I think what helps this resort to stand out is that it's plopped right down in a seemingly remote area along interstate 5 in Washington State. The scenic beauty of the area adds so much to the attraction of this place. Whether driving south from Tacoma/Seattle or north from Portland, you're going to be treated with fantastic views of the most notable Cascade volcano's along the way. There is also a factory outlet mall about 10 minutes south which will help those who feel the need to shop but don't want to drive to Olympia to do it. Olympia itself is not too far tot eh north for those wanting to get away from the lodge for a day.
That said, I'm not sure why anyone would want to leave the resort. From the large indoor water park to the fun and games of the arcade and Magiquest, there is a ton for families to do. I'm not even sure the gym is used much because of all the exercise you will get at both of the aforementioned attractions. There is also a spa, 2 restaurants, a bar, and other various food venues. The Lodge is of course themed, which ads to the ambiance. If you go in the Winter months it even snows inside the lobby and lounge/fireside area. There is also a 15 minute animatronics show 3 times a day for the little ones. The water park has enough for kids and adults to do for hours, and if your kids are old enough to be left to their own devices you can let them loose to play Magicquest or arcade for hours on end while the adults relax. If you have small children, say in the 4-8 year old range, be prepared for a rather exhausting trip as you will be with them at both the waterpark and playing magicquest. Both require a lot of walking and stair climbing.
The staff and resort as a whole are top notch really. We had no complaints about our interactions with staff. The waterpark is saturated with lifeguards so safety is never a concern, and the magicquest characters/staff are very helpful and polite despite what must be a rather stressful job. Rooms were clean and well maintained. Beds are very comfortable, but it may have just been the fact that I was worn out at the end of each day. It had been 3 years since I last visited this resort and the experience was just as good as before.
If you go at peak season or during a large event, such as national gymnastic meet, you should expect long ride lines at the waterpark. I suggest going off season if you can.
Probably the only complaint I have is that their Pizza offerings are very slim, but that's nitpicking over what was a great experience.
I'm not sure I would stay longer than 3 nights. On the third day even my 7 year old son was beginning to show signs of wear and tear. Not wanting to do things that he was enjoying the previous two days. No, he did not want to leave and go home, he just didn't know what else he wanted to do. Parents will be fairly frazzled by that 3rd day as well. You will need a vacation from your vacation on this one. But then again, if you bring along an older child, sibling, friend, etc. who can be in charge of the younger ones, the parents just might be able to relax more than we did.
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Centralia
- Great Wolf Resort
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