We went to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos this past weekend for 3 days/2 nights. We have 2 kids, 7 and 2 years old, and we reserved the Kid Camp room. Everything in the resort, including the waterpark, is very neat and clean - which is impressive given the number of little kids there and the fact that people are eating all over the place in the waterpark. Let's start with the room: It was spacious, with bunk beds for the kids in a little area decorated like a tent. They loved the concept (and the fact that they had their own TV in their "tent"). The room was very comfortable, with not only the beds but a seating area (couch/tables), and a table and chairs for eating. Also the room had a microwave and a small fridge, so if you wanted you could bring food and heat it up. On the decor: In general the decor is "lodge." I get the concept, but it means that the decor is brown: brown in the rooms, brown in the lobby, brown on the outside, so to me it looks kind of drab. It's not that it's in bad shape or dirty or anything, it's just, well, aesthetically non-pleasing. But the kids liked it, and really this resort is about the kids having fun.
So, on the waterpark: The waterpark had great activities for all ages. For our 2 year old there were small, shallow pools and small waterslides that she could handle (and loved); and on the other hand there were huge, 3-story tall waterslides that our 7 year old loved (and my husband and I enjoyed the big ones too!). There is a pool with a big plastic snake that kids can climb on, and a "lilly pad" attraction where you jump from floating pad to floating pad while trying not to fall in the water. There is also a wave pool, gentle enough in the shallow end for our 2-year old to play and fun enough in the deep end for the 7-year old to enjoy. I was impressed by how clean the waterpark itself was. They provide towels, and there is a changing room with showers, a snack bar, and a bar. The wristband system is very convenient, because you can charge food and drinks to your room with your waterproof wristband, so you don't have to bring your wallet to the waterpark. The lifeguards were hypervigilant (in a good way), and the park is set up in such a way that the little kids can't easily wander away from the shallow pool area to deeper areas. Generally it was very safe, clean, and everyone was courteous. The waterpark is of course why you go, and it's worth it.
On the restaurants: My best advice is to bring your own food as much as possible (see note above about microwave, fridge, and table/chairs in room). The food prices are too expensive for what it is (Disney-style pricing, I'd say). The first night we had dinner in the buffet restaurant in the lobby: $20 per adult and $10 per kid, and the food was cafeteria-quality (though we all enjoyed the chocolate fountain for dessert). The second night we got take-out from the resort's own pizza shop, which was actually pretty good (we ate in our room), and we also got wings from the Pizza Hut Express, which were good. We ate lunches and snacks at the snack bar at the water park - first day I spent $8 on a cup of fruit and a Diet Coke. Convenient, but overpriced. We check out the sweets shop (in the same place as the Pizza Hut Express) - everything looked completely delectable, but a cupcake cost $8! (Granted, it was big, but still...)
On the other activities: We went to the lobby at 8pm for the story time and the "show" where a bunch of animatronic animals come to life and talk/sing. It was ok, a little weird, trying to be Disney-esque (again with the lodge theme, which just seems forced), but it doesn't come across very well. Our 2 year old enjoyed it, but the 7 year old thought it was dumb (I agreed with her). Same applied for the reading of the story by a staff member with a big fuzzy character. We didn't do the MagicQuest game (at $28/kid for a wand, it just seemed like a rip-off). We did go to the Cub Club, where our kids painted magnets (for $5, that's reasonable) and spent some time hanging out and playing.
On the room price: We went on Columbus Day weekend, and paid $400/night for our room. I have to say this price is a bit ridiculous. I realize that the price covers the waterpark, and the rooms are big and everything is clean and well taken care of, but it still seems inflated. Note that even though check-in isn't until 4pm, you can go to the waterpark starting at 1pm on the day you check in, and you can stay at the waterpark until closing on the day you check out. Also prices vary depending on when you go - it was much less to go in the middle of the week, but we could only go on the weekend.
So in the end we had a great time. The water park is really a blast for all ages, plenty to entertain all of us from toddler to adult. Also the water park hours are great (9am-9pm when we were there). The staff were all really nice, helpful and friendly. We will definitely go back (my older daughter asked to go there for her birthday next year), but we will probably only stay for 1 night instead of 2 (3 days at the waterpark was 1 day too many for me), and we will bring some of our own food to combat the money bleed that starts as soon as you walk in. The location is very convenient for us for a weekend away (we live in NJ and it's ~1 hour away from us), and even this short weekend felt like a fantastic vacation.
The Kid Camp room has bunk beds for 2 kids in an area decorated like a tent; my 2 kids loved this. I...
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