Great Wolf Lodge Big Bucket | Laura Powell

Great Wolf Lodge, about an hour southwest of Atlanta in LaGrange, is a special treat for everyone in the family. Twisting waterslides, lily pads, magic wands, treats, games, and crafts will keep your kids having fun. Parents will love the waterpark, outdoor pool, babysitting, and dining options. We’ve compiled our best tips for enjoying Great Wolf Lodge:

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park | Laura Powell

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

The waterpark is what Great Wolf Lodge is all about! Our 5 and 7 year old loved the waterslides and Fort Mackenzie (the water area for toddlers and up).  I was surprised that my 7 year old was brave enough to go down Otter Run (a real waterslide); for brave parents and bigger kids,  you have to try out Wolf Tail at least once. Let’s just say that the bottom drops out. The toddler water park areas is huge with three toddler size waterslides plus an elaborate play area. Both kids loved the trying to move across the lily pads; the outdoor pool is a nice, relaxing break from the indoor park. –plus it’s all so clean with attentive lifeguards and friendly staff throughout.

Indoor Activities at Great Wolf Lodge

The non-water activities are worth it. Wake up and stretch with Yoga Tails in the morning before the water park opens. Or visit the arcade in the early hours. Magi-Quest can be played all day. Once your kids get the hang of it, they may not want to stop. Magi-Quest is Great Wolf Lodge’s magical game experience. Purchase a wand and a game to find gems, crystals and other clues around the resort. It’s a magical scavenger hunt with fun, special effects.

Crafts and Face Painting at Great Wolf Lodge

Crafts and Face Painting at Great Wolf Lodge | Laura Powell

Great Wolf’s Kids Club, Camp H.O.W.L, offers arts and crafts, a playground, magnetic wall, playhouse and more for parents and kids during the day. Plus there are more activities throughout the day, like face painting, games, cartoon drawing and more.

Storytime at Great Wolf Lodge | Laura Powell

Take a Wolf Walk around the Grand lobby, learn about animals and make an origami wolf souvenir.  Lots of these events offer a chance to get your picture taken with Violet, Sammy or Wiley, the Great Wolf characters. Put on your PJs and head to the storytime that best fits your kids bedtime. Grab a kid-sized chair and catch The Northwinds Friends Show in the lobby.

Save Money and Purchase a Wolf Pass

Save money and Purchase a Wolf Pass. This includes one Magi-Quest Game and wand or accessory, an arcade game card, bowling at Ten Paw Alley, Howl in One Mini Golf, Howler’s Peak Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, a scoop from Ben & Jerry’s, and a candy cup. They also have a toddler version that includes more age appropriate items like a Creation Station animal and t-shirt or pillowcase. Our kids loved doing all of it! It was nice not to have to say no.

Magi-Quest at Great Wolf Lodge

Magi-Quest at Great Wolf Lodge | Laura Powell

Babysitting at Great Wolf Lodge

Wait! They have babysitting available. Camp H.O.W.L. offer parent-free programming in the evenings for an additional fee. Each night has a theme like bugs or camping out and includes art and crafts, games, activities, dinner and a movie.  Parents can pick from a 2 or 4-hour camp program.

Food at Great Wolf Lodge

Food options are good. We liked Timbers Tacos. The kids were excited to eat in the water park, but the clever design allows you to eat in the quieter  food court as well. There are quick and easy breakfast options like Dunkin Donuts on site, as well, Barnwood, Great Wolf’s locally sourced, farm to table restaurant. Great Wolf Lodge is allergy friendly and will work with you on their dining options if you let them know in advance of your trip.

Lily Pad Fun at Great Wolf Lodge | Laura Powell

Accommodations at Great Wolf Lodge

The rooms are decked out and designed for a good night’s rest after your fun day at the park. Kids will love having their own bunk-bed suite. Upgrade to the suite rooms for a little separation from the kids, where kids have their own tv.

Proximity to Atlanta

It’s so close to Atlanta, which makes it an easy one-night getaway. You could easily do two nights and head up early on a Friday. An early Friday arrival helps beat any crowds on the weekend. Guest can enjoy the water park starting at 1 p.m. on the day you check in. If your room is not ready, they have nice changing facilities and lockers available in the water park.  On check-out day, you can stay until the park closes.

Wild Leap Brew Co. in Downtown LaGrange

Wild Leap Brew Co. in Downtown LaGrange | Laura Powell

Fun Nearby in Downtown LaGrange

A family-friendly brewery, shopping, popsicles and hotdogs will keep you busy in LaGrange. The city is worth checking out, especially since it’s only about a 10-minute drive from Great Wolf Lodge. Grab a hotdog at the counter at Charlie Joseph’s. This local eatery, established in 1920, has old-school burgers, fries, treats and more. Next door, Your Pie serves down-the-line, tasty pizza in a trendy, updated space. Wild Leap Brewery offers local beer flights, with a giant connect four set plus other games for the kids while you are sampling. Choose from a ton of flavors at Frios Gourmet popsicles on Bull Street and get a some clothing and shoe shopping in at Solomon’s in Downtown LaGrange as well.

Downtown LaGrange Shopping and Food | Laura Powell

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