By Elaine Kish
To enjoy some warm water fun and relax with no worries about the weather, there’s no need to go any further than Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio. Their 33,000 square feet of water attractions for guests of all ages and constant temperature of 84 degrees will keep everyone entertained and happy throughout the entire visit. After checking in you’ll want to head for the water park as soon as possible.
You can start out slowly by climbing Fort McKenzie, a three-story water fort tree house, exploring the interactive water toys and splash features on your way up. At the top, the best way to return to land is by the twin body slides. Twisting and turning your way down, you’ll slide out gently into the pool at the bottom. Back on land, when you hear the bell ring you can either get in the way or out of the way as the giant bucket on top empties. For a more adventurous ride, climb the four stories of Alberta Falls where you will hop aboard a tube heading through fast water going outside the building and coming back in before a final drop into the plunge pool. You’ll be racing back up the steps to do it all over again. Want to slow it down? Grab a tube and let the current carry you along the Caribou Creek lazy river.
Big Foot Pass challenges youngsters to use floating lily pads and a cargo net for support as they attempt to make it to the other side of the pool. Any mistake results in a warm water landing and the urge to try again until you are successful. You can practice your basketball shots and balance on the floats in Chinook Cove. Whooping Hollow is another area for younger guests with splash features and slides that are just their size. For toddlers, Soak’n Oak Spring is a treehouse where they can climb the oak tree and slide down. It has splash fountains and is only 18 inches deep. When it’s time to relax, the soothing heat of the Manitoba Tubs is the place to be. There are two sections—one for guests of all ages so families can relax together and an area limited to adults only.
There are numerous places to eat at Great Wolf Lodge, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, meals or snacks, or even late night room service, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Outside the water park Gitchigoomie Grill and Hungry as a Wolf serve meals in a restaurant atmosphere. If you just can’t break away from the water fun, Buckets Incredible Craveables is located inside the water park and serves sandwiches, snacks and beverages. Bear Paw Sweets & Eats and Dunkin Donuts feature coffee and desserts. Want something after the kids are asleep? Food and wine is available through room service, a relaxing way for adults to end the day without having to go out.
Morning, noon and night there are numerous activities happening throughout Great Wolf Lodge. Wolf Walk is a prowl around the Grand Lobby to learn about wolves, bears, raccoons and other animals. Yoga Tails is a creative yoga class. Periodically throughout the day the Great Clock Tower comes to life with songs, stories and jokes as children interact with animated figures to make great memories of their visit. Paws-on Projects allows youngsters to create their own craft projects each with a personal touch. Visit the Creation Station where kids make a plush Great Wolf Kids character come to life, complete with outfits, costumes and accessories. Kids can even find an outfit to match their new best friend.
MagiQuest sends you on an adventure with a magic wand where you’ll use special powers to explore the lodge and defeat the Goblin King. You can take your wand home with you and bring it back on your next visit for a new adventure. The Northern Lights arcade has games for kids of all ages. Forget something you need for the water park? Visit the Bear Essentials Swim Shop and you’ll find it. Everyone needs a little something to remember their stay and Buckhorn Exchange Gift Shop has items for all ages. The fitness center lets you continue your daily health routine so you won’t feel like you slouched while away from home. Cardio and weight-training equipment, and flat-screen TV’s keep you fit and informed.
Jammie Jamboree lets the little ones use up that last bit of energy learning new dance moves from some Great Wolf characters before winding down for the evening. Selfies will be required to preserve the moments. Then go on to the Grand Lobby for nightly story time after the 8 pm Great Clock Tower Show. One of the best things about your visit – you can wake up tomorrow and do it all over again!
Great Wolf Lodge offers accommodations for families with up to 8 people in one room. They range from simple rooms with two queen beds and a full-size sofa sleeper to family suites with separate themed sleeping areas for the youngsters and a maximum of 6 people. Up to 8 visitors can stay in a premier suite which has a fireplace, three queen beds, a full-size sofa sleeper and a lofted bedroom for plenty of room to spread out. To learn more about Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky or to make a reservation, check their website at greatwolf.com/sandusky. Whether you spend one night or several, you’re guaranteed to have fun no matter what the weather is outside.
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