Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall Break 2016: Part 2 {Great Wolf Lodge}

For the past few years Robby and I have been on a work trip over fall break so the kids have just had fun around home, but this year we had a full week off and no plans so we tired to come up with something fun to do.  A lot of people we knew had big Disney cruise plans, so I wanted to have something for them to be able to look forward to also.

We had been wanting to try Great Wolf Lodge and this seemed like the perfect time to do it.  For anyone not familiar with Great Wolf Lodge it is an indoor waterpark that is connected to a hotel.  You must be a guest at the hotel to be able to access the water park.  There are tons of other parts to the resort also and lots of things to do.  It is 100% geared towards kids and is definitely a trip for the kids.  However, we all had fun and made a million amazing family memories.  We only planned to stay one night, which gave us two days at the water park and that was plenty.

When we pulled up and saw the big sign we were all so excited!  As we checked in they handed out wolf ears to everyone.  The kids immediately put theirs on and even Robby was ready to get on the fun.  We figured while at Great Wolf Lodge we might as well join them so we put on our ears and let the howling fun times begin.

The entire hotel is themed and it was really fun to just walk to our room and take it all in.

We quickly got changed into our swimsuits and made our way to the water park.  There were so many different types and we tried them all.  From single racing ones that you went down on mats to double tube ones and even giant raft ones that we could all go on together.

After riding some of the bigger slides we went over to the giant treehouse area. There were tons of water hoses, squirting fountains and a few single slides in this area, too.  And the big attraction here was the giant bucket that fills with water and then dumps out on everyone standing below.  The kids loved it!

Next we tried the regular swimming pool area set up with basketball goals.  Hudson had so much fun at this spot and then the kids wanted to try the lilly pad jumping.  I didn't try it, but it must be harder than it looks.  They all got across though and wanted to do this over and over!

There were several places we could have eaten on property, but we decide to get dressed and go out to eat somewhere else.  Although while in the lodge you feel like you are really far away from the hustle and bustle of the city (because everything is so well done) but in reality we could have walked to a ton of other restaurants because we figured the wait would be a little less.

On our way to dinner though we stopped for a few fun pics.  We couldn't stop howling and if you can't tell, we like to make fun of ourselves and have a good time.

When we got back the kids saw Wiley the Wolf himself so they ran to hop in line for a picture.  We had just missed story time in the lobby, but at least we got our picture.  :-)

We decided to walk down to the arcade area and let the kids play a few games before dinner.  It was packed, but they had fun.  After a few fun games they turned in their tickets for some treats (candy!) and then we were all ready to hit the hay.

We spent the next day doing more waterslides and squeezing in as much fun as we could until it was time to go home.  We left around lunchtime so that we could get back to Atlanta before traffic got too bad.

We let the kids each pick out a souvenir as a reminder of our fun and then we were on our way home!  It was such a fun night and really it felt like we were there longer than a night. It was a great getaway and perfect for family fun.

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