you work up an appetite, Hungry Like a Wolf serves up pizza, beer and other munchies which you can eat at one of the dining tables or take up to your room. The sweet shop next door sounds good but didn’t look appetizing. In the morning, enjoy a buffet on the second floor featuring the full cast of omelettes made to order, cinnamon sticks, pancakes, paw print waffles, and more. We were surprised by how much we enjoyed it.

Parent Tip: Wear your swimsuits under your clothes and arrive early on your first day to take full advantage of the waterpark.

Children can enjoy storytime each night on the second floor which begins to look like a magical forest for the little ones.

If you need toiletries or a few items from the store, there’s a large general store with everything from aspirin to jewelry to Great Wolf gifts.

Our children really didn’t want to leave. We heard from friends how much children enjoy Great Wolf Lodge but had no idea our five and three year-old would love it this much. They’re already asking to go back.


Entrance to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas


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Great Wolf Lodge Kid Kamp


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Bottom bunk

Lobby / Great room

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Great Wolf Lodge arcade


Great Wolf Lodge Hungry Like a Wolf restaurant20140704_094447

Great Wolf Lodge MagicQuest treasure box


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Great Wolf Lodge spiraling waterslides20140704_095000

View of toddler area inside Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor waterpark


Characters greet you while you dine


Kids will enjoy storytime in the evening by the clock tower

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