by Micaela Williamson
My kids have been wanting to go to Great Wolf Lodge for years, and I have to admit that I was intrigued and excited to check it out too. When Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg invited us to discover what's new, we happily took them up on the offer and made the drive down to one of our favorite places in Virginia, the Williamsburg area.
There are rooms for all types of families and budgets at Great Wolf Lodge. We stayed in a family suite and loved the woodland theme. The comfortable, clean room included tasteful woodland decor, two queen beds, a separate sitting area with a sofa, dining table and gas fireplace, a spacious bathroom, and a mini-refrigerator. Find out about all the rooms at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg by visiting the official website.
Things to do at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg:
The Water Park:
For good reason, the water park at Great Wolf Lodge is its most famous attraction. I was a bit nervous to visit an indoor water park with my family. Would it be clean? Would the staff be attentive? Would there be enough for my children to do? As soon as I stepped into facility at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, my worries were put at ease. My kids had the time of their lives (and us adults had a blast too!) We were there during a very rainy and stormy weekend, but our attitudes were sunny inside the warm, 84 degree water park.
The facility was very clean and well maintained. We were impressed with the amount of larger waterslides. Even though we were there on a Saturday, we never had to wait in line too long. A number of the attractions had tubes and rafts for multiple riders so the whole family or parent/kid combinations could enjoy the slide together. Besides waterslides, there was a wave pool, lazy river, area for younger children, floating logs for balancing and a surfing ride called Wolf Rider Wipeout. We let our third grader who is a decent swimmer try the Wolf Rider Wipeout but felt the waves were too strong for our kindergarten child, even though he did meet the height requirement.
The focal point of the water park is the Fort Mackenzie® Treehouse. With soaking buckets, climbing bridges, interactive spray fixtures and water slides, the whole family couldn't stop smiling!
New this year to the water park is slideboarding. Slideboarding is the world’s first interactive video game waterslide. Using rafts that double as video game controllers, riders score points by touching flashing lights as they zoom down the slide. Once they reach the bottom, they can see their score on the master scoreboard.
More Family Fun:
Great Wolf Lodge is known for its intricate MagiQuest fantasy scavenger hunt game. For those unfamiliar with this, it includes magic wands, dragon battles and enchanted missions. For younger kids that are not ready for MagiQuest, I love lodge has just instituted a new interactive game called Clubhouse Crew. It starts similar to a build a bear workshop where children can pick a stuffed animal and customize it with a special outfit. Inside each stuffed animal is a computer chip for the game. You are then then sent on a treasure hunt to Clubhouse Crew kiosks in the resort to check in and perform simple touch screen tasks. At the end of the journey, your child gets a picture with their stuffed animal that is emailed to the provided email address. My kids enjoyed searching for all the Clubhouse Crew stations and especially liked the keepsake of a new stuffed animal remember their trip to Great Wolf Lodge. The entire game takes about 30 minutes to play. Not only is it a memorable experience, but it is also the perfect length of time for young attention spans.
Other fun indoor entertainment options include 4D movie experience, video games, Scoops Kid Spa (an ice-cream-themed spa designed just for kids) and a bowling alley. In nice weather, head outside for mini golf and the brand new Howlers Peak Ropes Course. (Find out more about attractions here)
Howlers Peak Ropes Course:
New this year to Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is the family-friendly Howlers Peak Ropes Course (extra fees apply.) The ropes course features tightropes, zip-lines, traverse bridges and reaches heights up to 50 feet. At the 40 foot mark, there is a pulse-pounding “quick jump,” which allows braver souls to walk off a platform into thin air and sail down to a landing pad directly below. Be sure to bring safe closed-toe shoes (such as sneakers) for climbing as open heel shoes or flip-flops are not permitted on the course. Also, kids must be at least 48 inches tall to participate on the main course, but there is a dedicated smaller course for little ones or those not up for the challenging heights. Safety is always taken into consideration and the ropes course is closed in inclement weather.
Have you visited Great Wolf Lodge before? Share your tips in the comments below!
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
549 E Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Disclosure: I was invited with my family to come and experience what's new at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. We received a complimentary stay, breakfast, and were able to take part in attractions throughout the resort. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and reflect my experiences. Unless otherwise noted, all images are property of Kid Trips LLC and may not be used without written permission.
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