Updated: Mar 8, 2019
On January 2nd, Cailey and I traveled to Pocono Mountains, PA to visit Great Wolf Lodge for the very first time. We brought along Cailey's friend Zaiden for the ultimate playdate experience.
Here are some things I loved about the newly renovated Great Wolf Lodge in Pocono Mountains, PA.
You all know how much I love the Poconos but Great Wolf Lodge is directly off route 611 and on the same exit of The Crossings Premium Outlets Centers. I was so tempted to go in but I was still recovering from the Holidays.
The check-in process was so smooth and quick. Everyone had a smile and greeted the kids with their own Wolf ears (they wore them the entire trip). No credit card hold was needed unless you wished to charge directly to your room. In addition, I was able to check-out with a simple text. Easy in and easy out!
The rooms are clean and very spacious. The kids played many rounds of Hide & Seek. I was in the standard room but they have some pretty cool theme rooms that I plan to explore in the near future.
They had a few restaurant options but the kids had their favorites and we stuck to them, Grizzly Jack's Bar and Grill & Hungry As A Wolf. The pizza was a tasty and an affordable option. I personally loved the fully operated Dunkin Donuts in the lobby.
During check-in I received a list of free events and their location. Most events are located in the Grand Lobby so it’s not hard to follow and during the evening (5:00 PM and over) I notice that the majority of folks (adults included) wore their pajamas and slippers or cute onesies. It was chilly in the lobby so pack some PJs with long sleeves.
We are sad we missed the character appearances but we did see a few in passing. The kids really enjoyed the Great Games, Hustle & Howl and Paws on Projects.
Other Fun Activities
There is really a lot of things you can do at Great Wolf Lodge and sadly we couldn’t do them all. The fees for each activity is posted online. Compared to other family hotels I found the prices to be very affordable.
We all loved the arcade. It had games for people of all ages. I actually had a lot of fun in there. However be ready to spend over $50 in a less then 40 minutes. I enjoyed the ticket reward system, Cailey was able to buy some cool stuff with her tickets.
We viewed a movie at the 3D theater and the kids had a good time. It was shorter then I expected but it was something to do after a long day at the waterpark.
We had a blast with Oliver's Time Challenge. It's located outside the 3D theater and I strongly recommend doing this one. We laughed so hard when the kids beat us.
The kids also did the Ten Paw Alley. The bowling alley is in a dark room with bright neon lights. The balls are tiny and no bowling shoes are needed.
The Main Attraction
The indoor water park was awesome! The outdoor area looked amazing but obviously closed for the winter. The temperature outside was below 30 degrees but inside it felt like a gorgeous 70-75 degree summer day. My daughter enjoyed Big Foot Pass & Crooked Creek. Her friend Zaiden was more adventurous and enjoyed his time on the various thrilling slides. There was something for everyone and they provided life vest if needed.
The water park opens from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Towels are available down there but they are pretty small. If you want to bring your own I suggest to rent a small locker for $15 and store everything there to enjoy a worry free day. Seats are hard to find so be ready to be on move with the kids.
Thank you Great Wolf Lodge for a fabulous getaway. See you again soon.